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Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development MSc

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The MSc in Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development is a cross-disciplinary programme that 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 of Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development

  • 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 in a real life environment, with interaction with real stakeholders in an international development context.
  • Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development students are recruited from a range of backgrounds, including STEM, International Development, Politics, Law, Business (but other areas considered) from UK/EU and Overseas.
  • Limited places offered on competitive basis and an interview process with stakeholders involved.
  • A number of scholarship and bursary opportunities are available.

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.

The MSc in Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development is a cross-disciplinary programme that 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 urbanisation.

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development course typically include:

  • Team Project & Individual Dissertation
  • Community Engagement
  • Complexity, Uncertainty, Risk and Failure
  • Concept Development and Application
  • Project Management
  • Circular Economy and Sustainable Engineering
  • Leadership, Team Development, Communication and Engagement
  • Introduction to Development Studies
  • Socio-economic and political implications of engineering solutions
  • Monitoring & Impact Evaluation for International Development
  • Tools for International Development

Engineering Quarter

At the College of Engineering, we continually strive for excellence in our teaching and research. The Bay Campus provides the space for growth and enable us to build on our current success, co-locating industry with our academic staff and students including those in the Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development programme.

The Bay Campus includes purpose built facilities for students, staff and businesses allowing for the benefits of co-location, enabling applied research, an accelerated innovation pathway and employment opportunities. 

The seven buildings that form the College of Engineering house high-tech teaching and research laboratories. There are brand new lecture theatres, smaller tutorial and seminar rooms, teaching laboratories and PC facilities.

Energy Safety Research Institute

The Energy Safety Research Institute building at Swansea University’s Bay Campus forms part of the College of Engineering. The Energy Safety Research Institute concentrates the College of Engineering’s strength in the energy sector.

The Energy Safety Research Institute is supported by industry sponsors. It focuses on the safety issues surrounding the development and expansion of existing energy processes, as well as the safe deployment and integration of new 'green' energy technologies.

The design and construction of a new 3,800m2 building enables the University to develop the quality and scale of its research efforts in the areas of energy and safety.

The Institute has an international focus and is a constituent member of the Global Energy Safety Institute (founded in Houston, Texas in 2011) a sister Institute of the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute at Rice University in Houston and an associate of the National Corrosion Research Centre at Texas A&M (supported by BP in North America).

This builds on the existing long-term strengths within College of Engineering in the area of petroleum and chemical processing, particularly in terms of computational science (rock fracture modelling and fracking') and corrosion.

It is supplemented by more recent research success in marine energy, nuclear, tidal, advanced water treatment ('fracking' post-treatment and separation), materials, crisis management and more novel areas such as photovoltaic (PV) and nanotechnology.

Key facts

  • 3,800 sqm building.
  • BREEAM Outstanding rating. BREEAM is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
  • UK’s first dedicated centre for research into energy safety.
  • Supported by BP and Tata Steel.
  • Provides facilities for Swansea’s Sêr Cymru and other staff.
  • Marine Lab will include a 30m flume for research, testing and development of products including wave powered electricity generators.
  • Building is funded from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) provided via the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

Visit the Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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