Please refer to the Admissions Section of this Calendar.




The program is comprised of two academic terms and a thirteen (13) week work term. The academic terms consist of a balance of theory and practical applications through lectures, discussion seminars, case studies, laboratory, field trips and a group research project. The work term will involve students placed in pertinent industries or agencies for practical work experience.


Program Changes in Response to COVID-19


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Senate of Memorial University has approved a Fall 2020 semester that will allow for remote teaching only, and while no decisions have yet been made for Winter 2021, it is possible that course delivery will be of a remote nature as well.


To allow an opportunity for students to gain the practical hands-on training and experience for which we are known, this program will be offered in a modified format for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Term 1 (Fall 2020) will be delivered entirely through remote delivery. While many courses in these programs have a laboratory component, we anticipate using simulation and video demonstration for these labs, where feasible.


Term 2 (Winter 2021) will be offered on-campus if the Province and Country are in a phase that would allow Memorial University to resume on-campus teaching and learning.


If on-campus delivery is not possible in the Winter 2021 semester, we will deliver courses through remote delivery, as is currently planned for the fall semester.


This program has short technical courses that are delivered immediately after the end of winter final examinations. In the event that program delivery is entirely remote over both the fall and winter semesters, this period will be extended to possibly 4 weeks to allow for practical hands-on training and experience, after which students will be eligible to begin their 13-week work term. This practical training period could be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, and if so then we will reevaluate the structure of the program to allow for the earliest completion of the program.




Students in Advanced Diplomas must obtain a passing grade of 65% or better in all program courses.


Students who have received a grade of less than 50% in any course will be required to withdraw from the program.


Students who have received a grade less than 65% (but 50% or greater) in more than one program course during a single term will be required to withdraw from the program.


Students who have received a grade less than 65% (but 50% or greater) in one program course will be permitted to remain in the program, provided that course is retaken when offered and passed with a grade of 65% or better. Only one such repeat will be permitted per term. Failure to obtain a grade of 65% in the repeated course shall lead to termination of a student’s program.




While the program is designed to focus the students’ academic and technical competencies specific to the water quality field, their undergraduate degree discipline often directs and influences their career choice. Graduates find employment in environmental companies, engineering and laboratory companies, oil/gas/ mining sectors, regulatory, NGOs, and water and wastewater utilities. In addition, graduates have been successful in securing careers in the beverage, food and manufacturing industries that utilize water.




Term 1
BIOL 4105 (Water and Wastewater Microbiological)
CHEM 4100 (Water Chemistry)
GEOG 4103 (Aquatic Systems)
GEOG 4200 (Geographic Information Systems)
STAT 4103 (Statistics - Water Quality)
TKPR 415A (Technical Project)
WKTM 4000 (Work Term Preparation Seminar)

Term 2
BSMG 4110 (Environmental Policy - Water Quality)
CHEM 4200 (Chemical and Analytical Methods)
FDTE 4110 (Introduction to Water and Wastewater Treatment)
GEOG 4100 (Remote Sensing)
TKPR 415B (Technical Project)
*SFTY 1125 (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency)
*SFTY 1135 (Practical Boat Handling Skills)
*SFTY 1136 (Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety - SDV-BS)
*WQUA 4000 (Lab and Practical Components-Water Quality)


* Delivered/completed between Term 2 and Term 3 (Work Term) 




Term 3 (Work Term)
WKTM 4110 (Work Term - Advanced Diploma in Water Quality)


NOTE: TKPR 415A/B must be completed sequentially in the same academic year


Credit Earned: Advanced Diploma - Water Quality


Normal Start: Fall
School of Fisheries


Contact: Admissions Officer
(709) 778-0380
1-800-563-5799 (ext. 380)




The Marine Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Water Quality is the only post-graduate program of its kind in Atlantic Canada that focuses on the study of water and wastewater. Many areas throughout the world are facing a crisis over the supply and quality of water, water for drinking, agriculture, aquatic ecosystems, industrial and manufacturing purposes.


Students complete specific courses in microbiology, chemistry, limnology, water and environmental policy, statistics and geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing that will enhance their understanding of the science behind water and wastewater treatment and management. Students are also provided with training in the technical aspects of water and wastewater treatment.


Another unique aspect of the program is it provides students with an introduction to the socio-economic, environmental, and legislative policies, regulations and the importance of protecting and managing water resources.