• 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: Mikkel Bue Lykkegaard

Congratulations to Mikkel Bue Lykkegaard (Cohort 5, Exeter) for successfully defending his thesis on 20th May 2022.  Mikkel’s PhD is entitled “Multilevel Delayed Acceptance MCMC with Applications to Hydrogeological Inverse Problems”.  Well done, Mikkel!


Congratulations to Stephanie Müller (Cohort 4, Cardiff) for successfully defending her thesis on 25th April 2022.  Stephanie’s PhD is entitled “Impact of leaky barriers and hydrokinetic turbines on the riverine ecosystem”.  Well done, Stephanie!


Congratulations to Nefeli Makrygianni (Cohort 4, Cardiff) for successfully defending her thesis on 25th April 2022.  Nefeli’s PhD is entitled “Evaluation of the Performance of the Wave Boundary Layer Model with the OpenIFS”.  Well done, Nefeli!

PhD Success: Sabrina Draude

Congratulations to Sabrina Draude (Cohort 3, Exeter) for successfully defending her thesis on 21st February 2022.  Sabrina’s PhD is entitled “Optimised Maintenance Scheduling for Wastewater Systems”.  Well done, Sabrina!

PhD Success: Giulia Giani

Congratulations to Giulia Giani (Cohort 4, Bristol) for successfully defending her thesis on 1st February 2022.  Giulia’s PhD is entitled “On the objective characterization of the rainfall runoff transformation”.  Well done, Giulia!

Research visit to Harvard University: Stephanie Müller

This is something we haven’t been able to report for a long time due to COVID-19 !   Stephanie Müller (Cardiff 4, Cardiff) has recently returned from a successful overseas research visit. Stephanie travelled to the USA in October-December 2021 and was hosted by Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she joined Professor Petros Koumoutsakos’ research group […]

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