Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS)

CPD Course

The course covers the why, what and how to do SuDS and provides hands on experience in designing SuDS. The module will introduce SuDS and SuDS design, explore challenges of drainage infrastructure, outline key principles of SuDS and evaluate the role of SuDS in flood risk management. The course will also enable participants to use Landmark Mapping resources to identify areas prone to surface floods and use Micro-Drainage Software for SuDS design. 

“This is a comprehensive course which covers the most recent SuDS policy as well as giving practical experience of SuDS design both on paper and using the latest software.”

Dr Diane Spivey, SPV Consulting

“The SuDS course was informative, practical and relevant."
Carole Wright, Technical Flood Support Officer, Wrexham Council


“The course was very well pitched.”
Emma Hughes, Flood Strategy Engineer, Yorkshire Water

Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course CPD Course
Length 1 day - TBC

Led by:

  • Mike Wellington - Martin Wright Associates (BEng (Hons)  MSc CEng CEnv FICE RMaPS)
  • Dr Servel Miller (PhD, MSc, PGDip, PgCert, BSc. FHEA, FRGS, CGeog. Dip.)


What are the benefits of participating?

  • Certificate of completion
  • Course certified by CPD Certification Service
  • Course accredited by CIWEM
  • Practitioner-led course
  • Access to tutors for up to one month after course date
  • Affordable Continuing Professional Development course
  • Learn about the recent research
  • Network with experts and peers in the field of flood risk assessment
  • Hands-on experience
  • Access to University of Chester library resources for two months after course date
  • Access to University of Chester online learning space
  • Access to industry standard software
  • A copy of the course notes to take away


The course will be delivered using a mixture of:

  • Presentations and discussions
  • Interactive group exercises
  • LOCATION: University of Chester


You will learn about:

  • Introduction to SuDS and SuDS design
  • Challenges of Drainage Infrastructure
  • Key Principles of SuD
  • The Role of SuDS in developing sustainable drainage infrastructure
  • The Role of SuDS in flood risk management
  • Using Landmark to identify areas prone to surface floods
  • Using Micro-drainage for SuDS (1D/2D Flow)

What are the learning outcomes?
Successful students will meet the following Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding  
1. Understand the fundamental UK flood policies and law
2. Understand the requirements of an effective SuDS design
3. Understand the fundamentals of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Subject-specific Skills  
4. Evaluate the requirements for an effective flood drainage system
5. Understand the benefits and limitations of SuDS
6. Select appropriate information for the submission of  SuDS for approval

Key Skills  
7. Abstract and synthesise information from a variety of sources
8. Demonstrate the ability to design a SUDS system
9. Demonstrate an ability to take a reasoned and logical approach to problem solving

There is no formal assessment for the course but a certificate will only be issued upon completion of class-based exercise.

Prerequisites: No qualifications required.

Available to: This is a valuable course for landscape architects, consultancies, planners, developers, local authorities and geoscience students/graduates.