Build a sustainable water future with a Master's degree from Cranfield

Managing water is one of society’s greatest challenges. With lives and livelihoods dependent on natural and engineered water cycles, research and skills development in water treatment and management is vital to shape the future of water management and use. 

We are proud of our prestigious Cranfield alumni around the world who are helping to develop essential, sustainable solutions to problems caused by pollution, climate change, urbanisation and the effects of poverty. Study a Water MSc and build a career helping to achieve a more resilient and sustainable future and address the global challenges highlighted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Cranfield’s research in these areas is applied and industry focused and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years. Our passion and expertise are award winning and our extensive portfolio of postgraduate degrees are designed with employers to meet industry needs.

Available to study on a full or part-time basis, they combine high-calibre teaching with practical work experience, giving you an unparalleled competitive edge. We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries, making postgraduate study more accessible and ensuring that we attract the best students to our courses.

Our Water MSc courses include:

Explore our portfolio of Water CPD short courses

Find out more about our Research Degrees

Explore our brand new Water Masterclass series

People and industry

Water courses are taught by leading academics as well as industry practitioners, ensuring you have access to the most up-to-date techniques and innovations. As a student you will have regular contact with employers through project work, enabling you to build up an enviable network of contacts.

Career progression

Cranfield graduates leave with the skills to make an immediate contribution in the international water industry, and many enjoy long-term careers in diverse roles such as consultants, managers, engineers, sanitation specialists and project managers.

Previous students have gone on to jobs within prestigious institutions includingMott MacDonald, Atkins- SNC Lavalin, Jacobs, Royal Haskoning, WSP, JBA, AECOM, MJA Consulting, OHES, Thomson Ecology, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water, Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, National Resources Wales, National Grid Canal and River Trust, Hertfordshire County Council, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, British Geological Survey, Australian Aid, Kazuba, Scottish Water, Veolia, Yorkshire Water.

Key facts about Water at Cranfield

  • We secured repeat funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring the nanomembrane toilet to market; engaging with them on sensors and cloud-based analytics.
  • We have opened a new £2.5m pilot hall for novel potable water treatment technologies and the trialling of innovative water reuse systems.