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The IMETE programme takes two years to complete and starts yearly in September at UCT in Prague. In February of the next year students move to Delft, the Netherlands, where they can choose between two tracks, "Ecotechnologies and Resource Recovery" and " Desalination and Water Reuse". An optional company-internship can be completed in Summer. In September students move to Gent, Belgium to choose between " Environmental Engineering" and "Resource Recovery Engineering" tracks in the 3rd semester. Finally, in February of the 3rd year, students start their thesis research at one of the three academic institutions or at an associated partner.

Semester 1 University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic 
September - January
  • Environmental Microbiology

  • Environmental Engineering - Laboratories

  • Wastewater Treatment

  • Waste management and treatment

  • Sludge management basics

  • Interdisciplinary project I /Communication and writing skills for engineers I

  • Intro Surface and groundwater water treatment (offered online by IHE Delft)

  • Basics of Process Engineering (offered online by University Ghent)

Semester 2 IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands
February - June

Track "Ecotechnologies and Resource Recovery"


  • Sludge Treatment and Resource Recovery

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Design

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • Industrial Water & Resource Management

  • Fieldwork and interdisciplinary project

  • Capita selecta Water Reuse


 ​Track "Desalination and Water Reuse"

  • Surface and groundwater treatment Laboratories

  • Drinking Water Treatment Plant Design

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • Desalination and water reuse: engineering and the environment

  • Fieldwork and interdisciplinary project

  • Capita selecta Water Reuse (Agriculture, Industry)



  • Atmospheric pollution control (offered by UCT)

  • Basics of Control Engineering (offerend by Ghent University)

ELECTIVE Internship (6 weeks optional)

July Year 2 - August Year 2

Internship work is an optional part of the IMETE Master Programme. The aim of an internship is to obtain professional experience. The placement should therefore be in a professional, not in an academic, working environment. Valid placements would be in companies, and governments. Research institutes may be acceptable, but academic institutes and universities not. Internships/placements should take place within the Consortium of Associate partners. A mobility outside of the Consortium should be regarded as an exception to the rule

Semester 3 Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
September - January

Track "Environmental Engineering"


  • Summer School: Research-2-Business

  • Sustainability and Environmental Economics  

  • Urban and Indoor Air Quality

  • Environmental Technology: Soil and Sediment  

  • Clean Technology: Assessment Methods  

  • Elective module(s) chosen from UGENT offering



Track: “Resource Recovery Engineering”


  • Summer School: Research-2-Business

  • Sustainability and Environmental Economics  

  • Bioresource Recovery Engineering : case studies & company visits

  • Physic-Chemic resource recovery from wastewater

  • Digitalisation of resource recovery

  • Green Chemistry (online offered by UCT)

  • Elective module(s) chosen from UGENT offering

Semester 4  Main partner or one associated partner
February - August

Master dissertation

The Master Dissertation is an integrated part of the IMETE Master Programme and is credited at 30 ECTS. All students are doing thesis work during their last semester in one of the 3 IMETE Consortium partners or at an IMETE associated partner.

Examples of Master Dissertation topics researched in 2021, are:


  • Bioconversion of biogas into PHAs

  • Multifunctional nanocomposites for environmental applications

  • Quantifying nanoplastics in environmental samples using gold-gelatine nanoparticles in combination with Single Particle ICP-MS

  • Enhancing the rate of anaerobic digestion of micro-algae grown on wastewater: effect of in-situ generated natural enzymes

  • Algal-bacterial bioreactors for gas treatment


For the full list click here

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