This course provides an opportunity for participants to develop their understanding of processes in the environment and in water treatment.


This course introduces the theory and practice of water management. It is intended to provide an understanding of current methods of water treatment and distribution, sustainable use of resources and principles of water quality management and legislation. In addition it aims at teaching skills in analysis and interpretation of water quality data and in applying water legislation. Lecture-based teaching of key concepts is reinforced by linked case study based practical exercises. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience of water management.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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About this course

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This course provides an opportunity for participants to develop their understanding of processes in the environment and in water treatment which are relevant to water management. This knowledge enables them to critically appraise the setting of standards at prescribed values with regard to water regulation and to explore the legislation used to enforce this regulation. The aim of this course is to provide the necessary knowledge to understand, critically appraise and apply water legislation in the context of sustainable water management and with special reference to toxicology where applicable. The European Water Framework Directive will be evaluated in detail.

Linked programmes

PgDip/MSc Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Coursework -(1) Presentation on case studies relating to water management problems (25%), (2) Report on water quality data evaluation and report – applying and interpreting existing regulation for a consultancy report (35%) and (3) Essay on evaluation of development and implementation of a major piece of water quality legislation (40%).


This course is delivered online for 12 weeks (starting 28 January 2019) with no on-campus attendance requirements.

Entry requirements

Degree in science or other relevant discipline.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 28 January 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 28 January 2019

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:


Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Geography and Environmental Sciences