The programme consists of a sequence of four or five online courses, regular short courses or a combination. The number of ECTS points vary from 3 to 6 per course. The minimum study load for obtaining a diploma is 20 ECTS, which equals a workload of 560 hours. The online courses can be followed part-time, without interrupting a day-time career. In order to ensure that the programme fits the personal circumstances of the applicant, courses will be selected and a personal study plan will be designed in collaboration with a study advisor. The total duration of the programme depends on this study plan, with a minimum of 1.5 and a maximum of 4.5 years.
Practising sanitation sector professionals, or for those who have aspirations to work in the sector.
Upon completion of the programme participants will be qualified to:
- Perform as a competent professional in the field of sanitation and/or sanitary engineering;
- Contribute to the development of innovative approaches to the provision of sustainable sanitation services, especially under challenging conditions usually prevailing in developing countries and countries in transition.
Dependent on the chosen programme track and the choice of courses within that track, the participants will be able to:
- Understand and explain the role of sanitation in the urban water cycle and its relation to public health and environment;
- Develop rational approaches towards sustainable wastewater management via pollution prevention, appropriate treatment, and resource recovery and re-use at both in a centralized and decentralized setting;
- Understand the relevant physical, chemical and biological processes and their mutual relationships within various sanitation components;
- Define and critically analyze, assess and evaluate various urban drainage and sewerage schemes, and wastewater, sludge (including faecal sludge) and solid waste treatment process technologies;
- Analyze, synthesize, integrate, interpret, and discuss scientific and practical information in the context of preparing research and engineering projects including preparation of master plans, feasibility studies and preliminary designs;
- Apply modern tools for technology selection and modelling of sanitation components.
GPDP concept and content
The minimum requirement to obtain a GPDP diploma is to collect at least 20 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. The table below describes the online courses offered by IHE Delft as part of the GPDP and their respective number of ECTS credits. Participants have to select among three clusters of courses leading to three different tracks:
- Sanitation Track (S): 15 ECTS credits from sanitation online courses must be obtained + 5 ECTS credits from any other online courses listed below.
- Sanitary Engineering Track (SE): 15 ECTS credits from sanitary engineering online courses + 5 ECTS credits from any other online courses listed below.
- All Round/Generalist Track (M): 10 ECTS credits from sanitation online courses + 10 ECTS credits from sanitary engineering courses.
The number of online courses required to collect the 20 ECTS credits ranges between four and five online courses. Each online course is offered only once a year.
The duration of an online module varies between 12 and 18 weeks. The GPDP should be completed within a period of 4 years.
The online courses within the GPDP programme are:
- Ecological Sanitation (S)
- Solid Waste Management (S)
- Grey Water Management, Treatment and Use (S)
- Faecal Sludge Management (S)
- Problem Based Learning in Sanitation (S/SE)*
- Biological Wastewater Treatment: Principles, Modelling and Design (SE)
- Industrial Resource Management and Cleaner Production (SE)*
- Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment (SE)
- Industrial Effluent Treatment (SE)
- Modelling Sanitation Systems (SE)
- Urban Drainage and Sewerage (SE)
- Urban Water Systems (SE)*
- Urban Flood Management & Disaster Risk Mitigation (SE)*
- Experimental Methods in Wastewater Treatment (SE)*
*more information on this course will be available soon
- Academic admission to the programme may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having a university Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate field of study for the programme (such as civil, environmental, (bio)chemical engineering).
- Academic admission to the program will be granted on the basis of a decision taken by the academic registrar, upon advice of the programme coordinator.
- Students will be registered to one of the three programme tracks described in the table above.
- Selection of modules for each individual student will be decided upon after the decision and agreement with the programme coordinator.
- Applicants will be registered as a student in the programme.
To start your application create an account here or login if you already have an account and select Graduate Professional Diploma from the course type list.
Each course/module will be examined separately. Participants must comply with the education and examination regulations of the GPDP set by IHE Delft.
Costs and fees
The tuition fee of the GPDP is based on the costs of an individual ECTS credit point. In 2018 and 2019, the price of one ECTS credit point is 179 Euro.
Furthermore, the costs of GPDP also depends on the method of payment:
If the costs of a GPDP are paid at once and before the start of the first module, a discount of 10% on the tuition fee is granted. Furthermore, in this option the tuition fee of the GPDP is based on the costs of the ECTS in that particular year. In other words, there are two financial advantages as there is a discount of 10% and possible future tuition fee increases do not apply. An example, if you would like to start with the first course of your GPDP in 2018 and would pay the fee up front, the costs are calculated as follows: 20 ECTS * 179 Euro = 3580 Euro. As you pay up front, you are entitled to a 10% discount. In this scenario the GPDP would cost 3222 Euro.
It is also possible to pay for each of the GPDP modules separately. In this case there is no discount and actual tuition fees are charged. You can find the tuition fee on the course specific website of the online courses. The advantage is that payment in instalments is possible, however the total price of the GPDP in this calculation is higher. Moreover, the tuition fees of the online courses in 2020 and thereafter are currently not yet determined, however it likely the price of an ECTS will increase and therefore the total costs of the GPDP will as well.