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Freshwater Monitoring Programme Design

Course Fact File
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
FeesThe fee for this module is €400. Applicants from low income countries that are part of the GEMS/Water programme should contact for information about fee concessions. See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31st July 2023
Non-EU Closing Date31st July 2023
Course Delivery MethodOnline
Start DateCourse is currently closed for applications


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:

  • Outline the principle steps of a freshwater quality monitoring programme
  • Identify examples of common water quality monitoring programme objectives and suggest key activities required to meet those objectives
  • Identify the key hydrological information required when monitoring rivers, lakes and groundwaters
  • Select different approaches to monitoring water quality using field and laboratory techniques in relation to specific monitoring programme objectives
  • Select monitoring sites for different scales of monitoring programmes in rivers, lakes and groundwater


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  for information about fee concessions.


How To 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 


Application Form: GEMS EV6012 Module - Application Form: 2023/2024 can be accessed in the link below;

CPD EV Module Application Form 2023

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.


Similar Courses

All Modules Under UNEP/GEMS Water Capacity Development Centre
EV6012 Freshwater Monitoring Programme Design
EV6013 Quality Assurance for Freshwater Quality Monitoring
EV6014 Data Handling, Assessment & Prestat. Freshwater Quality Monitoring
EV6015 Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment in Rivers, Lakes & Reservoirs
EV6016 Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment of Groundwater
EV6017 Alternative Methods for Freshwater Quality Monitoring