Humanitarian Science and Technology Minor

Humanitarian Engineering UNSW ChallENG

Combine your passion for Food Science and Humanitarian Engineering!

Food Science and Technology expertise plays an important role in the humanitarian field. Opportunities to create immediate real-world impact could include making sure that good quality and nutritionally diverse foods are available in emergencies; addressing nutrient and calorie deficiencies associated with extreme poverty and childhood stunting and, working on solutions in partnerships that support local businesses and agriculture where possible. 

The Humanitarian Science and Technology (FOODA2) minor will give you the opportunity to combine your skills as a Food Scientist and apply it into real humanitarian practice to address problems relating to inequalities and lack-of-access in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and international humanitarian relief efforts.

Please check the UNSW Handbook to learn more about FOODA2.

Humanitarian Science and Technology Minor - Program Structure

The program structure for the Humanitarian Science and Technology Minor is as follows:

BSc(Hons) in Food Science students must take a minimum of 24 UoC from the courses listed below to complete the Humanitarian Science and Technology Minor.

  • Students must take the following 6UoC core course:

    ENGG3001 - Fundamentals of Humanitarian Engineering

  • Students must take the following 6UoC core course:

    ENGG4102 - Humanitarian Engineering Project *

    With approval, students may substitute this course with other suitable humanitarian/thesis projects. Examples could include: a product design project developed within the CEIC4007, CEIC4008 thesis courses. Please contact Jayashree Arcot to discuss options to substitute a course for ENGG4102*

  • Students must take at least one of the following 6UoC core courses:

    ARTS2755 - Global Development in Practice: Concepts and Practices for Inclusive Development
    ARTS2248 - Disaster and Society
    ARTS2751 - International Development
    ARTS2752 - Local Politics of Development

    Note: these can be taken as General Education courses

  • Students may take up to 6UoC of the following elective courses:

    SOLA5056 - Sustainable Energy for Developing Countries
    FOOD4104 - Food and Health Security

Program coordinator

Assistance for mapping your degree

For assistance on how to include this minor into your degree or to request a project substitution for ENGG4102, please contact our UNSW Humanitarian Science and Technology Minor Coordinator Jayashree Arcot.

Additionally you can also reach out to Student Support Services to check your eligibility. 

Researcher testimonial

“I loved being a part of Humanitarian Engineering at UNSW! It enriched not only my understanding of the global efforts of humanitarian projects but also the study of engineering as a whole.” 

Jasper Smith
4th Year Chemical Engineering