Postgraduate Diploma

PGDip Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment

The next intake for this programme commences in 2021.

The Postgraduate Diploma focuses on all aspects of water quality monitoring including monitoring programme design, quality assurance, data analysis and presentation, monitoring and assessment of rivers, lakes and groundwater, and water quality monitoring with biological and ecological methods and with particulate material. There is also an opportunity to take part in a field workshop during the second year of the programme.

The programme aims to recruit highly-motivated, enthusiastic students who may be (i) currently involved in water quality monitoring, (ii) part of the UN Environment GEMS/Water network, and/or (iii) seeking to specialise in water quality monitoring and assessment, and who wish to study on a flexible, part-time basis.

The PG Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment is a part-time programme taken over two full years commencing in October 2017, and every second year thereafter. To be awarded the Diploma students must complete and pass 30 credits from Year 1 and 30 credits from Year 2. Students may choose to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate after completing year one modules.

Course brochure can be found here:

Postgraduate Diploma


Module descriptions can be found here:

2017-05-31 ModuleDescriptions


Students apply online through UCC's application system.

For informal inquiries prior to application contact:

UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre
E-mail: Telephone: +353 (0) 21 420 5276 / 420 5271

The course landing page can be found here


UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre

UNEP GEMS/Ionad Forbartha Acmhainneachta Uisce

Environmental Research Institute, Ellen Hutchins Building, University College Cork