Graduate Professional Diploma Programme

Graduate Professional Diploma Programmes (GPDPs) disseminate knowledge to professionals without the means, time or interest to pursue an MSc degree and a wish to specialize professionally.

The GPDP programmes cater to the learning needs of practising water/sanitation sector professionals, or for those who have aspirations to work in the sector.

The programme consists of a sequence of four or five online courses, on-campus short courses in Delft 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.

Concept GPDP

The minimum requirement to obtain a GPDP diploma is to collect at least 20 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. Participants have to select among seven clusters of courses leading to seven different tracks:

  • Cleaner Production and Residuals Management (CPRM)
  • (new) Humanitarian WASH (HW)
  • Sanitary Engineering (SE)
  • Sanitation (S)
  • Urban Water Networks and Floods (UWN)
  • Water Supply Engineering (WSE)
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology (W-WTT)

The number of online courses required to collect the 20 ECTS credits ranges between four and five online courses. Each online course is offered at least once a year. On-campus courses are offered once a year an can be found in our education and training guide (page 27). 

The duration of an online course varies between 12 and 18 weeks. The GPDP should be completed within a period of 4.5 years max. 

Each course/module will be examined separately. Participants must comply with the education and examination regulations of the GPDP set by IHE Delft.

The 20 ECTS credits can be used for one GPDP track only.

Course offer

The table below describes the online courses offered by IHE Delft as part of the GPDP and their respective number of ECTS credits.

*more information on this course will be available soon

+ show more


  • 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 six 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.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the GPDP is based on the costs of an individual ECTS credit point. The price of one ECTS credit point is 213 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 course, a discount of 10% on the tuition fee is granted. In this option the tuition fee of the GPDP is based on the costs of the ECTS on the start date of the first course. In other words, there are two financial advantages as there is a discount of 10% and possible future tuition fee increases do not apply.
  • If you would like to pay the fee up front, the costs are calculated as follows: 20 ECTS * 213 Euro = 4260 Euro. As you pay up front, you are entitled to a 10% discount. In this scenario the GPDP would cost 3834 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.

The GPDP programme can be completed with a combination of on-campus courses. If you would like to come the Netherlands, please take a look at our education and training guide (page 27), to find the course list and the corresponding costs involved of this modality.

+ show more


Connect with us

Never miss a thing!