Water Services Management - Sligo

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


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?.

Attendance Requirements

Two one day workshops (normally held on a Friday) will take place each semester. Typically, one workshop will be held at ATU Sligo and the second may be located at another regional facility.

Attendance at the workshops will be expected for all students.

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

The closing date for this programme is normally early August of each year.

However, applicants are advised to make contact as early as possible with either (1) Irish Water (if an Irish Water employee), (2) the Local Authority Services National Training Group (LASNTG) (if employed by an Irish Local Authority) or (3) directly with IT Sligo Admissions (if not employed with Irish Water or an Irish Local Authority).


2 / 2.5 years part-time, online.

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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.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible,Blended

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