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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

On graduating from the course our students have gone on to a very diverse range of opportunities and exciting employment  prospects.  This reflects the broad nature of the programme and the growing demand for individuals who can rethink approaches to engineering problems in a different way.  Organisations which have employed our graduates range from engineering consultants, government departments, the UN and the World Bank, NGOs and organisation involved in international development, architectural practices, chemical industries, and some return to the military or stay on in education to pursue higher degrees.

See also: Alumni Profiles

Some of the organisations who have recruited  our MPhil graduates are listed below:

  • Ambev (Brazil)
  • Anglian Water
  • Arup
  • Bechtel
  • Berkhad
  • Biwater plc
  • Black and Veatch
  • British Wind Energy Authority
  • Burro Happold
  • Cadmus  Group (Boston)
  • Carbon Zero (Canada)
  • CDM (New Orleans and Aretae)
  • Chargee de Mission ( France)
  • City of Vancouver
  • Continuum Network (Canada)
  • Dakota Gasification Company
  • Dow Chemicals (Texas)
  • EcoFisk (Holland)
  • Econ Serv (Egypt)
  • Enablon (France)
  • Ernst & Young (India)
  • Eskom (South Africa)
  • EU Commission, Washington
  • Expedition Engineering
  • Faber Maunsell  ( now  aecom)
  • Fulcrum Consulting
  • Global Living
  • Guinness (Nigeria)
  • Hach Associates
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • IPA Energy
  • JGG
  • Kema (USA)
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
  • Max Fordham
  • McKinsey
  • MMT Cordah
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Pick Everard
  • Practical Action (and formerly ITDG)
  • Save the Children
  • Scott Wilson
  • Sentec
  • Shell (Nigeria)
  • South Australia Water, Adelaide
  • Stomwater Manager, California
  • Telekom Malaysia
  • Trieste Local Goverbment (Italy)
  • Tyco Health Care (Mexico)
  • UK Civil Service (e.g. Dept of Transport)
  • UN Field Officer, Afghanistan
  • UNDP
  • University Lecturer (Australia)
  • US  Navy
  • US Army
  • USA  Law  School
  • Veolia
  • Vestas
  • Wallace Group (USA)
  • Winnock International (Washington)
  • World Bank


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.