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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Alumna Dr Tara Shirvani (Queens’ College, 2008) has been named one of this year’s UK Rising Stars in Science and Engineering.

WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level and celebrate 100 females from across different industries and professions who represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. 

A past honouree of Forbes 30 Under 30, Tara has forged a successful career since graduating and is a known expert in green transport and infrastructure solutions, digital and artificial intelligence (AI) strategies for mobility, and Middle Eastern energy politics. The 31-year-old credits her Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge as having been “pivotal” in providing her with the valuable technical knowledge she required in order to gain understanding of large scale infrastructure needs.

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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.