Online Course on Faecal Sludge Management 2018


The online course consolidates knowledge on planning and organization of the entire faecal sludge management service chain, from the collection and transport of sludge and its treatment options, to the final enduse or disposal of treated sludge from urban, peri-urban on-site sanitation systems.

The course was developed in 2015 by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (the Netherlands) in coopeartion with partners and with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The online course is the first in the field and takes its theoretical basis from the book Faecal Sludge Management (Strande et al., 2014). 

The course is taught in English and is currently run by 11 universities from 9 countries, including the Netherlands, Switzerland, South African Republic, Thailand, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Russia. All of them are members of the Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance. In Russia, the online course will be run for the first time starting from February 19th 2018 by Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building (Tomsk, Russia) in the framework of the Contract for Assignment No.2017/153/106695/EWH of November 1st, 2017. 




The course targets senior students, PhD students, lecturers and specialists who deal with planning, promoting, designing, operating or managing FS for residents in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural areas, in low income countries and beyond. Background on physics and chemistry is essential to follow this course whereas a good understanding of wastewater and its (biological) treatment will strongly support the understanding of the course.


  • Start: February, 19, 2018
  • End: June, 19, 2018
  • Deadline for registration: February, 18, 2018
  • Fee: 3000 rubles, BUT for the first 20 registered participants is free
  • Volume: 4 months = 140 hours = 5 ECTS


  1. have understanding of treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM
  2. place FSM in a total urban water cycle approach
  3. identify suitable treatment options for specific situations and locations
  4. understand the mechanisms and designs of specific treatment technologies
  5. communicate important aspects of FSM to managers and decision makers

Sub-course 1: Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 1.1: General Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 1.2: Introduction to the Course on Faecal Sludge Management

Sub-course 2: Technological Fundaments of Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 2.1: Characterisation of Faecal Sludge
Unit 2.2: Treatment Mechanisms

Sub-course 3: Collection and Transport of Faecal Sludge
Unit 3.1: Methods and Means of Transport 

Sub-course 4: Faecal Sludge Treatment Technologies
Unit 4.1: Overview of Technologies for Faecal Sludge Treatment
Unit 4.2: Settling-Thickening
Unit 4.3: Drying Beds
Unit 4.4: Co-Treatment with Faecal Sludge
Unit 4.5: Enduse of Treatment Products

Sub-course 5: Management in Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 5.1: Operation and Maintenance
Unit 5.2: Institutional Frameworks
Unit 5.3: Financial Transfers and Responsibility

Sub-course 6: Non-technical Aspects of Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 6.1: Assessment of the Initial Situation
Unit 6.2: Planning of Integrated FSM Systems

Consultations on the issues within the course are carried out online by scientific supervisors from TSUAB. 


  • Solid background in biological wastewater treatment
  • Good command of the English language (B2)
  • Certificate of study or a diploma in the field of the online-course
  • No entrance examination  


  1. Apply via registration form on the website here
  2. We contact you directly
  3. Register at Moodle platform on (group title - FSM group 2018)
  4. Start the online-course


The final mark for the online course (100%) consists of 6 self-assessment tests [20% of the total mark]; 2 written assignments to design, reflect or study [40% of the total mark]; and oral examination [40% of the total mark]. To get the right to carry out the final examination, the average mark for the assignments must be at least equal to 3.5. The course is successfully completed when the average final mark is higher than or at least equal to a 4.0, and 5 ECTS can be awarded. 


  • flexible and personal schedule
  • the ability to become a member of the online course alumni community and to benefit from the priviledges offered by the  Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance
  • access to the the most update knowledge and technologies of faecal sludge management from the leading world specialists
  • enhancing your professional profile with a certificate on studying the course
  • involvement in the international professional community
NETWORK OF UNIVERSITIES running the online course - members of the Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance
  1. IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (the Netherlands)
  2. Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Switzerland)
  3. AIT – Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
  4. University of KwaZulu-Natal (South African Repulic)
  5. Unity Knowledge LLP  (India)
  6. Manipal University Jaipur (India)
  7. Kathmandu University (Nepal)
  8. Center for Science and Environment (India)
  9. International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (India)
  10. Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building (Russia)
  11. Bangladesh University for Engineering and Technology (Bangladesh)

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