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Humanitarian Engineering - MSc PGCert,PGDip, PGA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

Humanitarian Engineering is the use of science and engineering to invent, create, design, develop, or improve technologies that promote the wellbeing of communities facing grand humanitarian challenges.

This interdisciplinary programme promotes appropriate, sustainable, and holistic solutions to global challenges by integrating science into a broader practical scheme. Using your skills to draw together different disciplinary approaches, you will learn to tackle global problems such as energy, water, natural disasters, humanitarian logistics, conflict and wars, global health, overpopulation, poverty, and underinvestment in low-income countries.

When you apply, you will choose one of three variants: General Humanitarian Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering with Sustainability, and Humanitarian Engineering with Management. Each offers different core and optional modules tailored to that specific pathway.

*Exit awards also available as PGCert, PGDip, PGA.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

Optional Modules:

(one chosen from List A and one from List B)
List A: Sustainable Cities and Infrastructures for Emergencies; Sustainable Operations and Humanitarian Supply Management

List B: Communication and Leadership; Design for Sustainability; Project Management

For more information on the core and optional modules available for this course please visit the department website.

* 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.

Contact Hours:

Contact hours vary from 24 to 30 hours per module, per week.

Class Sizes:

Core modules are up to 30 students; optional modules vary between 5-15 students and seminars typically average around 15-20 students.


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

This is a new course, so our first cohort of students will graduate in 2020.

A degree in Humanitarian Engineering will leave you well-placed to work with governments (e.g. ministries of finance, rural development, and education), multilateral development institutions (e.g. World Bank and United Nations), NGOs and the private sector (e.g. professional services and investment banking).

You may also decide to pursue PhD studies.

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Essential information

Course Code

MSc: P-H1C1
PG Cert: P-H1C5
PG Dip: P-H1C4


Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent), ideally in Engineering, Science, Social Sciences,
Natural Sciences, Humanities, Business or Medical Sciences, although we will consider graduates of all disciplines.

English Language Requirements

Band A

IETLS 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

See Student Finance


In 2016/17, the University allocated over £36 million of scholarship funding to postgraduate students. Warwick is also part of a number of prestigious government Scholarship schemes, including Chevening, Fulbright, Commonwealth
and Marshall. For more information click here.

Additional Course Costs

There are no known required additional costs, though students may well incur additional costs by choosing to travel for their research project, etc. However, this is not a requirement.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.