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There are many opportunities to train with us and to learn about local and global water challenges.

Learn about our:

Doctoral opportunities

We are involved in two Centres for Doctoral Training. Between them, the WISE and FRESH centres are training over 120 students across the Great West Alliance (GW4).

In both of these centres, stakeholders are central to framing research problems and supporting the advisory team. Thus, stakeholders play an important role in the training of students by hosting research placement or by supervising projects.


FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training

UKRI NERC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability.


WISE Centre for Doctoral Training

EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics Science and Engineering.


ECORISC Centre for Doctoral Training

UKRI NERC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training exploring the risks of chemicals for environmental sustainability.


Sustainable Plastics Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub

EPSRC-funded hub providing an interdisciplinary training environment for physical science PhD students working on the development of sustainable plastics.

Our affiliated researchers are also involved in the supervision of students from the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership.


NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership

The NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaborative partnership offering research training in environmental sciences.

There are also many PhD opportunities available in our affiliated schools. Please check the Find a PhD website for more information.

Key contact

For more information about any of our postgraduate study opportunities, please contact Madeline McLeod.

Madeline McLeod-Reynolds

Madeline McLeod-Reynolds

Manager NERC Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)29 2087 9027

Postgraduate taught programmes

Our affiliated researchers are involved in two programmes exploring current water challenges.


MSc Water in a Changing World

The MSc Water in a Changing World combines knowledge from several fields to encourage a broad outlook on water problems and provides a strong base for pursuing a research career in a water-related topic.

Water in a Changing World (MSc)

This professional course for graduates from a wide range of disciplines offers a broad overview of global water problems and training in key skills on climate change and the water cycle, which are increasingly necessary for becoming a water leader.

MSc Global Ecology and Conservation

The MSc Global Conservation and Ecology covers the major conservation issues affecting freshwater habitats and ecosystems across the globe.

Global Ecology and Conservation (MSc)

Our MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation aims to train the ecologists and conservationists of the future.

MSc Civil and Water Engineering

The MSc in Civil and Water Engineering trains future consulting water engineers and introduces them to hydroinformatics, computational hydraulics and environmental hydraulics.

Civil and Water Engineering (MSc)

This course aims to complement a relevant undergraduate degree by introducing students to hydro-informatics, computational hydraulics and environmental hydraulics, including water quality indicators and sediment transport processes in coastal, estuarine and inland waters.

Other modules with water science components are offered across the University:

Placement opportunities

As part of our postgraduate taught programmes, we give students the opportunities to do placements of up to 9 months with our affiliated researchers.

We also have placement opportunities under schemes such as Erasmus for students nationally and internationally.

If you are interested in working with one of our researchers, please contact Madeline McLeod to find out more.


Online learning

Because water challenges are among the world's greatest threats, we developed this course with an interdisplinarity team of our affiliated researchers to explore the physical, biological and social facets of water security.

Over the next 30 years it is estimated that 80% of the world’s population will live in areas with high levels of water scarcity. Our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which runs twice a year, introduces learners to the challenges of water security and explains why human activity and environmental issues are putting increasing pressure on our water resources.


The Challenge of Water Security - Massive Open Online Course

Get an introduction to the challenges of water security on a local and global scale with our online course.