This specialization is designed for professionals interested in achieving and maintaining the environment and public health. It is particularly relevant to BSc-level engineers who are involved in (or wish to become involved in) the provision of sanitation services. Typical students include civil, process and sanitary engineers, university faculty and researchers, and technical managers.
Students who successfully complete this programme will receive a MSc degree in Urban Water and Sanitation.
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Start: 15 October 2020
Application deadline: 01 August 2020
After successfully completing this specialization, graduates 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 centralised and decentralised levels;
- Understand the relevant physical, chemical and biological processes and their mutual relationships within various sanitation components;
- Define and critically analyse, assess and evaluate various urban drainage and sewerage schemes, and wastewater, sludge and solid waste treatment process technologies;
- Analyse, synthesise, 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 to model sanitation components;
- Identify, develop and conduct independent research including field work, and laboratory research;
- Contribute to the development of innovative approaches to the provision of adequate and sustainable sanitation services in developing countries and countries in transition.
Structure & contents
This specialization consists of 14 modules covering a total of 12 months, this is followed by a 6-month research and thesis phase. Graduates of the programme will be awarded 106 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits.
October - AprilIHE Delft, The Netherlands
- Introduction to Water for Development Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Reflect critically on water related interventions, formulate own standpoint and engage constructively in debates
- Place the specialized knowledge on own discipline into a broader understanding of water related issues, challenges, debates and developments
- Recognize and distinguish different ways of knowing and framing water questions and problems in order to appraise water challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective
- Familiarize with the educational environment and procedures of IHE Delft and collaborate in multidisciplinary and intercultural teams
- Introduction to UWS 1 Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- List legislative requirements for safe water and develop Water Safety Plan.
- Describe reactions in water treatment.
- Describe waterborne infectious diseases and pathogens.
- Develop paragraphs, avoid plagiarism, analyse, interpret and present data.
- Calculate stoichiometric relationships in reactions and balance them.
- Describe elements and bonds between them.
- Introduction to UWS 2 Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Forecast water demand and formulate water demand management measures.
- Practice critical reading and scientific writing
- To discuss the basic concepts of fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid flow in closed conduits, and basic hydraulic structures.
- Understand the basic concepts of GIS (Raster, vector, projections, geospatial analysis) and use a GIS for: Thematic mapping, ◦Basic data processing and editing, Basic geoprocessing and analysis, DEM processing and catchment delineation.
- identify and discuss the basic elements of hydrology, and apply hydrological principles in water and wastewater engineering.
- Introduction to UWS 3 Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- To describe different strategies for Integrated Urban Water Management, and to explain the consequences for urban water fluxes and the need for stakeholder involvement and planning processes.
- Identify the basic principles of microbial metabolism and microbial interactions within the environment. Application of microbiological methods for water and wastewater engineering.
- Apply mass balance analysis to natural and engineered water systems, especially for the analysis of microbial growth and substrate conversion in CFST and plug flow reactors.
- Urban Drainage and Sewerage Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Be able to judge different design options and alternative scenarios
- Describe the chemical and biological processes that take place within sewer systems, and evaluate their implications for the design and operate of urban drainage systems
- Explain the standard practice in designing urban drainage systems. Prepare drainage system designs by integrating information on hydrological, hydraulic, economic and practical engineering concerns.
- Critically assess and analyse quantity and quality characteristics of stormwater and wastewaters originating from urban environments as a basis for the design, operation and maintenances of urban drainage system facilities.
- Conventional Wastewater Treatment Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- discuss the principles, fundamentals and applicability of recently developed wastewater treatment processes such as innovative nitrogen removal processes and membrane bioreactors.
- apply the knowledge on biological treatment processes and engineering on the process design and critical assessment of wastewater treatment systems and configurations for the removal of organic matter (as COD) and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus)
- discuss the physical, chemical, and biological processes applied for sewage purification and the complex interactions among them occurring in wastewater treatment systems.
- critically determine and analyse quality and quantity characteristics of wastewater originating from urban environments as a basis for the design, control and operation of sewage treatment facilities.
- Resource Oriented Wastewater Treatment and Sanitation Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- carry out preliminary process design of treatment and reuse systems to assess the needs for capital, land, equipment and operation and maintenance
- describe the physical, chemical and microbiological processes occurring in anaerobic reactors and a number of natural systems
- evaluate the feasibility of the application of the technologies studied in this module in urban settings in the developing world
- critically reflect on the current sanitation systems encountered in many urban areas and to indicate ways to improve this situation in a sustainable manner;
- evaluate the possibilities for closing cycles of energy, water and nutrients
- Wastewater Treatment Plants Design and Engineering Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the main elements and components involved in the project planning, project management, and project administration for the design, engineering, construction, start-up and operation of a wastewater treatment plant.
- Identify and estimate the construction, operational and maintenance costs of a wastewater treatment plant and the investments required to secure its satisfactory operation throughout the expected life-span of the system.
- Select the most suitable and cost-effective wastewater treatment process technology to treat certain wastewater stream given its composition and characteristics and taking into account the required effluent standards.
- Carry out a preliminary design of a wastewater treatment system (based on the most widely applied anaerobic, aerobic, land-based and on-site systems) including the engineering process lay-out, hydraulic profile and process flow-diagram (PFD).
- Modelling of Wastewater Treatment Processes and Plants Required
- International Fieldtrip and Fieldwork UWS Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- International Field Trip: To expose the participants to different international practises in the design, operation and management of water supply, wastewater, solid waste and urban civil infrastructure networks.
- Fieldwork: To familiarize the participants with performing research on location, how to process real data, and how to apply the newly acquired knowledge to a practical situation.
- Elective module 10 UWS Elective
Choose one of the following modules:
- Industrial effluents treatment and residuals management
- Water Treatment Processes and Plant Design
- Urban water systems
- Elective module 11 UWS Elective
Choose one of the following modules:
- Strategic planning for river basins and deltas
- Urban water governance
- Remote sensing for agricultural water management
- Wetlands for livelihoods and conservation
- Water sensitive cities
- Faecal sludge management
- Decentralised water supply and sanitation
- Modelling river systems and lakes
- Solid waste management
- Advanced water transport and distribution
- Hydroinformatics for decision support
- Summer course Required
Choose between eight one week summer courses. Topics include water diplomacy, water science communication, leadership, entrepreneurship, and serious gaming for the water sector.
- Groupwork Sint Maarten Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Defend the groups' findings in front of a team of experts in the field.
- Recommend engineering solutions to water and sanitation related problems.
- Assess his/her own strengths and weaknesses with respect to working in a group.
- Analyze complex water and sanitation issues in a limited time frame and with limited background information available.
- Apply and integrate the knowledge obtained during the specialisation to solve water and sanitation related issues
- Defend his/her input in an (interdisciplinary) team of specialists.
- MSc research proposal development for UWS Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Prepare participants for independent working in the laboratory.
- Prepare participants for writing an MSc proposal | thesis.
- MSc research, thesis and defence Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Demonstrate academic attitude and learning skills (incl thinking in multidisciplinary dimensions & distinguishing main issues from minor ones), to enhance & keep up-to-date the acquired knowledge and application skills in a largely independent manner.
- Formulate well-founded conclusions and recommendations based on a comprehensive discussion of the results.
- Conduct research, independently or in a multidisciplinary team by selecting and applying appropriate research methodologies and techniques, collecting and analysing data.
- Communicate, debate and defend, clearly and systematically, findings and generated insights, and provide rational underpinning of these in oral and written presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Formulate research questions and hypotheses
- Explore the background of the research problem by critically reviewing scientific literature; Evaluate relevant theories and applying these theories to a relevant scientific problem; Assure adequate delineation and definition of the research topic
- Introduction to Water for Development Required
Tuition & fellowships
Information about tuition fees can be found here.
The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Sanitary Engineering
Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)We expect to have more information on the availability of JJ/WBGSP scholarships for MSc programmes at IHE Delft in the beginning of 2020.
more info: www.worldbank.org
Orange Knowledge Programme
The Orange Knowledge Programme is a €195-m Dutch global development programme, available in 53 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. Launched mid-2017, it aims to have provided tens of thousands with the possibility to change their future through education and training by mid-2022.
Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals
The strategic partnership between The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education aims to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, a limited number of scholarships are awarded annually for graduate students at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s campus in the Netherlands. These scholarships are designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.
Application & Admission
Academic admission to IHE Delft MSc Programmes may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:
- A university level Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field, 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 IHE Delft's educational programmes.
- A strong motivation to successfully complete the programme.
Several years of professional experience in an area of work related to the specialisation is an asset.
For admission to the programme please complete the online application, the link to the application section of our website is available at the top of this page.
You need to submit the following documents:
- 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 which must be printed on official letterhead paper and need to be signed and dated. We do not accept recommendation letters which are older than 1 year nor which have copied and pasted signatures and/or letterheads. If you are employed, one of the recommendation letters should be from your current employer and not older than 3 months.
- Motivation letter; explain in maximum 500 words why you wish to be admitted to the chosen programme and how it will benefit you in the future. The letter must show that you understand what the chosen programme is about.
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of results of English language test score (if required, see English language requirements).
If any of the original documents is not in English we additionally need an official English translation by a sworn translator.
Multiple MSc applications (for the same academic year) are not allowed, unless there is a period of at least 3 months between the starting dates of the programmes of interest. If a student applies for an Erasmus Mundus programme for which Erasmus Mundus scholar ships are available, he/she can also apply for another programme. If the other programme is also an Erasmus Mundus programme, the applicant can submit up to 3 applications.
Further questions about the application procedure can be found at our FAQ page, or can be addressed to:
Ms Marlies Baburek
Admission and Fellowship Officer