Short Courses

IHE Delft conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialized courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of mid-career professional and senior experts.

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Short courses are meant for professionals –or groups of professionals– with a specific area of interest and a limited amount of time. The focus and content of short courses vary from specialised and technical matters to challenges and approaches in management.

Many of IHE Delft’s short courses are part of an accredited MSc programme. This means that short course participants enrol in a module delivered to an international class of MSc students. This offers the opportunity to meet fellow participants from many different countries with a myriad of water related experiences.

Didactical methods include lectures, assignments, individual or group exercises in the classroom, behind the computer, or in the laboratory. It’s all about active learning: each participant is responsible for his/her learning process and achievement. Active participation in all learning activities, assignments and exercises is essential, also for those who choose not to do an exam.

Fieldwork, excursions and field visits to relevant sites often are a part of a short course, allowing the participants to come into contact with practical examples of the theory offered. Through case studies, role-plays, debate and workshops, content is made more interactive, and experience that the participants already have is shared.

Admission Criteria

You should have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, preferably some years of working experience, and a good command of the English language to be admitted to the course. For a successful learning experience it is also essential to have basic skills in the use of computers and office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

How to apply

You can find an apply button on the page of each short course listed below. If you decide to apply, create an account, or use your existing account to log in. After logging in, you will need to enter your personal information, and upload a scan of your passport, CV, BSc degree and transcript. Your BSc degree and transcript should be in English, French or Spanish. Your CV must be (translated in) the English language.


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For several short courses ECTS credit points can be earned. Credit points can only be earned if you take part in the assessment of the short course and obtain a pass mark. If you return to IHE Delft within 4 years after completion of the short course to follow a full MSc programme, you may receive exemption for this short course/module. Taking part in the assessments is not compulsory. The additional costs for an assessment are € 250.

If you wish to take part in the assessment, you are advised to consult the applicable course coordinator for the exact method and timing of the assessment.. 

Tailor-made training

Read more about tailor made training here.


Discounts on the tuition fee of online and short courses apply to the following:

  • 30% for IHE Delft Diploma alumni
  • 10% for UN family staff members
  • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided that the course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)

Discounts cannot be combined.


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Name changes

The following courses have a new name from 2020 onwards:

  • "Planning and Delivery of Flood Resilience" into "Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Deltas"

Fully booked courses for 2021

  • Tracer Hydrology and Flow Systems Analysis, 22 March 2021-9 April 2021
  • Wastewater Treatment Plants Design and Engineering, 19 April 2021-7 May 2021
  • Groundwater Data Collection and Interpretation, 19 April 2021-7 May 2021
  • Water Quality Assessment and Monitoring, 19 April 2021-7 May 2021
  • Flood Risk Management, 28 June 2021-16 July 2021

Cancelled courses for 2021

  • Water Resources Assessment and Modelling, 22 March 2021-9 April 2021
  • Groundwater Resources and Treatment, 22 March 2021-9 April 2021
  • Hydrological Data Collection and Processing, 19 April 2021-7 May 2021
  • Implementing Environmental Flows to Support Sustainable Water Resources Management, 3 May 2021-14 May 2021
  • Applied Groundwater Modelling, 28 June 2021-16 July 2021
  • Aquatic Ecosystems: Processes and Applications, 28 June 2021-16 July 2021
  • Water Treatment Processes and Plants Design, 28 June 2021-16 July 2021
  • Decentralised Water Supply and Sanitation, 19 July 2021-06 August 2021
  • Experimental Methods in Wastewater Treatment, 19 July 2021-06 August 2021

Upcoming Short Courses

Please note that most short courses in 2021 start 3 to 4 weeks later than communicated earlier, you will find the updated start and end date below.

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