Water and Wastewater Engineering

Cranfield University Master of Science

Target Audience

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.


Water is under increasing pressure from demographic and climatic changes. 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 equips professionals with the skills to solve practical problems and make a real difference to the delivery of reliable, safe, water supplies as well as improve river and groundwater
quality through wastewater treatment. Graduates from this course find employment with domestic water supply utilities, water engineering consultancies and companies designing and installing new water technologies. Worldwide careers in water and wastewater await graduates of this course, providing them with an opportunity to make a real impact on this industry.

This course comprises eight taught modules, a group project and an individual project. The modules included lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the ‘tools’ required for the group and individual projects.

Course Objectives

The Water and Wastewater Engineering course 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.