Water and Wastewater Engineering MSc

Cranfield University Master of Science

Target Audience

The Water and Wastewater Engineering course 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.

Well-educated, skilled and experienced graduates are required to design, operate and manage vital water and wastewater treatment services. The demand for such graduates is already high and will only increase over coming years as environmental standards for water quality increase, and pressures on our water supplies continue to grow.


Do you want to make a real difference to delivering reliable water supplies, or to maintaining and enhancing river and ground water quality? This MSc equips treatment scientists, technologists and engineers with the skills to solve practical problems, communicate effectively and work successfully, making you highly sought after by industry and government employers.

Through innovative teaching, which blends theory, application and practice, you will develop an advanced understanding of water and wastewater systems qualifying you to work in all areas of water and wastewater treatment and management, providing a valuable contribution to the UK and global water sector.

Course Structure

The course comprises a taught programme of three assessed modules (40%), a group project (20%) and an individual project (40%). The three compulsory modules include:

  • Science and Engineering Principles in Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Treatment Processes for Water and Wastewater
  • Water and Wastewater Assets: Lifecycles, Risks and Futures

Please note that to keep the courses relevant and up-to-date, modules are subject to change – please see the webpage for the latest information.

Key Information

  • Qualification: MSc, PgDip, PgCert.
  • Duration: MSc: one year full-time, two to three years part-time; PgDip, PgCert: one year full-time, two years part-time.
  • Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: October.

Fees applied to the course are different depend on what qualification and duration you choose. Please see details on the course page.

Funding Opportunities

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.

Entry 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

To study for a formal award at Cranfield you will need to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively in English in an academic environment. Full details of how you can meet this requirement can be found on English language requirements page.

Course Objectives

Water is under increasing pressure from demographic and climatic changes. Water engineering and treatment processes play a key role in delivering safe, reliable supplies of water to households, industry and agriculture, and in safeguarding the quality of water. This course is designed to enable you to develop a career addressing these challenges:

  • Study a truly interdisciplinary course, which covers a balance of engineering, environmental science and risk management.
  • Conduct your MSc thesis working on industrially-relevant projects.
  • Our research-active faculty work alongside the water industry, consultancies and policy makers, helping to align the course with the latest sector thinking, giving you a competitive edge in your career.
  • External experts from industry, environmental agencies and the third sector are also invited throughout the course to share their experiences and knowledge.
  • There are fantastic opportunities to gain applied knowledge, including filed trips, group design project and an applied MSc thesis, all of which will put into practice the theoretical knowledge you need.
  • Innovative teaching practices, including ‘flipped classrooms’ and student-led exercises, are embedded throughout this course.
  • Our group and individual projects are supported by external companies, which means you are able to benefit from our links with industry to develop your practical skills and build up your network of contacts before you leave Cranfield.