Water Services Management

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Accredited by Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management

Course Summary
This Level 9 programme has been developed in collaboration with Irish Water and the Local Authority Services National Training Group (LASNTG) to address the increasing and demanding needs of professionals in the water and wastewater sectors.

The programme is the first of its kind anywhere in the world to be made available online and on a part time basis.

Programme/Course Structure

Year 1 focuses on developing a greater understanding of the management of people and organisations, project planning and implementation, and the legal and planning framework relevant to the water sector.

Year 2 targets water sector specific specialist topics on contracts and procurement, the integration of management systems, data analytics and information management, strategic management, innovative treatment processes and technologies and asset management and resilience. Having successfully completed Year 2, participants are entitled to be awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Water Services Management. Alternatively, participants can proceed to Year 3 to complete an MSc.

Year 3 involves the completion of a Dissertation on a specialist research topic of particular relevance to the course participants and/or their employers and relating to a relevant technical or management aspect of a water services issue. Having successfully completed Year 3, participants are entitled to be awarded the M.Sc. in Water Services Management?.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Project Planning 05
Transformational Change 05
Environmental Policy Planning And Environmental Impact Assessment 05

Semester 2
Title Credits
Environmental Legislation 05
Project Implementation 05
Business Management and Entrepreneurship 05

Semester 3
Title Credits
Contracts and Procurement 05
Integrated Management Systems 05
Data Analysis and Information Management 05

Semester 4
Title Credits
Strategic Management 05
Innovative Treatment Processes & Technologies 05
Asset Management and Resilience 05

Entry requirements

2nd Class Honours (2.2) Level 8 degree in Engineering, Science or cognate professional area or equivalent.

Application dates

Applications for online programmes are accepted on the atu sligo website.

All programmes advertised will run subject to sufficient student numbers.

ATU sligo online has two intakes per year, the main one being in September with a smaller listing of programmes for January. For confirmation on start dates check www.itsligo.ie/online

For September, applications open from 1st February each year. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st august.

For January, applications open from 1st November each year. Closing date for applications is mid-January.

The online application form requires personal details, previous qualifications, professional accreditations, employment history and a personal statement. We recommend collating all the necessary paperwork i.e. Transcripts of previous qualifications, academic certificates before you submit an application.

Once submitted, our admissions team will contact you to confirm eligibility and request copies of any previous qualifications.

Academic staff review every application and approve eligible candidates for the programme.

Admissions team will notify you if you are accepted onto the course and will request deposit to confirm your place.

Places are limited, so please apply early.

Credits

60

Duration

2 years part-time

Delivery Method: Online

On-Campus Attendance
Two one day workshops will take place each semester. Typically, one workshop will be held at ATU Sligo and the second may be located at another regional facility.

Most of our online courses have about 2-3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments.

Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle and other accessible platforms. These recordings can be downloaded and watched later, at a time that suits you.

Please note, you may be required to take some time off work for the below:

• Exams Christmas Exams: 2 – 4 days in January each year. Summer Exams: 2 – 4 days in May each year.

• Workshops/Practical Classes: Approximately 2 – 4 days per year depending on the course you are studying. You will receive notification of the dates from your lecturer for each specific subject requirement.

During our Online & Flexible Learning Induction, you will meet with your Course Co-ordinator who will be available to answer any questions you might have, and they will give you your timetable for the upcoming academic year.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Admissions Team on admissions@itsligo.ie.

To help balance work, life, and online learning, it is important to understand the time that you will have to dedicate to your studies. This will help you to stay focused, reduce stress, and achieve your goals while also working full-time.

For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.

Fees

€4,400 per year for the two year Post Graduate Diploma.

€2,200 for the additional year to complete the M.Sc.

Fees paid for approved applicants employed by Irish Water and Irish Local Authorities.

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates should have greatly enhanced career opportunities at senior management level in the public and private water/wastewater sector.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible,Blended

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