This course provides delegates with an understanding of the principles governing the design and operation of membrane separation processes as used in the municipal water sector.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration1 day
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£290. Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental physicochemical phenomena governing membrane separation processes
  • Understand the factors affecting the selection, design and operation and of membrane separation processes.

Core content

  • Introduction to membrane permeation principles relevant to understanding the design and operation of membrane-based processes: membrane process types and key operating parameters, membrane and process configurations, fouling
  • Dense membrane processes: reverse osmosis, nanofiltration and electrodiaysis
  • Porous membrane processes: ultrafiltration and microfiltration
  • Membrane applications: desalination, municipal wastewater treatment, wastewater reuse.


09:00-11:00 Membranes technology principles

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Potable water applications

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch

13:30-15:00 Wastewater applications

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-16:30 Desalination

16:15-16:30 Break

16:30-17:00 Options appraisal

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

Suitable for those who wish to gain an understanding of the principles governing the design and operation of membrane separation processes as used in the municipal water sector.


Attendance of our short courses count towards your individual CPD with Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).


Professor Simon Judd - Professor of Membrane Technology


(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.