Certificate On Campus

Sustainable Water Technology

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

12 months
9270 EUR/year
9270 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


In the Sustainable Water Technology programme at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences 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.


Part of the Sustainable Water Technology programme at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences can be an internship or research project at one of our centres of Expertise: Centre of Expertise Water Technology (CEW) or Centre in Bio Based Economy (CBBE). 

CEW is a unique collaboration between education- and research institutes, governments and enterprises with the aim to enhance knowledge of today's water technology. They deliver new solutions, business and an increasing number of well-educated top talent following the quantitatively and qualitatively human capital demand of employers in the water sector.

Career Prospects

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.

Over the last two years, we have had graduate students from China, Thailand, the USA, and of course countries within Europe. Most of the students went back to their country to tackle water issues there, or they started a Master at Wageningen University or TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research).

Programme Structure

The main topics and projects are:

  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


  • The number of ECTS credits granted to course units is based on the workload required to complete those units. 60 credits represent the workload of one year of study. One semester of studies normally comprises 30 ECTS credits and a term/trimester 20.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma

  • One of the general admission requirements for all our certificates is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO (or VWO) diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels.
  • You should also have successfully completed two years of Bachelor's-level study in economics, civil engineering, (marine) biology, rural development, tourism, recreation, communication, fish and fisheries or process management.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    9270 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9270 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9270 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9270 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Leeuwarden

700 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


This programme is eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Sustainable Water Technology
Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!