Education

While the ESI is an institute built around research, education plays an important role in what we do. Our staff’s roles in TEF Gold level teaching and world class research have a symbiotic relationship, each feeding and benefiting the other.

Academics from the ESI teach onto over 70 modules across the Penryn Campus. These include degree and post-graduate taught courses across Mathematics, Politics, Biosciences, BusinessGeography, Renewable Energy and Mining and Mineral Engineering.

The ESI leads on three of the University’s interdisciplinary Masters programmes:

MSc Sustainable Development

The MSc in Sustainable Development takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to exploring the economic, environmental, and social issues surrounding sustainability policy. It takes a practical and problem-based approach to learning, focusing on both the study of sustainable development and its implementation in a range of professional contexts. It balances theory and its application to explore the outcomes of recent policy making; specific policy areas such as biodiversity, climate change, and forests; and social enterprise. Additionally, a range of optional modules allow students to cover wider debates in fields of climate change, energy policy, risk management, and the environment.

MSc Conservation Science and Policy

This interdisciplinary programme examines both scientific and policy-oriented aspects of conservation and explores how conservation goals may be achieved under climate change scenarios, in combination with food security requirements, while taking social justice issues into account.

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

Climate change and the need to manage diminishing fossil fuel reserves are two of the biggest challenges facing the planet and it is widely accepted that we must act now to reduce energy consumption, switch to renewable energy sources and substantially cut greenhouse gases. This requires Renewable Energy Engineers with the right interdisciplinary skillset to pioneer the design, building and management of its infrastructure. Drawing upon our particular research strengths in marine, solar and wind based generation alongside specialist modules in energy storage, this programme prepares students for a career in a variety of energy-related roles across the sector.