Water and Wastewater Engineering MSc/PgDip/PgCert/MTech

General information

The Water and Wastewater Engineering programme is ideal for individuals who want to make a real difference to delivering reliable water supplies, or to maintaining and enhancing river and ground water quality. The programme is suitable for those from non-engineering and engineering disciplines alike: all we require is a science or engineering degree qualification combined with a keen interest in water and wastewater.

Programme Structure
The course comprises eight assessed modules (lectures and tutorials), a group project and an individual research project. The group project is an applied multidisciplinary, team-based activity. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision. Students select their individual project in consultation with their Course Director. This provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate independent research ability working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets.

Core Modules

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Principles
  • Process Science and Engineering
  • Biological Processes
  • Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
  • Chemical Processes
  • Physical Processes
  • Hydraulics and Pumping Systems
  • Water reuse and resource recovery
Learning outcome:

Your career. The Cranfield Water Sciences Institute's links to industry, underpinned by the reputation of its courses, enable successful students to secure positions and develop their careers in UK water companies, utilities across Europe, the major international engineering consultancies, major engineering and service contractors, and government agencies.  

The Centre is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for postgraduate courses. It is the UK's largest academic group specialising in process technologies, engineering and policy for water quality improvement, and is a member of British Water.

Industry practitioners teach alongside a wide-range of subject specialists. In addition, group and individual thesis projects are supported by sponsoring companies, and prizes are awarded annually to recognise success. Graduates also go on to academic research.

Former students are invited to join the Centre's Alumni Association which offers excellent networking opportunities throughout the world.


The Water and Wastewater Engineering programme aims to develop:

  • Water and wastewater treatment scientists, technologists and engineers with the skills to solve practical problems, communicate effectively and work successfully both in teams and individually
  • High quality graduates trained and qualified to work in all areas of water and wastewater treatment and management enabling them to provide a valuable contribution to the UK and global water sectors
  • Understanding of water and wastewater systems through innovative teaching, achieved by blending theory, application and practice
  • Demand for Cranfield graduates has grown steadily as the education provided has become recognised as excellent, producing graduates able to step into a range of positions and make an immediate and real contribution to the effectiveness of water sector businesses and organisations. Graduates from these programmes are highly sought after by industry and government.


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0712 - Environmental protection technology


Venue: Cranfield University
Cranfield, United Kingdom

Contact Information: Enquiries Office (web form)


Tuition fees 2015/16 MSc PgDip PgCert
full-time part-time full-time part-time full-time part-time
UK/EU student £9.000 £1.500 £7.200 £1.500 £3.600 £1.500
Overseas student £17.500 £17.500 £14.000  £14.000 £7.000 £7.000 

Part-time study fees: the annual registration fee is quoted above. An additional fee of £1.300 per module is also payable.


Degree Requirements
A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

English language
If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL: 92
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 65
  • Cambridge English Scale: 180
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - C ​| Proficiency - C

Application Procedure:

Apply for the programme Water and Wastewater Engineering using the online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at that time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

Application deadline: although there are no set application deadlines, applicants are recommend to apply as early as possible to secure a place. This is particularly important if you also want to apply for on-campus accommodation or need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, as these activities will take additional time after your course offer has been made.  


Grant Opportunities:

Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. Applicants are recommend to discuss this with their company in the first instance. More information is available here.

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.


This degree has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).


Academic level: Master


Modules are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. The three elements of the course are assessed as follows: Taught modules: 40% Group project: 20%: Individual project: 40%.

Qualification: Master of Science
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