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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Studying at Cambridge


Pot Luck Drenten

Felipe Repetto 2014-15

Sadman Islam, 2014-2015

Senior Moulton Medal

Mauricia Nambatya, 2014 - 2015

Sandra Rán Ásgrímsdóttir

Samantha Passmore

Vincent Sakeni

ESD MPhil Students visit to Crossrail March 16

ESD MPhil Students visit to Crossrail March 16 v 2

Rheidol Hydro

Luca Di Mario, 2009-2010

Jesus Formal Football May 16 (Banda)

Daniel Smith, 2014-2015

Exercise 2016 carousel

Social life 16 carousel

Ces O'Hanlon MSF South Sudan

Fitzwilliam Cricket cuppers

Class of 16-17

Living Laboratory

Tombo Banda, 2015-2016

Ceridwen Salisbury

Roderick Darling

Staphanie Drenten

Greg Felter

Rafael Quezada Gaete

Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni 2011-12

Pravin Karki

Marcos Pelenur, 2009-2010

Davide Stronati, 2003/04

Select Committee Dec 16

Social Dec 16

Flooding Role Play

Social Dec 16 Carousel

Flooding Role Play Carousel

Flooding Role Play Carousel

mphil brochure

mphil logo teaser

JLR Workshop

Student fall in 1

Student fall in 2

Student hand in August 17

Matthew Myers

Matthew Myers, 2015-2016

Class photo 17-18

Souvik Ghosh

Steve Phillips

Joao Costa

Tahawar Hussain

Ramit Debnath

Katherine Bruce

ESD YouTube Video Global Challenges, Engineering Solutions

We asked three Cambridge students to summarise their dissertation topics and reveal what they thought of the course itself and how it has been of benefit to them.



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Tim Forman

Dr Tim Forman

Madeline Woodruff

Madeline Headshot

Street Peru

The main road in Piura, Peru.

Leon in Peru

Leon with one of the residents, Armando, who gifted him the most delicious mango he has ever had.


Dr. Tim Forman headshot

Hirmer Garden

Dr Stephanie Hirmer


Dr Stephanie Hirmer


Randolph Brazier Headshot

RAEng Symposium Photo

Group photo from Frontiers of Engineering for Development workshop, held in Mexico City.

Course Overview

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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.