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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

For information about costs, funding and deadlines please see the finance section of the Graduate Student Admissions website which has information about fees, maintenance and funding:

The Department of Engineering and the Centre for Sustainable Development are not able to provide any funding for ESD MPhil students.

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, Departments, Research Councils and central University funds.

Funding from the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, the Arts & Humanities and Economic & Social Research Councils (AHRC and ESRC), and some other University awards can be applied for by completing Section B of the GRADSAF (application form) by the appropriate deadline.

It is very important to read the instructions for the various funding opportunities  and check the deadlines as each has its own peculiar guidelines.

University-wide funding competition deadlines

For Scholarships provided by Cambridge’s academic departments and Colleges for student for prospective students see:

Cambridge Funding Search

External Funding and Loans

Please note - it is NOT possible to work whilst you study  on the ESD MPhil. For further information see:



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.