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Department of Anthropology

Energy and Society MSc

MSc Energy and Society

MSc Energy and Society

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Find out what its like to study MSc Energy and Society at Durham University

Scholarship now available!

DONG Energy (Danish Oil and Natural Gas) are offering one scholarship for an outstanding UK student who will be starting the course in September 2015. The scholarship will have a value of up to £6,000.

DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in northern Europe with almost 7000 employees. Headquartered in Denmark, their business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in northern Europe. DONG Energy is one of the leading offshore wind farm developers in the world, with more than 20 years' experience in the wind power industry. The UK is one of DONG's primary markets for developing offshore wind and DONG invested £4 billion in UK renewables since 2004, helping develop the secure, low carbon energy supplies the UK needs.

This is a unique opportunity as these scholarships are only available to UK students who wish to study on the MSc Energy and Society at Durham University.

The deadline for DONG scholarship applications is 10th July 2015. By the deadline, you must have completed your Durham University MSc application and have sent a 400-500 word supporting statement of why you should be considered for a scholarship to Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 17th July 2015.

The MSc in Energy and Society, in association with the Durham Energy Institute, is an innovative postgraduate programme designed to appeal across the disciplines. It will be of interest to engineers seeking to understand how and why innovations succeed or fail, to social scientists who want to improve their understanding of energy developments as well as to graduates of any discipline with an interest in today’s energy issues.

The programme draws on leading experts in energy studies at Durham from Anthropology, Engineering, Geography, Physics, Economics, Humanities and other departments. It is taught through intensive block-teaching, group field-study, original dissertation research and a range of optional modules designed to complement the core teaching. The course aims to produce highly-skilled graduates with the ability to communicate across disciplines for the sake of global environmental progress. Graduates of the MSc will be in demand from industry, community organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and governments around the world.

The course runs for a full year, from October to September. Students attend classes between October and December (Michaelmas Term) and January and March (Epiphany Term), with some assessment activities in April and May (Easter Term). From then on, students work under the supervision of a specialist supervisor, on an individual research dissertation which is completed in September. The MSc in Energy and Society has two core modules that are taught over one intensive week each, one in Michaelmas term and one in Epiphany term. These modules are supported by regular reading seminars throughout the term. Other modules are taught weekly or, occasionally, fortnightly.

Each module we offer has a credit value. To obtain a Master’s degree you must register for and pass modules to the value of 180 credits. The dissertation is a 60 credit module. We offer some 30 credit modules, most of which are taught from October to May, and some 15 credit modules, which are taught either in Michaelmas Term or in Epiphany Term (January to March).



  • The Durham Energy Institute (DEI) is usually able to offer internships for students to work on DEI energy projects. See DEI website for details. Other funding opportunities may arise.

You can apply for this course through the University's online application process. Find entry requirements for this programme here.


Dr Simone Abram is the Degree Tutor for the MSc Energy & Society:

'My research has been in three main areas: energy, anthropologies of planning and governance, and tourism. I am currently working on environmental research projects in Norway, and collaborate with urban researchers in Paris. 

As well as being Degree Tutor for the MSc in Energy and Society, I lead two core modules, on 'energy contexts and challenges' and 'energy society and practices'. These are taught in intensive week-long bursts, with guest speakers from around the university contributing talks and seminars on their expert subjects related to energy. Hearing so many complementary perspectives on energy issues is very stimulating, and developing debates about current energy issues with Masters students has been a very exciting process. Working in partnership with local government (in Durham and in Haringey) has been crucial to developing the masters and ensuring that it is relevant as well as interesting.'

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"Access to secure and sustainable energy is becoming one of the defining issues of our time. It is crucial that all dimensions of the issue from both the technical and societal perspective are well understood and this Masters Programme seeks to provide a truly interdisciplinary perspective. A very welcome development."

Nafees Meah, Director of Research Councils UK (RCUK) India (former head of science at the Department of Energy and Climate Change)
MSc Energy and Society

MSc Energy and Society

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Durham University's exciting new MSc in Energy and Society