MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering

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Organiser: MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering
Cranfield University
Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK
2-5 years
Start Date:
September 21, 2011

Suitable for graduates with chemical, mechanical, civil and environmental engineering, physical and life sciences degrees keen to develop process and design engineering and engineering management careers in the water and environmental sectors.

Takes you on to employment in the water utilities, environmental engineering consultancies, process contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers serving the UK and international water and environment sectors and companies where water and wastewater processing are a major concern. Graduates may also pursue research degrees in water and wastewater treatment.

You will be taught by members of research and academic staff, and industrial representatives. Our Water Science Institute is the UK’s largest academic group specialising in process technologies, engineering and policy for water quality improvement.

Course Outline

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

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), it provides students with knowledge and skills in process, hydraulics and pumping systems for water and wastewater treatment. Graduates are equipped to move into process and design engineering positions within the water sector, and many students are offered a job before they have completed the course.

Students work within Cranfield's Water Science Institute, the UK's largest water-focused postgraduate group. Facilities available to students include the sewage treatment works and pilot plant hall, a grey water treatment facility, and state-of-the-art microbiology and clean water laboratories.

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group design project (work-based design project for part-time students) and an individual thesis project. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) comprises eight modules and the group design project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete five modules and a design project.

Students compete annually for the British Water Group Design Project Award, the Lorch Foundation Prize for Best Laboratory Group, the Degremont Prize for Best Student and the Institution of Chemical Engineers Prize for Best Thesis.

Group design project

The group project is undertaken in relation to the design of a potable and a wastewater treatment works and provides students with experience of team working and the opportunity to apply principles taught during modules.

Individual project

Individual projects provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate independent research skills working on industry sponsored projects. Projects have been offered by UK and French water utilities, multinational companies and SMEs. Part-time students usually undertake their individual project with their employer.


Modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through examinations and assignments.

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Principles
  • Process Science and Engineering
  • Chemical Processes
  • Physical Processes
  • Biological Processes
  • Hydraulics and Pumping Systems
  • Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
  • Research Processes
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