Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Wastewater Engineering

  • Monday 27 November - Friday 1 December 2017

Understanding the design and operation of unit processes in wastewater treatment and introducing recent developments and more advanced techniques

This course provides you with a basic understanding of the design and operation of unit processes in domestic and industrial wastewater treatment. We place a particular emphasis on biological principles and parameters

We'll introduce you to recent developments, and to more advanced techniques in biological wastewater treatment. You'll have a deeper knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological principles in wastewater assessment and treatment.

You'll develop:

  • basic analytical skills
  • the latest molecular microbial ecology skills

- using laboratory analysis of wastewater and sludge samples.

Who is the course aimed at?

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

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

Objectives and Outline

Wastewater Engineering

Course Objectives

You'll understand:

  • the effects of wastewater discharges on the aquatic environment
    • with an appreciation of the environmental impacts of wastewater management
  • the fundamental scientific concepts
    • with a detailed technical understanding of the technologies required for domestic and industrial wastewater treatment
  • the principles involved in the design and selection of appropriate unit processes

You'll be able to:

  • select and design appropriate wastewater treatment unit processes
  • calculate design specifications for unit processes to treat wastewater of a particular quality to a particular standard
  • demonstrate proficiency in a range of standard wastewater laboratory analytical methods
  • interpret the relevance of these in relation to environmental regulations.

Course Outline

  • Sewerage systems and pre-treatment
  • Solids separation: sedimentation and flotation
  • Microbial community assembly
  • Microbial metabolism and thermodynamics
  • Measuring microbes
  • Microbial growth kinetics and mass balances
  • Attached growth processes
  • Suspended growth processes
  • Waste stabilisation ponds and constructed wetlands
  • Anaerobic processes
  • Nutrient removal
  • Sludge production, treatment and disposal
Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Wastewater Engineering accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Monday 27 November - Friday 1 December 2017

Further Information

Wastewater Engineering

Academic Module Outline

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

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.


Wastewater Engineering


Newcastle University
  • Dr Russell Davenport (Course Leader)
  • Prof Tom Curtis
  • Dr Charlotte Paterson


Wastewater Engineering


  • Wastewater Engineering
    • £1150
      • 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 £175.

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.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, 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).