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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

In order to be offered a place on this course you need to be accepted by Graduate Admissions and one of the colleges.

Applicants are required to have a first or upper second class honours UK degree in an engineering or science discipline, or an equivalent standard from an overseas university.

Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to take an English language proficiency test to satisfy the Board that they can read, write and speak English to the required standard.

All applications for postgraduate study at Cambridge must be made through Graduate AdmissionsFull information, including details of entrance requirements, descriptions of colleges, funding available and a downloadable application pack, can be found on their website.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for applications for this course is the  last day of June each year but if you require funding  please see the deadlines for funding, which DIFFER from the deadlines for applications.

To secure the College of your choice and to take advantage of any bursary which applicants may be eligible for, early application is encouraged (i.e. before April for the course starting in the October of that year).

The Board of Graduate Studies ceases to process applications for the new academic year after 30th June.


The combined university and college fees (2021-22 estimated figures) are £13,002 for home students and £31,734 for overseas students. Living costs are estimated at £13,595 (plus £350 for non UK students). Further details are available at the Graduate Admissions website under Fees.

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

ATAS Certificates: The MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development does NOT require an ATAS certificate.  Please see:

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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.