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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Energy Related MSc and PhD Topics

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Other Energy related training at Durham University:

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

We welcome enquiries about PhD and Masters research projects from prospective students in any of our many energy research areas. See our research expertise fliers.

Look at our Postgraduate research topics pages for some suggestions of potential Research Masters and PhD projects. If you have an alternative topic you would like to research at postgraduate level please get in contact with the relevant academic or department or contact for advice.

Oil & gas CDT
Offshore Wind CDT
Fusion Energy CDT

Energy taught Masters at Durham

MSc Energy and Society

  • Why do energy efficiency measures often fail?
  • How will we transition into a post-carbon energy system?
  • Why do some energy technologies spread, while others disappear?
  • How can people be persuaded to change their energy habits?

The MSc in Energy and Society investigates energy systems from all angles. On this course you will look at energy in practice, what it means to make an energy transition, what we mean by energy justice, and how energy practices change.You will learn about current and new energy technologies, histories of energy, how to understand energy policy, and how to study energy practices.

The programme brings in leading experts in energy studies at Durham from Anthropology, Engineering, Economics, Law, Geography, Geosciences and many other departments, and is taught through intensive block-teaching, field-study, original dissertation research and a range of optional modules that complement the core teaching.

A broad range of optional subjects enables you to specialise according to your particular interests – you can take modules in advanced engineering, law, international politics, geography, risk, development or resilience, depending on your prior qualifications. This course attracts high quality applicants from all over the world and delivers highly-skilled graduates who are able to communicate across disciplines and countries to further environmental progress and energy justice. Graduates of the MSc will be in demand from industry, community organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations and governments around the world.

MSc Energy & Society Blog

Welcome to the MSc Energy and Society blog. Students from around the world are participating in the programme, to understand what the world’s current energy challenges are, how to understand them from different perspectives and how to address them.

MSc New and Renewable Energy

The MSc in New and Renewable Energy from Durham will equip you with the skills required to meet the challenges of environmental and energy sustainability that the world is now facing. Based in the Department for Engineering and Computer Sciences at Durham the course is targeted towards graduates from science or engineering degrees wanting to apply their knowledge in an energy context.

Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy

The Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training has students from many different departments across the university. Through the CDT Energy students have the opportunity to undertake world class research within a specialist department at Durham University, but also to gain a broader knowledge of energy issues from engineering to social aspects.

Energy is a multidisciplinary topic and in order to remain competitive within this sector, the UK will require a critical mass of versatile individuals 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. It is clear that on completion of their doctoral studies Durham CDT researchers will have a competitive edge when considering the next step in their career.

DEI Masterclasses: A unique opportunity to access training directly from experts across Durham University and the Energy Sector.

These four and half day courses are aimed at energy professionals from central government, local councils, industry or higher education, and students, who wish to gain a broader understanding of energy and insights into the social aspects of energy. Previous attendees have included staff from DECC and Durham County Council. The courses include presentations from leading experts across Durham University and externally. Each theme is introduced through theoretical discussion and case study examples. A site visit may also be included.