Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development

You will be introduced to research and development leading to technologies that address environmental problems, and learn to interact with stakeholders, managers and policy makers for appropriate actions.

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    What is Joint Programme

    Part of the programme is given at a partner institute, often in another country/continent. Joint programmes have varying start and end dates.

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Joint Programme, AIT, Bangkok, Thailand and IHE Delft, the Netherlands20 months, starts in August

For whom?

Professionals from ministries, departments, and authorities in for example the fields of nature and environment, pollution prevention and control, public works, and sustainable development; environmental organisations and associations; universities and research institutes that have programmes in the sector; civil society organisations; and consultants.


Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the Master degree in Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development. This degree will be awarded jointly by AIT and IHE Delft.


Start: 15 August 2017
Application deadline: 01 July 2017

Learning objectives

After completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • Deal with environmental issues such as wastewater treatment and management, solid waste, air pollution and industrial and hazardous waste treatment and management;
  • Find sustainable solutions for environmental issues without compromising economic development.
  • Provide scientific advice for policy development and decision-making.

Structure & contents

The coursework part of the programme starts at AIT in Bangkok in August, where students follow a number of courses until the second half of December.

  • August - December

    AIT, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Environmental Chemistry and Laboratory Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Air Pollution Engineering and Management Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Solid Waste Management Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Environmental Impact Assessment Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Wastewater Treatment Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Drinking Water Treatment Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Environmental Health and Sanitation Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Design of Water Supply and Wastewater Systems Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Air Pollution Modelling and Applications Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Hazardous Waste Technology and Management Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Design of Air Pollution Control Systems Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Membrane Technology in Water and Wastewater Treatment Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Waste Reduction and Recycling Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Applied Microbiology and Laboratory Elective

      Course at AIT

    • Advanced Processes for Wastewater Treatment, Reuse and Recycle Elective

      Course at AIT

In early January, they move to Delft where they join students in IHE Delft’s Environmental Science programme for six modules and group work. Students then move back to Bangkok for their individual thesis research work with involvement of IHE Delft counterparts.

  • January - September

    IHE Delft, the Netherlands
    • Integrated Project Environmental Science Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. describe environmental quality and identify its main elements and parameters
      2. explain the concept of sustainable development and to discuss its main challenges.
      3. compare and contrast relevant scientific information from a variety of sources and present the findings in a concise report
      4. make an oral presentation of scientific information
      5. statistically analyze, evaluate and present scientific data
    • Environmental Systems Analysis Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. List and describe environmental systems analysis (ESA) concepts and methods, and in particular the Ecosystem Services framework
      2. Perform a problem analysis and stakeholder analysis for a given environmental system
      3. Perform an analysis of ecosystem functions and services and their drivers of change for a given environmental system
      4. Construct a simple dynamic simulation model of an environmental system
      5. Discuss critically the strengths, weaknesses, missing information, advantages and disadvantages of the analyses
      6. Communicate effectively the methods, results and conclusions of a case study (presentation and written report)
    • Wetlands for Water Quality Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. assess the value of wetlands and explain the use of natural and constructed wetlands for the treatment of wastewater;
      2. describe the concept of wastewater treatment by wetlands;
      3. design and operate a wetland treatment system.
    • Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Describe and apply main monitoring requirements and programmes for surface water, groundwater and air, and some common analytical techniques used therein.
      2. Describe and apply the different criteria for successful monitoring of lakes and rivers.
      3. Describe and apply basic Environmental Impact Assessment techniques.
      4. Describe and apply a number of water quality models as a tool in Environmental management.
    • Cleaner Production and the Water Cycle Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. suggest options for preventing pollution within urban and industrial water management settings;
      2. assess the environmental impact of products and processes;
      3. suggest treatment/disposal methods for industrial wastewater from which the value has been taken out;
      4. understand the importance of environmental management systems in the industrial context;
      5. suggest methods for the management of wastewater nutrients using a three steps approach;
      6. make basic calculations related to life cycle analysis.
    • Foreign Fieldtrip and Fieldwork Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. The international fieldtrip is an exposure tour to interesting sites in Europe and is aimed to become familiar with environment-related organisations and companies in Western Europe.
      2. After completion of the fieldwork participants will be able to conduct experimental fieldwork.
    • MSc Research Proposal Development for ES Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. concisely define the intended research topic, state precise aims and objectives, describe the research methodology, argue expected relevance and justification, and identify boundary conditions and self- or externally imposed limitations;
      2. list available literature and replicate main arguments expounded in the literature on the specified research topic;
      3. demonstrate analytical problem-analysis skills and the ability to distil the strategic issues to be addressed in the research phase;
      4. plan the research process in weekly time-steps and indicate essential milestones, targets and indicators, required human, financial and other resources, deliverables and perceived threats and constraints at each stage of the research project;
      5. develop and formulate the research proposal in a clearly written, well argued and convincing report, submitted within a set deadline;
      6. develop and formulate the research proposal in a clearly written, well argued and convincing report, submitted within a set deadline; successfully present and defend individual work, cross-reference it to and critically evaluate it in light of contemporary thinking in a specific field of study.

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development

  • Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)

    ATTENTION: The call for applications for a JJ/WBGSP (Preferred Partner) Scholarship will open on 22 February 2018. The deadline to submit your admission letter to the Worldbank is 12 April 2018, so make sure you have send your application for admission to IHE Delft before 21 March 2018.

    The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic. View the complete list of JJ/WBGSP preferred Master Degrees currently offered here (IHE Delft programmes are listed under UNESCO-IHE).

    more info: www.worldbank.org

  • Orange Knowledge Programme

    The Orange Knowledge Programme merges the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE into a single integrated approach. The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions in higher and vocational education. 

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/orange-knowledge-programme

Application & Admission

Admission requirements

Academic admission to the Master programmes may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:

  • a university level Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field for the specialization, which has been awarded by a university of recognised standing, comparable in level with a Bachelor degree from a research university in the Netherlands.
  • a good command of the English language, if this is not the first language. All non-native English-speaking applicants must satisfy the English language requirements for all IHE Delft's educational programmes.

Working experience in an environment related to the specialization is an asset. At least three years experience is in general preferred.

Application procedure

For admission to the programme you can apply to either IHE Delft or AIT. For IHE Delft please complete the online application form. For AIT you can download the application form from AIT's website, and submit the completed form with required documents. Alternatively, you can also submit your application online from the same website. Please mention clearly which programme you are applying for. 

The application deadline for the programme is 1 July of the year in which it starts. Take into account that, in case you wish to apply for financial assistance, the fellowship application deadline is usually much earlier.

For admission to the programme please complete the online application form. The link is available at the top of this page. Collect the required documents and attach them to the online application form:

  • Certified copies of degrees/diplomas.
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts. Authenticated or certified copies are copies with an official stamp to verify that the copies are true copies of original documents. This official stamp may be from one of the following: a solicitor/notary, the educational institution from where the student gained the diplomas or the local council/local authority/local government office.
  • Two recommendation letters, preferably one from a person that can judge students' professional abilities and one from a person that can judge his/her academic abilities. One recommendation letter has to come from the current employer (if available) and another one from the university the student graduated from. Letters have to have an official letterhead and need to be signed and dated.
  • Motivation letter (maximum 500 words explanation why he/she applies for admission to the choosen programme).
  • Copy of passport.
  • Copy of results of English language test score (if required, see English language requirements).

Please note all documents are required to be in English, or officially translated into English.

Once academically accepted this admission remains valid for three consecutive years. In principle one can not apply for more than one programme per academic year. However, if a student applies for an Erasmus Mundus programme, he/she can also apply for another programme as long as it is not also an Erasmus Mundus programme. Academic admission to the programmes will be granted on the basis of a decision taken to that effect by the Academic Registrar, upon advice of the programme coordinator.

More information

Further questions about the application procedure can be addressed to:

Ms. Ineke Melis
Admission and Fellowship Officer
E: i.melis@un-ihe.org


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