We foster the next generation of water leaders by providing interdisciplinary training environments.

The GW4 leads 31 externally-funded doctoral training programmes across the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. By combining training strength, the GW4 Water Security Alliance enables PhD students to be part of an interdisciplinary cohort of researchers and to work with supervisors from these four institutions. Members of the Alliance are currently in two centres for doctoral training: FRESH and WISE.

Doctoral Training

NERC GW4 FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training

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Sustaining the World’s freshwater ecosystems, while meeting the water demands of a growing population, will require a new brand of intellectually mobile and agile problem solvers. Our vision is to train future leaders with the skills necessary to address the challenges facing freshwater sustainability.


WISE CDT students and director at Water Security Alliance annual conference

The Water Informatics Science & Engineering CDT trains five different cohorts of engineers and scientists at the boundary of water informatics, sciences and engineering. Topics include water re-use, hydrologic applications, pollution control or river and marine renewable energy.

NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership

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The NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a collaborative partnership formed of the GW4 Alliance of the world-class research-intensive Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter and Cardiff University plus five unique and prestigious Research Organisation partners: British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

Master’s studies

There are a variety of Master’s courses offered in our four universities. Find out more on the institutional pages: