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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
(International students, full-time)
(Domestic students, full-time or part-time/distance)
Tuition fees for 2019 entry.
The tuition fees for the program are set for domestic and international candidates below:
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.
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.
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:
To receive a partial scholarship:
For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.
Full-tuition and full-living costs scholarships – NOW CLOSED
There are up to two full tuition and full living costs 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, and eligible Type A countries here.
Full-tuition scholarships – NOW CLOSED
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$56,739, which covers:
For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship and eligible Type B countries here.
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:
For more information view the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website.
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.
For more information view the Australia Awards Scholarship website.
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:
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 for this scholarship.
Dr Brian McIntosh, IWC Education Director, discusses the MIWM program and available scholarships in this webinar.
For further information, download the program syllabus or read our FAQs page.
You’ve read the syllabus, reviewed the FAQs 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Domestic and International Students: Please check the application process here
See important dates and application deadlines here.
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.
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
See program costs
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.
See the Griffith University website.
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.
If you have a question regarding admissions, visas, or the status of your submitted application please contact:
Online Enquiries (fast response): https://www2.griffith.edu.au/international/contact-us
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.
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.
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.
Please contact Griffith University directly with queries regarding English Language proficiency requirements. You can send Griffith an email via this link: https://www.griffith.edu.au/international/contact-us/international-student-enquiry
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.
If you are undertaking an English test you may submit your scholarship application before the 1 August. Please submit your scholarship application then email firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your testing date.
Test results must be received no later than the 21 August to email@example.com. 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.