The study programme is structured around the following topics:
- basic study of non-polluted environments;
- sources and causes of environmental pollution;
- methodologies for detection and analysis of environmental pollution;
- environmental toxicology and risk assessment, both in the eco-toxicological and human toxicological field;
- prevention and sanitation of environmental pollution;
- clean technology;
- treatment of waste.
The dissertation subject is related to one of the majors of the study programme and preferably deals with an environmental issue at the country of origin. Therefore students can make their own proposal. This is possible due to the fact that in the framework of the current scholarship programme, students with a VLIR-UDC scholarship get the chance to return to their home countries during the summer holidays. During that period they have the opportunity to collect data and possibly also samples (e.g. dust on filters, water or soil samples; reducing the sample volumes by concentrating sample extracts is also possible) in the framework of their dissertation research. For those students who do not have the possibility to make their own proposal, each year potential dissertation promoters put forward dissertation subjects, which are announced by the CES&T in April. This allows the student to contact the professor in charge of the dissertation subject of his/her interest.
Graduates of Environmental Sanitation are active in diverse sectors and assume highly varying professional duties.
This can vary from appointments in ministries and governmental services, NGOs, teaching assignments at universities or scientific research in domains that deal with technologies for prevention and sanitation of environmental pollution.
Students must be able to apply the acquired knowledge and understandings in complex problems or situations with the necessary guidance and steering, taking into consideration the ethical, financial and social aspects.