Our lives and livelihoods are dependent on the natural and engineered water cycles. Accordingly, research and skills development in water treatment and management has never been more vital. Cranfield’s research in these areas is applied and industry focused and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years.  Our graduates are equipped to shape the future of water management and use across the globe.

Our expertise is award-winning and our innovations are making water services and natural water bodies more resilient and sustainable.  Our research for low-income countries has improved the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable people by helping them to manage precious water supplies and improve sanitary conditions.

Our Water courses include:

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Studying at Cranfield

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 a high calibre of students to our courses.

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.

Global alumni networks

When you chose to study at Cranfield you become part of our diverse, dynamic and unique global alumni network.

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 begun work on a new £2.5m pilot hall for novel potable water treatment technologies and the trialling of innovative water reuse systems.