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Cranfield University: Water and Wastewater Engineering

Institution Cranfield University View institution profile
Department Cranfield University
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Develop your career with a Water & Wastewater Engineering MSc

Are you passionate about making a real and practical difference to delivering safe, reliable supplies of water to households, industry and agriculture, and in safeguarding the quality of water for our future? Our Water and Wastewater MSc will equip you with an advanced understanding of water and wastewater systems qualifying you to work in all areas of water and wastewater treatment and management and providing a valuable contribution to the UK and global water sector.

Through innovative teaching by our expert academics actively engaged in researching and strong industry links, the course will blend theory, application and practice while working in Cranfield’s world-class facilities. The MSc will provide treatment scientists, technologists and engineers with the expert skills to solve practical problems, communicate effectively and work successfully, making you highly sought after by industry and government employers.

This course also has PgDip and PgCert options.

Who is it for?

The Water and Wastewater Engineering course is ideal for individuals who want to make a real difference to delivering reliable water supplies, or to maintaining and enhancing river and ground water quality.

Well-educated, skilled and experienced graduates are required to design, operate and manage vital water and wastewater treatment services. The demand for such graduates is already high and will only increase over coming years as environmental standards for water quality increase, and pressures on our water supplies continue to grow.

Why this course?

Water is under increasing pressure from demographic and climatic changes. Water engineering and treatment processes play a key role in delivering safe, reliable supplies of water to households, industry and agriculture, and in safeguarding the quality of water. This course is designed to enable you to develop a career addressing these challenges.

  • Study a truly interdisciplinary course, which covers a balance of engineering, environmental science and risk management.

  • Conduct your MSc thesis working on industrially-relevant projects.

  • Our research-active faculty work alongside the water industry, consultancies and policy makers, helping to align the course with the latest sector thinking, giving you a competitive edge in your career.

  • External experts from industry, environmental agencies and the third sector are also invited throughout the course to share their experiences and knowledge.

  • There are fantastic opportunities to gain applied knowledge, including filed trips, group design project and an applied MSc thesis, all of which will put into practice the theoretical knowledge you need.

  • Innovative teaching practices, including 'flipped classrooms' and student-led exercises, are embedded throughout this course.

  • Our group and individual projects are supported by external companies, which means you are able to benefit from our links with industry to develop your practical skills and build up your network of contacts before you leave Cranfield.


Cranfield University

Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

We are focused on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. Cranfield School of Management is a world leader in management education and research.

We have many world-class, large-scale facilities, including our own global research airport, which offers a unique environment for transformational education and research, living laboratory for testing transformative technologies and new approaches to deliver enhanced social, economic and environmental outcomes. …

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