Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe) CDT PhD studentship: Quantifying and abating greenhouse gas emissions from large wastewater treatment plants

Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 🇬🇧

Award Summary

100% tuition fees paid, plus £19,000 annual stipend and a Research Training Support Grant


The PhD project ‘Quantifying and abating greenhouse gas emissions from large wastewater treatment plants’ is an industrial-academic collaboration between Newcastle University and Northumbrian Water Limited. The project contributes to the ‘Race to Net Carbon Zero’ commitment by many private and public organizations. The work will characterize the emissions of greenhouse gases by Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) using a combination of direct measurements and bioreactor-scale laboratory measurements. The student will be trained how to conduct the gas analyses according to Best Practice guidelines to facilitate comparison with independent measurements and place the measurements within the broader context of greenhouse gas budgets. Overall, the project is an excellent opportunity to develop analytical skills for application in the industrial workplace and contribute to an improvement in waste water treatment processes by achieving carbon neutrality.

Number Of Awards: 1

Start Date: September 2022 

Award Duration: 4 years

Application Closing Date: 16 May 2022

Sponsor: Northumbrian Water Limited and EPSRC


Profs Tom Curtis and Sam Wilson (Newcastle University) and Andrew Moore (Northumbrian Water Limited).

Eligibility Criteria

First or upper second class UG degree (2:1) and preferably a First MEng/MSc in a relevant subject. 

Under the 30% UKRI international recruitment policy, Newcastle will pay the international fee difference for International applicants (including EU) awarded a WIRe CDT studentship at Newcastle (limited to 1 per academic year). Further information will be provided at application stage. 

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8209F in the programme of study section
  • Select ‘PhD Water Infrastructure & Resilience (WIRe)‘ as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code WIRE215 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code WIRE215 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

You should also send your covering letter and CV to [email protected]

Contact Details

[email protected] (academic queries) 

[email protected] (administrative queries).