This module works through the step by step process of designing a monitoring programme in relation to different monitoring objectives in different water bodies.

An emphasis is placed on good practice in order to ensure reliable data are generated. Approached to the selection of monitoring stations, monitoring methods and water quality parameters are considered.

The need for a basic understanding of the hydrology of the water bodies is emphasised in order to optimise the frequency and location of sample collection. 

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Additional Teaching Mode Information

36hr(s) Directed Study (Online self-directed learning); 12hr(s) Directed Study (Online moderated activities); 12 x 1hr(s) Directed Study (Reading).


Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x MCQ tests 50 marks each (100 marks) 


As for the Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment a BSc in Environmental Science or similar subject; or a relevant professional qualification; or a portfolio of work and experience in the area of water quality monitoring. Candidates who do not hold a BSc will be judged on a case-by-case basis as to their suitability for the module, subject to the approval of the college of Science, Engineering and Food Science.
Candidates, for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS of 6.5 (or TOEFL equivalent) with no less than 6.0 in each individual category.
*where modules are part of an existing programme and are to be offered as CPD Modules, the applicant will be expected to meet the entry requirements of the programme.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €400. The fee for Non-EU applicants is €800.
Applicants from low income countries that are part of the GEMS/Water programme should contact gemscdcadmin@ucc.ie  for information about fee concessions.

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator, GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, Environmental Research Institute, Cork

OR via email at gemscdcadmin@ucc.ie 

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