MSc Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development

Course Overview

This cross-disciplinary programme is highly applied with both taught elements and a real project deliverable that are designed to develop practitioners who can think rapidly and flexibly, acting in the absence of complete information to support and improve the quality of life through engineering solutions.

Key Features

  • Developed in collaboration with College of Arts and Humanities and the Prince’s Foundation.
  • Natural extension of a number of highly successful College of Engineering student mobility projects over the past few years in Zambia, Liberia and South Africa.
  • Focus on “applied” sustainable engineering projects in a real life environment, with interaction with real stakeholders in an international development context.
  • Students recruited as part of a team to specific projects from the outset, each with a specific role/angle on the project within broad but defined project requirements.
  • Students recruited from a range of backgrounds, including STEM, International Development, Politics, Law, Business (but other areas considered) from UK/EU and Overseas.
  • From day one, the project will be the focus for the students, with team development and the acquisition of the tools required for success central to delivery. 
  • Limited places offered on competitive basis and an interview process with stakeholders involved.
  • A number of scholarship and bursary opportunities are available.

Please see available Projects under ‘Description’ below.


The majority of the world’s construction is now informal and located in the Global South, namely “developing countries, which are located primarily in the Southern Hemisphere” (UNDP). These new world environments face multiple challenges, from reducing extreme poverty and providing food for the expected 10 billion people by 2050, to dealing with the threats of manmade climate change and irreversible loss of bio-diversity and natural habitats.

In the face of this, we urgently need to develop a new generation of practitioners who can think rapidly and flexibly and act in the absence of complete information to support and improve the quality of life for both urban and rural dwellers of the future. These practitioners will need to understand and be able to enhance environments through myriad engineering issues and develop designs in collaboration with the communities they serve. This cross-disciplinary programme will develop a new generation of practitioners who can lead this development, developing practical engineering solutions to building in resilience for local communities in the face of rapid urbanization.

2017/18 projects:

  1. Community Cooker Development- Kenya
  2. Timber Seasoning Systems - Sierra Leone
  3. Community School Development - Zambia
  4. Remote Engineering and VR Support - UK

Modules on the MSc course can vary each year but you could expect to study:

  • Introduction to Development Studies
  • Leadership, Team Development and Innovative Thinking
  • Complexity, Uncertainty, Risk Mitigation and Failure
  • Concept Development & Application
  • Project Management
  • Monitoring & Impact Evaluation
  • Community Engagement
  • Social, Economic and Political Implications of Engineering Solutions
  • Circular Economy and Sustainable Engineering  

Entry Requirements

Students will be recruited from a range of backgrounds to fulfil specific roles within the project. A minimum of BEng/BSc/BA 2.1 (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline is required, with IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each area of assessment (or equivalent SELT).

Please not that places on this course are capped.

Applicants will also be interviewed (in person or by Skype) with dates for interview anticipated between the end of May and end of June.

How To Apply

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £11,950 £21,950

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MSc Sustainable Engineering for International Development course do not cover costs incurred personally by the student, such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.


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