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Courses

L6K807 Energy and Society MSc Postgraduate Taught  2017

Essentials

Degree MSc
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)
Start Date 06-10-2017
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/anthropology
Email anth.postgraduate-studies@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 1621

Course Summary

Description

The MSc in Energy and Society 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 and to a broad range of graduates with an interest in today’s energy issues. 

The full-time course consists of two terms of teaching, during which students are introduced to the range of research questions and methods, and a dissertation, involving the design, development and implementation of an independent research project. Students work closely with academic staff, and have the opportunity to become involved in active research projects.

The programme draws on leading experts in energy studies at Durham from Anthropology, Engineering, Geography and other departments. The two core taught modules are delivered via intensive block-teaching, and there is also a field study.

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Context and Challenges in Energy and Society
  • Energy Society and Energy Practices
  • Field Study.

Previous optional modules have included:

  • Fieldwork and Interpretation 
  • Statistical Analysis in Anthropology
  • Computational Methods for Social Sciences *
  • Society, Energy, Environment and Resilience 
  • Academic and Professional Skills in Anthropology
  • Anthropology and Development
  • Key Issues in Sociocultural Theory
  • Low Carbon Technologies #
  • Energy Conversion and Delivery #
  • Electrical Engineering #
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics #
  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
  • Human Rights
  • Strategic Asia and Policy Analysis
  • Religion, Nation and Citzenship in South East Asia

Modules marked with a * are not available in 2016/17

Modules marked with a # are advanced engineering modules and should normally only be taken by students with a good Engineering Degree or equivalent.

Please see www.durham.ac.uk/anthropology/postgraduatestudy/taughtprogrammes/mscenergyandsociety for further information on modules.

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Course Learning and Teaching

We place an emphasis on independent learning. This is supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, extensive library collections and informal contact with tutors and research staff. We consider the development of independent learning and research skills to be one of the key elements of our postgraduate taught curriculum and one which helps our students cultivate initiative, originality and critical thinking.

Students take required taught modules worth a total of 75 credits, and optional modules totaling 45 credits. On the full-time course they have on average 6 hours of formal teaching and learning contact per week, with two weeks of full-time teaching: one week for Context and Challenges in Energy and Society and one week for Energy, Society and Energy Practices. Outside timetabled contact hours, students are also expected to devote significant amounts of time to reading, discussing and preparing for classes, assignments and project work.

Following the May assessment period, students undertake their 60 credit dissertation. This crucial piece of work is a significant piece of independent research that constitutes a synthesis of theory, method and practice in anthropology and is supported by an individual supervisor and the dissertation coordinator.

Throughout the programme, all students meet regularly with the degree tutor, who provides academic support and guidance. Furthermore, all members of teaching staff have weekly office hours when they are available to meet with students on a ‘drop-in’ basis. In term time, the department also has an extensive programme of departmental and research group seminars which postgraduate students are encouraged and expected to attend. The undergraduate Anthropology Society also organises its own visiting lecturer programme. We ensure that we advertise any other relevant seminars and lectures in Durham, Newcastle and further afield, and encourage students to attend relevant conferences.

Before the academic year starts, we provide information on preparation for the course. On arrival we have induction sessions and social events, headed by the Director of Postgraduate Studies and attended by both academic and administrative staff. Students also attend an “Introduction to Research Groups in Anthropology”.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. Please email us on anth.postgrad-studies@durham.ac.uk for advice on relevant topics.

References play an important part in the admissions process.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,400.00 per year
Home Student £7,400.00 per year
Island Student £7,400.00 per year
International non-EU Student £16,500.00 per year

Part Time Fees

EU Student £4,100.00 per year
Home Student £4,100.00 per year
Island Student £4,100.00 per year
International non-EU Student £9,100.00 per year

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Career Opportunities

Department of Anthropology

Students with a postgraduate qualification in Anthropology pursue a diverse array of careers in areas such as conservation, tourism, public health, health research and management, captive primate care and zoological research management, local government research and management, education (secondary, further and higher), social care, social research, in addition to academia.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Postgraduate Visits

PGVI or

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/

Department Information

Department of Anthropology

Overview

Founded in 1965, the Department of Anthropology at Durham University is now one of the largest integrated anthropology departments in the UK, carrying out cutting-edge research across social anthropology, evolutionary anthropology, and the anthropology of health. Our taught Masters programmes offer you the opportunity to pursue advanced specialist courses and ‘conversion’ from other degrees, while our PhD students study topics from primate behaviour to rhetoric culture and indigenous knowledge to internet technologies. With our first-class facilities, innovative programmes, and world-leading academics, Durham University is setting the agenda for twenty-first century anthropology.

Ranking

Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-Leading research impact and research environment in REF 2014.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Anthropology Department web pages.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/anthropology