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Humanitarian Engineering (with Sustainability) - MSc (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

‘Humanitarian Engineering’ is defined as the use of science and engineering to invent, create, design, develop, or improve technologies which promote the well-being of communities which are facing grand humanitarian challenges (fast growing populations, poor, disaster-hit, marginalised, or under-served communities).

Our postgraduate courses in Humanitarian Engineering are aimed at people from a wide range of backgrounds: from Engineering to Social Sciences, Law, Health, Management, Business and Economics.

This interdisciplinary programme promotes appropriate, sustainable, and holistic solutions to global challenges by integrating science into a broader practical scheme. You will learn to tackle global problems (energy, water, natural disasters, humanitarian logistics, conflict and wars, global health, overpopulation, poverty and underinvestment in low-income countries) using your skills to draw together different disciplinary approaches. Throughout the course, you’ll address the causes of these problems, consider preventative approaches, and implement suitable responses.

Your studies will provide you with an academically rigorous postgraduate level interdisciplinary training in the fields of Humanitarian Engineering, spanning from international development to humanitarianism and disaster emergencies. It involves a strong practical component with exposure to the ‘real world’ of organisations and practitioners and experience that boosts employability.

The programme is ideal for students who are looking to explore all the professional and disciplinary facets of humanitarian challenges. We will help you on your way to becoming an enterprising, outward-looking graduate, equipped both to meet society’s newest and most pressing challenges, and employers’ demands for advanced skills and knowledge. Different stakeholders, beneficiaries and users (e.g. industry, policy-makers, and local communities) are involved in the programme, so that knowledge is orientated towards real world problems and challenges.

If you’re keen to develop your skills with a focus on management, or to follow a broader route, you might be interested in our MSc Humanitarian Engineering with Management or MSc Humanitarian Engineering.

Core Modules:

  • Humanitarian Engineering: Ethics, Theory and Practices (15 credits)
  • An introduction to Global Health (15 credits)
  • Water and Environmental Management (15 credits)
  • One Humanity; Shared Responsibility (15 credits)
  • Disasters, Resilience and Urban Data (15 credits)
  • Renewable Energy (15 credits)
  • Project (45 credits)
  • Sustainable Operations and Humanitarian Supply Management (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Cities and Infrastructures for Emergencies (15 credits)

Optional Modules:
Your choice of optional modules will help you to further tailor the programme to your interests.

  • Humanitarian Law (15 credits)
  • Design for Sustainability (15 credits)
  • Renewable Energy (core module extended from 15 credits to 30 credits)
  • Sustainable Cities and Infrastructures for Emergencies (core module extended from 15 credits to 30 credits)
  • Disasters, Resilience and Urban Data (core module extended from 15 credits to 30 credits)

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


Each module will run intensively over one week and will be taught by a variety of methods: seminar, lecture, field research.


The core modules are assessed in a variety of ways: essay, poster, presentation, student-devised assessment.

Graduate Destinations:
Graduates of this programme will work across a broad range of areas. Students are expected to come from a broad array of international and professional backgrounds and go on after graduation into a wide variety of professional positions. Many Humanitarian Engineering graduates will work with the governments of developing countries managing the development process (e.g. central banks, ministries of finance, rural development, and education). Others will go on to multilateral development institutions like the World Bank, the IMF, or the United Nations; others to NGO Leaders of all sizes and descriptions; and still others will go on to work in the private sector, in jobs as diverse as professional services, manufacturing, and investment banking, to name just a few. Some students may decide to pursue PhD studies.

Work Experience Opportunities:
During the programme, students will have the opportunity to get involved in projects managed by organisations and professional services in developing and transitional countries.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent).

Applicants should have as a minimum a Bachelor’s degree (in Engineering, Science, Social Science, Business, Medical Science) with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:i) or its international equivalent. We will consider graduates of all disciplines.

In certain instances we will also consider applicants with a degree result of 2:ii (or equivalent). This may be the case if an applicant has relevant professional experience (please see below) in a subject relevant to the content of the course such as (but not restricted to) Engineering, Politics, International Relations or Political Science, International/Sustainable Development Studies, Sociology, Business, Geography.

Professional experience considered in the above context can be in the following areas, although this list is not exhaustive: Humanitarian Sector, International/Sustainable Development, Social Enterprise, Professional Services or Administration/Public Sector.

English Language requirements

IELTS Band of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other
subsection below 6.0.

Department of study

Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580
Overseas: £19,300

Home/EU: £4,290
Overseas: £9,650

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.