Energy and Society

Durham University

12 months
21000 GBP/year
10000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Energy and Society course offered by Durham University is an innovative postgraduate programme designed to appeal across the disciplines.


The MSc Energy and Society prepares you for a career in decarbonising energy systems.Whether that is by working with industry to redesign energy services, helping customersrethink their energy practices or developing climate-appropriate policies. This MSc givesyou the grounding you need to make a difference.

The MSc in Energy and Society takes a socio-technical approach to understanding energy.You will understand basic technological approaches, and gain the knowledge andintellectual tools to analyse the role of energy in the world, the politics of energy changeand the consequences of changing approaches.

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

You will learn about current and new energy technologies, histories of energy, how tounderstand energy politics, and how to study energy practices.

A broad range of optional subjects enables you to tailor the course according to your particular interests – you can take modules in law, international politics, advanced engineering, geography, risk, development or resilience, depending on your prior qualifications. In your fully supported personal research projectyou will deepen your expertise in your chosen area.


This course attracts high quality applicantsfrom all over the world and delivers highly skilledgraduates who are able to communicateacross disciplines and countries to furtherenvironmental progress and energy justice.Graduates of the MSc have gone on to workwith companies, consultancies, communityorganisations, Non-GovernmentalOrganisations and governments around theworld (as well as onto doctoral study).

Programme Structure

Modules are taught from October to May.   Optional modules from across the university.Dissertation supervision continues until the dissertation is submitted, in September. Previous dissertations and research projects as part of the course have been undertaken in partnership withIndustrial companies, Haringey Borough ofLondon, National Energy Action, Durham CountyCouncil, energy enterprises and communityenergy schemes.

Core modules include:

  • Context and Challenges in Energy and Society
  • Energy, Society and Practices
  • Energy in Practice (Field study)
  • Dissertation (personal research project)
Optional modules include:
  • Statistical Analysis in Anthropology
  • Society, Energy, Environment & Resilience 
  • Anthropology and Development
  • Key Issues in Sociocultural Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in any subject, or equivalent.
  • References play an important part in the admissions process.
  • If you have a different kind of qualification, you are welcome to outline why you think it equips you to study at Masters level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    10000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part Time Fees

  • EU Student: £5,500 per year
  • International non-EU Student: £11,600 per year


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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