This course will provide you with the general knowledge of the conventional unit operations employed in water and wastewater treatment, including the scientific engineering principles on which they are based.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFour and a half days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,120.

What you will learn

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

  • Examine the nature of impurities in waters and wastewaters, their concentrations and significance,
  • Explain the basic principles of conventional treatment processes,
  • Select appropriate processes, depending on the nature of the impurities to be removed and the intended use of the treated water or effluent,
  • Design a flow-sheet showing how unit processes are selected based on incoming water quality.

Core content

  • Classification significance and concentration  ranges of impurities in water and wastewater including: suspended and dissolved solids, organic and inorganic compounds, trace contaminants, pathogens,
  • Physical methods for removing particulates: screening and grit removal, sedimentation, filtration,
  • Chemical dosing, including precipitation; coagulation and flocculation processes (including basic concepts from colloid science; disinfection and chemical oxidation,
  • Adsorption and ion exchange,
  • Biological processes for wastewater treatment, both aerobic and anaerobic,
  • Activated sludge, trickling filters and sludge digestion,
  • Pumping and process control systems and strategies,
  • Examples of flow sheets and unit operations in treatment plants.


Dr Ana Soares

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

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