Education & Training

Disclaimer: All teaching materials have been developed in the partnership but they are not formally accredited by UNESCO. All modules are accredited by Coventry University

We have a wide range of individual modules and training packages to cater for a range of levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate. These can be delivered as CPD, but can also be combined towards an MSc. All our modules are accredited by Coventry University.

Appropriate Technology, Design and Manufacture 1

This module focuses on Needs Assessment tools and techniques used in humanitarian contexts, assessing and understanding the local situation and culture and applying this to engineering solutions (including using the right resources skills and technologies).

Appropriate Technology, Design and Manufacture 2

This module follows on from Appropriate Technology, Design and Manufacture 1 and focuses on the actual design and manufacturing and implementation of humanitarian engineering and computing solutions.

Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering

This module considers disability, rehabilitation and injuries in differing cultural contexts and how to design creative, innovative and appropriate assistive products. Participants analyse and redesign a range of existing products, considering the user and product performance. They explore best design practice from around the globe and consider how legal, ethical, environmental and social issues impact on design.

Corporate Global Humanitarian Engineering and Computing

This module prepares you for operating as a global, humanitarian engineering or computing professional in a large multinational corporation. It focuses on professional issues, corporate policy and how systems and operations affect the lives of people both inside and outside the company – your staff, your customers and the wider public.

Disaster Engineering and Computing

Participants on this module will learn how to develop culturally appropriate, sustainable engineering and/or computing solutions with limited resources in disaster zones, immediately after disaster strikes and during recovery from a disaster. The module not only focuses on large scale disasters in developing countries but will also have case studies and discussion surrounding local UK based disasters.

Humanitarian Information and Communication Technologies

This module focuses on the recent rapid spread of technologies, especially information and communication technologies and the impact and effect that this is having on humanitarian situations and actions. This includes reviewing data generation, analysis and presentation and examining the variety of potential benefits and challenges presented by emerging technologies.

“What we like about people who have studied humanitarian engineering is that they stand out from the masses. It shows that they are curious, open to alternative ideas, flexible and that they can apply their knowledge creatively. We work across many regions of the world and we need people that are in tune with this, aware of cultural differences and understand that people are at the heart of what we do as we look to make a positive difference to society. People with the ability to work outside of their comfort zone and think outside the box are a big, big plus and these are the people we need.” 

Franck Robert MEng CEng MICE – Associate Director,  Buro Happold

All undergraduate students at Coventry University are given the opportunity to learn about Humanitarian Engineering if they choose by enrolling on our Add+vantage modules. Add+Vantage modules are mandatory modules, worth 10 credits (a full module is worth 20 credits) and are designed to enhance employability skills. There are a wide range of modules to choose from, including our Humanitarian Engineering modules. Each student is required to take one Add+vantage module per year of their course. A brief description of our modules is given below: 

First Year

Our first year module centres on the Engineering Without Borders (EWB) UK Challenge. Students are given the opportunity to design a solution to a particular development problem. There is a different brief provided each year. The EWB Challenge is a national competition and the very best entries are submitted in the National Finals.

Coventry University engineering students beat more than 2000 competitors to win first prize in the Engineers Without Borders UK 2012 Challenge.

The EWB Challenge offers UK students the chance to develop sustainable engineering solutions that could help improve the quality of life for people in developing countries.

This year’s winning team focused their design on a community and health centre for an area in southern India – creating a clever, technical building that understood the contexts of its environment.

“We are very proud of what has been achieved by our students. EWB Challenge is a student competition based on the sort of real life problems faced by communities throughout the world, and therefore we believe that their success reflects the sound preparation for the challenges of the 21st century we are giving our students. Their triumph motivates us to continue promoting humanitarian engineering as a core characteristic of our courses.”

David Trujillo, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Second Year

We have two modules to choose from for second year students.

One is a practical module that focuses on the construction/operation of a Humanitarian Engineering solution to a real world problem. Last year, this module involved constructing a wind turbine for power generation.

Our other second year module is entitled ‘The Global Engineer’ and it considers the wider issues that engineers should consider when making decisions, with a particular focus on Corporate Social Responsibility. 

Third Year

Our final year module has been developed in partnership with RedR-UK and is based around their internationally known module, “Essentials of Humanitarian Practice”.

“The exciting thing from RedR’s  perspective of working with Coventry is that their young engineers have already such a depth of knowledge of the social impact that engineering can make in the lives of so many of the world’s most worst off.”

Martin McCann, Chief Executive, RedR