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Postgraduate Energy and Society at Durham University

Postgraduate Energy and Society at Durham University

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MSc student Tricia Oakes talks about studying Energy and Society in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, why she chose this subject and how she has benefited from her time here.

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A world-class learning and student experience

Read for a degree at Durham University and you will have the opportunity to be amongst the best academics and students in your chosen subject.

The strength of our academic excellence is reflected in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results, which is a national exercise to determine the quality of research in UK universities. REF 2014 identified world-leading research in every Durham University subject.

During your time at Durham, you will be taught by world-leading academics who are acknowledged as experts in their fields and who are at the forefront of developments in their subject area. This is demonstrated not only through the research and teaching that they undertake, but also by the worldwide demand for their expertise.

Research and excellence is at our core - 83% of Durham’s research was assessed as "internationally excellent quality" or "world-leading" - REF2014
Member of the prestigious Russell Group - representing leading world class research intensive Universities in the UK
Ranked in the top 40 globally for employer reputation - 2018 QS World University League Rankings

If you have any questions that have not been answered by our webpages then please contact our Postgraduate Admissions team via pg.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities

Monks in Motion

Durham University has been recognised as a global leader in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.

(13 Sep 2017) » More about Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities


Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile

Monks in Motion

Sixteenth and seventeenth century Benedictine monks refused abstinence, died in duels, went off to war and spread illegal Catholic doctrine, a new study has revealed.

(31 Aug 2017) » More about Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile


Motorised molecules drill into cancer cells

Motorised molecules driven by light have been used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells, including cancerous ones. The technique shows promise for either bringing therapeutic agents into the cells or directly inducing the cells to die.

(31 Aug 2017) » More about Motorised molecules drill into cancer cells


People who hear voices can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds

Voice hearing and unusual sounds

People who hear voices that other people can’t hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to new research. 

(21 Aug 2017) » More about People who hear voices can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds


Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research

Primate and Predator

The Primate and Predator Project based in the Soutpansberg mountain range of South Africa, aims to better understand the ecology of local species and the threat that human activity poses to their conservation. Project Director Professor Russell Hill, Department of Anthropology, discusses the challenges of managing a research project abroad and successfully engaging with local communities. 

(16 Aug 2017) » More about Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research


Durham becomes first UK team to excavate in Forbidden City

Archaeologists from Durham University in the UK have become the first UK team to excavate inside the walls of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

(24 Jul 2017) » More about Durham becomes first UK team to excavate in Forbidden City


Calling time on the kissing bugs

They are known as ‘kissing bugs’ and they spread a disease that rarely makes the headlines but infects up to seven million people worldwide.

(21 Jul 2017) » More about calling time on the kissing bugs


Durham scientists play key role as construction starts on world’s largest telescope

Construction work has begun on the world’s largest visible to infrared telescope – and Durham University is playing a key role.

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT)

(20 Jul 2017) » More about Durham scientists play key role as construction starts on world’s largest telescope


Light-based medical start-up to receive expert guidance

A Durham University start-up company that could provide new light-based medical treatments has been selected to benefit from expert help in becoming ready for investment which could turn their ideas into businesses. 

(14 Jul 2017) » More about Light-based medical start-up to receive expert guidance



Durham officially the Best Student Community

As students prepare to arrive at Durham University for a new academic year, they can be assured they are officially part of the UKs Best Student Community, according to this year’s National Student Housing Survey (NSHS).

The award reflects Durham’s commitment to delivering the best possible student experience and reinforces its position as a leader in UK higher education, having been recognised as one of the top universities both nationally and globally in a range of respected rankings.

(7 Sep 2017) » More about Durham officially the Best Student Community


Northern Lights prepare to shine at Edinburgh Fringe

Durham University’s renowned A Cappella group the Northern Lights will preview their latest show “Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them’ at The Assembly Rooms Theatre in Durham on Friday 11 August, before taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the month.

The show is one of 10 Durham student productions travelling to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe this year.

(8 Aug 2017) » More about Northern Lights prepare to shine at Edinburgh Fringe


Congratulations to all our students graduating

Internationally acclaimed poet Sir Andrew Motion has been awarded an honorary degree as thousands of students graduate from Durham University.

The University held 15 Summer Congregation ceremonies with around 4,000 students from nearly 100 countries graduating, celebrating their hard work and achievements together with relatives and friends in the 11th Century Norman splendour of Durham Cathedral, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Congratulations to all our students graduating


Students launch Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

Durham Festival of the Arts (DFoA) is an exciting three-week festival running from 2  - 23 June. Now in its third year, and with over 30 unique events and around 300 individuals actively involved, the 2017 festival is set to be the biggest yet.

The festival, organised by students from the University’s Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre (DST) societies, promises a dazzling array of events, from concerts and masterclasses, plays to photography exhibitions, and so much more. Festival events will takes place across some of the city’s most iconic venues, including Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral, The Gala and The Assembly Rooms Theatre.

(25 May 2017) » More about Students launch Durham Festival of the Arts 2017



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