Global Design Challenge (H7103)

Level 4

Intersemester week

This module provides you with an opportunity to participate in the Engineering for People Design Challenge, a national design competition organised and run by Engineers without Borders (EwB) UK.

You work in an interdisciplinary team (four or five students) to develop design solutions from project briefs provided by EwB. Project briefs will address real-world, sustainable development projects proposed by an EwB partner organisation working within a community or geographic area. In this way, you’re:

  • brought into contact with novel problems from real communities
  • required to consider both the technical and cultural dimensions of a design problem in arriving at an appropriate solution.

The module is project based, with workshops facilitated by trained project mentors, and contributions from expert speakers. Teams work through and complete a range of structured activities, from initial choice of project brief through appropriate research, to development of a design concept fulfilling the brief.

The best projects may be put forward to the national Engineering for People Design Challenge final.


100%: Lecture

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: