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Water Processes - Advanced Professional Masters (MTech)

Course Description

Course Description

This course is suitable for science or engineering graduates keen to pursue careers within companies involved in water and wastewater treatment, process contractors, consultants, equipment manufacturers, suppliers and industrial water users; or graduates currently working in the water sector keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience. This course has been designed to meet industry's increasing demand for high calibre professionals by balancing the teaching of technical knowledge with the development of applied, commercially driven research capability.

The MTech Water Processes is the ideal programme for individuals who want to make a real difference to delivering reliable water supplies, or to maintaining and enhancing river and ground water quality. The UK water industry has a high demand for 'process literate' graduates who can design, engineer and manage treatment plant, equipment and associated processes. This specialist postgraduate course has been designed and developed in conjunction with key stakeholders in the water industry to provide a tailor-made solution to the skills and knowledge shortage facing the sector. The MTech programme involves students spending the majority of their time based within their sponsoring company, gaining hands-on experience whilst learning in an industrial context.

Course overview

Students complete a combined programme of campus and company-based study over a fixed two-year period. The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules which include lectures and tutorials, two group projects, an industrial placement report and individual research project portfolio.

Group project

The group project is a multidisciplinary team-based activity. Students are given the initial aims and objectives of the project and have to design a solution and specification for water treatment plants. The Group project is assessed by means of two reports and an oral.

Individual Project

Industrial Placement Report:

Students are required to demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of research to their professional and personal development through the industrial placement report. This also contributes towards professional development.

Individual Research Project Portfolio:

This provides students with the opportunity, whilst working under academic supervision, to develop and demonstrate independent research skills. This element of the course includes research planning, the refinement of objectives, organisation and initiative in the completion of data generation and gathering, analysis, synthesis, and the discussion and presentation of results and conclusions.


The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules which include lectures and tutorials, two group projects, an industrial placement report and individual research project portfolio.

Core -

Water and Wastewater Treatment Principles
Process Science and Engineering
Biological Processes
Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
Chemical Processes
Physical Processes
Hydraulics and Pumping Systems
Water reuse and resource recovery


Taught modules - 20%
Group Project - 10%
Industrial Placement Report - 5%
Individual Project - 65%


Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.

Career opportunities

Successful students will secure positions within their sponsoring company, making an ongoing contribution to its operating performance, with graduates developing the potential to progress to senior positions in industry.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Water-Processes-Advanced-Professional-Masters

Visit the Water Processes - Advanced Professional Masters (MTech) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

Course Fees

Home/EU: MTech Full-time - £18,000, MTech Full-time - £35,000

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