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


Key facts

Sunday 28 June 2020
Funding start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Source of funding
Centre for doctoral training
Key staff
Professor Barbara Evans
School of Civil Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

A Water-WISER PhD offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the generation of new knowledge to improve water, waste &amp; sanitation infrastructure and services for the poorest and most marginalised members of our global community.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>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:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering group</a> at the University of Leeds;</li> <li><a href="">The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)</a> at Loughborough University; and</li> <li><a href="">The Water Science Institute at Cranfield University (CWSI)</a></li> </ul> <h3>What are the unique features and benefits of a Water-WISER studentship?</h3> <ul> <li>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;</li> <li>Studentship funding includes a minimum 6 month industry placement or in country field work opportunity;</li> <li>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;</li> <li>Research will be co-designed with and supported by industry partners and implementing agencies to ensure relevance and impact;</li> <li>Coordination and management provided by water@leeds, one of the biggest inter-disciplinary water research initiatives in the world</li> </ul> <h3>Entry requirements</h3> <p>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.</p> <h3>Funding</h3> <p>A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (&pound;4,600), together with a maintenance grant (&pound;15,285)&nbsp;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.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>You can apply for your <a href="">research degree online</a>. Make sure you complete the application form as fully as you can. You&rsquo;re required to provide the following information:</p> <ul> <li>your proposed research area</li> <li>a brief one-paragraph summary of your research interests</li> <li>grade(s) or degree classification(s) for your degree-level qualifications.</li> <li>Specify host institution</li> </ul> <p>Important information: please add the title of the funded research project/Centre for Doctoral Training in both the &lsquo;funding&rsquo; and &lsquo;research area/title&rsquo; section of the application form.</p> <p>Applicants who are offered a place will have to re-apply via the host institution.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&rsquo;s <a href="">minimum English Language requirements</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Doctoral College Admissions:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 35057.</p> <p><em>We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. &nbsp;All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>