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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

In addition to the formal assessed programme, a series of weekly discussions are held for all students on the MPhil course.  The purpose of these meetings is to explore themes of Sustainable Development in a less formal setting and to share the experiences of individual members of the group.  

The programme is intended to be flexible and will provide space for students to reflect on the issues that emerge from the taught programme.  In this respect there are opportunities for the MPhil students to lead the discussions and activities and suggest topics they wish to examine further.  The seminars are used for occasional industrial guest speakers who will examine the delivery of sustainable development from the perspective of practicing engineers.  Sessions include topics on themes such as environmental ethics, sustainability indicators, developing country and global poverty issues.  

A second occasional seminar series will provide information on specific aspects of the course.  Topics will include: careers, choosing a dissertation topic, research methodology, presentation and communication skills, etc.

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.