Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes

We have drastically changed the way our catchments operate, through land clearing, vegetation change and urbanisation. In a changing climate, extreme weather events are exposing the fact that our catchments are no longer resilient.

In the Graduate Certificate in Catchment processes you will develop the skills and understanding required to design and deliver catchment restoration work.

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Program overview

In this graduate certificate, you will develop:

  • a critical and applied understanding of catchment chemical, micro-biological and ecological processes their determinants, and inter-relationships across a range of scales
  • the ability to quantitatively and critically analyse and evaluate the consequences of changes in these processes
  • an understanding of contemporary and emerging catchment management and restoration options, their operation, and relative suitabilities for different contexts
  • the knowledge and skills to be able to scientifically and quantitatively diagnose catchment management issues on the basis of scientific evidence, and to design whole-of-catchment, whole-of-water-cycle management solutions.
  • the ability to work effectively individually and in teams to design and deliver catchment restoration work.

A practical pathway

You will learn from a range of expert lecturers and experienced industry speakers, and will also have the opportunity to participate in practical workshops and field trips and benefit from individual academic and career mentoring meetings.

The graduate certificate provides a pathway into the Master of Catchment Science, for those who don’t meet the entry requirements of the master degree. The graduate certificate can also be completed on its own, if you already have experience in catchment hydrology and want to develop knowledge and skills in catchment processes.

Entry into the Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes can be based on professional work experience or academic qualifications.

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.

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 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes (3361)

$14,000 fee (40cp) – 2021 indicative annual fee

Visit the Griffith University website for complete fee information.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes; a student must:

  • hold any Bachelor degree (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale);
  • OR have a minimum of two years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a relevant field.

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 described on the Griffith University website.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Griffith University awards credit for prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information see the Griffith University website.

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Catchment Ecology

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Soils and Geomorphology in Catchment Science

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River and Catchment Management and Rehabilitation

Career outcomes

The knowledge and skills you will develop in the Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes are in demand across the world. Graduates will find work in water utilities as well as local, state and federal government, and consultancies.

Master of Catchment Science

The Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes provides a pathway into the Master of Catchment Science.

The Master of Catchment Science is the only catchment-dedicated postgraduate degree in the world. Hosted by the International WaterCentre and developed and delivered in collaboration with Griffith University, the degree is designed to meet the emerging needs of the global water management sector, to develop a new generation of water professionals who understand the full mix of bio-physical processes required to solve catchment issues.

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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 introduced Australia’s first degrees in a range of important areas, including modern Asian 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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