Oxford Brookes University: Infrastructure and Sustainable Development

InstitutionOxford Brookes University
Department Built Environment
Web http://www.brookes.ac.uk
Study type Taught


This MSc programme is one of the few globally to focus on equipping professionals to lead on the planning of infrastructure to support inclusive and sustainable development in the rapidly growing cities of middle and low income countries. The programme offers a new approach to studying infrastructure planning and delivery and is designed to make the step change needed to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century. On this programme you will engage with new and innovative thinking on infrastructure responding to the imperatives of rapidly growing cities to achieve poverty alleviation, ecological sustainability and local economic growth within increasingly complex and uncertain environments.
The central identity of the course is informed by the agenda set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) for cities. This recognises that infrastructure planning must be treated as more than a sectoral field in development if it is to address the conflicting imperatives for cities in the 21st Century. Consequently, this course aims to equip a new group of professionals with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to move from traditional sectoral approaches towards a strategic and ‘systems’ approach. Within this context, emphasis is placed on the role of governance in achieving the delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure that contributes to poverty alleviation in low and middle income countries. This focus is underpinned by an interdisciplinary approach placing a strong emphasis on the teaching of practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge.
The course is targeted at those with, or seeking a career in government, the private sector, NGOs or multilateral and bilateral development agencies working in the field of infrastructure planning and international development. Being a degree which does not require previous study in a particular subject area, it is expected that undergraduate candidates for the MSc ISD will come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience, including undergraduate programmes in social and political sciences, economics, engineering, health, architecture, construction management and other subjects relating to the built environment and development. In addition, the programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals with built environment or development experience who are seeking to enhance their capacity to work in infrastructure planning. The expected career destinations of graduates include engineering and planning consultancies working in middle and low income countries, such AECOM, ARUP, Mott MacDonald and Atkins; development agencies, e.g. World Bank, UN Habitat, DIFD, USAID; local government planning authorities in low and middle income countries and NGOs including Oxfam, Care International and WaterAid.


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