Explore our Humanitarian Engineering (with Sustainability) taught Master's degree.
The increasing number of global humanitarian challenges urges us to rethink the role we play. In the Humanitarian Engineering (with Sustainability) MSc you will focus on renewable energy, sustainable cities and infrastructures for emergencies.
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 degree explores the same broad themes as our main Humanitarian Engineering degree, but with a specific focus on sustainability through tailored core and optional modules.
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
General entry requirements
2:1 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
You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:
- Band A
- IELTS Band of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Humanitarian Engineering: Ethics, Theory and Practices
This module is an introduction to humanitarian engineering viewed from ethical, cultural, and practical perspectives. It is designed to enable you to reflect upon the history and meaning of Humanitarianism and Humanitarian Engineering.
An Introduction to Global Health
The module aims to give you a comprehensive knowledge and critique of key global health issues. You will be introduced to the global burden of disease and the social determinants of health.
Water and Environmental Management
The main aim of this module is to present to students a global topic such as water in its complexity and to engage them so they can discover, research and experiment the great potentialities of an interdisciplinary approach to the matter.
One Humanity; Shared Responsibility
The international community is expecting that we come together and tackle global challenges from poverty to gender quality and climate change, and to create a better world for future generations. Now it is time to turn promises into action for this generation, and uphold people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive.
The Agenda for Humanity outlines five core responsibilities in which we must take collective action. One of the core responsibilities is 'Leave no one behind'. It is our responsibility and commitment to transform the lives of those most at risk of being left behind. This means reaching everyone and empowering all women, men, girls and boys to be agents of positive transformation. It means reducing displacement, supporting refugees and migrants, ending gaps in education and fighting to eradicate sexual and gender-based violence and increasing disaster management.
Urban Resilience, Disasters and Data
This module is aimed at introducing the topics of disaster risks and urban resilience with emphasis on the use of innovative digital technologies to gather and analyse urban data for improving disaster resilience. It approaches, theoretically and practically, the main issues involved in disaster resilience and the way in which social media, mobile technologies and the web 2.0 are related to our collective experience of disasters and crisis events.
This module aims to impart an advanced understanding of the principles of modern renewable energy technologies, including biofuels from a variety of sources, wind power, solar energy, geothermal, ocean and hydro power and ethical and practical considerations. The particular focus will be given to the limitations and restrictions in developing countries.
Specialist core modules
Sustainable Cities and Infrastructure for Emergencies
In many developing countries, basic infrastructures; housing, power, water, sanitation, information and communication technologies, and roads, are insufficient, or non-existent. Inadequate access to infrastructures is a key barrier to economic growth. It inhibits access to health care, education and markets, it is tested even more at times of emergency.
In this module students will explore the planning and conceptual design of sustainable cities and infrastructure improvements for low-income urban communities. They will also become familiar with the range of infrastructure needs for affected communities before, during and following emergencies such as technologies for security, shelter, water supply and engineering management of liquid and solid wastes.
Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering
This module covers aspects including, but not limited to, key concepts of industrial ecology (industrial ecosystems, industrial symbiosis, and industrial metabolism), industrial ecology tools (lifecycle, input-output, techno-economic, and material flow analyses), sustainable engineering and design for environment, environmental impact assessment, sustainable production and consumption, resource/material efficiency and circular economy strategies (e.g. reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycling), pairing disruptive digital technologies with the circular economy, sustainability in the supply chain, multi-criteria decision analysis, energy and transportation (e.g. battery systems and electric vehicles) amongst others.
Students can propose their own projects or will study projects proposed by academics and industry partners individually or as a group. Guidance will be provided by the module leader and project supervisor who has expertise in the area of interest. The project aims to give you experience of working within a team and parallels the way teams formed with people with different background to tackle challenging projects like project teams formed in real life situations.
(One chosen from the list below)
- Humanitarian Law
- Design Thinking for Social Impact
- Challenges to Global Food Security
- Public Engagement
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.
Core modules are up to 30 students; optional modules vary between 5-15 students and seminars typically average around 15-20 students.
Typical contact hours
Contact hours vary from 24 to 30 hours per module, per week.
The core modules are assessed in a variety of ways including essay, poster, presentation, artefact, student-devised assessment.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.
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 hum dot eng at warwick dot ac dot uk to arrange a meeting in person or via video conferencing.
School of Engineering
Think Differently. Do Differently.
Humanitarian Engineering is an exciting programme designed for students of all disciplinary and professional backgrounds.
It brings together the expertise and insight of multiple disciplines to discover new and innovative solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
Our Postgraduate Taught courses
- Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc)
- Biomedical Engineering (MSc)
- Communications and Information Engineering (MSc)
- Diagnostics. Data and Digital Health MSc
- Diagnostics, Data and Digital Health (Medical Diagnostics) MSc
- Diagnostics, Data and Digital Health (Medical Imaging) MSc
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MSc)
- Electrical Power Engineering (MSc)
- Humanitarian Engineering (MSc/PGDip/PGCert/PGA)
- Humanitarian Engineering (with Management) (MSc)
- Humanitarian Engineering (with Sustainability) (MSc)
- Predictive Modelling and Scientific Computing (MSc)
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
Please contact your academic department for information about department specific costs, which should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
Find out how to apply to us, ask your questions, and find out more.
How to apply
The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.
Applications will close on 2 August 2024 for students who require a visa to study in the UK, to allow time to receive a CAS and complete the visa application process.
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