Master of Integrated Water Management

The challenges facing water managers across the world increasingly require leaders able to cross social, environmental and technological boundaries, to combine disciplinary knowledge, and to use theory to inform effective practice.

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 led by the International WaterCentre and enrolled through Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. The program is delivered by lecturers from the International WaterCentre, 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.

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The Master of Integrated Water Management creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a trans-disciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach to water management.

The program aims to build the capacity of future leaders in water management, with an emphasis on professionals working in WASH and development, urban water management, across water, land and people and in water finance for the achievement of sustainable development goals.

The program equips students with practical tools and skills for developing and managing the adoption of innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water management issues. Students will develop the strategic, managerial and technical skills they need to advance in the water sector.

Program overview

The Master of Integrated Water Management program aims to build integrated water management professionals who are able to collaborate, create and deliver innovative approaches to complex water management challenges. The program draws on the expertise of international leaders in teaching, research and practice across a wide breadth of disciplines, taking a transdisciplinary, ‘whole-of-water-cycle’ approach that equips participants with practical tools and skills for developing and delivering effective water management solutions.

Through this program you will develop effective leadership capacity as well as the strategic, managerial and technical skills you need to advance in the water sector. Program participants learn to:

  • use and integrate social and natural science with engineering skills and knowledge to diagnose water management problems from whole-of-water-cycle and systems perspectives
  • apply the principles and methods of integrated water management to achieve sustainable development outcomes
  • provide leadership, managerial and technical input into the planning and implementation of water policies, projects, programs and infrastructure
  • integrate relevant social, economic and environmental factors to more effectively plan and manage water management projects and programs
  • collaborate and communicate for better cross-sectoral, transdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder outcomes.

The program also focuses on building the skills of participants in the areas of critical thinking, systems thinking and team work.

Focus on leadership

To meaningfully co-construct and resolve wicked problems, effective water leadership requires the development of T-shaped professionals.

This combines the deep specialist disciplinary or functional knowledge that a leader needs (which can be imagined as an ‘I’), with a broad knowledge of other disciplines, organisational functions and the institutions in which they operate (which can be imagined as the cross bar on a ‘T’).

Effective water policy and management organisations will need to be composed of mixtures of I-shaped professionals providing deep, technical and specialist skills, with T-shaped professionals providing integration across functions and disciplines.

Collaborative teaching

We adopt a collaborative teaching approach, bringing together lecturers from leading Australian universities, industry, government and NGOs to deliver the Master of Integrated Water Management program. They are all highly regarded experts (academics and professionals), in a range of disciplines, combining biophysical sciences and socio-economic disciplines for sustainable water management outcomes.

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
Fee

Cost per course: $4,562.50

Cost for whole program: $54,750

FEE-Help

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.

An International student is one who is not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen or
  • a person who has Australian permanent resident status.
Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • An International student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
Fee

Cost per course: $4,625

Cost for whole program: $55,500

Included in the fees for both domestic and international students are:

  • IWC Professional Development Grant (AU$1,000), which can be used towards your final project or professional development
  • most field trips, including travel from campus, accommodation and meals (note, some field trips are only partially subsidised by IWC)
  • networking opportunities with industry professionals
  • course materials

It doesn’t matter where you’re joining us from, or where you are at in your career, there  are a range of scholarships and other funding options are available for those interested in studying with the International WaterCentre.

See our scholarships page for more information.

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Integrated Water Management, applicants must hold:

  • a Bachelor degree in a field relevant to water management
  • OR a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Water Management and a minimum of one year practical experience in a related field (these students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing towards the program)
  • OR a Graduate Diploma of Integrated Water Management and a minimum of two years practical experience in a related field (these students will be eligible for 80 credit points of advanced standing towards the program).

Note: Further credit in addition to that awarded on the basis of advanced standing is not available.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are detailed on the Griffith University website.

CREDIT AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the Griffith University website.

A standard program requires students to complete 120 credit points, comprising all foundation and integration courses, and a final project.

At the end of trimester 1, students choose from one of four available specialisation streams and select the respective elective courses.

Full-time
Year 1 - Trimester 1
Foundation courses
Graduate Certificate

New perspectives on project management

Science of water

PBL1 (Group)
Situation analysis and critique of
an existing water management project
or program

Water, sustainability and development

Water governance and policy

PBL2 (Individual)
Design an integrated water
management project

Year 1 - Trimester 2
Intergration courses and elective streams
Graduate Diploma

Catchment and aquatic ecosystem health (in Cairns)

Economics for water resource management

PBL3 (Individual)
Integrated catchment management: developing strategies for change

Urban futures: delivering water sensitive cities

Urban metabolism: resource and energy recovery systems

PBL4 (Individual)
Learning lessons from integrated water management in practice

Year 2 - Trimester 1
Final project
Masters

Professional placement or research project (in Australia or overseas)

Part-time
Trimester 1
Foundation courses
Graduate Certificate

New perspectives on project management

Science of water

Intensive workshop (7 days)

PBL1 (Group)

Trimester 2
Foundation courses
Graduate Certificate

Catchment and aquatic ecosystem health

First module of chosen specialisation stream

Intensive workshop (10 days)

PBL3 (Individual)

Trimester 3
Intergration courses and elective streams
Graduate Diploma

Water, sustainability and development

Water governance and policy

Intensive workshop (7 days)

PBL2 (Individual)

Trimester 4
Intergration courses and elective streams
Graduate Diploma

Economics for water resources management

Second module of chosen specialisation stream

Intensive workshop (7 days)

PBL4 (Individual)

Trimester 5 & 6
Final project
Masters

Professional placement or research project (in Australia or overseas)

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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

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)

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

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

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.

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.

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

Cost and 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.

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

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.

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

Specialisation streams

At the end of trimester 1, participants select one of four available specialisation streams, depending on their learning interests and career aspirations. The specialisation streams are:

  • Urban water
  • WASH and development
  • Water finance
  • Water, land and people

Learn more about the specialisation streams

Practical, hands-on learning

Through a number of case studies, workshops, field trips and problem-based learning projects (PBL’s), program participants can integrate their learning from the co-requisite courses by applying transdisciplinary knowledge and skills to specific water-related problems.

They also participate in an ‘Integrated Water Management Capacity Building Workshop’ and a one-day ‘Water Leadership Masterclass’, which assists in the development of higher-order water management skills.

The culminating experience in the Masters program is the final project, undertaken over one trimester for full-time students or two trimesters for part-time students.

Learn more about field trips, PBLs and the final project

Career opportunities by specialisation stream

Our graduates move into management positions in the public, private and non-government sectors. Graduates have also 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.

 

Urban water

Graduates find employment in:

  • water and wastewater utilities
  • central and local government (urban water policy and planning, regulation)
  • consultancies (policy and planning, regulation)
  • landscape architecture
  • research / PhD.

 

Water, land and people

Graduates find employment in:

  • central and local government (water policy and planning, environmental regulation)
  • mining companies, agriculture
  • consultancies, NGOs and Indigenous agencies
  • water and wastewater utilities
  • research / PhD.

 

WASH and development

Graduates find employment in:

  • central and local government (WASH, development policy and planning)
  • NGOs
  • international funding and donor agencies
  • consultancies (WASH, development and agriculture, mining)
  • research / PhD.

 

Water finance

Graduates find employment in:

  • international funding and donor agencies
  • central and local government agencies
  • NGOs
  • consultancies
  • research / PhD.

Continuous improvement

An External Advisory Panel (EAP) consisting of key industry representatives from Australian NGOs, utilities and Government Agencies acts as a feedback body, to ensure the continual improvement of IWC postgraduate programs.

The EAP meets once a year to provide advice on the strategic direction of IWC programs and ensure competitiveness and relevance to wider global water sector issues.

Scholarships open

Domestic and international scholarships are now open for the Master of Integrated Water Management.

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Griffith University

International WaterCentre programs are enrolled through Griffith University and taught from the Nathan campus.

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, creating bold new trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research. Its high-quality degrees are specifically designed to prepare students for the future and are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers.

Since its beginning, Griffith has been deeply connected to the Asian region, environmentally aware, open to the community and industry focused. Always ahead of its time, Griffith studies and environmental science. Ranking in the top 2% of universities worldwide, Griffith hosts 50,000 students across six campuses in South East Queensland including its Digital campus. At Griffith, students benefit from an extensive network of industry partners to gain the skills and confidence that employers want.

The Nathan campus is situated in tranquil, native koala habitat on the edge of Toohey Forest, just 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. Griffith’s foundation campus, Nathan offers degrees in aviation, business, government, engineering, information technology, environment, humanities, languages, law, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and science. On-campus student accommodation is available.

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