STREAM - The Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) for the Water Sector

General information

STREAM is the Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) for the Water Sector funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and companies who sponsor research projects. 

The STREAM programme is delivered by five UK academic centres of excellence in water science and engineering in the UK. Coordinated by Cranfield University and including Imperial College London and the universities of Sheffield, Newcastle, and Exeter, the programme enables talented researchers to develop their skills and careers, while obtaining an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) or PhD degree.

An EngD is a four year research degree awarded for industrially relevant research. The degree provides a more vocationally oriented approach to obtaining a doctorate in engineering commensurate with that of a PhD. The STREAM programme comprises the following three elements:

1. Postgraduate-level Training
STREAM Research Engineers studying for an EngD spend the first semester of their four year programme (October-December) attending the following taught modules at Cranfield University:

  • Asset Management, Policy & Strategy
  • Water & Wastewater Treatment Principles
  • Process Science & Engineering
  • Cost Engineering
  • Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
  • Group design project

2. Transferable Skills and Engineering Leadership
The TSEL element of the STREAM programme comprises five thematic componentswith attendance at one course at Cranfield during the induction semester plus one course at each of the other four partner institutions:

  • Research Skills at Cranfield University
  • Project delivery at Imperial College
  • Personal Development at Sheffield University
  • Communication skills at the University of Exeter
  • Career development at Newcastle University

3. Research
STREAM students studying for a PhD will be primarily located at one of the five STREAM universities for a three year programme. In addition to representing a significant achievement in addressing challenging science and engineering issues of practical importance to the water sector, the EngD thesis is required to include an element of business evaluation. The list of EngD and PhD projects available for start in October 2015 can be found here.

Contact Person: Miss Tania Rice (Programme administrator) (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "0521 - Ecology


Venue: Cranfield University (Contact University)
Cranfield, United Kingdom



Potential applicants for PhD or EngD positions on the STREAM programme should be able to demonstrate: enthusiasm; resourcefulness; a mature approach to learning; creativity; a sound understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering; and possess a first or upper second class honours degree. 

Application Procedure:

If you are interested in applying to the programme please contact the STREAM office.

Grant Opportunities:

The STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre provides opportunities to fund research activities for both EngD and PhD students to deliver. The five STREAM universities are happy to discuss possible research areas for sponsoring through the programme at any time. However, a project development workshop, held around the turn of the year is the formal starting point for project specification and sponsorship. 


Academic level: PhD
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