Graduate Professional Diploma Programme

The Graduate Professional Diploma Programme (GPDP) programme disseminates knowledge to professionals without the means, time or interest to pursue an MSc degree and a wish to specialize professionally.

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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.

For whom?

Practising water/sanitation sector professionals, or for those who have aspirations to work in the sector.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the programme participants will be qualified to:

  • Contribute to the development of innovative approaches to the provision of sustainable urban water and sanitation services, especially under challenging conditions usually prevailing in developing countries and countries in transition.
  • Perform as a competent professional in the field of urban water systems, sanitation and/or cleaner production 

Dependent on the chosen programme track and the choice of courses within that track, the participants will be able to:

  • Analyse, 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;
  • Develop rational approaches towards sustainable water management via pollution prevention, appropriate treatment, re-use, recycling and  resource recovery in centralized and decentralized setting;
  • Understand the relevant physical, chemical and biological processes and their mutual relationships within various components in the urban water environment;
  • Define and critically analyse, assess and evaluate various urban water network infrastructures, and wastewater, sludge (including faecal sludge) and solid waste treatment process technologies;
  • Understand and explain the role of sanitation in the urban water cycle and its relation to public health and environment;
  • Apply modern tools for technology selection and modelling of urban water and sanitation systems / 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 six clusters of courses leading to six different tracks:

  • Sanitation Track (S): 20 ECTS credits from sanitation online and on-campus courses must be obtained
  • Sanitary Engineering Track (SE): 20 ECTS credits from sanitary engineering online courses and on-campus courses must be obtained
  • Water Supply Engineering Track (WSE): 20 ECTS credits from water supply engineering  online courses and on-campus courses must be obtained
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology Track (W-WTT):  20 ECTS credits from the water and wastewater technology track of online courses and on-campus courses must be obtained
  • Urban Water Networks and Floods  Track (UWN): 20 ECTS credits from the urban water networks and floods track of  online courses and on-campus courses must be obtained
  • Cleaner Production and Residuals Management Track (CPRM): 20 ECTS credits from the cleaner production track of  online courses and on-campus courses must be obtained

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 23).

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.

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

The online courses within the GPDP programme are:

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  • 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.


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. The price of one ECTS credit point is 207 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 * 207 Euro = 4140 Euro. As you pay up front, you are entitled to a 10% discount. In this scenario the GPDP would cost 3726 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 23), to find the course list and the corresponding costs involved of this modality.


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