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 any subject, or equivalent. Please email us on study@durham.ac.uk for advice on relevant experience.

References play an important part in the admissions process.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Energy and Society is an innovative postgraduate course looking at uses of energy in socio-technical perspectives. The course gives graduates a holistic understanding of energy issues, approaches to transition, technologies in practice, and the politics of energy developments. Graduates have pursued careers in the energy industry, in consultancy, in government and in community energy organisations. Using ideas from practice theory, notions of integrated energy systems, energy development and social science approach to energy, it draws together diverse disciplinary approaches and ensures that students can speak and read across disciplinary boundaries. It will be of interest to engineers seeking to understand how and why technologies 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 taught courses, including teaching from experts across the university and invited guest speakers, during which students are introduced to a broad range of energy issues, disciplinary approaches and analytic strategies. Students engage in ‘live projects’, and explore a range of research questions and methods in preparation for 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 course draws on leading experts in energy studies at Durham from Anthropology, Engineering, Geography, Earth Sciences and other departments. The two core taught modules are delivered via intensive block-teaching, and there is also a field study module for applied team-research.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)191 334 1000