Skills, Technology, Research and Management for the UK Water Sector (STREAM) EngD

48 months full time


This programme is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The successful applicant will be supported by a STREAM EngD studentship which will pay the tuition fee in full. Successful UK applicants will also receive a stipend to cover living costs each year.

Applications for the the 2014 EngD studentship have now closed.

Programme Overview

This innovative Engineering Doctorate programme provides a combination of research and industrial training. You will spend the majority of your time in industry developing scientific and engineering techniques and management skills. You will also have the opportunity to evolve techniques to tackle today's water sector challenges such as climate change, increasing populations, energy efficiency and pollution control.

The EngD comprises three components: acquisition of advanced technical skills through attendance at Masters’ level training courses; tuition in Transferable Skills and Educational Leadership (TSEL); and doctoral level research project(s). The scope and topic of your project(s) will vary depending on your subject background, research interests and the company you are working with. You will be allocated at least one academic and one industrial supervisor.

The STREAM programme is delivered by a consortium of five universities, all of which are centres of excellence in water science and engineering. The programme is co-ordinated by Cranfield University and includes Imperial College London and the universities of Newcastle, Sheffield, and Exeter. For more information on the programme visit the STREAM website.


Year One

If you apply for the EngD at Newcastle University, you will be registered and sponsored for the programme at this institution. You will, however, undertake some of the programme at other participating STREAM universities. You will spend your first semester (October to December) at Cranfield University undertaking modules in core technical competencies and early stage transferable skills. Modules typically include: engineering sustainability; water and wastewater treatment principles; process science and engineering; asset stewardship; principles of hydraulics and water distribution; transferable skills. You will also complete a group design project. From January to September you undertake your research project(s) and TSEL modules at either Cranfield or Imperial. These cover: financial management; health and safety standards; project management for research; and research methods and design.

Year Two and Three

You take at least one Masters’ level technical module per year (at one of the relevant STREAM institutions). The selection of modules may be driven by the competencies that you require to tackle your research project(s) or to enhance your career ambitions. In Year Two TSEL modules are undertaken in Sheffield and typically include: personal effectiveness and time management; knowledge transfer and research exploitation; business costing and risk. In Year Three TSEL modules are undertaken in Exeter that cover: patenting and IPR; negotiation and influencing skills; and writing a case for investment. You also continue to work on your research project(s).

Year Four

TSEL modules are undertaken at Newcastle and include: thesis and viva preparation; career planning and development; entrepreneurship and leadership skills; and writing grant and funding bids. From October to March you continue your research project(s) and then write up your thesis in the remainder of the year.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

A first-class or upper-second-class honours degree and/or Master’s degree in environmental engineering, microbiology or related environmental and life sciences programmes.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Please note: Applications for the 2014 EngD studentship have now closed.

The EngD EPSRC studentship funds full fees for a successful UK/EU student. The scope and topic of the studentships vary each year and will appeal to applicants from a range of subject backgrounds and research interests. 

UK students will also receive a stipend of £19,000 in year 1 and 2, rising to £20,000 in year 3 and 4 to cover living costs.

To receive these awards successful applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility requirements.

There may be opportunities arising for those individuals who would not normally meet the eligibility requirements for EPSRC funding. Please contact for further information.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Please note: Applications for 2014-15 entry have now closed. Further information about applications for 2015-16 entry will be published in due course.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Justine Easten
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6034

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Civil Engineering.