Online Course on Biological Wastewater Treatment: Principles, Modelling and Design

IHE Delft Wastewater Treatment

Target Audience

Sanitary engineers, (environmental) biotechnologists, biochemists, civil engineers, environmental engineers, chemists, environmental scientists and different professionals working or interested in the wastewater treatment field.


This online course seeks to address the quantity, complexity, and diversity of the developments in the wastewater treatment profession, particularly in developing countries where access is not readily available to advanced level courses in wastewater treatment.

Over the past years, the knowledge and understanding of biological wastewater treatment have advanced extensively and moved away from empirically-based approaches to a fundamentally-based ‘first principles’ approach that embraces (bio-)chemistry, microbiology, physical and bioprocess engineering, and mathematics.

Many of these advances have matured to a degree that they have been codified into mathematical models able to describe and simulate diverse scenarios under different environmental conditions at either steady or dynamic state. For a new generation of new scientists and engineers entering the wastewater treatment profession, the quantity, complexity, and diversity of these new developments can be overwhelming, particularly to those from developing countries where access is not readily available to advanced courses in wastewater treatment.

The main purpose of this online course is to address the deficient access to the knowledge by offering a broad and thorough overview of (conventional and innovative) biological wastewater treatment processes and practices. It assembles and integrates postgraduate course material of different professors from leading research groups around the world that have made significant contributions to the latest advances in biological wastewater treatment technologies which range from biological organic matter, nutrient and pathogen removal to membrane bioreactors (MBR), innovative nitrogen removal technologies and mathematical modeling of activated sludge and biofilm systems.

The online module on biological wastewater treatment consists of more than 40 hours of video-recorded lectures by the author professors compiled into a DVD package available to those registered in the online course, the textbook of the same name of the course published by IWA publishing, lecture handouts, and tutorial exercises for student’s self-study.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to understand the latest approaches on design, operation, modeling, and simulation of wastewater treatment processes (such as activated sludge, biological nitrogen or phosphorus removal, secondary settling tanks, membrane bioreactors)