• CIWEM accredited course


Awarded “Good” – the highest possible assessment – in EPSRC’s 2017 Mid-Term Review 


Up to 20 four-year fully funded PhD studentships per year

Taught Programme in Exeter for Year 1

Research project in Years 2-4 in an internationally-renowned water research centre

Annual residential summer-school, research seminars and social events

Transferable Skills Training


Recent News

PhD Success: Paul Bayle

Congratulations to Paul Bayle (Cohort 2, Bath) for successfully defending his thesis subject to minor corrections. Paul’s thesis is entitled ‘Coastal protection and nearshore evolution under sea level rise’.  Well done Paul!

NERC COVID-19 Digital Sprint Hackathon Success

Students from the WISE and SAMBa CDTs, under the awesome banner of ‘Team Coronasaurus’, entered the 2nd week-long NERC COVID 19 Digital Sprint Hackathon. Ari Cooper-Davis, Cristina Corti and Mikkel Lykkegaard (all Exeter), and James Rand and Piotr Morawiecki (SAMBa CDT) were tasked with using NERC and other publicly available databases to understand the impact of […]

Exeter International Women in Engineering Celebrations: Cristina Corti 4th prize

Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences held its fourth International Women in Engineering Day celebration on 19th June 2020. This event aims to encourage, support and promote early-career female researchers, including postgraduates, PhD students, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows and newly-appointed lecturers across the College’s Science and Engineering disciplines. This year’s event took […]


  The 21st International Water Association Young Water Professionals (‘IWA YWP’) Conference was postponed due to COVID-19. Instead, the IWA ran an online poster competition, held entirely over Twitter, with the aim of bringing together members of the IWA YWP research community to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate.   The award for ‘best interaction’ – the poster that stimulates the greatest online audience participation – was awarded to Catherine Leech (Cohort […]

2020 Godfrey and Sue Hall Postgraduate Research Student Prize: Olivia Bailey

Further to her recent viva success, Olivia Bailey (Cohort 2, Bath) has just been awarded the 2020 Godfrey and Sue Hall Postgraduate Research Student Prize. Olivia’s research ‘Sewer Systems of the Future: Developing a stochastic sewer model to support design of sustainable wastewater systems’ focuses on bringing sustainability into our urban water cycle through using water […]

PhD Success: Olivia Bailey

Congratulations to Olivia Bailey (Cohort 2, Bath) for undergoing our first virtual viva and successfully defending her thesis subject to minor corrections. Olivia’s thesis is entitled ‘Sewer Systems of the Future’. Well done Olivia!

WISE CDT provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in shaping their own research topic. This, coupled with the wide range of skills they will acquire by completing all that the postgraduate school offers, makes them very attractive prospective recruits for the Water industry.

David Evans, Director, Natural Energy Wyre

WISE CDT exemplifies our aim to build a highly skilled workforce with industry partners through doctoral training.

GW4 Alliance

Wessex Water is seeing the emergence of skills and knowledge gaps in common with other companies in the water sector…. The WISE CDT helps address these gaps by providing leading interdisciplinary training across the subject areas of water engineering and informatics which are vital for the future of this industry and highly pertinent to our company.

Dan Green, Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Wessex Water

It’s immensely satisfying that WISE students continue to support the economic, environmental and social strategies of business with their cutting edge bespoke research

Professor John Banyard OBE FREng