Engineering & International Development Studies

Engineering & International Development Studies

Lassonde School of Engineering

Are you passionate about using the power of engineering to help solve challenges on an international scale? With this program, you will learn how you can help international communities improve water sanitation or create sustainable cities. Explore our five-year BEng + BA dual-degree in Engineering & International Development Studies.  

You will also have the option to add a development internship to  strengthen your international resumé. 

What You’ll Learn
You'll have the opportunity to choose from the following engineering areas of specialization, which have been developed to reflect a modern view of engineering and to teach the skills needed in the engineering profession today, with an ambition to graduate a new generation of entrepreneurial engineers with a social conscience. The goal of the dual degree program is to: 
 - Enable future engineers so that they are better able to understand the complexities associated with global project management 
 - Enhance understanding of sustainable development 
 - Help you integrate social, environmental, public policy and economic perspectives into engineering challenges
 - Develop a critical understanding of states, markets, cultures, communities and ecologies as embedded in the larger global and national structural contexts 
 - Acquire critical tools to understand the way in which knowledge about development issues is produced 

Engineering areas of specialization: 
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
Space Engineering

Additional IDS areas of concentration: 
Diaspora and Migration 
Political Economy 
Politics, Governance and Policy

Some Courses You'll Take 
Foundation as well as specialized Engineering courses 
Intro to International Development Student 
Development in Comparative & Historical Perspective 
Development Studies Reseach Methods 

Career Paths Include 
Development Engineer 
International Project Planner

International Internship Program
Students in the E&IDS program are encouraged to consider a not-for-credit developmental-related internship position in the summer after third year to gain experience in a practical context. York International will provide logistical and financial support for all students in the program. Internships will be arranged in a wide variety of government and non-government organizations in Canada and abroad.

You May Also Be Interested In: 
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Studies
International Development Studies
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
Space Engineering

Program Details

Offered by

Lassonde School of Engineering

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered

BA, BEng

Ways to study


Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Summer entry



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