Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program in Sanitation

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program in Sanitation focuses on the delivery of non-sewered sanitation services to urban communities in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by the year of 2030. The course seeks women and men from diverse backgrounds in acknowledgement of the diversity and complexity of challenges in urban sanitation worldwide.


M.Sc. in Sanitation is a unique, accredited and internationally recognized program, designed for the completion in 12 months at IHE-Delft, the Netherlands started on last April 2018. In Bangladesh, this course is agreed/contracted to transfer initially at the Institute of Disaster Management (IDM), at Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Khulna, Bangladesh, from next July 2019 and later will extended to Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST), Sylhet. The state-of-the-art content has been developed and provided by the world’s leading experts both from the academia and practitioner. This demand-driven and practice orientated program will yield graduates with fundamental understanding and knowledge, as well as the skills necessary for creating impact. The generic skills development is embedded from the start, through individual coaching and tailored guidance. All the graduates will be benefitted from a dedicated career development program, supported by the BMGF and will become a member of the Global Sanitation Learning Alliance (GSLA) and alumni community.

The IHE-Delft based one year new M.Sc. in Sanitation course is modified for the KUET’s context as practiced and designed for 18 months period with total requirements of 36 credits including 9 credit research topics. The first batch around 10 to 15 students enrollment, will start from next July Semester 2019.


The program is dedicated to targeting needs and delivering specialists with the necessary qualifications. It aims to attract talented and ambitious young graduates and mid-career sanitation professionals, working in water supply and sewerage companies, local governments, government ministries, NGOs and consulting firms. Ideally these individuals are dealing with urban and peri-urban sanitation, especially in informal settlements. Participants should have a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in sanitary, civil, chemical, agricultural, environmental engineering, chemistry, ecology, biology, natural science, environmental science, agriculture or environmental economics. Candidates who do not have a degree in the relevant field, but do have various years of work experience in the field of sanitation can also apply. Women, irrespective of their geographical location, are particularly encouraged to apply promoting the opportunities for women to enter the sanitation field.

However, for the first batch students at KUET, the enroll opportunity is opened for the graduates having the background of Engineering, Architecture, Planning and Sciences. Preference will be given to those having the experience in Sanitation/WASH. In future the opportunity will open for the graduates of other background such social sciences, economic, management and business.


While being at MSc level, the program has a professional orientation. It is demand-driven, delivering graduates with the qualifications required by the sanitation sector. These features are prominent in the program: (a) linking of the taught subject matter, not only to research outcomes, but also to sanitation practice, (b) nature of the individual research topics of the students, and (c) embedding of the development of generic professional skills in the program. As a result, graduates will possess both the fundamental understanding, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary, to create professional impact ‘on the ground’. They will be able to apply existing knowledge and theory in practice and to contribute to the further development of knowledge in sanitation, and conduct practice-orientated field research, independently or in a multidisciplinary team.


The 36 credits program consists of 27 credit taught and 9 credit thesis/project research part. The taught part has 9 courses spreading having 3 credit of each course. Each course requires 13 teaching weeks of teaching with 3 Lecture hrs. in a week. However, the course credit system is also embedded over a modular structure, including lectures, laboratory tutorials, field trips, case studies, group work, design exercises and discussions. The individual thesis/project research (9 Credit) follows on after completion of the taught program, although, in order to avoid a ‘cold start’ and to guarantee sufficient time, students will be allocated a research topic and will start preparing for their individual research early on in the program, tentatively after 6 months of the commencement of course. Along with its own staff, IDM KUET has secured the commitment of a selection of the world’s leading water professionals and academics, who have agreed to share their wealth of experience with the participants of this program, either by teaching in IDM KUET through face to face and/or online via Skype, or supervising applied research work in the field.


The program focus is on non-sewered sanitation, as sewerage-based sanitation is the subject of the complementary specialization
in Sanitary Engineering. The program design and plans have been prepared in cooperation with partners from academia and practice. The input from practice was essential, as the new program has a clear professional focus. The course content facilitates meeting the learning objectives and the achievement of the final qualification.

Based on the IHE-Delft’s one year M.Sc. in Sanitation program, the following courses redesigned to offer for the 18 months M.Sc. in Sanitation program at the IDM, KUET.

San 6101: Introduction to Sanitation, Sanitation Systems and Services, and Sanitation and Public Health

Introduction to the programme; Introduction to Sanitation, Teamwork Skills Development, Leadership.
Core and Additional Materials; Urban Sanitation Services; Compendium of Sanitation Technologies; Group works; Case Study; Success and Failure in Urban Sanitation; Sanitation Planning; Assessment of the Initial Situation; Diagnostics Tools; Stakeholder Analysis; Enabling Environment; SMART Research Questions; Formative Research; Kobo Toolbox; Wrap-up and Key Messages.
Introduction to Public Health; Human Health Hazards and Human Excreta; Review and Assessment of Transmission Routes; Biological characteristics and lifecycles of sanitation-relevant pathogens; Non-infectious Public Health Issues Related to Sanitation; Control Measures Risk Evaluation Tools.

San 6103: Analysis of Sanitation Fow

Classification of waste types; Sanitation streams and typical characteristics; Review of potential pollution and health issues associated with sanitation streams; Introduction to sanitation streams as a raw material; Current legislation; Laboratory induction; Analysis of sanitation streams-parameters, test includes chemical, physical and biological.

San 6105: Advanced Sanitation Technology

Urban Drainage and Sewerage; Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus removal & recovery; sludge treatment; Onsite sanitation, collection and transport; Faecal sludge treatment technologies; Innovation processes; Technology integrating group work; Slum drainage; Relevant literature on ISO standards.

San 6107: Sanitation Governance, Behaviour Change, Advocacy and Leadership

Water & sanitation governance: definitions, debates, controversies; The different actors and decision making processes; Power relations among actors in the local and global levels: Gender, class & race relations and power asymmetries; Practices of coordination & decision making around contested water distribution; Contextualizing sanitation: the politics of urban waste; Formal and informal regulation, regulatory impact assessment; Case studies on regulatory frameworks around the world– how is sanitation managed: where, how and why; Everyday sanitation from different perspectives; Sanitation history; Sanitation in colonial contexts; Shifting sanitation governance in light of justice concerns; Governance alternatives amongst the “crisis of imagination”. Introduction to behaviour change; Behaviour change Frameworks; Intervention design and Case studies. Concepts of Leadership; Vision and Strategy; Communication Skills; Self-reflection and Way Forward.

San 6109: Emergency Sanitation

Humanitarian Action, Principles and Dilemmas; Key Actors and Legal Framework; SPERE Handbook and WASH Cluster; M&E, Needs assessment; Sanitation Related Diseases; Excreta Management; Solid Waste Management; Development of a Sanitation Plan; Panel Discussion; Coordination Strategy and approach among the actors; Group works.

San 6111: Sanitation Financing and Project Management

Sanitation financing options; Business models and PPP in sanitation; Financial viability; Sanitation Financing – modalities & challenges; Sanitation plan; Service & value chain; Business models; Financial flow; Business canvas.
Introduction to project management and planning; Key elements of project planning; Results based project management/Theory of Change; Stakeholder Engagement; Project Implementation Planning; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL); Project planning software/MS Project

San 6113: Research Methods for Sanitation and Teamwork Skills Development

Research design and sampling strategies; Research methods. Referencing guidelines; Critical Reading and Academic writing; Introduction to research portfolio; Statistics; Research topic allocation, read 3 key papers on topic; Presentation skills; MSc proposal template instruction; Ethics in research and consent. Workshop Enhanced Teamwork Skills, Individual Coaching Sessions; Portfolio writing time and defence.

San 6115: Environmental Impact Assessment 

Introduction; ECA (Environmental Compliance Approval/ Environmental Conservation Act); Scoping and Baseline Environmental Studies; Impact Prediction and Assessment; EIA Methodologies (checklists, EES (Environmental Effects Statements), interaction matrices, network); Mitigation Measures, Environmental Management Plan; Environmental Monitoring; Environmental Audit; Public Participation in EIA Process and Decision Making; Preparation of EIA Document; Impacts on Water and Air Environment; Impacts on Ecological and Socio-economic Environment; Impacts on Aesthetic, Heritage and Cultural Environment.

DM 6117: Application of Geographic Information System

Geographic Information System (GIS) – Constituents of vector and raster models, Data analysis, Spatial information assembling for disaster risk management, Utilization for decision-making, Remote Sensing Techniques, Geo- and hydro-informatics, MIS (Management Information System), Social and environmental impact assessment, Damage assessment.

San 6000: Project/Thesis Research

Conduct Thesis/Project research on the topics related to Sanitation for 9 Credit.


The new MSc program in Sanitation is subject to IDM, KUET’s quality assurance framework for education, which includes regular/updated improved status of the students.

Transfer and delivery

It is already planned and agreed by the concerned parties that the Deft-based Master of Science Program in Sanitation will be transfer to SUST and CUET also. However, initially SUST, Sylhet is agreed to transfer the M.Sc. in Sanitation program from next January 2020.