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Coastal Systems, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 20 days
The main goal of the Coastal Systems short course from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is to elaborate the main processes and phenomena in the coastal area. Furthermore the participants will be familiarised with basics for numerical modeling to be aware of the limitations and characteristics of hydrodynamic numerical models.


The Coastal Systems short course is offered by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  • understand the governing processes in coastal hydrodynamics and morphology
  • assess processes related to salt intrusion and density currents;
  • understand the basics for numerical aspects, be aware of the limitations and characteristics of hydronamic numerical models, know the principle of finite differences and finite element-based methods.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 20 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In this course the following topics will be discussed:

  • Coastal Hydrodynamics
  • Sediment transport by currents plus waves
  • Sediment balance equation
  • Sedimentation of navigation channels
  • Current-induced scour around breakwaters
  • Formation of channels in deltas and tidal inlets
  • Transverse and longshore sand transport under the influence of waves and currents,
  • Modern longshore transport formulae and coastline computations
  • Analytical formulae
  • Background of mathematical models
  • Introduction to various hard protection methods (groins, artificial headlands ,offshore breakwaters)
  • Main system characteristics of the world’s important coastal lowland environments (mangroves, beach/dunes, estuaries, wetlands)


This course is useful for researchers and engineers dealing with modeling and analysis of coastal processes. Also the engineers involved in design of coastal protections can benefit from the insight of coastal processes provided in this short course.



  • Prof. Dano Roelvink
  • Rosh Ranasinghe
  • Frank van der Meulen
  • Mick van der Wegen

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • 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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You should at least have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2850 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 20 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2850 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 20 days.
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Living costs for Delft

  • 780 - 1160 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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