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UCC CPD courses

Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in rivers/lakes/reservoirs

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 2


This module describes the essential aspects of the physical, chemical and biological interactions in surface waters, that are necessary for designing an effective monitoring and assessment programme and for interpretation of the results.

Key features of successful assessment programmes will be identified.

Potential approaches to analysing and presenting surface water quality data will be evaluated.

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

  • Describe the key climatological and geographical influences on form and function of surface water systems
  • Identify influences of natural catchment features and human activites on chemical and biological characteristics in surface waters
  • Select examples that illustrate how river hydrology and lake form and function can influence the design of a monitoring programme and the interpretation of monitoring results

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 (2MCQ 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 for Non-EU applicants is €800

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 EV6015 Module - Application Form 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.

 Applications are presently open for Semester 1.