IHE Delft Master of Science


This demand-driven and practice orientated programme brings you fundamental understanding and knowledge on urban and peri-urban sanitation -especially in informal settlements- as well as the skills necessary for creating impact.

The generic skills development is embedded from the start, through individual coaching and tailored guidance. Preparatory (e-learning) courses and entry interviews are included. All graduates will benefit from a dedicated career development programme, supported by the BMGF and will become a member of the Global Faecal Sludge Management Learning Alliance and alumni community. In the near future, the programme will also be available at universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Course Objectives

While being at MSc level, the programme has a professional orientation. It is demand-driven, delivering graduates with the qualifications required by the sanitation sector. These areas will be prominent in the programme:

– the linking of the taught subject matter, not only to research outcomes, but also to sanitation practice;
– the nature of the individual research topics of the students;
– the embedding of the development of generic professional skills in the programme.

As a result, graduates will possess both the fundamental understanding, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary, to create professional impact ‘on the ground’. They will be able to apply existing knowledge and theory in practice and to contribute to the further development of knowledge in sanitation, and conduct practice-orientated field research, independently or in a multidisciplinary team.