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As a global population, we are continuing to see a range of global challenges brought about by issues that we need to tackle together. Climate change, energy use, sustainable living and disease are just some of the many world-changing areas that we need to focus on now to help make a positive long-term difference.



Postgraduate programmes

At Durham, we offer a wide range of programmes, covering many subject areas to help our students become global leaders of change. Take a look at the options below, and take the first step to extraordinary. 

MSc Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise

Gain the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to become a scientist in plant biotechnology with this brand new programme for 2022
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MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Your opportunity to equip yourself with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in economics, coupled with strong environmental expertise
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MSc New and Renewable Energy

Providing the skills required to meet the growing challenge to achieve energy and environmental sustainability through the application of new technology
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Master of Data Science: Earth and Environment

Providing skills and interdisciplinary knowledge to address the challenges of utilising the streams of data produced in industry, science and government
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Scientific Computing and Data Analysis: Earth and Environmental Sciences

This programme provides the advanced knowledge of how to use sophisticated datasets and tools to tackle cutting-edge and societally-relevant problems
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MSc Sustainability, Energy and Development

Delivering an understanding of the linked processes and practices that feed into climate change and inequality, and how the can be critically addressed
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MSc Global and Planetary Health

Offering a unique opportunity to work at the interface between human health, environmental sustainability and social justice
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MSc Sustainability, Energy and Development

An integrated, interdisciplinary education in emerging issues in sustainability, energy and development
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MA Environmental Humanities

This exciting new interdisciplinary programme explores how humanities can contribute to developing a response to the environmental crisis.
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BSc Climate Science

This undergraduate programme provides you with a solid background in diverse aspects of climate science that span geological time. The degree delivers opportunities to study the physical aspects of climate change, how past climates are reconstructed, the carbon cycle, geochemistry within a climate context, numerical modelling, physical geography (including glaciology), environmental geoscience, and the politics surrounding modern climate change.
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MSc Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise

Take a look at our video to find out more about this exciting programme - brand new for 2022! 

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University student
“Planetary health is a fast emerging area of research and practice, with rapidly growing opportunities in this specialist field in both academic and community contexts. There is also a rapidly increasing demand and opportunities for planetary health specialisation within a broad range of other fields in the commercial and not-for-profit sector. This programme builds upon the existing research and teaching strengths of Durham University”.

Prof. Corinne Reid
Senior Global Advisor - Australia



University student
The faculty were an inspiration and the taught materials and delivery methods were easy to grasp, but at the same time made us challenge ourselves.

Raisa Bashar
MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics



University student
While growing up, I realised that climate change is one of the most significant challenges of this century and that we humans are responsible for most of it. I knew that if I wanted to be an active part of the solution, I had to dedicate my studies and work towards this cause.

Ana Maria Villarreal-Vives
Student - MSc New and Renewable Energy





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Working with industry

At Durham, we work with a range of industry leading partners to make a positive impact around the globe, and more locally too.

With a £45,000 grant from EPSRC IAA (Impact Acceleration Account) we employed a post-doctoral academic to work with with our partner Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, developing prototype software which applies risk analysis techniques to the problems that the offshore wind industry face.

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Business School: IMPACT Hub

Find out how we lead, impact and innovate across the business world through our research, business thinking and expert opinion.

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Student enterprise tackling climate change

Two companies started by past students here at Durham have been accepted onto the Tech Nation Net Zero 2.0 programme, which is supporting the UK’s most promising climate tech companies drive down environmentally harmful emissions.
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