Research course

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water and Waste Infrastructure Systems Engineered for Resilience (Water-WISER)

University of Leeds · School of Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. We also recognise relevant industrial and academic experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding PhD opportunity?

Water-WISER offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the generation of new knowledge about sustainable water, sanitation and waste management services to improve infrastructure and services for the poorest and most marginalised members of our global community.

The CDT is hosted by three world leading water, sanitation and waste management research centres, each with a pedigree of more than 40 years of relevant research and teaching experience, namely:

  • Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering group at the University of Leeds;
  • The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University; and
  • The Water Science Institute at Cranfield University (CWSI).

What are the unique features and benefits of a Water-WISER studentship?

  • A carefully crafted 4 year MSc and PhD programme of trans-disciplinary training will develop the requisite skills to solve complex problems and engineer solutions to infrastructure and service delivery challenges in the global south;
  • Studentship funding includes a minimum 6 month industry placement or in country field work opportunity;
  • Whilst hosted at a specific centre, you will also engage in a programme of stimulating technical and professional training with cohort peers in partner institutions;
  • Research will be co-designed with and supported by industry partners and implementing agencies to ensure relevance and impact;
  • Coordination and management provided by water@leeds, one of the biggest inter-disciplinary water research initiatives in the world

Applications closed on 30/06/2019 for September 2019 entry. Details will follow for September 2020 entry.

Fees and funding

A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (£4,327 in Session 2019/20), together with a maintenance grant (£15,009 in Session 2019/20) paid at standard Research Council rates. The CDT also provides funding for 6 month industry placement or in country field work opportunity, subject to approval by supervisors. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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