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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Throughout the year students have many opportunities to participate in a range of site visits to relevant sites and organisations.  Recent examples include:


  • Potton Kingspan
  • Severn Trent Water Anaerobic Digestion Plant, Coleshill
  • Ironbridge Bioresource Power Station
  • ARUP
  • Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
  • Practical Action, Rugby
  • Rheidol Hydro and Rheidol Wind Farm
  • Dulas, Machynlleth
  • Canolfan Hyddgen, Machynlleth
  • Aberystwyth University: (Bio-refining facility)
  • National Grid, Wokingham
  • Thameswey Energy Station, Woking
  • 2012 Olympic Park, Stratford, East London
  • RES Ltd Kings Langley
  • Building Research Establishment, Innovation Park, Watford
  • Halcrow Consulting Engineers, Burderop Park, Swindon
  • Buro Happold, Bath
  • Hockerton Housing Project, Nottinghamshire
  • The Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
  • Imerys China Clay, St Austell, Cornwall
  • Heartlands restoration project, Pool, Cornwall
  • Cranfield University, Silsoe Handpump Maintenance Site
  • Four Burrows Wind Farm (RES)
  • Bear’s Down Wind Farm (nPower Renewables)
  • A303 at Stonehenge
  • M3 at Twyford Down
  • A3 at Hindhead
  • MBA Polymers

Mid-Wales field trip 2013

Photo: Pankaj Arora

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.