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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Select Committees are investigative committees which proceed by taking evidence and look at particular policy areas and produce reports on particular topics, (similar to “Evidentiary Hearings” in the US).  These are occasional events in which teams of students will hear evidence from an expert guest and undertake a “cross-examination” to explore the underlying issues involved.  Students prepare their questions in advance and approach the witness from a number of different standpoints and concerns. 

Previous expert witnesses have been drawn, for example, from the automotive industry, petrochemical industry , private developers and government advisory bodies.

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.