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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions
 

Before joining the course I had worked as a Design Engineer on large scale oil and gas projects working to deliver projects on time with in acceptable quality and budget. I was working at the higher end of the value chain but I was feeling a huge gap in terms of what I am doing and what I could possibly do in order to improve the world through engineering. It was important for me to get a break, do such a course with a group of exciting multidisciplinary students around the world.

I have made a lot of new friends and learned things that I may never have learned while working on demanding projects serving major clients in the industry. I am now working in the Infrastructure division of KEO International Consultants in Doha, Qatar. Here I am working on water transmission and distribution projects. But that's the beginning of a new chapter and I will be looking forward to lead the way to a sustainable future in whatever way I can.

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Course Overview

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

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.

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

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.