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Cranfield University

Cranfield University

School of Water, Energy and Environment

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School of Water, Energy and Environment


Our lives and livelihoods are dependent on the natural and engineered water cycles. Accordingly, research and skills development in water treatment and management has never been more vital. Cranfield’s research in these areas is applied and industry focused and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years.

We are recognised internationally for our work in the science, engineering and management of water. Our expertise is award-winning and our innovations are making water services and natural water bodies more resilient and sustainable.

Our teaching incorporates the latest developments in community water and sanitation, water and wastewater engineering and environmental water management. Our graduates are equipped to shape the future of water management and use across the globe.

Energy and Power

We inform the energy and power industry and government because our expertise is world-renowned for both the engineering and management of energy solutions. Our research is making a difference in the sector: from increasingly efficient oil platforms to the cutting edge of renewable energy technologies.

Our postgraduate community includes around 200 MSc students from around the globe and 150 full-time doctoral students. Our graduates are working in engineering and management roles across the energy industry, and putting their learning into practice.

Our expertise is supported by unique industrial scale experimental facilities across many different kinds of energy systems. These include an ocean systems laboratory, gas turbines, an anaerobic digestion plant, and high temperature coating test facilities. These make our site a wholly unique and unparalleled centre for energy research and learning.

Environment and Agrifood

For 50 years, Cranfield has been contributing to enhancing natural capital and ensuring that global food systems are more resilient for the future. We are recognised worldwide by industry, government and academe for our research and teaching in plants, soil, water and air.

Our postgraduate Environment and Agrifood programmes, including national doctoral programmes and specialist masters courses, give the leaders of the future the skills and vocational experience with industry they need to make a difference.

Our near-industrial scale research facilities are unparalleled. These are combined with continual and substantive investment in our students, staff and infrastructure.


The University offers a vibrant, applied programme of accredited postgraduate MDes courses to suit a range of professionals. Studying at Cranfield's Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) means working closely with our partners in industry, Government or the NGO sector.

Commercially relevant, our postgraduate courses are directed through an Industry Advisory Panel that ensures the content is relevant to employer requirements. The Centre collaborates with international best practice organisations such as Procter and Gamble, Cisco, Oxfam, Whirlpool, SAB Miller and IBM to develop new leading edge tools and innovative product and service solutions.

The design sector offers a wealth of stimulating employment opportunities for ambitious graduates with the mix of advanced knowledge and practical experience that Cranfield degree provides. 

Where you'll study

Cranfield University

Cranfield Bedford Bedfordshire MK43 0AL United Kingdom Nearest train station: Aspley Guise  2.3 miles away

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