This United Nations (UN) Environment affiliated postgraduate diploma will provide existing or future water professionals with the necessary knowledge to design and implement freshwater quality monitoring and assessment programmes. The programme is offered in a part-time, online format that facilitates study in your own time. It will be useful to staff in higher level education institutes who wish to gain a specialised postgraduate qualification in surface and groundwater monitoring, quality assurance and control, and data analysis and presentation. Rivers, lakes and groundwaters are covered in detail and there is an option to study biological and ecological methods, the use of particulate material in monitoring and to take part in a field workshop either abroad or in Ireland during the second year of the programme.
Teaching will be on-line with each module running for 16 weeks (10 credits) or 8 weeks (5 credits), with the exception of the one-week, full-time optional field module (optional). Students are expected to spend approximately 15-20 hours per week study effort per module, of which approximately 6 hours would be on-line engagement. Students are provided with a student e-mail account and access on-line to the UCC library, but will need the use of a computer with internet connection, modern browser, word processing and spreadsheet software. Programme tutors will be in regular contact with students to provide support and advice throughout the programme.
This unique on-line programme is designed to meet the needs for more sustainable management of freshwater resources in less developed countries. The new Sustainable Development Goal for water (SDG 6) includes an indicator for surface and groundwater quality that requires the collection of water quality data at national level. This Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment, will support countries who aim to meet the targets of SDG 6 by facilitating the advancement of expertise that will contribute to more sustainable management of water resources.