At Cranfield our close links with industry, state of the art laboratories and vibrant postgraduate student community create a unique and stimulating environment to study for an MSc or PhD in Water.

You will be supported by academic supervisors, many of whom internationally renowned for their research expertise. You will become part of our research community where ideas are shared and new friendships flourish.

You will be challenged intellectually and encouraged to pursue research excellence - undertaking a research degree requires focus and determination - but the personal rewards are significant.

Find out more about our funded research opportunities in Water and the exciting opportunities to work collaboratively with our industrial partners.

Explore our communities of practice which provide a focal point for developing shared interests across our portfolio of water research.

Why study Environment and Agrifood at Cranfield University?
Thomas Kriechbaumer - Environmental Technology PhD student at Cranfield University

STREAM Industrial Doctoral Centre for the UK water sector

STREAM is one of 19 Centres for Doctoral Training set up to support UK industrial funded research. With its expertise in water science and engineering, Cranfield University is coordinating STREAM and its partners which include Imperial College London and the universities of Sheffield, Newcastle, and Exeter. 

The programme is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). With match funding via investment from the UK water industry, the programme is supporting training of 50 EngD and PhD students.

For more information on the funding opportunities available visit the STREAM programme portal.

Cranfield Industrial Partnership PhD Scholarships Scheme (CIPPS)

For industrial clients and non-governmental organisations (NGO) wishing to sponsor PhD research projects, Cranfield also offers an Industrial Partnership PhD Scholarships Scheme. Through industrial-academic collaboration, this enables a business to develop the relevant skills and knowledge of their employees. Cranfield University covers the student fees and with a contribution towards the student stipend, significantly reduces the overall PhD sponsorship costs for an industrial or NGO client.  

We always welcome enquiries from either businesses or individuals interested in the CIPP scheme. For more information and to discuss potential project ideas please contact the Research Office team.



Sue White Fund for Africa

Professor Sue White was an eminent hydrologist within Cranfield Water Science Institute. With funding financed by a generous donation to the University by Professor White through her Estate, the Trust Fund provides financial support to enable students to study for a PhD at Cranfield University on a topic related to her research interests in water management and hydrology in Africa. Up to three awards are made each year. 

If you are a business or NGO working in Africa or a student wishing to pursue a water related research degree in Africa, further information is available here.