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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

About the CDT in Energy


The Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training provides innovative training and support for PhD students from many different departments across the university. Energy is a complex multidisciplinary topic and finding effective solutions to the world's energy related problems requires new insights and new approaches. To achieve this the UK will require a critical mass of versatile individuals who have been trained in a wide range of skills. The reliance of society on energy means that this sector can offer graduates an exciting, rewarding and secure career choice with many opportunities for diversification. On completion of their doctoral studies Durham energy CDT researchers have progressed to a range of different leadership positions within the energy community in the UK and internationally.

The Energy CDT is the longest running CDT at Durham University. Over 82 PhD students have joined the Energy CDT since it was launched in 2009. In addition to support from the Energy CDT, students have also been working on research projects supported by a range of energy related companies including: Alstom, CE Electric, NERC, EPSRC, Chevron, Orsted, Shell, Infoterra, Scottish Power, Jordan Energy and Mining, Technical Fibres Ltd., Thomas Swan, Infineum, ESRC, ONE and Durham University. Each student is able to participate in the Energy CDT programme of training and professional support to develop their skills and knowledge for future energy related careers.


To provide a stimulating and interdisciplinary postdoctoral training programme in energy for postgraduate researchers within the setting of the established Durham Energy Institute.

  • To produce a cohort of highly employable, skilled and talented researchers who are equipped to deal with the multi-faceted challenges facing the energy sector and wider society in the 21st century.
  • To deliver a challenging and broad ranging taught programme and a specialist doctoral research project involving world-leading interdisciplinary energy related research.
  • To provide the students with transferable and generic skills, that enable them to pursue a wide range of professional careers within the energy sector. This will include presentation communication and business skills, scientific writing and research skills, personal and team working skills, networking and career management, and outreach and ethics.
  • To effectively disseminate research results by developing an engaging outreach programme for the wider community. Dissemination and outreach activities include links to local schools, publicising information via the web and also through the media.
  • To create a truly cross-disciplinary centre that will undertake world leading energy related research across the Faculties of Science and Social Sciences and Health and form an integral and valuable part of the Durham Energy Institute.

The Energy CDT provides numerous opportunities to visit energy related sites across the UK.

Energy CDT visit to Walney Wind Farm.

Energy CDT Annual Report

The annual report on the Energy CDT for 2018/2019 is available to download below.