UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Engineering for International Development MSc

This dynamic programme is designed for individuals passionate about addressing global challenges through innovative and sustainable engineering solutions.

Welcome to the MSc in Engineering for International Development at University College London (UCL). This dynamic programme is designed for individuals passionate about addressing global challenges through innovative and sustainable engineering solutions. At UCL, we believe in nurturing the next generation of engineers who can make a meaningful impact on the developing world. 

A drinking water treatment plant in Kisumu, Kenya. Photo: Luiza Campos

To find out more information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length, costs, and how to apply, visit the UCL prospectus site.

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The MSc in Engineering for International Development has been designed to empower change agents who seek to address global challenges through sustainable engineering solutions. Whether you come from socio-technical disciplines or have a background in the engineering sector, our MSc equips you with specialized skills and knowledge to help understand and solve some of the world’s most pressing resource and sustainability challenges. In this programme, you will not only gain expertise but also contribute to creating lasting opportunities for future generations. 

Emphasizing collaboration in teams, a crucial aspect of effective workplace dynamics, our programme ensures you develop the leadership and technical skills required to craft innovative engineering solutions. Whether you aspire to work in growing urban environments or remote rural settings, this MSc prepares you to meet the challenges head-on. The programme focuses mainly on water, sanitation, energy, transportation, and building challenges, applying an integrated and holistic approach. 

Embark on a journey that transcends traditional engineering boundaries. Join the MSc in Engineering for International Development and become a change agent, ready to shape sustainable engineering solutions for a developing world in continuous evolution. Apply now and be at the forefront of engineering innovation for global development. 


  • Our program integrates engineering principles with social, economic, and environmental considerations to prepare students for the complex challenges of international development. 
  • Benefit from UCL's world-renowned faculty and research facilities, gaining exposure to the latest advancements in engineering and development studies. 
  • Engage with a diverse cohort of students from around the world, fostering a rich and collaborative learning environment that reflects the global nature of the challenges we aim to address. 
  • The programme emphasizes hands-on projects, allowing students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios. This experiential learning approach enhances problem-solving skills and prepares graduates for impactful careers. 


Infrastructure Development 

Explore the design and implementation of sustainable infrastructure solutions that address the needs of communities in diverse cultural and geographical contexts. 

Environmental Sustainability  

Tackle environmental challenges through engineering solutions that promote sustainable development, resource management, and climate resilience. 

Social Impact 

Understand the social dimensions of engineering projects, including community engagement, cultural sensitivity, and ethical considerations. 

Student Testimonies

The course truly covers the full extent of what it means to be an engineer in international development. From the technical to the cultural, the developmental to the humanitarian, and the research-based to the practical. The project-based work, professors who have decades of experience, and real-life case-studies made the course the best preparation for my current work as an engineer in Rwanda - René van der Velden

The EID MSc was a great course to introduce me to the world of delivering infrastructure in resource-challenged settings. It was a great course to understand the diversity of disciplines involved in addressing development challenges, with engineering as an entry point. Most projects were developed in teams, preparing me for the real-life application of the topics we studied - 

Margarita Garfias Royo

Projects and Fieldwork 

Centre for Alternative Technology 

The students enrolled in the MSc in Engineering for International Development will have the enriching opportunity to embark on a technical visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). Nestled in the picturesque Welsh countryside, CAT stands as a pioneering institution at the forefront of sustainable technology and eco-friendly practices.

During this visit, our students will immerse themselves in a hands-on learning experience, exploring cutting-edge solutions for a more sustainable future. From renewable energy systems to innovative water management strategies, the visit to CAT will provide invaluable insights into practical applications of engineering in the realm of international development. Engaging with experts and witnessing sustainable technologies in action, our students will leave CAT inspired, and equipped with a deeper understanding of how their engineering skills can contribute to addressing global challenges. Students are required to provide a contribution of £300 towards the total costs of travel and subsistence. 

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Engineers Without Borders Design Challenge 

As part of the module on Infrastructure Systems for the Developing World, our students will take on the Engineers Without Borders Design Challenge. This transformative group project will empower our students to apply their engineering expertise to real-world issues. Collaborating with peers, they will tackle challenges presented by the Engineering for People Design Challenge, organized by Engineers Without Borders.

From conceptualization to implementation, our students will engage in innovative problem-solving, addressing pressing global issues in areas such as water supply, sanitation, energy, buildings, and transportation. The experience not only sharpens their technical skills but also fosters a deep understanding of the social and environmental dimensions of engineering solutions. Through this impactful group project, our students will exemplify their commitment to becoming change agents, ready to contribute meaningfully to international development through engineering innovation. 

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Industry Connections

AKYAS Sanitation 

AKYAS brings in sanitation solutions that could create impacts for the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030 - including SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 3 and SDG 13 among others - but also for the sanitation value chain.

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Dedicated to sustainable development, Arup is a collective of designers, consultants and experts working across 140 countries. Founded to be both humane and excellent, we collaborate with our clients and partners using imagination, technology and rigour to shape a better world.

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Isle Utilities 

Passionate about technology and innovation, we care about making the world a better place. A global team of scientists, engineers, business and regulatory experts, with a common drive to make a positive social, economic, and environmental impact through the advancement of innovative technologies and related practices.

We advise our clients to Solve the problems of today, Navigate emerging sector issues and Discover the possibilities of tomorrow.

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Solsan, established in 2001, is responsible for the design, construction and assembly of the system and for maintaining wastewater and RIL treatment facilities using the Tohá System technology. 

Solsan's service is based on deep knowledge of water treatment technology developed in the Biophysics laboratory of the School of Engineering of the University of Chile. Solsan was founded by Sergio Contreras and Pablo Sabat, prominent researchers at the University of Chile.

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Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) helps transform cities to benefit the millions who lack access to water and sanitation. Urban migration is leading to a crisis in cities in developing countries, where millions of people lack access to the most basic of services.

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Economad Solutions

EcoNomad Solutions is an award-winning agritech start-up and 2021 FoodTech 500 finalist. We are part of the Shake Climate Change program of Rothamsted Research, as well as the EIT Food Accelerator Network of the European Union.

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Why study this programme at UCL? 

UCL stands as a world-leading university renowned for its excellence in both engineering and international development. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers globally, a testament to the quality of education and training they receive. UCL cultivates a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere, fostering an environment where students work closely with leading researchers and industry professionals to address pressing global issues. 

Situated in the heart of London, our students enjoy access to a vibrant city filled with diverse cultures and abundant opportunities. London serves as a real-world classroom, providing invaluable insights into the intricacies of international development. 

By joining the MSc in Engineering for International Development at UCL, you become part of a network of successful alumni who have made significant contributions to the field. Benefit from mentorship and networking opportunities that will enhance your career prospects. Embark on a transformative journey with us as we collectively strive to shape a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient world through the power of engineering. Apply now and become one of the change-makers of tomorrow.