Wastewater Engineering

"I knew about wastewater treatment from a regulator point of view; the course allowed me to see it from an operator and design point of view."

Wastewater Engineering

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Wastewater Engineering

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The course provides a basic understanding of the design and operation of unit processes in the treatment of domestic and industrial wastewaters and an introduction to recent developments and more advanced techniques in wastewater treatment. Delegates will acquire a deeper knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological principles in wastewater assessment and treatment. Basic analytical skills are developed through laboratory analysis of wastewater and sludge samples.

Course Objectives

Delegates will:

  • gain an understanding of the effects of wastewater discharges on the aquatic environment and an appreciation of the environmental impacts of wastewater management;
  • acquire an understanding of the fundamental scientific concepts and detailed technical understanding of the technologies required for domestic and industrial wastewater treatment;
  • understand the principles involved in the design and selection of appropriate unit processes;
  • be able to select and design appropriate wastewater treatment unit processes;
  • be able to calculate design specifications for unit processes to treat wastewater of a particular quality to a particular standard;
  • be proficient in a range of standard wastewater laboratory analytical methods and be able to interpret the relevance of these in relation to environmental regulations.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: Sources and Quantities;
  • Legislation and Controls;
  • Sewerage Systems and Pre-Treatment;
  • Sedimentation/Flotation;
  • Fixed Film Processes;
  • Principles of Biological Treatment;
  • Suspended Growth Processes;
  • Waste Stabilisation Ponds;
  • Constructed Wetlands;
  • Membrane Processes;
  • Nutrient Removal;
  • Odour Control;
  • Sludge Production and Characteristics;
  • Sludge Treatment and Disposal.
Optional laboratory sessions

Lectures / tutorials are usually in the mornings. There are optional laboratory sessions on two afternoons.

Lab description: undertakes detailed analysis of wastewater samples from a sewage treatment plant for the main chemical and physical contaminants that are used to determine wastewater quality and treatment plant performance (COD, BOD TSS, VSS, N and P).

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Who is the course aimed at?

Consultants, Environmental Officers, Water and Wastewater Engineers, Environment Agency and Water Utility staff


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences


  • Wastewater Engineering
    • £1125
      • We hope to offer CPD delegates the option of attending laboratory sessions, but can only confirm this when capacity is known. This optional element of the course attracts an additional fee of £150.

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £350, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8104) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Wastewater Engineering accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

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