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UCC CPD courses

Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment of Groundwater

Course Fact File
Duration12 weeks
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
QualificationsCPD Module
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



Influences on the natural variation in groundwater quality are explored and their vulnerability to contamination is considered. Options for monitoring the quality of groundwaters are presented and opportunities and constraints associated with designing an effective monitoring and assessment programme are explored. Examples of monitoring programmes with different objectives will be illustrated using case studies.

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

  • Identify the key geological influences on groundwater bodies and their water quality
  • Identify the influences of human activities on water quantity and quality in groundwaters
  • Select appropriate monitoring designs for groundwaters in relation to different monitoring objectives
  • Propose locations for monitoring stations in given scenarios.

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

Update August 2023 : Applications currently closed



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 e-mail at