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Water Services Management

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

Entry requirements

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


2 years part-time online

Attendance Requirements

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

Attendance at the workshops will be expected for all students.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

To apply from within Irish Water:

Contact Ms. Sinéad McGinley, Learning & Development Manager, Human Resources.

Phone: +353 (0) 1 89 25357


To apply from within Irish Local Authorities:

Contact Mr. Tom Kirby, Secretary of LASNTG.

Phone: +353 (0) 505 24688


Applications other than from Irish Local Authorities or Irish Water:

Contact: Admissions, IT Sligo

Phone: +353 (0) 71 931 8511


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

Application date

Application Closing Date: 31st August 2020.

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).

Course fee

€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 and start dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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