• 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


James Rand (Cohort 5, Bath) has recently returned from a one-month research visit to the University of Maine, USA. Find out all about his experience below: “Hosted by the 7 Lake Alliance (7LA – a watershed organization based in Belgrade Lakes, Maine) and Colby College (a private, undergraduate university in Waterville, Maine) through one of […]

PhD Success: Laura Ramsamy

Congratulations to Laura Ramsamy (Cohort 3, Exeter) for successfully defending her thesis on 27th June 2022.  Laura’s PhD is entitled “Flood forecasting in a large catchment with limited data”.  Well done, Laura!

MPhil Success: Aidan Barry

Congratulations to Aidan Barry (Cohort 2, Bath), whose MPhil award was confirmed on 22nd June 2022.  Aidan’s thesis is entitled “Identification & characterisation of luxury uptake proteins in Chlamydomonas for enhanced wastewater phosphorus removal”,  Well done, Aidan!

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!

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