The MSc Sustainable Critical Infrastructure program will be conducive to developing highly skilled researchers and workforce and attracting substantial government and industry interest. The academic program is designed to develop core capabilities, through the integration of coursework and research that is critical to the region. Urban development will continue globally while the requirements for reducing its ecological footprint and carbon emissions in particular will be increasingly more aggressive. The Sustainable Critical Infrastructure (SCIN) Program aims at advancing research and education in integrated sustainable infrastructure development. The program is addressed to architects, urban planners and civil engineers, as well as engineers and building scientists interested in infrastructure planning.

The need for urban critical infrastructure development and maintenance will remain acute; as urbanization will be a continuing process, well into the middle of the century to accommodate the growing global population and migration waves. Infrastructures can be defined as “network[s] of independent man-made systems and processes that function collaboratively and synergistically to produce and distribute a continuous flow of essential goods and services.”

Typical critical infrastructure systems include:

  • Transportation networks
  • Logistics systems (including waste processing and reverse logistics),
  • Buildings and urban components
  • Energy generation and distribution systems
  • Water supply and wastewater treatments systems, 
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) systems etc.

The efficiency and reliability of urban critical infrastructure affect many aspects of society that include the cost of food and consumer goods, health and safety of citizens, availability and reliability of power systems, reliability and speed of telecommunications, travel times. Critical infrastructures also affect the environment and natural resources.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure will meet its overarching goal to educate its graduates professionally and ethically to be valuable professionals in the UAE and internationally with disciplinary preparation to guide and lead the design of integrated urban infrastructure systems for new or existing developments with careful examination of environmental, social and financial requirements.

The career prospects for students from the SCIN program include but not limited to urban planners, urban designers, transportation planners, city managers, community development, sustainability consultant in public, private, and non-profit sectors. 


Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to attain the following outcomes:

  1. Successfully apply advanced concepts of planning and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex infrastructure planning problems, particularly as they pertain to sustainable urban infrastructure planning.
  2. Successfully apply advanced concepts of infrastructure planning to the analysis, design and development of infrastructure projects, urban design, and transportation systems to meet societal needs.
  3. Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering software tools for planning professional practice.
  4. Successfully develop integrated infrastructure plans that account for long term resource availability on one hand and the financial and social constraints on the other with a long-term sustainability objective.
  5. Use an advanced approach to design and conduct surveys, and to analyze and interpret data.
  6. Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and thus to put forward the scientific findings at national and international levels successfully.