About This Course
Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment
2 Years Part-time
EU Fees 2019
€4,500 (€2,250 per year); GEMS/Water nominated students from developing countries Fee is €1,000 (€500 Year 1, €500 year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2019
€9,000 (excluding GEMS/Water nominated students from developing countries); GEMS/Water nominated students from developing countries Fee is €1,000 (€500 Year 1, €500 year 2)
See Requirements for full details.
Not on offer 2020/2021
Non-EU Closing Date
Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full detail
Course Delivery Method
Not on offer 2020/2021
This United Nations (UN) Environment affiliated postgraduate diploma will provide existing or future water professionals with the necessary knowledge to design and implement freshwater quality monitoring and assessment programmes. The programme is offered in a part-time, online format that facilitates study in your own time. It will be useful to staff in higher level education institutes who wish to gain a specialised postgraduate qualification in surface and groundwater monitoring, quality assurance and control, and data analysis and presentation. Rivers, lakes and groundwaters are covered in detail and there is an option to study biological and ecological methods, the use of particulate material in monitoring and to take part in a field workshop either abroad or in Ireland during the second year of the programme.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Teaching will be on-line with each module running for 16 weeks (10 credits) or 8 weeks (5 credits), with the exception of the one-week, full-time optional field module (optional). Students are expected to spend approximately 15-20 hours per week study effort per module, of which approximately 6 hours would be on-line engagement. Students are provided with a student e-mail account and access on-line to the UCC library, but will need the use of a computer with internet connection, modern browser, word processing and spreadsheet software. Programme tutors will be in regular contact with students to provide support and advice throughout the programme.
Why Choose This Course
This unique on-line programme is designed to meet the needs for more sustainable management of freshwater resources in less developed countries. The new Sustainable Development Goal for water (SDG 6) includes an indicator for surface and groundwater quality that requires the collection of water quality data at national level. This Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment, will support countries who aim to meet the targets of SDG 6 by facilitating the advancement of expertise that will contribute to more sustainable management of water resources.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
There is an opportunity to take part in a field workshop module in a less developed country in the second year of the programme. This workshop enables students to gain experience in practical freshwater quality monitoring methods.
Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment?
Design and implement freshwater quality monitoring programmes in rivers, lakes and groundwaters; produce an associated quality assurance programme and analyse and present the results of monitoring activities.
Occupations associated with the Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment.
Water resources managers; National ,regional or local freshwater quality monitoring programme managers; Field and laboratory technicians in freshwater laboratories; College lecturers and researchers.
- Candidates must have a BSc in Environmental Science or cognate discipline; or a relevant professional qualification; or a portfolio of work and experience in the area of freshwater quality monitoring.
- Candidates who do not hold a BSc will be judged on a case-by-case basis as to their suitability for the programme, subject to the approval of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.
- The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in his/her primary degree and personal statement.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €4,500 (€2,250 per year); GEMS/Water nominated students from developing countries Fee is €1,000 (€500 Year 1, €500 year 2).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €9,000 (excluding GEMS/Water nominated students from developing countries); GEMS/Water nominated students from developing countries Fee is €1,000 (€500 Year 1, €500 year 2).
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Deferrals are not permitted on this course.
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