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Certificate of Sustainable Water Technology

VHL University of Applied Sciences
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About this program

Certificate of Sustainable Water Technology

Water technology: preventing disease and protecting nature

Healthy water is vital to people, animals and plants. In our Certificate of Sustainable Water Technology, you will look at the miracle called water from an environmental, social and technical point of view. You will learn how to produce clean healthy drinking water and how to purify wastewater. You will also explore the social aspects of water technology: you will learn about water policy, different water demands in different countries and how to deal with these technologically.

And of course you will learn to deal with water treatment from an economic point of view: you will learn how to calculate technology cost and investments. This is called the Triple P-approach: looking at solutions from a social (people), environmental (planet) and an economic (prosperity) point of view and finding the most favourable combination, and to communicate this effectively.

Admission requirements

English proficiency

All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT test with a score of 80 or above (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit our website.

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Program content

  • Sustainable water technology
  • Technology for a clear environment
  • Water treatment and soil remediation
  • Process engineering
  • Sanitation
  • Energy from water
  • Nutrient recovery
  • Water reuse
  • Sludge management
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Air quality and climate
  • Energy and material cycles
  • Balancing People-Planet-Profit
  • Research Management
  • Research project / internship CEW/ WAC

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check our website for more information.


Tuition fee: € 8,900 a year


  • Degree: Certificate
  • When you successfully graduate from Sustainable Water Technology you will have obtained a Certificate.

Career paths

Range of job options

With a Certificate in Sustainable Water Technology, you will have a range of job options to choose from. Our environmentally oriented courses are well known in the sector, which gives you an advantage in trade and industry. You know how to deal with water issues and approach them from different angles, and you can suggest sustainable solutions. You are able to communicate effectively in the water sector.

You might work as a researcher, policy maker or consultant at a 'waterschap' (water board), for a research organisation, or consultancy agency. Your knowledge also allows you to work internationally and come up with solutions for water issues in the field of technology, quality or management.

About this institute

Building your world

At VHL, we prepare you to build your own world. To make a real change. On topics that really matter. Like food safety, climate change, the circular economy and animal welfare. How do we do this? With Bachelors and Masters...

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Why study at VHL University of Applied Sciences

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable world and work on your personal development? Study at Van Hall Larenstein, the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands! We offer a range of unique English-taught Bachelor, Master and Certificate programs in fields in which the Netherlands is at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition or international trade, working with animals, or want to work on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, we have the right program for you!

  • Small-scale university of applied sciences with personal attention
  • Sustainable thinking and doing: Make a difference!
  • Practical lessons in experimental farms, gardens, and tech-labs
  • International internships incorporated within the programs
  • Professional orientation with guest lectures, excursions and real life cases
  • Unique study programs in fields in which the Netherlands is a frontrunner

Contact info

VHL University of Applied Sciences

Larensteinselaan 26a
The Netherlands

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