Skills Technology Research Mgt UK EngD

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

Full time: 48 months


The Skills, Technology, Research and Management for the UK Water Sector (STREAM) EngD is a combination of research and industrial training. Through your research you will have the opportunity to evolve techniques to tackle today's water sector challenges such as climate change, increasing populations, energy efficiency, and pollution control.

This specialist programme is a four year research degree awarded for industrially relevant research. Compared to a PhD, this programme provides a more vocationally oriented approach to obtaining a doctorate in engineering The programme is made up of three components:

  • acquisition of advanced technical skills through attendance at Masters' level training courses
  • tuition in Transferable Skills and Educational Leadership (TSEL) modules
  • a doctoral level research project

You will spend the majority of your time in industry developing scientific and engineering techniques and management skills. The scope and topic of your project 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.


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 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. If you apply for this programme at Newcastle University you will be registered with and sponsored by us, although you will spend time at each institution over the duration of the course.

The STREAM project leader at Newcastle is Dr Jaime Amezaga, supported by other expert academic staff.

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Training & Skills

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Year one

October to December, Cranfield University. You will complete a combination of six modules that typically include:

January to September Imperial College London. You will start your research project and take Transferable Skills and Educational Leadership (TSEL) modules covering:

  • financial management
  • health and safety standards
  • project management for research
  • research methods and design

Year two

You will study at least one Master's level technical module and you will continue with your research project. In year two, TSEL modules are taken at Sheffield University and typically include:

  • personal effectiveness and time management
  • knowledge transfer and research exploitation
  • business costing and risk

Year three

You will study at least one Master's level technical module and you will continue with your research project. In year 3, TSEL modules are taken at Exeter University and typically include:

  • patenting and intellectual property rights
  • negotiation and influencing skills
  • writing a case for investment

These four units across the three years contribute to the following compulsory module:

Year four

You will return to Newcastle for your TSEL modules, which typically include:

  • thesis and viva preparation
  • career planning and development
  • entrepreneurship and leadership skills
  • writing grant and funding bids

You will continue your research project(s) and write up your thesis in the remainder of the year.

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

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

If your application is successful, you will be supported by a STREAM EngD studentship which will pay the tuition fee in full. If you are from the UK you will also receive a stipend to cover living costs each year. When this funding is available, it will be listed below under 'UK/EU students

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and/or master's degree in:

  • environmental engineering
  • microbiology
  • related environmental and life sciences 

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply for the programme via the STREAM EngD studentship route.  For more information see our STREAM Fees and Funding page.


Justine Easten
School of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6034
STREAM Industrial Doctoral Centre