This 1-day short-course provides an introduction to biological nutrient removal in suspended and biofilm processes.

Nutrient removal in wastewater treatment sites is a key component of secondary treatment. This course focuses on nitrification, denitrification and phosphorus removal using biological processes.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • Please enquire for course dates
  • DurationOne day
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


    Concessions available

Course structure

Lectures, group discussions, group work, tutorials

What you will learn

  • Overview of the key design and operational parameters and reactor configurations, for simple processes (i.e. carbon removal and nitrification) to more complex enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) for carbon and total nutrient removal,
  • Description of suspended as well as biofilm processes and describes the principles, application and operation of aerobic biofilm processes such as moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBRs, IFAS, SAFs and BAFs), contrasting with low energy treatment processes such as trickling filters, rotating biological contractors (RBCs) and wetlands.

Core content

  • Process design,
  • Process science and engineering,
  • Biological processes,
  • Regulation.


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


Professor Ana Soares - Senior Lecturer in Biological Engineering

Professor Bruce Jefferson - Professor of Water Engineering

Peter Vale, Senior Strategist - Wastewater R&D at Severn Trent

Peter Pearce - Farmiloe Fisher Environment Ltd


(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.