The International WaterCentre (IWC) Education Program builds future water leaders – Integrated Water Management professionals able to collaborate, create and deliver innovative approaches to complex water management challenges.
Our Education Program draws on the expertise of international leaders in teaching, research and practice across a wide range of disciplines. We take a transdisciplinary ‘whole-of-water-cycle’ approach that equips participants with practical tools and skills for developing and delivering effective water management solutions.
Through our program you’ll develop effective leadership capacity as well as the strategic, managerial and technical skills you need to advance in the water sector.
“T-shaped” water leaders are effective because they’re not just high achievers, they’re wide achievers too. Like the letter T, they have a strong base capped with significant breadth.
Our focus on developing “T-shaped” water leaders enables IWC graduates with the ability to not only become technical specialists, but effective, well-rounded leaders too, with an understanding in:
Our Masters delivery team comprises of leading water management experts and educators from across government, industry, NGOs and business. This allows us to develop a unique set of transdisciplinary skills and knowledge in our participants. This knowledge base equips our graduates with a competitive advantage in the job market.
The Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) is one of the few programs in the world that takes a truly integrated approach to water management, bringing together social, economic, ecological, and engineering dimensions to effectively address complex sustainable development challenges that have water at their core.
As a graduate you will be well equipped for emerging leadership roles and management positions in public, private and non-government sectors. Past graduates have gained employment with governments, consultancies, development and aid agencies, environmental regulators and agricultural, mining and industrial companies.
Gain expertise to solve complex water management issues
*Note: part-time/distance available only to Australian/New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.
Choose one of three specialisation streams and tailor your final project to meet your professional aspirations, within your current work environment or as a placement with a host organisation, both nationally or internationally.
WASH and development
With a heavy focus on community engagement and development skills, this stream concentrates on alleviating poverty and improving access to water and sanitation services in developing countries.
Development of design, planning and engagement skills are accelerated in this stream for all aspects of transforming urban sustainability and water management.
Water, land and people
Centred around stakeholders and socio-economic factors, this stream focusses on integrating water resource planning and effective stakeholder management to promote sustainable water management.
Australia, the land of droughts and flooding rains, is an ideal location to study water management. The Australian water sector is globally respected for its knowledge and capability in a diverse range of water management practices.
Your learning experience will be enriched by the many professional development and networking opportunities, diverse study destinations including a 9-day intensive to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef and problem-based learning projects.
You can tailor your final project experience to meet your professional or career development aspirations, either within your current work environment or as a placement with a host organisation, in Australia or overseas.
IWC students come from all over the world, bringing with them great cultural and professional diversity. Students support each other and build strong professional and personal friendships. IWC staff are dedicated to providing you with the academic and personal support you need, from your initial enquiry through to graduation.
On joining the program you’ll also receive free membership to the IWC Alumni Network, a dynamic learning community of over 1000 water leaders from 84 countries – and growing.
The International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program helps emerging leaders to develop the abilities they need to exert influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects — abilities associated with the most effective integrated water management leaders.
As well as a foundational understanding in all aspects of water management, completion of the program will provide students with the experience and ability to:
Designed for emerging water leaders at the project to middle management level, this program is customised for the water sector to equip participants with: the ability to drive change when addressing ‘wicked problems’; exercise influence; improved capacity to demonstrate many of the leadership behaviours needed for future executive roles; and an enhanced ability to mentor and manage within their individual work context.
The program incorporates a flexible structure with direct significance to current management positions. As a participant in the program you will complete pre-training exercises including customised online 360 degree feedback process, two intensive face-to-face sessions, one-on-one coaching and mentor meetings. Monthly activities such as online discussions, readings and webinars are designed to promote continual development throughout the program. A final tailored one-on-one coaching session will end the program, resulting in a total of 15 days commitment, over nine months, to complete the program.
Designed to build your capacity to continually develop as a water industry leader you’re your career, this nine-month program features a balance between academic and real-world approaches to learning including:
Prospective students must meet the following prerequisites for entry into the program:
Program fees include the International WaterCentre’s Professional Development Grant (AU$1,000) which can be used towards your final project or professional development. This is available for both Master and Graduate Diploma students. Fees also cover most program field trips including transport, accommodation and meals. Some field trips, however, are partially subsidised by the IWC. materials are also included in tuition fees. Australian citizens can apply for Fee-Help, an Australian government loan to help with tuition fees.
Do you need an engineering/science/mathematics background to enter the program?
No. A background in one of these disciplines would be beneficial, but is not a prerequisite to enrol.
Is there a minimum GPA to enter the program?
Do you give credit for prior studies?
Unfortunately, this program does not grant advanced standing or credit. Students are required to complete the full Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate program.
Can I enrol in the program in semester 2?
No. There are no mid-year intakes and the program begin in annually in February.
Where do I enrol?
International applicants must enrol at The University of Queensland in 2018. Domestic candidates must enrol through Griffith University. Both International and Domestic candidates will however receive a co-badged degree from both university partners.
I have accepted my offer of admission from The University of Queensland, what do I need to do now?
Once you’ve accepted your offer of admission, submitted all required documentation and paid your tuition fees deposits, you need to enrol in your classes via mySI-Net (from December each year).
What do the fees cover?
Tuition fees cover the subjects of your program, most field trip accommodation, transport and meals, course materials and networking opportunities.
Are there any scholarship opportunities/financial assistance?
Yes, IWC offers full and partial scholarships. Other opportunities for scholarships can be found through the Australian Government, international scholarship programs and other financial aid which can be found on our scholarship page.
Which visa category should I indicate on my student application
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What are the English language requirements?
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Is my undergraduate degree recognised in Australia?
If you are unsure of whether your undergraduate degree is recognised in Australia, please contact The University of Queensland – Online Enquiries
Telephone: (Outside Australia) +61 3 8676 7004
(Within Australia) 1800 671 980
I am an international student and have applied for the program, what do I do now?
Once your application has been received, you will receive an electronic confirmation of a receipt and a student number. You can track your application with this information or contact The University of Queensland for visa advice and application status.
If you have any questions regarding admission, visas or status of your submitted application, please contact:
The University of Queensland – Online Enquiries
Telephone: (Outside Australia) +61 3 8676 7004
(Within Australia) 1800 671 980
The Water Leadership Program costs AU$11,500. This cost can be spread over two financial years if needed. Students must cover any costs associated with attending face-to-face training in Brisbane (5 days in February).
Scholarships are offered every year to assist emerging leaders, irrespective of financial circumstances. If you are unable to commit to the full nine-month program (or are unsuccessful in obtaining scholarship), you may be interested in IWC’s coaching services.
What is the total time commitment for the program?
Approximately 15 days over nine months for full commitment to all activities. However, elements of the program are created for flexibility and can be managed around work commitments.
Is the program part of a university degree?
No. As an external program it enables us to keep the cost down. However, we are working on ways for participants to gain ‘academic credit’ at our partner universities should they wish to complete postgraduate degrees in management or integrated water management.
Do I get a certificate at the end of the program?
Yes. Participants will receive a ‘certificate of participation’ or a ‘certificate of completion / excellence’. These certificates list the elements of the program that have been completed and acknowledges the significant achievement of the participant.
Is there a technical component to the course?
No, it is a leadership course for water professionals. For those wanting to learn more about Integrated Water Management and gain technical skills, we provide a Master of Integrated Water Management course.
Can I contact past participants to get their perspective on the program?
Yes, the International WaterCentre can put you in contact with participants who have completed all elements of the program.
Could I still enrol in the program if I am away from work for part of the year or busy doing other work?
Yes, as long as you can attend the face-to-face training in February and have access to the internet during December when we run the online 360-degree feedback process. The delivery of the program is flexible, so participants can take part in various elements on-line if they fall behind for personal or work-related reasons. The program has been designed for busy water professionals who work full-time.
I can’t commit to the full nine-month program. Do you offer any alternative?
Yes, we also offer a one-on-one coaching service. This service provides the flexibility to work on your leadership skills individually with one of our experienced and qualified leadership coaches.
Can I pay in stages (e.g. over two financial years)?
This is negotiated on a case-by-case basis. A deposit is always paid initially, with remaining tuition fee stages to be agreed upon by individual participants and the International WaterCentre. Please note that failure to meet an agreed upon stage of tuition fee payment will result in exclusion from the program.
Is travel and accommodation covered in the program fees?
No. These costs are the responsibility of individual participants.
Are there other scholarships available for overseas applicants?
Yes. There opportunities for overseas practitioners to gain scholarship funding in order to attend the Water Leadership Program. The Australian Commonwealth government currently runs two programs that are potentially relevant, namely the Endeavour Awards and DFAT Australia Awards programs (see www.australiaawards.gov.au for up-to-date information).
What level of English is required?
Academic English language skills (IELTS score 6.5, overall TOEFL 570) as demonstrated by an officially recognised test of English language proficiency.
A range of scholarships are awarded annually to high calibre candidates who clearly demonstrate potential as future water leaders. These full and partial scholarships are available to both international and domestic students.
Three full scholarships are awarded by the International WaterCentre for the Master of Integrated Water Management course. Additional scholarships are also available annually including the Endeavour Awards and Australia Awards for full to partial tuition fees.
There are two Type A scholarships available annually, targeted at international candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements, hold citizenship and currently live in one of the priority countries. These countries include the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. One of these scholarships will be reserved and awarded to a female candidate.
Value for this scholarship is AU$92,645, which covers:
For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.
One full tuition Type B scholarship is available annually, targeted at international candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements, hold citizenship and currently live in North America, Europe or Asia.Up to a further two full tuition scholarships are also offered to domest applicants every year.
Value for this scholarship is AU$52,500, which covers:
Unsuccessful Type A and B scholarship applicants who are accepted into the program as self-funded students will have access to the IWC Masters Scholarships (Partial). Information will be provided in November.
Value for this scholarship is AU$9,500, which covers:
The Australia Awards Scholarship offers the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to study, research and develop professionally at Australian Universities. In return, Australia Awards scholars are expected to return to their home country and contribute to their regions development.
Value of this scholarship includes:
For more information view the Australia Awards Scholarship website.
The Endeavor Scholarship is awarded to Postgraduate applicants from select countries to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia, its neighbours and global partners.
For more information view the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website.
Contact our scholarship, flight refund and program content team via:
Phone: +61 7 3028 7600
Two full scholarships are awarded annually, by the International WaterCentre for the Master of Integrated Water Management course. Three full scholarships are also awarded annually, by the International WaterCentre in collaboration with industry sponsors for the Water Leadership Program.
There are two International WaterCentre scholarships available annually, targeted at Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the Master of Integrated Water Management course.
Value for this scholarship covers:
Scholarship applicants who are accepted into the program as self-funded students will have access to International Water Centre partial Scholarships. Information to be provided November 2017.
Value for this scholarship is AU$9,000, which covers:
One International WaterCentre Leader Scholarship is available annually for the Water Leadership Program. Valued at $11,500, this scholarship covers:
Two full tuition scholarships and three half scholarships are offered in 2017 for emerging leaders in the water industry.
Two full tuition scholarships are offered in 2017 for emerging leaders in the water industry.
One half scholarship ais offered in 2017 for emerging leaders in the water industry.
Full tuition scholarships, valued at $11,500, cover course fees and an additional $2,000 to cover expenses associated with travel and accommodation in Brisbane.
Half tuition scholarships, valued at $5,750, provide $4,750 towards course fees, in addition to $1,000 to cover expenses associated with travel and accommodation in Brisbane.
Take the time to read over the Terms and Conditions of each scholarship. Below is a link to each scholarships Terms and Conditions for the Master of Integrated Water Management and Water Leadership Program.
The application process for each scholarship is varied. To apply for a scholarship, click the links below, fill in your information, submit the relevant documents and ensure you check the important dates for your application and program.
For any further information needed from either international or domestic students feel free to contact our Education team via:
Phone: +61 7 3028 7600
“I believe this program will help my family, my community, my country and the world.”
Vanh Mixap / Founder, Everyone Matters, Laos
Scholarship recipient and Master of Integrated Water Management Graduate 2015
“The IWC Masters training was very applicable in designing a study of Harare City’s water supply situation to highlight current problems and inform policy and institutional review.”
Robert Apunyo / Program Manager, Kabano Research and Development Centre, Uganda
Scholarship recipient and Master of Integrated Water Management Graduate 2010
“The program, especially meeting new friends and colleagues in the Brisbane face to face sessions, has been a highlight of my year. I now have a far greater understanding of my values and leadership attributes, which has enabled me to implement a leadership development plan to enhance my leadership skills well into my future career.”
Simon Perrin / Branch Manager – Asset Creation, Wannon Water
“I use the techniques and skills developed every day in my work life, and they have made a great impact on my confidence and ability to lead a more effective and engaged team.”
Sarah Eggleton / Customer Account Manager – Water Retailers, Customer and Strategy, Melbourne Water
“The opportunity to collaborate and build networks with such a diverse mixture of participants and the IWC will be a really important part of the program for everyone involved.”
Caitlin Pilkington / Environmental/Civil Engineer, Aurecon Engineering Consultancy, Australia – Scholarship recipient and Master of Integrated Water Management current student
“The IWC Masters with its balanced approach to the social, physical, environmental and economic aspects of water finally ticked all the boxes for me.”
Nathan Cammerman / Director of Business Partnerships, Abundant Water, Australia – Scholarship recipient and Master of Integrated Water Management Graduate 2009
The International WaterCenter’s Alumni Network (IWCAN) consists of a global network of water leaders working to solve the world’s water challenges.