This 1-day short-course provides a clear understanding of the science and operation of the activated sludge (AS) and biological nutrient removal (BNR) processes. Read more Read less

The day starts with an outline of the activated sludge microbiology, followed by the main features of AS, understanding the key design and operational parameters, the main AS reactor configurations, including standard operation and efficiency, in real examples.

At a glance

Core content

The course includes a number of calculations and practical examples around AS design and operation. The second part of the day is focused on BNR, starting with the understanding of the principles and requirements for nitrification, denitrification and biological phosphorus removal.  Peter Vale, Senior Strategist - Wastewater R&D at Severn Trent, often acts as guest lecture, detailing his practical experience on BNR, an overview on Anammox and chemical struvite precipitation.


This course is accredited for Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) CPD.


Dr Ana Soares - Lecturer in Biological Processes


(20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)

£275 - Professional/trade association discount

£265 - Multiple bookings*

* Minimum of five delegates

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.