UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Engineering for International Development MSc

There is an international need for professionals who can provide sustainable and resilient infrastructure to help alleviate poverty in low to middle-income countries

Women and children collecting water from a communal tap in India

This programme will create future engineers who can work in a global context and with the skills and understanding to address the challenges of poverty worldwide.

Find out more about what our Engineering for International Development MSc students say on our Life at CEGE page

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL prospectus site.

Engineering for International Development MSc offer-holders may be eligible for the Burma Star Scholarship (deadline 30/4/19). Find out more on our Scholarships and funding page.  

Course information

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), a collaborative project (30 credits). three optional modules (45 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is also offered, which can be taken full-time over nine months, part-time over two years, or via the flexible option (up to five years).

Module information is available via pdf below:

Core modules

Optional modules

Students choose a minimum of two and a maximum of three optional modules from the following (subject to availability):

Elective modules

Students who choose two optional modules may choose one elective module in addition from the following:

  • Critical Urbanism Studio I – Learning from Informality: Case Studies and Alternatives
  • Critical Urbanism Studio II – Learning from Informality: Investigative Design
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Food and the City
  • Post Disaster Recovery: Policies, Practicies and Alternatives
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Services in Development
  • Urban Water and Sanitation, Planning and Politics
  • Clean Energy and Development (STEP0004)
  • Water and Development in Africa
  • Housing as Urbanism
  • Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words.

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