River Restoration and Rehabilitation, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 days
  • Tuition Fee
    2850 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2850 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
TheRiver Restoration and Rehabilitation short course from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education introduces participants to fundamental concepts necessary to return rivers to pre-determined levels of hydrological and ecological functionality.


The River Restoration and Rehabilitation short course is offered by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

The course begins with detailed consideration of river system components and how they interact to provide the ecological functions and ecosystem services people depend upon.

  • The case for river rehabilitation, ecological functions and services in rivers and effects of lost functions and services
  • Basic concepts, the meaning of rehabilitation and restoration, management frameworks and the ecosystem approach
  • Riverine processes, physical, biological, and ecological process, natural disturbance and ecological function
Engineering techniques are considered at various levels of complexity, from simple and inexpensive techniques that can be applied by small non-profit basin organizations to more expensive and engineering-intensive techniques. Participants will work in teams to develop group projects applying the information learned in the classroom and experience gained in field trips.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Structure

The 3-week course is divided into three interlinked topics, which are considered sequentially in a combination of lectures, discussions, exercises, and field visits.

Course content

Topics include:

  • Situation analysis to establish the context of the basin, including key actors
  • Stakeholder engagement in restoration planning, design and implementation processes
  • Problem analysis to define the specific river functions that have been degraded or lost
  • Objective setting to identify restoration goals
  • Action planning to engage partners and stakeholders in the formulation of a restoration plan

Lastly, the course examines detailed engineering techniques to rehabilitate and restore physical and ecological processes in rivers to recover services desired by dependent communities.

  • Bank stabilization
  • Instream habitat restoration
  • Riparian restoration


The course is targeted for early and mid-career resource managers and water professionals with responsibilities for planning and overseeing restoration activities or with interest in developing such activities.


Erik de Ruyter van Steveninck, Senior Lecturer Aquatic and Marine Ecology

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You should at least have a Bachelor of Science degree, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
  • EU/EEA

    2850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.

Living costs for Delft

780 - 1,160 EUR/month
Living Costs

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


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