Choosing your master’s degree in Water 

At Cranfield, we pride ourselves in creating leaders in technology and management. Our water industry professionals around the world are helping to develop essential sustainable solutions to problems caused by pollution, climate change, urbanisation and the effects of poverty. All our technical master’s courses include some element of management know-how, enabling us to create well-rounded graduates who are able to excel in their chosen business sectors. Our unique group project is a key component of learning about project management in small teams and is common to all of our courses.

Our three Water MSc programmes, together with our world-class learning environment, play a key role in providing the skills and know-how to address fundamental global changes and produce graduates who are sought after by industry. In the taught part of your MSc, there is a strong balance between combining the engineering/technology and science aspects with management expertise.

Our specialised technology courses are designed for engineering and technology careers within the water and environment sectors. Students study the essential management aspects of their subject through lectures. For example, they may relate managing technical decisions with financing technology investments whilst adhering to new regulations within their sector.

All our MSc courses include a unique group project, enabling you to gain essential project management skills.

  • Advanced Water Management - you will gain the up-to-date knowledge and skills needed to solve today’s complex natural, economic and governance challenges in water management.
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering - this course equips you with the practical skills needed for the delivery of reliable, safe water supplies as well as improving river and groundwater quality through wastewater treatment.
  • Water and Sanitation for Development - you will leave with the knowledge needed for the planning, implementation and management of sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene projects in low-income countries.

8 reasons to study water with us

1 - Projects with industry
Group and individual projects are supported by external companies and organisations such as Yorkshire Water, Scottish Water, WaterAid, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

2 - Innovative teaching
Taught by internationally-leading academics as well as industry practitioners, you will benefit from our innovative teaching practices, including 'flipped classrooms' (a type of blended learning) and student-led exercises.

3 - Management skills
Built around an integrated skills programme that provides you with comprehensive training in project management, commercial (or business) awareness, and effective communication.

4 - Transferable skills
Through structured course activities, you will gain a range of competences which will significantly improve your skill set and employability. These include synthesising evidence, problem solving, technical writing and independent learning.

5 - Networking opportunities
Regular interaction with employers through group project work and your thesis, enabling you to build up an invaluable network of contacts.

6 - Outstanding facilities
Cranfield has exceptional test and experimental facilities including dedicated laboratories for clean water, fermentation, microbiology, wastewater and water chemistry. We also have an on-campus sewage treatment works with a pilot hall and a containerised facility where pilot-scale greywater treatment technologies are tested.

7 - Industry-relevant courses
Regularly scrutinised by advisory panels of leading industry professionals to ensure the course content is relevant and meets the expectations of employers.

8 - Flexible learning
All water courses run on a full- and part-time basis. For part-time students, the modular structure allows flexibility, making an MSc achievable even if you work full-time.