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: Wouter Knoben

Congratulations to Wouter Knoben (Cohort 1, Bristol) for successfully defending his thesis subject to corrections. His thesis is entitled ‘Investigating conceptual model structure uncertainty: Progress in large-sample comparative hydrology’.

Research Visit: Anna Lo Jacomo

Bristol Cohort 2 student Anna Lo Jacomo has just returned from a rewarding research visit to Nanjing, China. Anna spent two months at Hohai University in the School of Business Management and one month at Nanjing Normal University in the Department of Geography. The aim of the research visit was to better understand existing challenges […]

Quality through equality – tackling gender issues in hydrology

On 19th February 2019, a workshop entitled ‘Quality through equality – tackling gender issues in hydrology’ was organised by a group of WISE CDT students and other researchers from the University of Bristol’s Water Engineering Group, including Lina Stein, Sebastian Gnann and Elisa Coraggio. A summary of the workshop, written by Cohort 3 student Lina […]

PhD Success: Laurence Hawker

Congratulations to Laurence Hawker (Cohort 1, Bristol) for successfully defending his thesis subject to corrections. His thesis is entitled ‘Regional Flood Models and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Uncertainty’.  Laurence is currently working as a Research Associate in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.

PhD Success: Barney Dobson

Congratulations to Barney Dobson (Cohort 1); the first Bristol WISE CDT student to successfully defend his PhD thesis with no corrections. His thesis is entitled ‘Uncertainty in Modelling and Optimising Operations of Reservoir Systems’. Barney is now working as a Research Associate in Water Resource Systems Modelling in the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography […]

Research Visit: Olivia Bailey

Olivia Bailey (Cohort 2, Bath) recently conducted a research visit at TU Delft in the Netherlands between January-April 2019. Olivia joined the New Urban Water Transport Systems (NUWTS) project which has huge support from water companies, consultancies and local governments working within the Dutch water sector. This collaboration with Prof. Jan Peter van der Hoek and Dr. […]

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