Faculty of Engineering & Design

PhD in Water informatics: science and engineering

The EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE CDT) is an innovative research venture between the GW4 alliance universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.


The Centre has been created to meet the growing need for engineers and scientists capable of working at the interface of traditionally separate informatics, science and engineering disciplines, in order to manage the water cycle effectively and sustainably.

2017 studentships

Applications for 2017 funded studentships are now open. Find out more.

Email any queries to admissions@wisecdt.org.

We welcome applications from high calibre students across the spectrum of science and engineering disciplines.

About the programme

Working closely with industrial and international academic partners, the four-year, full-time programme offers an advanced PhD experience, designed to train highly qualified postgraduate students as the next generation of skilled water scientists and engineers.

Key people at Bath

Dr Tom Arnot (Chemical Engineering)
Co-director of the WISE CDT, member of Project Management Group

Prof Jonathan Dawes (Mathematical Sciences)
Deputy Director of the Bath Institute for Mathematical innovation, member of the WISE project management group.

Prof Jan Hofman (Chemical Engineering)
Director of the Water Innovation and Research Centre: WIRC @ Bath

The WISE CDT programme at Bath is closely linked to our Water Innovation and Research Centre: WIRC @ Bath and benefits from a strategic partnership with Wessex Water that supports research and postgraduate training at the cutting edge of innovation in the water industry.

The centre offers up to 20 four-year, fully-funded studentships each year. Supervisors at Bath can offer PhD projects in

  • environmental sustainability
  • water resource management
  • flood risk evaluation
  • hydrology and hydro-power
  • mathematical and computational modelling
  • waste water treatment and recycling
  • water quality, pollution and human health
  • epidemiology of water-borne disease
  • security of supply
  • infrastructure resilience.

Staff and students discuss the demand for research in water and the benefits of studying in the WISE CDT.

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Being part of a Centre for Doctoral Training provides students with opportunities to build transferable skills that complement their research. In addition to academic support from four partner institutions known for excellence in research, education and scholarships, students in the WISE CDT will receive the following benefits:

  • integrated technical training
  • annual week-long summer school
  • opportunities to attend and present at conferences worldwide
  • opportunities to undertake three-month placements with leading companies associated with the Centre (e.g. Wessex Water, OSIsoft, Arup, IBM)
  • opportunities to take a sabbatical at one of the leading universities linked to the centre (e.g. MIT, USA; EPFT, Switzerland; National University of Singapore).

How to apply

To find out more about the Centre and the programme visit the WISE CDT website. Interested applicants should email admissions@wisecdt.org with any queries.