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Quality Assurance for Freshwater Quality Monitoring

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 DateSeptember 2023 Semester 1


All monitoring programmes should include an associated quality assurance programme that ensures monitoring data are reliable and comparable, not only from station to station but also from a laboratory to laboratory, or programme to programme. 

This module works through the various quality assurance processes and options available from the point of sample collection in the field to eventual data submission to a database. Examples of best practice are presented for internal and external laboratory quality control. The process of preparing for an audit is introduced. 

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

  • Outline the principle steps of a quality assurance programme for a freshwater quality monitoring programme
  • Recommend quality control procedures for fieldwork and laboratory handling and analysis of water samples
  • Identify laboratory procedures that are considered to be 'out of control' from laboratory data provided
  • Distinguish between good and poor examples of Standard Operating Procedures for selected sampling and analysis techniques

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) 


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 programme, 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. 

Applicants from low income countries that are part of the GEMS/Water programme should contact for information about fee concessions.

The fee is €800 for Non-EU Applicants


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


CPD GEMS EV6013 Module -Application Form 2023 - 2024 can be accessed in the link below:

 CPD EV Modules Application Form 2023

Forward this form along with the:

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

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