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

CIWEM ‘The Environment’ – Water Security Games

Dr Michaela Bray, WISE CDT supervisor at Cardiff University, has an article in CIWEM’s March 2019 ‘The Environment’ magazine. The article, entitled ‘Games Without Frontiers’, focuses on the student “Challenge” from Cardiff’s Summer School and the developments that have taken place since then.  For this particular “Challenge”, students were asked to design an educational board […]

Field Experiment: Paul Bayle

WISE PhD student Paul Bayle (Cohort 2) has recently returned from Washington, USA where he undertook a week-long field experiment investigating a recently constructed dynamic revetment structure. To read more about his trip, please click here.

IWA Efficient 2019

WIRC PhD student, Olivia Bailey recently attended the 10th IWA Conference on Efficient Urban Water Management (13th-16th January 2019) in Manila, Philippenes. Olivia delivered a talk to conference delegates entitled ‘Developing a stochastic sewer input model to support sewer design under water conservation measures’. This presented a sewer flow model that she has developed and […]

Research Visit: Olivia Milton-Thompson

WISE CDT student Olivia Milton-Thompson (Cohort 2) recently spent 3 months researching at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver working in collaboration with experts in industry and academia on conventional and unconventional energy development and their risks to groundwater and fugitive gas migration. A spontaneous trip to EGU in Vienna in April 2018, plus […]

First PhD success

We are proud and delighted to announce our first PhD successes; James Webber and Josh Myrans (Cohort 1) have both successfully defended their theses, subject to minor corrections. James’ thesis is entitled “Reliable and Resilient Surface Water Management through Rapid Scenario Screening”. James is continuing his association with Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems through two […]

13th BHS National Symposium Best Presentation Prize: Olivia Cooke

In September 2018, Olivia Cooke (Cohort 1) attended the 13th British Hydrological Society National Symposium at the University of Westminster in London. The BHS conference was a two day conference and was entitled ‘Hydrology: Advances in theory and practice’ and focused on the major themes of ‘Hydrology and sediment systems’, ‘Hydrology and ecosystem services’ and […]

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.

G4 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