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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

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DEI and Durham University Anthropology Department are launching a new Masters called 'Energy and Society'

(6 February 2013)

Unique among Masters programmes, the new MSc in Energy and Society emphasizes the insights that the social sciences can offer to energy and development, and vice versa. It will be led by the Anthropology Department, in association with the Durham Energy Institute and its partner departments (including Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities).

Unique among Masters programmes, the new MSc in Energy and Society emphasizes the insights that the social sciences can offer to energy and development, and vice versa.It will be led by the Anthropology Department, in association with the Durham Energy Institute and its partner departments (including Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities).

Why?

Energy is the key driver of both ecological change and international politics. Whether it is competition for oil or the search for new energy-sources, there is now no doubt that the future development of humanity will be driven by energy resource questions. As energy becomes a political issue, it is increasingly clear that we can only understand our energy practices from a broad interdisciplinary basis that incorporates both technology and society. It is here that the greatest challenges and opportunities lie, and Durham is in prime position to train appropriately qualified graduates with its leading research in Smart Grids and Energy for Development. Promoting energy efficiency, sustainability and innovation in social and technological terms, graduates of the Masters will be in demand from industry, community organizations and governments around the world.

How?

New core modules will be delivered as intensive 4-day workshops, with preparation and assessments supported by University tutors. Core modules will be complemented by a range of optional modules, offering three main pathways through the programme: renewables, energy and development, energy research. We plan in future years to make modules available as free standing activities, that can also be built up towards a Diploma or Masters qualification.

Where and when?

The programme will be delivered by and at Durham University. It will be led by the Anthropology Department, in association with the Durham Energy Institute and its partner departments (including Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities). It will start in Autumn 2013, with one core module in the autumn and one in the spring. Additional optional modules will be available for registered full-time Masters students. Off-site and/or distance learning options may be available later.