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MSc Humanitarian Engineering and Computing


Course Description

OVERVIEW

Engineering is a global industry with organisations operating in a multidisciplinary and international market place. Engineers often face situations that demand an understanding of social and cultural issues in parallel with the technical requirements of the project.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Increasing access of people to basic services such as water, sanitation, shelter, energy, transport remains a significant global challenge. The use of innovative engineering and computing is essential to addressing these challenges, whilst ensuring environmental concerns and financial restrictions are adhered to. A further challenge for engineers can be meeting these needs in disaster prone or conflict affected areas.

The computing and engineering industries having highlighted the need for specialists who are not only technically competent but are also able to apply their skills to meet these complex and demanding issues. Global engineers need to be able to select the most appropriate solution for the local context, not just the ‘best’ technical solution.

They should be able to offer affordable solutions that are developed using available resources, manufacturing techniques and local knowledge.

This Masters programme will teach how a broad range of engineering and computing disciplines can be applied in conjunction with one another to reach appropriate, workable and affordable solutions to a variety of complex, diverse and human-centred challenges.

This MSc in Humanitarian Engineering and Computing is designed to meet the industry requirement of a globally aware engineer and computing specialist. It has been designed in partnership with both industry and charitable organisations to produce engineers who will have career prospects in large multinational global engineering organisations through to NGOs.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The suite of modules in this MSc is unique to Coventry University, due to our broad expertise and extensive network of industrial and academic partners.

The initial course design has been influenced by our Royal Academy of Engineering funded Advisory Board the membership of which includes; practicing humanitarian professionals, key international engineering companies, policy makers and CEOs of leading Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in this area, such as Engineers Against Poverty and RedR. The course content has been developed by industry professionals to address the skills they want in their employees. Students can expect to work with experts from industry throughout the course.

The taught content will be practically focused on areas such as; water and sanitation, energy, use of IT systems, logistics, health, materials, manufacturing, project management and more. The modules themselves will emphasise the appropriate use of these skills in situations such as disaster relief (pre, during and post), development work, UK based humanitarian projects and application in large multinational global engineering projects. There is a large practical element throughout the whole course combined with real life examples and case studies supplied by our network of experts. Industrial visits, hands on workshops and guest lecturers will enhance the learning experience.

This MSc in Humanitarian Engineering and Computing is designed to meet the industry requirement of a globally aware engineer and computing specialist. It has been designed in partnership with both industry and charitable organisations to produce engineers who will have career prospects in large multinational global engineering organisations through to NGOs.

The dissertation for this MSc will showcase how students can appropriately use the practical skills gained throughout the course of the year. Opportunities will be offered for projects with our overseas partners, projects based with our UK partners through to projects based in large global organisations.

Visit the MSc Humanitarian Engineering and Computing page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate technology/engineering discipline. However entry qualifications are flexible and will be considered on a case by case basis, applications are also welcomed from mature candidates and those with industrial experience.Students whose first language is not English should have achieved a minimum English language standard of IELTS 6.5.

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