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

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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About Skills, Technology, Research and Management for the UK Water Sector (STREAM) at Newcastle University

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.


The School has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects. Find out more about our:

  • Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories
  • Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories

View a virtual tour of some of the facilities.

    Training & Skills

    Year one

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

    • EXT8016 Cost Engineering
    • EXT8008 Water and Wastewater Treatment Principles
    • EXT8009 Process Science and Engineering
    • EXT8010 Asset Management Policy and Strategy
    • EXT 8017 Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
    • EXT8012 Group Design Project

    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:

    • CEG8902 Transferrable Skills and Engineering Leadership Assessment

    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.

      How to Apply

      We have three fully funded  STREAM EngD studentships for UK/EU students.  The deadline for applications is 2 June 2017. For more information see our STREAM Fees and Funding page.

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      Notes about fees for this course

      See our course fees and funding webpage -

      Entry requirements

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

      • environmental engineering
      • microbiology
      • related environmental and life sciences 

      International Students

      To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

      Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

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

      Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

      The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

      Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

      • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
      • 10 week Pre-sessional entry:  IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)

      You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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