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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions


The MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development is a full time Master’s degree taught over an 11 month period from October to August, inclusive. During this time students are required to be resident in Cambridge and will be expected to participate in activities outside the periods of Cambridge Terms (which are set largely for the delivery of undergraduate programmes).

To enable students to plan their schedules the course team will not schedule any formal activities under our control during the following periods:

Monday 24 December – to Friday 7 January inclusive (Christmas)

Monday 8 April to – Friday 19th April inclusive (Easter) depending on whether you’re taking modules with exams which may be during this time period - Easter 2019 21st April.

 All students will be expected to be available for course activities at any time outside these periods.



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.