Humanitarian Engineering

Use your diverse skills in Engineering to help individuals and communities in need

UNSW Engineering students in Uganda

What is Humanitarian Engineering?

Humanitarian Engineering connects people and problems, addressing disadvantaged communities and societies around the world. Be at the forefront of improving lives and livelihoods with this multidisciplinary minor that’s sure to help you stand out in a range of industries.

Why study Humanitarian Engineering?

Within this minor, you’ll study a humanitarian activities like disaster response and preparedness and long-term sustainable community development in Australia and overseas.

Combine your engineering skills with a passion for humanitarian issues to address problems and look towards solutions in alignment with:

  • the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • the Sendai Framework
  • international humanitarian relief efforts.

Why choose UNSW?

The Humanitarian Engineering minor has formidable partnerships across the globe and teachers who’ve been in the field, working in aid settings and hands on in disadvantaged communities. Be a part of the new generation of global leaders solving the greatest challenges. Together with a diverse group of like-minded peers, you can engineer a sustainable world. Our School of Engineering is the largest of its kind in Australia and we have strong connections with industry partners to set you up for success in your career.

What about careers?

In an increasingly globalised world, humanitarian issues are at the forefront of wider global challenges, including climate change. Employers are looking for people who understand the fundamentals of engineering, with an expanded perspective and passion for global issues. You’ll be able to work in the private sector and/or multilateral agencies World Bank, United Nations Development Program, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, UN Habitat and RedR Australia.

These include:

  • Project or Programme Manager in multilateral agencies
  • Disaster or displaced persons response staff 
  • Private sector development specialist
  • Academic or researcher in Humanitarian Engineering
  • NGO specialist
  • Government staff working on bilateral aid projects with DFAT

How can I study Humanitarian Engineering?