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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Studying at Cambridge


Dissertation Research

Individual Research projects


The final component is undertaken between April and August when students complete an individual piece of research for their Masters Dissertation.  This can involve working with companies, government agencies and other organisations and often produces work which is subsequently published in technical Journals. The dissertation of 12,000 – 15,000 words will be submitted bythe end of August.  This aspect of the course is equivalent to 4 modules and allows the study of an aspect of engineering and sustainable development to be pursued in depth.  Topics might range from the design of geothermal heat pumps or the infrastructure requirements for hydrogen based transportation systems to using sustainability criteria to prioritise asset management decisions in the water industry or how effective sustainability reporting is in an engineering sector.  Students discuss their ideas with the Course Director during Michaelmas Term, and then they are assigned appropriate supervisors and agree titles for their work during Lent Term.  This process allows preliminary preparation and planning to take place before the execution of the work itself gets underway around Easter.

ESD Students hand in Dissertations August 15

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