Taught course

Energy and Society

Durham University · Department of Anthropology

Entry requirements

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: IELTS 7 or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

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 seewww.durham.ac.uk/anthropology/postgraduatestudy/taughtprogrammes/mscenergyandsociety for further information on modules.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Anthropology
44(0)191 334 1621