• 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: Debbie Shackleton

Congratulations to Debbie Shackleton (Cohort 4, Exeter) for successfully defending her thesis on 17th November 2023.  Debbie’s PhD thesis is entitled “Investigating the Relationship between Climate and Cholera”. Well done, Debbie!

PhD Success: Elisa Coraggio

Congratulations to Elisa Coraggio (Cohort 4, Bristol) for successfully defending her thesis on 14th November 2023.  Elisa’s PhD is entitled “Investigation of high frequency water quality monitoring and prediction”.  Well done, Elisa!

WISE CDT Celebration Event: 20-21 April 2023, Bristol

The WISE CDT was proud to organise a two-day Celebration Event in Bristol from 20th-21st April 2023. It was a joy to see all the WISE cohorts reunited and to share this precious time with graduates, students, academics, Advisory Board members and industry partners. WISE is grateful to everyone who took time out to join […]

STAHY Best Paper Award 2023: Dr Wouter Knoben

Congratulations to WISE CDT graduate Dr Wouter Knoben (Cohort 1, Bristol) for being awarded the STAHY Best Paper Award 2023! The STAHY award is made by the International Commission on Statistical Hydrology, a commission of IAHS (International Association for Hydrological Sciences). The award-winning paper was part of Wouter’s PhD, in the EPSRC-funded WISE CDT (Water […]

PhD Success: Bikash Ranabhat

Congratulations to Bikash Ranabhat (Cohort 4, Cardiff) for successfully defending his thesis on 4th August 2023.  Bikash’s PhD is entitled “Parametric Optimisation of a Vertical Axis Hydrokinetic Turbine with Shallow Water Application”.  Well done, Bikash!

PhD Success: Jamie Brown

Congratulations to Jamie Brown (Cohort 4, Bristol) for successfully defending his thesis on 10th August 2023.  Jamie’s PhD is entitled “Assessing The Combined Effect Of Carbon-Water Dynamics On Hydrological Processes In Brazil”.  Well done, Jamie!

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