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Resource Oriented Wastewater Treatment and Sanitation

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary Resource Oriented Sanitation shows how valuable resources can be reclaimed from wastewater streams through nutrient recovery, energy production, water saving and effluent reuse for irrigation.
Course description Resource oriented sanitation is becoming more and more state-of-the-art technology. As cities are growing, space available for wastewater treatment becomes more limited and hence very expensive. At the same time, water scarcity is a relevant problem for a growing number of cities, and valuable resources such as phosphorus are becoming scarce very rapidly. This situation caused a move from a traditional civil engineering way of treating wastewater towards a more flexible system that makes optimal use of the resources. Much research has been carried out in this field globally, which has led to many pilot and full scale applications in high tech as well as low cost settings - these will be highlighted in the course. The course offers fundamental knowledge on anaerobic treatment, nutrient recovery and natural systems such as constructed wetlands and soil aquifer treatment. It shows practical examples with a theoretical foundation. There is an assignment on anaerobic systems which is addressed throughout the course, and two relevant field trips will be part of the programme.
Study subjects Detailed Characterisation of Waste and Wastewater Streams Along with Technical Possibilities and Bottlenecks for Collection and Transport; Centralised and Decentralised Sanitation Systems in Relation to Sustainability Criteria; Recovery and Reuse of Resources; Public and Environmental Health Aspects; Economic and Institutional Barriers for the Introduction of Sustainable Sanitation Systems.
Course objectives Successful participants will have knowledge on how to provide safe sanitation at a reasonable cost by implementing innovative water management schemes, improved water treatment process, new disinfectants and preventive measures for the control of emerging diseases.
ECTS credits 5.00
Duration 3 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes lecture
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department IHE Delft
Information about the institution IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and the only institution in the UN system to confer accredited MSc degrees and promote PhDs. It offers degree programmes, short courses, online courses and tailor-made training. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 175 PhD candidates were promoted. IHE Delft is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community. The Institute runs a substantial number of joint MSc programmes implemented in partnership with universities around the globe. These joint programmes combine the strengths of the collaborating institutions and deliver either multiple degrees or a joint degree.


Admission requirements
  1. Several years of relevant working experience.
  2. Relevant wo bachelor (academic bachelor) BSc degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field from a recognised university.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 3 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
2 Mar 2020 2 Feb 2020 2 Feb 2020
1 Mar 2021 1 Feb 2021 1 Feb 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2910€ 2910n.a.

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  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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