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Which university will I be located at?

The program is taught at The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, Brisbane.

The programs are delivered by lecturers from all four IWC partner universities - UQ, Monash University, Griffith University and The University of Western Australia. The degree certificate (testamur) bears the crests (logos) of all four of these universities.

In their third semester of project work, Masters students may choose to be located at another IWC university or overseas.

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The programs

What are the objectives of the program? What skills should a student graduate with?

The main objectives of the Masters program are to develop future water leaders with:

  • communication skills across disciplines and sectors, and sciences and policy,
  • systems thinking skills for the whole-of-water cycle,
  • collaboration skills for cross-sectoral teamwork,
  • problem-solving skills for complex issues requiring difficult tradeoffs,
  • risk assessment and planning skills to devise sustainable solutions, and
  • adaptive and reflexive learning skills, i.e. an ability to learn by doing and applying context-specific solutions.

From this program, a student gains:

  • the ability to provide water management expertise to help reduce poverty through equitable and sustainable use of water,
  • technical and managerial skills for planning, design, and operation or water projects and facilities,
  • knowledge of the socio-economic factors relating to effective water solutions,
  • understanding of the governance and institutional frameworks underpinning water resource management, and
  • an understanding of the principles of managing water supply, wastewater treatment and urban infrastructure projects.

Are these programs technical or management degrees?

The IWC programs in integrated water management have a strong focus on integrated, transdisciplinary approaches to water management and are not wholly technical degrees. Rather, they focus on management aspects and are specifically targeted towards mid-career water professionals who would like to advance to higher level management positions. 

The programs are premised on the notion that water managers must move away from the purely technical, and must attempt a greater coordination of science and engineering disciplines and better engagement with social science, policy, law and economic disciplines if sustainable water management is to be achieved.

What forms of the program are offered?

The IWC programs in integrated water management are higher education degrees. They are offered as a Graduate Certificate (1 semester full-time / 2 semesters part-time), a Graduate Diploma (2 semesters full-time / 4 semesters part-time) and a Masters (3 semesters full-time / 6 semesters part-time).

How are the IWC programs different from other programs?

Our programs take a ‘whole-of-water cycle’ approach which acknowledges the inter-connectedness of water in the landscape and in human and natural systems. Modules are taught by transdisciplinary teaching teams to ensure that you develop a diverse skill set. You will learn how to coordinate the management of physical resources and the human systems dependent on these resources through strategic planning, policy making and multi-stakeholder decision making processes.

How long does the Masters take?

The IWC Master of Integrated Water Management is three semesters full-time equivalent, but can be completed in 12 months if you choose to do the final semester project in the summer semester. The IWC can assist with locating supervisors and help you design an appropriate third semester project of adequate scope.

What is the nature of the final semester project? Is it a research project?

The final semester comprises an individual student project which can be undertaken in Australia or overseas. You will begin negotiating your project at the very beginning of your studies, and will be encouraged to explore a water problem that is of particular interest to you, potentially an issue that is of direct relevance to your work.

The focus is on practical issues, professional placement and ability to relate theory and tools to a ‘real-life’ issue (this is more of a vocational than a research-based degree). So, while you will have an academic supervisor, you will be encouraged to undertake a project that can contribute to your professional career in water management.

Read more about the final project.

What are the specialisation streams?

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