The Water theme at Cranfield University is home to two internationally recognised centres of excellence; Cranfield Water Science Institute and the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D). Both groups offer postgraduate taught and research degrees as well as short courses on campus or in-company. If you have ambitions, research needs, or training requirements in the areas of water or design we’d be delighted to hear from you.
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Cranfield Water Science Institute has a proud reputation for its research on the science, engineering and management of water. Our lives and livelihoods are dependent on the natural and engineered water cycles. Accordingly, research and skills development in water treatment and management have never been more vital. Cranfield’s research in these areas is applied and industry focused, and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years.

Our expertise is award-winning and our innovations are making water services and natural water bodies more resilient and sustainable. Our people have wide ranging expertise, with particular specialisms in water and wastewater treatment, water and sanitation in the developing world, water for agriculture, catchment management, as well as the human and governance aspects of water services.

C4D is an internationally recognised and award-winning centre of excellence for creative design, strategy and leadership. Through our postgraduate programme, we develop forward thinking professionals with the ability to integrate creativity and design thinking in the business functions of management, engineering, communication and commerce. We foster an immersive collaborative environment that encourages the creation of innovative new ideas.

We believe in the value of ‘design-thinking’ and in doing so provide a new strategic offering to organisations that strive to build and implement new consumer-experiences. This philosophy blends together our excellent teaching and research practice to make dreams a reality. We do this by integrating ‘strategic creativity’ into business through product and service innovation.