Master of Integrated Water Management

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MASTER OF INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT (MIWM)

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.

The program is enrolled through Griffith University and delivered at Griffith’s Nathan Campus by lecturers from International WaterCentre (IWC), from all four founding member universities, including Griffith University, The University of Queensland, Monash University and the University of Western Australia, along with leading practitioners from private consulting and selected university partners internationally.

Griffith University

Griffith University is ranked within the top 300 universities by three of the world’s most credible ranking systems. Griffith University ranks very highly as a young university, ranking 32nd globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings: Top 50 Under 50, and 35th globally in the 2017 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.

Griffith University is the leading university in Australia for citations and fellowships from the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching, and the university holds a 5 star rating for overall educational experience from the Good Universities Guide.

In terms of water related research, Griffith University is the top Australian university in output for freshwater ecology (12% of the 2600 papers published since 2012) and is ranked 11th in the world. Griffith University is also the top university in Australia in terms of estuarine research output (10% of the 1500 papers published since 2012) and is ranked in the top 30 institutions globally.

According to the Shanghai Ranking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017, Griffith University is within the top 50-100 universities globally for water resources research, and for civil engineering research.

The University of Queensland

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 47 in the QS World University Rankings, 45 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 65 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 55 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Monash University

Monash University is in the top 10 per cent of all the institutions tabled for 2018 in the QS World University Rankings. Monash ranks strongly across four of the major global metrics that capture university performance, including International students (39), Employer Reputation (40), International Faculty (45), and Academic Reputation (51).

The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia places equal first overall in Australia for student demand, graduate starting salaries, research intensity and research grants based on key measures in the Good Universities Guide 2016. The QS World Rankings has given the university its highest rating possible – 5 Stars+ – and  arank in the top one per cent of universities worldwide. Seven of the UWC subject areas are ranked in the world’s Top 50, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Career opportunities

As an IWC graduate, you’ll be able to apply for management positions in the public, private and non-government sectors. Graduates have found employment with NGOs, government or aid agencies, consultancies, water utilities, community development agencies, environmental regulators and agricultural, mining and industrial companies. Opportunities to continue on to a PhD also exist for students who achieve excellent academic results in their final semester project.

Testimonial

For anyone thinking of enrolling in the MIWM, I’d like to say that it is not an engineering course. It’s made up of students from all kinds of water-related professions from all over the world. You’ll gain a lot from the course, and gain from sharing knowledge and experience with the class.
Pauline Komolong, Papua New Guinea, 2013 Cohort

How to apply

The MIWM Program has been custom-designed to offer water professionals an industry-leading, integrated learning experience. The program is built around workshops, field trips and problem-based learning activities developed to align with real-world water management challenges.

There is only one intake per year in Trimester 1 (February). The program commences with a week of on-campus workshops and field work. The first three days involve a field trip to North Stradbroke Island (Queensland), with the remainder of the week spent at Griffith University participating in intensive workshops and lectures.

IMPORTANT DATES

Program applications close (International students, full-time) 30 November 2019
Program applications close (Domestic students, full-time or part-time/distance) 31 January 2020
International IWC MIWM scholarship application submittal 1 May – 1 August 2019
Domestic IWC MIWM scholarship application submittal 1 July – 1 October 2019
Trimester 1 2020 intensive at Griffith Nathan campus Saturday 16 February to Sunday 22 February 2020

Program costs

Tuition fees for 2020 entry.

The tuition fees for the program are set for domestic and international candidates below:

Per course Whole program
Domestic AUD$4,562.50 AUD$54,750
International AUD$4,625 AUD$55,500

Included in fees

  • IWC Professional Development Grant (AU$1,000), which can be used towards your final project or professional development.
  • Field trips: IWC covers the costs of most field trips, including travel from campus, accommodation and meals. However, some field trips are only partially subsidised by IWC.
  • Networking opportunities with industry professionals.
  • Course materials.

Australian citizens can apply for FEE-Help, an Australian government loan to help with tuition fees. Australian Government tax incentives (self-education expenses) may also be available for professional development education expenses. Find out more about paying your fees here.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships are awarded annually to high-calibre candidates who clearly demonstrate potential as future water leaders.

We have scholarships available to both international and domestic students.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

MASTER OF INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

IWC Master's Scholarships (international) - partial-tuition scholarships - NOW OPEN

Partial-tuition scholarships – NOW OPEN 

We believe that skilled water leaders are critical to addressing complex water challenges across the world. As such, the IWC will grant an IWC Master’s Scholarship (partial tuition scholarship) to all international applicants who apply, are accepted into, and enrol in the Master of Integrated Water Management program as self-funded, full-time students.

The total value for this scholarship is A$9,500, which covers:

  • A$7000 towards the cost of tuition for the Master of Integrated Water Management program
  • return air travel up to the value of A$2500 to Australia for all full-time Master program applicants.

To receive a partial scholarship:

  • applicants must apply for admission into Griffith University
  • receive an offer of admission into the MIWM program
  • accept their offer of admission into Griffith University and pay the tuition fee deposit
  • formally enrol in the four courses
  • once enrolled, the partial scholarship will be paid directly to Griffith towards the trimester 1 tuition fees.

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

IWC Master's Scholarship (international) - Type A - NOW OPEN

Full-tuition and full-living costs scholarship

There is one full tuition and full living costs scholarship available, 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.

Value for this scholarship is AU$95,564, which covers:

  • full tuition fees for full-time study of Master of Integrated Water Management
  • living expenses remuneration
  • return air travel to Australia
  • university student amenities fee
  • cost of a student visa for a single student
  • cost of overseas student health cover for a single student.

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship, and eligible Type A countries here.

IWC Master's Scholarship (international) – Type B - NOW OPEN

Full-tuition scholarships

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.

Value for this scholarship is AU$58,989, which covers:

  • full tuition fees for full-time study of Master of Integrated Water Management
  • return air travel to Australia.

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship and eligible Type B countries here.

Endeavor Scholarship – Australian Government funded scholarship

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.

Value of this scholarship includes:

  • Travel allowance of $3,000
  • Establishment allowance of $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships)
  • Monthly stipend of $3,000
  • Health insurance for the full category duration (OSHC for international recipients)
  • Travel insurance

For more information view the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website.

Australia Awards Scholarship – Australian Government funded scholarship

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:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Return flights
  • Establishment allowance
  • Contribution to Living Expenses
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)
  • Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Visa expenses
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees and Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance), if needed

For more information view the Australia Awards Scholarship website.

DOMESTIC SCHOLARSHIPS

MASTER OF INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

IWC Master's Scholarships (domestic) – partial-tuition scholarships NOW OPEN

Partial-tuition scholarships – NOW OPEN

We believe that skilled water leaders are critical to addressing complex water challenges in Australia, New Zealand and across the world. As such, the IWC will grant an IWC Master’s Scholarship (partial tuition scholarship) to all Australian (citizens and permanent residents) and New Zealand (citizens) applicants who apply, are accepted into, and enrol in the Master of Integrated Water Management program as self-funded, full-time or part-time students.

The total value for this scholarship is between A$7,000 and A$8,500, depending on the where the student is located and if the student is full-time or part-time. The scholarship covers:

  • A$7000 towards the cost of tuition fees for Master of Integrated Water Management
  • up to the value of A$1500 reimbursable travel and accommodation expenses, available only to part-time students who are not based in South East Queensland, for participating in intensives.

To receive a partial scholarship:

  • applicants must apply for admission into Griffith University
  • receive an offer of admission into the MIWM program
  • formally enrol in the courses (either full-time or part-time course load)
  • once enrolled, the partial scholarship will be paid directly to Griffith towards the trimester 1 tuition fees.

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

IWC Master's Scholarships (domestic) - full-tuition scholarships OPEN 1 July 2019

Full-tuition scholarship

The IWC offers one full-tuition scholarships annually to Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents to study the Master of Integrated Water Management for full-time (1.5 years) or part-time/distance (3 years) study.

The scholarship covers the program’s full tuition fees and will also cover the costs of airfares from any capital city in Australia or New Zealand to attend the mandatory ‘intensives’ in Brisbane.

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

Learn more about the MIWM program and scholarships

Dr Brian McIntosh, IWC Education Director, discusses the MIWM program and available scholarships in this webinar.

IMPORTANT DATES (international students)

Dates
IWC Masters Scholarships (international) applications open  1 May
Australia Awards Scholarship applications open and close  View relevant application dates according to country
Endeavour Scholarship applications close  30 June
IWC Masters Scholarships (international) applications close  1 August – 5:00pm AEST

IMPORTANT DATES (domestic students)

Dates
IWC Masters scholarships (domestic) applications open  1 July
IWC Masters scholarships (domestic) close  1 October

For further information, download the program syllabus or read our FAQs page. 

APPLY NOW

If you are applying for a scholarship, you must complete the following two steps. If you are not applying for a scholarship, you only need to complete step 1.

STEP 1. Apply for admission into the program through Griffith University:

Apply for the Master if Integrated Water Management Program through the Griffith University online application portal:

Griffith University logo

When you apply through Griffith University you will need to create an account, and follow the instructions on screen. You can save an incomplete application and return later.

Please upload copies of academic transcripts, award certificates and translations when required. If you are an international student you will also need to upload a proof of English Language Proficiency during the application process.

If you’re ready to apply but have a question that’s not answered in our FAQs, contact our education team at education@watercentre.org.

STEP 2. Apply for an IWC Scholarship

Once you have submitted an admission application to Griffith, or already have a current offer of admission on file you must submit an online scholarship application form by 1 August 2019:

Frequently asked questions

Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions. Detailed information on the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management program, structure and delivery can be found in the program syllabus.

IWM Masters Scholarships – International

When do scholarships open and close?

Scholarships open on Tuesday, 1 May at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time and close on Wednesday, 1 August at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Applications will not be received after the 1 August.

What types of the MIWM scholarship are available?

  • Type A Scholarship (one available): includes full tuition fees, living costs, flights to Australia and Overseas Student Health Cover (covers single student only). Type A scholarships are available for future water leaders from priority countries in Asia- Pacific, Latin America and the Middle-East.
  • Type B Scholarship (one available): Includes full tuition fees, flights to Australia and Overseas Student Health Cover (covers single student only). Type B scholarships are available for a future water leader from selected countries in North America, Europe and parts of Asia.

In which study areas are the MIWM scholarships available?

The MIWM scholarships are only available to study the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program. It is not available for the IWC Graduate Diploma/Certificate IWM programs or for any other program offered by IWC, or any other institution.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements to apply for the MIWM scholarships?

To apply for a scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution;
  • At least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program;
  • International candidates must also demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) – see Griffith University requirements including minimum scores for ELP tests

What are the selection criteria?

The Selection Panel uses the following selection criteria when assessing the scholarship application:

1. Leadership qualities including collaboration and team work, flexibility, initiative, communication skills, integrity and vision through professional, educational, community and other achievements.

2. Professional and volunteering record: relevant employment and volunteering experience, achievements, membership of professional bodies and professional references.

3. Academic record: an excellent academic record and a likelihood of success in further study at Masters level.

4. Commitment to promoting and driving the implementation of collaborative, whole-of-water-cycle, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to water management.

5. Potential outcomes: the likelihood of positive impacts on the individual and the water sector from participating in the MIWM program.

How do I apply for the scholarship?

Applicants who apply for the scholarship must first apply for admission in to Griffith University and meet the admission requirements.

Click here to access the link to the online Griffith University admission application form.

Applications for the MIWM Scholarships are completed via an online link. Online applications for the scholarships open on 1st May and will close on 1st August 2019 for international applicants.

Click here to access the link to the online IWC scholarship application form.

If you want to save your application and come back to it later, click on ‘Save Answers and Resume Later’ at the bottom the page. Please copy the URL link provided and save it in a safe place. You can only use the URL link for maximum of 30 days to resume answering questions on the form. After 30 days the link will expire and you will have to start a new application form.

I saved my application, but I lost the URL link provided. What should I do?

If you lose the URL link provided by the system or forget your password for the IWC Masters Scholarship application, you will have to start a new application form as the data you have entered cannot be retrieved without the link or the password.

What questions will I have to answer?

Scholarship applicants must answer three questions with answers no less than 200 words and no more than 300 words. The questions are:

1. Leadership is about working with others to create change. What are the key water management problems that you wish to address, and how do you see yourself providing leadership to do so?

2. Why are whole-of-water-cycle, collaborative and inter-disciplinary approaches important for achieving sustainable development?

3.  How will your participation in the MIWM program benefit your professional development and the work that you want to do to change the way that water is managed?

What documents will I need to provide with my application?

You will need to upload the following documents with your application:

  • Current Resume/CV
  • Two reference letters from a professional or academic referee. Reference letters must be current within two years.

Do my English Language qualifications meet the requirements for Griffith University?

Please refer to the Griffith website for more information on English language requirements for international students.

Can I get English exemption?

In order to apply for admission into Griffith University, it is a requirement to have a valid test for English Language Proficiency. This is provided through the test results of the IELTS or TOEFL. Please refer to the Griffith website for more information on English language requirements for international students. Please apply directly to Griffith University and the International Admissions Team will advise you as to what you need to meet the entry requirements for admission.

Is my undergraduate degree considered as a related field of study?

The IWC is keen to attract a highly multi-disciplinary group with diverse skill sets ranging from social sciences, law and policy through to environmental sciences and engineering. If you feel that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements and the selection criteria, then you may apply for the scholarship.

Is my university considered as an internationally-recognised institution?

Please apply directly to Griffith University and the International Admissions Team will confirm you whether your undergraduate degree is recognised in Australia and advise you as to what you need to meet the entry requirements for admission.

How are the MIWM scholarship recipients selected?

Typically, successful scholarship recipients have an excellent academic record and several years of relevant professional experience. Please read stories of previous recipients to determine the type of applicant the Selection Panel will be assessing.

When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

All applicants, both successful and unsuccessful, will be notified via email by 2nd October 2019 as to the outcome of their application. Please add the email address education@watercentre.org to your contact list to ensure safe delivery of email communication.

Do I need to submit an application for admission to Griffith University and also submit an online application for the scholarship?

Yes – all scholarship applicants are required to have a current letter of offer of admission into the MIWM program to be considered in the scholarship selection round.

Scholarship applicants must meet the entry requirements for admission into Griffith to receive a full offer of admission. Applicants who are missing conditions for admission, including English Language proficiency, will not be considered for the scholarship.

Both the scholarship application and admissions application must be submitted no later than the 1August 2019.

Do I need to pay the A$50 admissions application fee for Griffith? Can it be waived?

Applicants are required to pay the non-refundable A$50 application fee to submit their admissions application to Griffith. This application fee will not be waived.

Applicants who are from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Vietnam or Yemen, you are not able to apply for admission online and must apply through an education agent and pay any associated fees. Please refer to the Griffith website for a list of Education Agents in your country.

Entry requirements

Am I eligible for the program? What are the entry requirements?

  • To view the entry requirements for the MIWM program, please check the Griffith website for entry requirements for international and domestic applicants.

Please note that the entry requirements for admission into the MIWM program at Griffith University are slightly different than the IWC Masters Scholarships eligibility requirements.

To apply for an IWC Masters Scholarship, candidates must have at least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program and following completion of an undergraduate degree.

Candidates who don’t have two years of relevant professional experience can still apply for entry in the MIWM program Griffith but they are not eligible for an IWC Masters Scholarship.

Do you need an engineering/science/mathematics background to enter the program?

A background in one of these fields would certainly be an asset, however it is not a pre-requisite for entry into the program. We are keen to attract a highly multi-disciplinary group with diverse skill sets ranging from social sciences, law and policy, environmental sciences and engineering.

Is there an age limit to apply for the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management and scholarships?

There is no age limit to apply for the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management and IWC scholarships. However applicants must meet the entry requirements for admission into Griffith University.

  • To view the entry requirements for the MIWM program, please check the Griffith website for entry requirements for international and domestic applicants.

Is there a minimum GPA to enter the program?

There is no minimum GPA required for entry into the program, however, students must have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement.

Is my undergraduate degree recognised in Australia?

If you are unsure whether your undergraduate degree is recognised in Australia, please contact:

Griffith University – International enquiries:

Please contact Griffith International via the Griffith online enquiry system

Griffith University – Domestic enquiries:

1800 677 728 (Free call)

Do you give credit for prior studies?

The MIWM program does not grant advanced standing or credit.  Students are required to complete the full Masters, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate program.

Applying

How do I apply?

Domestic and International StudentsPlease check the application process here

What are the application deadlines?

See important dates and application deadlines here.

Can I enrol in the program in Trimester 2?

The MIWM program has a limited intake at trimester 2 (July) 2019.

Where do I enrol?

Domestic and international students must enrol at Griffith University. You can’t enrol through IWC’s other foundation member universities.

The programs are delivered at Griffith University (Nathan Campus) by lecturers from all four founding member universities – UQ, Monash, Griffith and UWA. The degree certificate (testamur) bears the crest (logo) of Griffith University and The University of Queensland.

I am an international student and have applied for the program. What do I do now?

Once your application has been received by Griffith University you will get an electronic confirmation of receipt and a student number.  You should then be able to track your application and contact Griffith directly to find out your status and for advice on your visa, etc.

Once your application has been processed, if you meet all admission requirements, you will be issued with an unconditional offer and an Acceptance of Offer contract.

A conditional offer will be issued for applicants who:
1. have not yet met the university’s English language requirements
2. must provide further academic information (e.g. evidence of bachelor degree completion);
3. must provide other documentation for enrolment (e.g. original documents, police clearance).

More information about the offer process at Griffith University is available here.

I have accepted my offer of admission from Griffith University. What do I need to do now?

Once you’ve accepted your offer, submitted all required documentation and paid your tuition fees, you need to enrol in your classes via myGriffith (from December each year):

Visit the Griffith website

Costs and financial assistance

How much are the tuition fees?

Are there any scholarship opportunities/financial assistance?

The IWC offers full and partial tuition scholarships. Please visit our scholarships page for more information. There are also some opportunities through the Australian Government and international scholarship programs and other financial aid.

What do the fees cover?

IWC postgraduate programs are intensive programs of study. They are taught by lecturers from The University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University and The University of Queensland, with key guest lectures from Australian and international water experts and practitioners. The program costs include several field trips and site visits as well as extensive course materials.

International students

Which visa category should I indicate on my student application?

What are the English language requirements?

See Griffith University’s English language requirements.

To apply for the MIWM program as an international student, you need to demonstrate that you meet Griffith University’s English Language requirements.

General enquiries for international students

If you have a question regarding admissions, visas, or the status of your submitted application please contact:

Griffith University

Online Enquiries (fast response): https://www2.griffith.edu.au/international/contact-us

Do you have a question? Contact our Education team for assistance and further information by email education@watercentre.org.