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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

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Important information for applicants: application deadline for 2024-25 is 16th May

27 April 2024

We will be closing applications for the 2024-25 cohort on the 16th of May this year due to the high number of applications already received. Please be sure that all documents - including references - are upoaded by this date.

ESD MPhil lecturer contributes to the 2024 Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership report

22 February 2024

ESD MPhil lecturer Edoardo Borgomeo of the Centre for Sustainable Development was one of the lead authors of the 2024 Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership report People and Planet: Addressing the Interlinked Challenges of Climate Change, Poverty and Hunger in Asia and the Pacific . This is the annual flagship publication of the...

Live online information session and Q&A for prospective MPhil students on 17th and 24th November 2023

10 November 2023

The University of Cambridge's Centre for Sustainable Development invites prospective students to a live online information session on the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development. The session will include a presentation on the course and will give you a chance to ask questions of the course staff. Four sessions are...

Course Overview


The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.


An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions.


An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.


An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.