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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

The current group of Engineering for Sustainable Development students completed the Autumn Trip led, as always, by Professor Jeremy Purseglove.

The theme of the visits to locations for HS2, and road schemes at Winchester and Stonehenge is to study the complex relationship between transport systems and landscape. Jeremy Purseglove, who is well known internationally for his books on Taming the Flood and Working with Nature, has led this part of the MPhil programme since its inception in 2002. Sadly this was his last field trip with us and the occasion was marked with a special thank you for his inspiring contributions over many years. Dick Fenner presented him with a glass decanter and an album of photo memories noting how will be very fondly remembered by every group of ESD students who have participated in the MPhil programme. Jeremy hopes to continue informally contributing to the course in others ways, for example by offering to host a site visit to Rutland Water next summer.

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.