Master of Integrated Water Management

Creating future water leaders
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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.


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) and 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.


Program applications close

(International students, full-time)

30 November the year before commencement
Program applications close

(Domestic students, full-time or part-time/distance)

31 January the year of commencement
International IWC Master Scholarship application submittal 1 May – 1 August annually
Domestic IWC Master Scholarship application submittal 1 July – 1 November annually

Program Costs

Tuition fees for 2019 entry.

The tuition fees for the program are set for Domestic and International candidates below:

Per course Whole program
Domestic AUD$4,375 AUD$52,500
International AUD$4,437.50 AUD$53,250

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. Some field trips however are only partially subsidised by IWC (see FAQs for more information).
  • Networking opportunities with industry professionals
  • Course materials (learning guides, module readers, DVDs, etc.)

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.


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.



OPEN 1 MAY 2018

IWC Masters Scholarships (International) - Full tuition and full living costs scholarship (Type A)

There are two IWC-Ken Thiess 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:

  • 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 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 Masters Scholarships (International) – Full tuition scholarship (Type B)

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:

  • Full tuition fees for full-time study of Master of Integrated Water Management

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


Dates (annual)
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


(*see Important Dates below for scholarship opening dates)

IWC Masters Scholarships – Partial tuition scholarships

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:

  • $7000 towards the cost of tuition fees for Master of Integrated Water Management
  • Return air travel up to the value of $2500 to Australia for selected full time Master program applicants who reside and hold a passport from the United States, Canada or a country in the European Union

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

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.


IWC Masters Scholarships (Domestic) - Full tuition scholarships

The IWC offers up to two 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.

Each 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 [hyperlink] for this scholarship.


Dates (annual)
IWC Masters Scholarships (Domestic) applications open  1 August
IWC Masters Scholarships (Domestic) close  31 October


International and domestic scholarship applicants that do not receive the full-tuition scholarship will be able to apply for a partial scholarship towards the cost of tuition providing they apply and secure admission in the program through Griffith University. Information on how to apply for a partial scholarship will be sent to shortlisted applicants together with the outcome of their applications.

For further information please download the syllabus and read our FAQs page linked below. 


You’ve read the syllabus, reviewed the FAQs – before you apply and you’re ready to join us for the Master of Integrated Water Management Program.

You can apply now through the Griffith University Online Application Portal:

When you enrol 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.

Ready to enrol but have a question not answered in our FAQs

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 and brochure. 

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 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.


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?

Enrolments for the MIWM program takes place once a year. The program begins each year in Trimester 1 (February). There is no Trimester 2 intake.

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. If you need to sit an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE test we recommend that you book a test date as soon as possible and before the 1 August if you want to apply for an IWC Masters Scholarship. A test costs between AU$150 and AU$350 depending on the test provider and your country. It is your responsibility to organise this.

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):

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.

Can I apply to Griffith at the same time I apply for the scholarship?

It is not required for applicants to apply for admission to Griffith at the same they apply for the scholarship. Applicants that are shortlisted will be invited to apply to Griffith on the 22 August.

I am an international student and my previous study was in English. Can I get English exemption?

Please refer to the Griffith website for more information. Griffith University is the enrolling institution and should be contacted in the first instance with queries regarding admission or English Language Proficiency.

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

Please contact Griffith University directly with queries regarding English Language proficiency requirements. You can send Griffith an email via this link:

When will I receive the outcome of my scholarship application?

Scholarships applicants will be notified on 22 August as the outcome of their scholarship application. Notifications will be sent to the email address identified on the scholarship application.

I am unable to take an English test before the closing date of the 1 August. Can I still submit my scholarship application and then send in my test results after the 1 August?

If you are undertaking an English test you may submit your scholarship application before the 1 August. Please submit your scholarship application then email confirming your testing date.

Test results must be received no later than the 21 August to Results submitted after this date will be inadmissible and your scholarship application will not be processed.

Do you have a question? Contact our Education team for assistance and further information.