FAQ

The frequently asked questions and answers listed are divided into questions about the MSc programmes, PhD programme, short courses and online courses.

MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development

What are the admission requirements?

Please find the admission requirements here.

What are the English language requirements?

The English language requirements can be found here

When is the yearly application deadline?

The application deadline is 1 July, but please note that applicants who seek financial assistance may have to apply much earlier – please see the fellowship page. Applications will open on 10 November 2021. The Delft-based MSc programmes start in late October or early November 2022. Application deadlines for joint master programmes vary, please see the programme pages

What happens after I have applied for an MSc Programme?

Applicants first receive an automatic email confirmation. Up to four weeks later, applicants receive another email to inform whether they are admitted.  Applications are assessed using the criteria for the profile and track the applicants listed as their preferred choices - therefore, although it is possible to change profiles and tracks after admission, it is still important to choose suitable options in the application. Students definite choice of profile will be agreed after confirmation of financial support and an online meeting with their IHE coach. Please note that not all profiles and track combinations are possible – please check the website. A tip: study the information on the track and profile content to ensure you pick what is best for you.

What are the requirements for the recommendation letters?

All applicants need two letters of recommendation. They should be written by persons who are qualified to evaluate applicant's potential for graduate study. Applicants who work could ask their current (or recent) employers. Senior academic members of staff working at the institution where you studied or performed academic work also are suitable letter authors.

The letters need to include the referees’ title, their relation to the applicant including how long they have worked together. The letters should refer to examples of applicant's work and explain why the referee feels the applicant is a fit for the specific programme.

Examples of valid referees or recommenders are:

  • Managers or mentors in a superior position in the workplace
  • Faculty, deans, or professors
  • Academic advisors
  • Immediate supervisors
  • Research project managers

Letters older than a year, and letters from family members, close friends, or non-superior colleagues are not accepted.

When are the application and financial confirmation deadlines?

Deadlines for the Delft-based master programme in Water and Sustainable Development:

  • Application deadline (sponsors may require earlier applications): 1 July 2022
  • Financial confirmation deadline (the date by which students have to show how their studies will be financed): 1 August 2022
  • Deadline for  online meeting with coach: 1 September 2022
  • Start academic year: Monday 31 October 2022

I was accepted to an IHE Delft MSc program earlier, but haven’t started. Is my admission valid?

No. You will have to apply again for admission to the MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development.

What are the specific admission requirements for each track/profile?

You can find the entry requirements for each track/profile here.

What are the advised preparatory courses for each track/profile and where can I find these?

You can find the advised preparatory courses for each track/profile here. Students are strongly encouraged to take preparatory courses for their track/profile. The courses will be made available on IHE Delft’s Open Education Platform in March 2022.

What happens if I apply for a specific track/profile and IHE Delft evaluates that I do not have the required bachelor major?

In such cases, the admission officer will check if the applicants meet the criteria for another track/profile and ask them if they want to apply for that instead. Students admitted this way will receive an admission letter for the Master programme in Water and Sustainable Development, indicating that their provisional admission is based on the track/profile for which they meet the requirements. After the students have confirmed their funding for the programme, they will discuss their study wishes with a coach. Under certain conditions, for example successful completion of preparatory courses, students can switch back to their first choice. Applicants who don’t fulfil the criteria for any of the tracks/profiles will be informed that they cannot be admitted.

I am interested in a track/profile combination which is not offered by IHE Delft. What should I do?

Choose the track/profile combination which best corresponds to your wishes and use the form’s comment space and the motivation letter to explain further. Applications will be evaluated on the preference indicated in the application form. Once admitted, students can discuss their wishes with their IHE coach, who will explore options to accommodate these.

Will it still be possible to change my chosen track/profile after the meeting with the IHE Delft coach?

Yes. Changing the track/profile is possible until the end of the first module.

I cannot finance the cost of my study myself. What are the possibilities for scholarships?

Information on scholarships can be found here.

Can I submit documents in another language than English?

No, the documents need to be translated into English by a sworn translator.

Can I apply for multiple programmes at the same time?

Applicants can only submit one application for the Delft-based master programme in Water and Sustainable Development. However, they can in addition also apply for an Erasmus Mundus programme for which Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available.

What are the costs of an MSc Programme at IHE Delft?

More information on the cost can be found here.

Can I pay in instalments?

No. The full amount must have arrived at IHE Delft at least 2.5 months before the MSc Programme start.

Do I have to apply for the visa and resident permit myself?

No. Successful applicants will receive documentation for visa and resident permit applications to complete and return to IHE Delft. EU/EEA and Swiss citizens don’t need residence permits.

Is an MSc degree awarded by IHE Delft recognized by other universities?

The IHE Delft MSc degrees are accredited under the Dutch law and are registered at the Central Register for Higher Education Programmes (CROHO) in The Netherlands. The Ministry of Education is co-signatory on all the diplomas presented by the Institute, thus endorsing the academic standard of the degrees as comparable to those of the Dutch universities.

The MSc degree is recognised as a graduate level credit by all Dutch universities and many universities abroad. Normally no extra entrance examinations or course requirements are needed to apply for PhDs after the course.

MSc graduates receive a diploma and a diploma supplement that describes the programme and provides an overview of the graduate’s results.

The MSc Programme is accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) according to a standard assessment protocol. 

I am interested in the Research MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development. Where can I find more information?

In November 2023, IHE Delft will launch the Research Master with a duration of 21 months and 120 EC. Application is expected to open in the course of 2022. More information can be found here. If you are interested, please register for more information.

What is the difference between the MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development (68 EC) and the Research MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development (120 EC)?

The one-year (68 EC) MSc in Water and Sustainable Development is for students who seek a science-based MSc degree that is anchored in, and prepares them for, professional practice. However, this degree also generally qualifies successful graduates to apply for PhDs.

The two-year (120EC) Research MSc in Water and Sustainable Development will equip and prepare students for a career in research, academia or to pursue a PhD.

PhD Programme

What are the admission requirements?

Candidates for the PhD programme should have a IHE Delft MSc degree with high qualification. An MSc degree from another university or institute - equal to IHE Delft's standards - may also be acceptable. If a candidate is not yet in the possession of an MSc degree, but has an interesting research proposal and proven track record, he or she may be admitted to IHE Delft's MSc programme first, as part of and in preparation for the PhD research. PhD candidates will only be accepted after their research proposal has been approved by IHE Delft’s Academic Board. IHE Delft's PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a relevant university, ensuring that it is embedded in the prevailing higher education legislation.

Click here for the English language requirements for all IHE Delft programmes.

What happens after I have applied for the PhD Programme?

After we have received the documents mentioned above, we will first send your diplomas and transcripts to Nuffic for validation. If your diplomas are found to be adequate, we will send your documents to one of IHE Delft's professors, who will review your academic qualifications and research proposal and decide whether to approve or decline your application. If your application is rejected you will be provided with a brief justification for the decision. In the case of approval, you will receive an unconditional admission letter. However, if you still need to submit the results on an English test, the admission letter will be conditional. On average this process will take 6 to 8 weeks.

How can I get in contact with a supervisor/professor?

It is common that prospective students will have already identified a potential promoter based a comparison of their interests and the professor's area of expertise. It is not a requirement, however, that you find a professor yourself. An admissions officer will contact the most suitable professor, based on your research proposal. The name and email address of the professor will be mentioned in your admission letter.

How can I apply for a fellowship?

Please click here for more information on possible fellowships or scholarships.

What are the costs of a PhD study?

Please click here for more information about costs.

What is the application deadline?

We do not have an application deadline, you can always apply. After you have obtained your admission and funding, and after the approval of your professor, you can start the programme.

How many years is my academic admission valid?

Your academic admission is valid for 3 years. This time is available to you to secure the necessary financing or complete any other needed preparations. The programme may not be started until full financial support is acquired.

Why is the PhD degree awarded jointly with a Dutch university?

IHE Delft is not an official Dutch university. Therefore IHE Delft can not issue a PhD degree. Your professor is registered at a Dutch university and you will be registered at the same university. The logo of that university and of IHE Delft will both appear on your diploma.

Short Courses

Where can I find more information about the short courses?

You can find information about all short courses here. After selecting a course, you can find more specific information regarding the course content, the dates, the prices, the deadlines and a possibility to apply for the online course.

What is the workload of a short course?

A short course has around six to eight hours of study per day.

Do I receive credit points for finishing a short course?

Almost all our short courses have the option of taking an exam: It is possible to receive 5 ECTS Credit Points by successfully passing this exam at the end of the course (cost of the exam is € 250).

Who do I contact for more information about the application procedure?

If you cannot find your answer among the FAQs, you are welcome to send an email to: info@un-ihe.org

Who do I contact for more information regarding the course content?

You can find information about all short courses here. After selecting a course, under 'More Info' you can find the email address of a specific course's coordinator.

What are the costs of a Short course?

You can find information about all short courses here. After selecting a course, you see the cost of the course.

How many years is my academic admission valid?

Once you have been academically accepted this admission remains valid for three years.

What is the application procedure?

You can find information about all short courses here. After selecting the course of your interest, under 'More Info' you can find the possibility to apply: "Click here to apply for this course". After receipt of your application, we will assess your file and inform you regarding the outcome within ten working days.

When is the application deadline for a short course?

IHE Delft's application deadline for online courses is 4 weeks before the start of the course.

Which documents do I need for applying for a short course?

You will need to upload a scan of your passport, CV, BSc degree and transcript. Your BSc degree and transcript should be in English, French or Spanish. Your CV must be (translated in) the English language.

What are the entry requirements?

You should at least have a Bachelor of Science degree, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

Why do I not receive an admission letter?

You will receive the outcome of your application by email as for several fellowships it is no longer necessary to hand over an admission letter. In case you do need a letter for your sponsor, we will provide you with this letter upon request.

When is the payment deadline for a short course?

Before the start of the course we should have received your payment in our bank account.

Am I entitled to a discount?

Discounts on the tuition fee of online courses apply to the following persons:

    30%: IHE Delft alumni
    10%: UN family staff members
    10%: groups of 5 or more (provided that the online course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)

Can I pay with credit card?

Unfortunately we do not accept cheques sent to IHE Delft nor credit cards.

Can I pay in installments?

No. In order to participate in the course, it is necessary that we have the whole amount in our bank account before the course starts.

Does IHE Delft provide scholarships?

Unfortunately, IHE Delft does not provide any scholarships.

Where can I find possible scholarships?

For possible scholarships, check our short course scholarship page or use Nuffic's grantfinder.

What is an OKP scholarship?

Please find more information regarding the OKP scholarship on NUFFIC's website.

Is my country on the OKP country list?

For all information regarding the OKP country list, please visit NUFFIC's website.

How do I apply for an OKP scholarship?

You have to apply to a short course first. If you meet the academic admission requirements you will be informed by the admission and fellowship officer about the next step that you have to take if you wish to be nominated for an OKP scholarship. 

Does IHE Delft provide housing?

Online Courses

Where can I find more information about the online courses?

On our website you can find information about our online courses. After selecting a course, you can find more specific information regarding the course content, the dates, the prices, the deadlines and a possibility to apply for the online course.

What is the study load of an online course?

A typical course covers a four-month period, and requires around eight hours of study per week (total study load 140 hours).

Do I receive credit points for finishing an online course?

This differs per course. After clicking on a specific course, it is mentioned under ‘Dates, Fee, ECTS’ how many ECTS Credit Points you can obtain.

Who do I contact for more information about the application procedure?

If you cannot find the answer to your question among the FAQs, you are more than welcome to send an email to:  

Who do I contact for more information regarding the course content?

The course coordinator can answer all your questions about course specific questions, for instance regarding the content. After selecting a course on our website, the contact details of the course coordinators are mentioned.

What are the costs of an online course?

On our website you can find information about our online courses. After selecting a course, you can find the cost of the online course.

How long is my academic admission valid?

Once you have been academically accepted this admission remains valid for three years.

What is the application procedure?

After selecting the course of interest on our website, under you can find the possibility to apply. After receipt of your application, we will assess it and inform you regarding the outcome within two weeks.

Which documents do I need for applying for an online course?

Before submitting the application form, you have to attach your curriculum vitae and a copy of your passport.

What are the entry requirements for an online course?

You should at least have a Bachelor in the relevant field and a good command of the English language.

When is the payment deadline for an online course?

Please make sure that we have received your payment in our bank account at least 3 weeks before the start date of the course.

Am I entitled to a discount?

Discounts on the tuition fee of online courses apply in the following situations:

    30%: IHE Delft alumni
    10%: UN family staff members
    10%: groups of 5 or more (provided that the online course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)

Can I pay with credit card?

Paying with credit card is possible, currently only VISA and Master Cards are accepted. Please note that a fee of 5 percent of the tuition fee will be charged for paying by credit card.

Can I pay in installments?

No. In order to participate in the course, it is necessary that we have received the entire tuition fee in our bank account before the course starts. As it is possible to pay just before the course starts, it seems unnecessary to transfer the fee in instalments. Therefore, we recommend you to keep your money until you can transfer the whole amount. This way you also have to pay possible transfer costs only once.

Does IHE Delft have scholarships available?

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education does not grant fellowships for online courses. We advise you to search for other options for financial support such as your employer, your government, the EU, International funding agencies, etc. 

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