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This option is available only to Australian/New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents. If you are an international student, see the full-time structure.

The part-time Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program uses a blended learning model: online and face-to-face delivery methods are combined to create an experience which is effective and interactive. It allows participants to learn via distance and a pace suited to their individual circumstances.

Each semester, part-time participants commence with an intensive, face-to-face learning session followed by a series of online classes, self-directed reading and assessment work.

Key features of the intensive sessions for part-time participants:

  • Significant peer-to-peer learning which occurs in a professionally-orientated Masters context.
  • Practical experience from a field trip, projects and workshops.
  • Opportunities to actively engage with academics and experienced practitioners.
  • Interacting and establishing relationships with part-time and full-time participants from Australia and overseas.
  • Some intensives are shared with full-time participants whilst others are exclusive to part-time participants.

A unique element of the MIWM program, available to all participants, is the provision for assessment and project work to be tailored to professional and career development interests.

Part-time/distance structure

This option normally requires students to undertake two modules per semester due to the importance of integrating material between each module. The final year is devoted to an individual final project in a chosen field of water management.

PT Semester 1 to 4

PT Semester 5 and 6

PT Specialisations streams

Program options

Graduate Certificate

2 semesters

Graduate Diploma

4 semesters


6 semesters


Field trips

Semester 1

  • Three-day field trip to North Stradbroke Island (cost of trip from Brisbane covered in course fees)
  • Four-day workshop at Griffith University - Nathan campus, Brisbane

Semester 2

  • 10-day field trip to Cairns, covering most of one Semester 2 module (cost of trip covered in course fees, including a roundtrip flight from your nearest Australian capital city where you are based)

Summer semester

Semesters 3 & 4

  • Seven-day workshop at Griffith University - Nathan campus, Brisbane.


Delivery mode

Study/exam loading

There are no exams – all assessment is via assignments. For study loading, you should plan for about 10 hours per week per module during each semester (each semester runs for approximately four months).

Most of the program work is self-paced, but we usually have one session per week when all students can have a joint on-line discussion over a 1-2 hour period if they choose to. The time and day of the week is done in consultation with the students, so as to organise the most suitable time for all. This would most likely be one weeknight per week.


Students study two modules (subjects) per semester. Modules are studied in a predetermined order, so you cannot choose the order of modules that you study. This is because the modules build on each other in an integrative fashion. In addition to the two modules, students undertake one problem-based learning project per semester.


Face-to-face contact

At the beginning of each semester, for the first four semesters, students are required to attend a face-to-face session for workshops and field trips. In the first semester students are required to spend seven days undertaking face-to-face intensive work.

In the second semester students are required to spend 10 days doing face to face intensive work. This approach helps to reduce the overall workload of the program, allows the students to meet each other and interact with the lecturers and provides opportunities for interaction with the full-time cohort.

Semester 1

In Semester 1, the seven-day face to face component consists of four days of workshops on-campus and a three-day field trip to North Stradbroke Island in Queensland. IWC pays for the costs of the field trip from Brisbane (transport from Brisbane to the island, accommodation and food). However you must pay for your travel to Brisbane and accommodation during the four-day workshop period.

Semester 2

In Semester 2, students attend a 10-day field trip to Cairns (North Queensland). All costs associated with this field trip (within Australia) are paid for by IWC.

Students travel to Cairns on a Sunday and return the following Tuesday. One of the two modules that you study in Semester 2 will be mostly delivered during that period, so that there will be less workload for the remainder of the semester.

Semesters 3 and 4

The Semester 3 intensive is held on-campus over a period of six days, and the Semester 4 face to face program is also held on-campus over a period of seven days. All costs for these intensives are the student's responsibility.

Semesters 5 and 6

In Semesters 5 and 6, you undertake your own final project and you are not required to attend any face-to-face sessions. We will assist you to identify a relevant specialisation project and you will have two academic supervisors who will help you to complete this project.


Distance delivery

The remainder of the program runs as distance education. You receive hardcopy learning guides and electronic copies of readers for each module, along with other resources provided on a USB. You do not need to purchase any text books for the program.

We use email for most communications, but you will also use the Griffith University Blackboard system where you will be expected to contribute to on-line discussions and attend a weekly live on-line session (day and time is decided in conjunction with the students, so as to select the most suitable time - this would normally be outside work hours).

Assignments are submitted electronically. Each module has two to three assignments that are due at regular intervals throughout the semester, with the problem based case study/project due at the end of the semester.


Problem-based Learning Projects (PBLs)

The problem-based learning projects are designed to integrate the material that you are learning in each of the modules.

In Semester 1, the problem-based case study is a group project (generally groups of three to four students) where students work together (via email, Blackboard etc.) to complete their project.

In Semester 2, the problem-based learning project is largely completed during the ten-day field trip to Cairns and is an individual project.

In Semester 3 and Semester 4, the problem-based learning projects will be completed individually.


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