This specialization is designed for engineers working in water supply companies, municipal assemblies, government ministries and consulting companies dealing with water supply. It is particularly geared to the needs of mid-career engineers who are dealing with:
- Assessment of groundwater, surface water and drinking water quality;
- Surface water collection and storage;
- Conventional water treatment plants for groundwater and surface water;
- Design and operation of advanced drinking water treatment, including membrane filtration systems for desalination and water re-use applications;
- Sludge treatment and disposal;
- Water transport and distribution;
- Master planning of water supply projects;
- Urban and municipal engineering.
Students who successfully complete this programme will be awarded a MSc degree in Urban Water and Sanitation from IHE Delft.
Start: 02 November 2020
Application deadline: 01 September 2020
After successfully completing the Water Supply Engineering specialization, graduates will be well equipped to understand:
- The structure of drinking water supply systems, including water transport, treatment and distribution;
- Water quality criteria and standards, and their relation to public health, environment and urban water cycle;
- Physical, chemical and biological phenomena, and their mutual relationships, occurring within water supply systems;
- Water quality concepts and their effect on treatment process selection;
- The interaction of water quality and the materials being used;
- Hydraulic concepts and their relationship to water transport in treatment plants, pipelines and distribution networks;
- The importance and methods of operation and maintenance of water supply systems;
- Options for centralised and urban systems versus decentralised and rural systems;
- Be able to define and evaluate project alternatives on basis of chosen selection criteria;
- Water supply engineering within a watershed context.
In addition, graduates will be able to:
- Design and rehabilitate raw water abstraction, transport, treatment and distribution processes and systems;
- Use statistical and modelling tools for simulation, prediction of performance and operation of water supply system components;
- Communicate effectively in oral and written presentations to technical and non-technical audiences.
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 and Development Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Familiarize with the educational environment and procedures of IHE Delft and collaborate in multidisciplinary and intercultural teams
- Recognize and distinguish different ways of knowing and framing water questions and problems in order to appraise water challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective
- 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
- 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:
- 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.
- Forecast water demand and formulate water demand management measures.
- To discuss the basic concepts of fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid flow in closed conduits, and basic hydraulic structures.
- Identify and discuss the basic elements of hydrology, and apply hydrological principles in water and wastewater engineering.
- Practice critical reading and scientific writing
- Introduction to UWS 3 Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- 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.
- Unit Operations in Water Treatment (Coagulation, Sedimentation, Flotation and Filtration) Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Design a sedimentation tank
- Determine design parameters for coagulation, filtration, sedimentation, and dissolved air flotation from laboratory experiments
- Apply theoretical principles to practical aspects of coagulation, filtration, sedimentation, and dissolved air flotation
- Describe the theoretical principles of the unit processes: coagulation, filtration, sedimentation and dissolved air flotation in conventional surface water treatment
- Be able to judge the performance of the unit processes:coagulation, filtration, sedimentation, and dissolved air flotation
- Disinfection, Adsorption and Natural Processes for Water Treatment Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Integrate theoretical principles of disinfection with practical aspects of evaluation of disinfection systems
- Prepare conceptual design of appropriate processes following the evaluation of water quality characteristics and the intended use of the treated water
- Explain the principles of disinfection, drinking water quality, natural treatment systems, adsorption and activated carbon filtration processes
- Groundwater Resources and Treatment Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Establish appropriate treatment approach for groundwater containing commonly occurring impurities and pollutants including iron, manganese, ammonia, fluoride, arsenic and hydrogen sulphide.
- Understand advanced groundwater treatment approaches applied in The Netherlands
- Assess if given (ground)water is aggressive against materials used in water a supply system and propose appropriate neutralisation technique(s).
- Understand importance of groundwater as a source for drinking water production and assess overall quality of a given groundwater.
- Water Transport and Distribution Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- distinguish between the main components of non-revenue water and methods of leakage assessment, survey, detection and control;
- understand the basic corrosion mechanisms and suggest the list of preventive and reactive measures.
- propose preliminary hydraulic design that will integrate economic aspects, choose adequate components, and judge technical solutions dealing with the network maintenance, rehabilitation, and expansion;
- demonstrate understanding of the steady-state hydraulics by being able to select appropriate pipe diameters, indicate optimum location of reservoirs and identify pumps capable to supply the demand;
- apply the above theoretical knowledge by learning to perform computer-aided hydraulic calculations and predict the consequences of demand growth on the hydraulic performance of particular WTD system
- distinguish between different network configurations and supplying schemes; recognise various consumption categories and their growth patterns, including water leakage; define the relation between the main hydraulic parameters
- Desalination and Membrane Technology Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Understand the basic principles of advanced oxidation processes and be able to select AOP processes to remove specific contaminants.
- Understand the basic principles of chemical softening and ion exchange and their practical application in water treatment.
- Be able to select and use appropriate water quality methods and models to monitor and predict fouling in reverse osmosis and MF/UF systems.
- Have in-depth knowledge on process design and operation of reverse osmosis plants for brackish and seawater desalination applications.
- Be able to select pre-treatment and post-treatment processes required to meet reverse osmosis design guidelines depending on raw water (surface, ground or wastewater) quality and desired permeate quality in potable and industrial applications.
- Understand the basic principles of low pressure membrane technology such as ultrafiltration and microfiltration and their practical application in water treatment. And, be able to judge MF/UF operation and select appropriate pre-treatment and cleaning.
- Understand the role and limitations of desalination technology in alleviating water scarcity. And, understand the basic principles, advantages and limitations of both thermal and membrane based desalination systems.
- 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.
- Module 10 UWS (elective) Elective
- M3648 - Industrial effluents treatment and residuals management
- M3551 - Water treatment processes and plant design
- M3610 - Urban water systems
- Module 11 UWS (elective) Elective
- M3609 - Experimental methods in wastewater treatment
- M3048 - Water sensitive cities
- M3593 - Decentralised water supply and sanitation
- M3580 - Remote sensing for agricultural water management
- M3637 - Water resources planning under changing climate and environment
- M3214 - Wetlands for livelihoods and conservation
- M3543 - Sustainability and resilience of water organisations
- M3417 - Solid waste management
- M3438 - Advanced water transport and distribution
- M3422 - Strategic planning for river basins and deltas
- M3647 - Decision support systems in the water domain
- Summer course Elective
Five-day summer course. Elective topics include Sustainable Development Goals, nature based solutions, leadership, gender issues and serious gaming, all related to water science/engineering/management.
- 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.
- Thesis 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.
- Introduction to Water and Development Required
Tuition & fellowships
Information about tuition fees can be found here.
The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Water Supply Engineering
IHE Delft will provide water professionals from seven MENA countries (Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen) and Sudan with MSc level education in Delft on relevant topics for MENA region water scarcity.
To be considered for the MENA-CD fellowship for the October 2020 intake, you must apply for admission to an MSc programme before 15 July 2020 (deadline extended).
more info: www.un-ihe.org/mena-cd-fellowships
National Fellowships in Latin America
These fellowships are for nationals from the mentioned Latin American country. As IHE Delft is a UNESCO affiliated Institute and not a regular university, it may not appear in their website listings of eligible institutions. It is worth applying for funding once you have been academically accepted by IHE Delft, as these organisations will most likely consider your fellowship application. The name UNESCO-IHE (former name of IHE Delft) may appear in some application systems.
- COLFUTURO - Colombia
- CONICYT - Chile
- CONACYT - Mexico
- CONAPE - Costa Rica
- GUATEFUTURO - Guatemala
- HONDUFUTURO - Honduras
- ICETEX - Colombia
- IFARHU - Panama
- SENECYT - Ecuador
Your country might also offer individual fellowships for studies abroad, contact your national Ministry of Education or a similar organisation/agency for more information.
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.
The SIDS programme is aimed at water professionals from small island developing states. To be considered for the SIDS fellowship for the October 2020 intake, you must apply for admission to an MSc programme before 15 July 2020 (deadline extended).
more info: www.un-ihe.org/sids-fellowships-1
Stuned Scholarship Programme
The Stuned Scholarship Programme is open for professionals from all over Indonesia who have completed a Bachelor study, in particular educators, government officials, ngo officials and journalists. Stuned aims at a balanced gender representation (minimum 50% women) and gives preference to candidates from less developed areas in Indonesia.
Submission deadline: 03 March 2020
more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id
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