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


The WISE and STREAM CDTs joined forces for a public engagement event at New Scientist Live 2019 which took place at ExCeL in London from 10-13th October 2019.  Students from both CDTs managed an exhibition stand – under the umbrella of “EPSRC Water Engineering” – to share their research with the public via a wealth of […]

GW4 Water Security Alliance Annual Conference 2019

Congratulations to James Rand (Cohort 5, Bath), for winning best flash presentation at the GW4 Water Security Alliance annual conference in June 2019.  James is researching underwater micro gliders for autonomous lake inspection.

3rd IWA Resource Recovery Conference

This September, Olivia Bailey (Cohort 2, Bath) attended the 3rd IWA Resource Recovery (IWARR) Conference in Venice, Italy to present work resulting from a collaboration with her colleagues at TU Delft, Netherlands. The conference plenary sessions were given by some of the most influential people in the world in areas such as resource recovery and […]

9th International Conference on Sewer Processes and Networks

Olivia Bailey (Cohort 2, Bath) attended the 9th International Conference on Sewer Processes and Networks (SPN9) in Aalborg, Denmark to present her paper ‘Predicting Impacts of Water Conservation with a Stochastic Sewer Model’. This paper showed the resulting impacts on wastewater flow and quality amounting from water conservation scenarios as predicted using a stochastic sewer […]


It was Exeter’s turn to organise this year’s Summer School, which took place from 17th-21st June 2019.  The event had the theme of extreme weather resilience, with our base at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay providing an ideal location overlooking Tor Bay, the focus of the week’s site visits and student “challenge”.


Congratulations to Nejc Coz (Cohort 1, Cardiff) for successfully defending his thesis subject to minor corrections.  Nejc’s thesis is entitled ‘Numerical and experimental modelling of tidal range structures with focus on conservation of momentum through hydraulic structures’.  Well done Nejc!

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