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Energy and Environment Institute

The Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull brings together the skills and capabilities of world-leading scientists to tackle global challenges related to climate change and population growth and their consequences for society and livelihoods.

Our challenge

The need to take action to help our environment has never been more pressing. Our climate is changing and sea levels are rising. The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, forcing people to inhabit marginal areas. This will dramatically increase flood risk, create huge pressures on vital resources and present immense waste management challenges.

Under the leadership of Professor Dan Parsons, the Energy and Environment Institute conducts impactful research on the global challenges presented by environmental change and securing a low-carbon energy supply.

Develop your skills and knowledge in our supportive community of over 100 academics and students. You will learn from specialists and benefit from close links with national and international industry, NGOs and agencies. A Masters with the Energy and Environment Institute will ready you for a career where you can make a difference to the great environmental challenges facing our society.

Hull and Humber: central to developments in renewable energy and flood resilience

The city of Hull’s location on the Humber Estuary – Britain’s ‘Energy Estuary’ – creates a wealth of career and placement opportunities. The Humber region already produces up to 25% of the UK's energy and just offshore, is the world's largest offshore wind farm, powering 1m homes. Very soon the region will be home to the world's largest energy from waste facility utilising advanced gasification technology. Through partnerships like Aura, we are working to ensure the Humber and the UK are world leaders in a transition to a zero carbon future.

The University of Hull has long-standing expertise in flooding and innovation around flood risk management and resilience, helping to shape UK flood policy through its impactful work on the Pitt Review, following the 2007 floods. The Energy and Environment Institute’s partnerships with innovative agencies including ‘Living with Water' is helping the Humber region pioneer the development of resilient communities. Hull is only one of only five global cities selected by the Rockefeller Foundation to demonstrate future water resilience.

Join a university with a carbon neutral commitment

At the University of Hull, colleagues and students are uniting in action towards becoming carbon neutral. We’re rising to the challenge, leading the way to help to solve some of these complex problems. Not just for our region, but for the world beyond our shores.

Here on campus, we have made an ambitious commitment to be carbon neutral by 2027, our centenary year, reaffirming our commitment to contribute towards the urgent action needed to reverse global heating and the climate crisis.

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Scholarships for our Masters Programmes

We are pleased to offer bursaries worth £5,000 each to six students studying MSc Renewable Energy or Flood Risk Management, starting in September 2020. Scholarship applications close Friday 31 July 2020.

For eligibility criteria, and for details of how to apply, see scholarships information on our website.

Join us and make a real difference, right now

Our Masters programmes prepare you for a role at the cutting edge of global resilience and sustainability.

Masters programmes with the Energy and Environment Institute:

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Recruitment open for PhD Scholarships at the EPSRC Aura CDT in Offshore Wind & the Environment

Find out more about the key role of the University of Hull and the Humber Region in the growing renewables sector and in driving flood resilience in the UK and beyond in this short film:


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