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On-site wastewater systems, nutrient recovery and sewage sludge treatment

TN0320 On-site wastewater systems, nutrient recovery and sewage sludge treatment, 5.0 Credits

Små avloppssystem, näringsåterföring och slambehandling

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Technique Technology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 HEC, including at least 70 credits in Technology, Soil Science or Geoscience. At least 15 HEC in Chemistry, 10 HEC in Biology, and 15 HEC in Soil Science or Geoscience must be included. Swedish and English skills equivalent to level B are required


The course aims at giving good knowledge on systems and technology for managing sanitation on-site sanitation systems and on how the resources in wastewater and sewage sludge can be utilized in a safe way.
On completion of the course the student should:
- be able to describe different systems and technologies for managing sanitation on-site, for managing the handling of large scale wastewater sewage sludge, for usual goal criteria for these systems, be able to describe the microbiological and chemical processes involved and be able to describe for the different systems their properties concerning hygiene risk, environmental impact and possibility for utilization of resources, e.g. plant nutrients, water and energy.
- be able to propose and dimension systems for on-site sanitation.


On site wastewater systems, their construction, properties and how these systems enable the reuse of the plant nutrients and water content of the wastewater. The focus of the course is on systems common in Sweden, but also system important in low income countries will be included.
Systems included are nature like system (sand filters and soil infiltration), simple anaerobic systems, source separating sewage systems, surface and subsurface constructed wetlands, Both large and small scale processes for treating and sanitizing sewage sludge, faecal matter and urine are included. The requirements concerning concentration, pathogens, logistics etc. when plant nutrients and/or water are recycled to plant production are included in the course, as are the impacts of the system on resources and environment.

Main activities in the course are:
- Scheduled activities: lectures, study visit (compulsory), examination and evaluation, supervised training (compulsory).
- Individual studies, not scheduled: written exercises, literature studies.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed exams, passed assignments and active attendance at the compulsory parts of the course.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

This course overlaps partly with the course "Safe nutrient recycling". If this course is included in the study plan of a student, then the total credits from the courses will be deducted with the overlap.

Responsible department

Department of Energy and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: TN0307
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Master Programme in Environmental and Water Engineering Aquatic and Environmental Engineering Programme (admission before 1 July 2007) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 12684 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Technique Technology
Course code: TN0320 Application code: SLU-20047 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 35%