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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

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Teaching in ESD 2021-22

30 September 2021

The course team are undergoing final preparations to welcome 33 students from around the world, to join the 20th edition of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development. Building on our learning from delivering the course during the pandemic so far, we will be seeking to take advantage of the online sessions to...

ESD MPhil lecturer Dr Kristen MacAskill recognised in WE50 awards

5 July 2021

We are delighted to announce that Dr Kristen MacAskill has been recognised as one of 2021’s top 50 Women in Engineering. Founded by the Women's Engineering Society in 2016, the WE50 awards are a UK event linked to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) – a celebration of women in engineering that takes place on 23...

ESD's Professor Richard Fenner produces award-winning paper for Engineering Education Conference

5 July 2021

Professor Richard Fenner was awarded the Leo Jansen Best Paper award at this year’s Engineering Education for Sustainable Development conference. Leo Jansen (1934 – 2012) was a chemical engineer, corporate researcher and planner, politician and professor. Professor Fenner’s paper, ‘ Engineers as advocates for Sustainable...

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.