This is an exciting opportunity for candidates who would like to complete an MSc by Research in any topic that fits within the broad remit of water and environmental management and WASH for which the expert supervisor/s within the centre are recognised. 
Particular interests of the supervisors within the centre include, but are not limited to: 
Water and sanitation (WASH) in Low-Income Countries
Nature Based Solutions for water resources and water treatment
Integrated catchment management and modelling
Agricultural water resource management
Irrigation and drainage
Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation
Advanced sensors for water quality, wastewater-based epidemiology and point-of-care diagnosis
Environmental biotechnology
Environmental pollution, water-soil-waste system modelling and remediation risk management

Supervisors: At Cranfield we place great importance on supervision and the relationship a student has with his or her supervisor. The relationship is intended to be a stimulating and fruitful partnership, in which the supervisor provides guidance on the nature of research and the standards expected, and the student develops as a competent researcher, fully utilising the wide range of resources available.
You will also benefit from:
Seminars and Events: These include lunchtime research seminars from faculty and visiting academics, and the Doctoral Colloquia which is a forum for researchers to present research in a supportive environment.
Publishing papers: we will support you in developing your publishing potential and we regularly organise writing workshops to support researchers in this important activity.

At a glance

  • Application deadlineOngoing
  • Award type(s)MSc by Research
  • Duration of awardOne year full-time, two-three years part-time
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of world


These will be aligned specifically to your proposed research topic and specialisms of the relevant academic staff member.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a degree within any S.T.E.A.M field (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) or an equivalent international qualification or closely aligned discipline. Ideally, applicants should have suitable organisational experience. 
All cases will be reviewed on a 1-2-1 bases and online interviews (via Teams or Skype) will be expected.


This is a self-funded opportunity. Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries may be available.

How to apply

There are two official intake dates for 2024 (June 3 and September 30) for full-time and part-time applicants.

We highly recommend you prepare the following information, as this will be requested at the application stage. Your proposal should demonstrate your interest and your potential to carry out independent research.
Short two-page proposal that: 
Defines a clear, interesting research question, challenge, or problem.
Clearly states the research aim and three or four supporting objectives.
Establishes the relevance and value of the proposed research question, highlighting its originality and significance. 
Outlines the methodology you propose to use to carry out your research, including the data sources and source material you plan to use.
Suggests what you hope to discover at the end of your research and what new areas it might open up (your contribution)
Provides a provisional timeline for your research
If known, the name of the academic supervisor within the centre  you are interested in being your lead supervisor, if unknown (not to worry – your case will be matched up with the appropriate expert for review) 
If you need any support in drafting the research proposal, please feel free to contact Dr Alesia Ofori who will be able to help you develop this. 
If you need to follow up on your application our Admissions team will be pleased to help you


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