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Humanitarian Engineering (MSc/PGDip/PGCert/PGA) (2021 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • MSc: P-H1C1
  • PGCert: P-H1C5
  • PGDip: P-H1C4
  • PGA: P-H1C6
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc/PGDip/PGCert/PGA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 years (MSc)/ 9 months (PGDip)/ 9 months (PGCert)
  • Part-time: 2 years (MSc)/ 18 months (PGDip)/ 3 years (PGCert)/ 9 months (PGA)
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Warwick's Humanitarian Engineering MSc spans a broad range of disciplines and is ideal for those looking to explore all the professional and disciplinary facets of humanitarian challenges. Available as a PGCert, MSc, PGDip and PGA, this course lets you fit your learning around your commitments.

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.

Humanitarian Engineering spans a broad range of disciplines and is ideal for students who are looking to explore all the professional and disciplinary facets of humanitarian challenges.

The Postgraduate Award, Certificate and Diploma are specially designed to support professional development for those already working in the field or interested in humanitarian engineering. Making time for work, family, and friends is important, so take advantage of our flexibility. Each module runs over one week, meaning study can fit in around other commitments and is tailored to your personal interests or development requirements. You can select from as few as 2 modules, up to 8 modules, depending on the award you complete.

Postgraduate Award (30 credits)

Select any combination of core (excluding Research Project) and optional modules for 30 credits (2 modules).

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) (60 credits)

Take any combination of core modules (excluding Research Project) for 60 credits (4 modules) or any combination including a maximum of 30 credits of optional modules.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (120 credits)

Complete all core modules (excluding Research Project) for 90 credits, and any combination of optional modules for 30 credits (2 modules).

Core Modules

  • Humanitarian Engineering: Ethics, Theory and Practices
  • An Introduction to Global Health
  • Water and Environmental Management
  • One Humanity; Shared Responsibility
  • Urban Resilience, Disasters and Data
  • Renewable Energy
  • Project

Optional Modules

  • Humanitarian Law
  • Sustainable Cities and Infrastructures for Emergencies
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Sustainable Operations and Humanitarian Supply Chains
  • Mindful Project Management


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

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, artefact, student-devised assessment.

Skills from this degree

  • Equipped to think and work in a problem- and solution-oriented way across the professional and disciplinary facets of humanitarian challenges
  • Have a broad perspective and the ability to communicate with parties of different backgrounds
  • Enhance critical thinking, reasoning and analytical abilities which are sought after by multilateral development institutions (e.g. World Bank, IMF, United Nations), NGOs and the private sector (e.g. professional services, manufacturing, and investment banking) or academia

Minimum 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

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

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.

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.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Working for More than Profit sector event and careers fair
  • Careers in the Creative Industries sector event
  • Centrally run careers workshops including CVs, applications, interviews and assessment centres

You can also contact the Humanitarian Engineering Department to arrange a visit or email to arrange a meeting in person or via video conferencing.

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

You can contact us through our online form or email hum dot eng at warwick dot ac dot uk to arrange a meeting in person or via video conferencing.