• 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: Olivia Milton-Thompson

Congratulations to Olivia Milton-Thompson (Cohort 2, Exeter) for successfully defending her thesis subject to minor corrections.  Olivia’s thesis is entitled ‘Developing a risk assessment model using fuzzy logic to assess groundwater contamination from unconventional gas development in the UK’.  Well done, Olivia!

PhD Success: Olivia Cooke

Congratulations to Olivia Cooke (Cohort 1, Bath) for successfully defending her thesis subject to minor corrections.  Olivia’s thesis is entitled ‘Assessment and mitigation of stormwater runoff in an informal settlement’.  Well done, Olivia!

PRIMaRE Summer School 2019: Santiago M Lopez

The Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) is a consortium of marine renewable energy experts across higher education, research and industry which have joined together to establish a ‘network of excellence’ centred in the south of the UK. Read on to hear Santiago M Lopez‘s experience of the 2019 PRIMaRE Summer School.


Congratulations to Ioanna Stamataki (Cohort 1, Bath) for successfully defending her thesis subject to minor corrections.  Ioanna’s thesis is entitled ‘Experimental and numerical investigation of flash floods and their interaction with urban settlements’. Well done, Ioanna!


We are proud to announce a second successful application to UKRI‘s Policy Internships Scheme.  Catherine Leech (Cohort 4, Cardiff) will be hosted by the Government Office for Science and begins her internship in early 2020. The Policy Internships Scheme offers the chance for doctoral students funded by UKRI funding councils to work for three months in […]


Congratulations to Ludovica Beltrame (Cohort 1, Bristol) for successfully defending her thesis subject to minor corrections. Ludo’s thesis is entitled ‘Simulating the risk of liver fluke infection in the UK through mechanistic hydro-epidemiological modelling’. Well done Ludo!

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