The Master of Integrated Water Management creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a trans-disciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach to water management.
The program aims to build the capacity of future leaders in water management, with an emphasis on professionals working in WASH and development, urban water management, across water, land and people and in water finance for the achievement of sustainable development goals. The program equips students with practical tools and skills for developing and managing the adoption of innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water management issues. Students will develop the strategic, managerial and technical skills they need to advance in the water sector.
The program is managed and led by the International WaterCentre (IWC). The IWC is a key capacity building organisation in the global water sector and dedicated to providing education and training to promote whole-of-water cycle approaches to integrated water management around the world.
This Masters program will be offered in full-time (on-campus) and part-time (blended) mode.
Graduates of the Master of Integrated Water Management will have specialised knowledge of:
• Creative and ethical approaches to integrated water management project design and management including stakeholder and rights-holder identification and analysis; contemporary project management skills and tools; impact assessment, and the design of relevant monitoring and evaluation techniques.
• The fundamental science which underpins understanding of the water cycle at whole of catchment scale, including the physical, biological and chemical properties of water, microbial and biogeochemical processes, surface and groundwater hydrology and aspects of water quality and water treatment for human consumption.
• Current theory and practice of sustainable development and poverty reduction as it applies to Integrated Water Management in rural and urban developing and developed contexts and covering issues such as poverty, livelihoods, power and participation, gender, and collaboration alongside key emerging frameworks.
• Water governance frameworks at the global/international, national, regional/basin, transboundary and local levels and themes of relevance to good governance including sustainable development, collaborative management, water rights and access, equity for marginal groups and regional and catchment scale water planning as a key governance mechanism.
• Hydrological regimes and the basic principles relating to hydrology to aquatic ecosystems and the condition of aquatic environments alongside theory and methodologies for the assessment of aquatic and river ecosystem health, and principles and practical tools for implementing riparian restoration projects across a range of aquatic ecosystems.
• Goals, objectives and principles of water planning and water resource economics and economic concepts pertinent to the integrated water management and planning including economic and social impact analyses, risk assessment including adaptation for climate change impact, water security for consumptive use, environmental allocations and methods for integrating economic, social, legal and environmental perspectives in water planning against a background of uncertainty and change.
• Qualitative research principles and methods and how they can be applied to inform the design and evaluation of integrated water management projects and programs in isolation or integrated with quantitative research approaches.
To be eligible for admission to the Master of Integrated Water Management, applicants must hold:
- a Bachelor degree in a field relevant to water management
- OR a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Water Management and a minimum of one year practical experience in a related field (these students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing towards the program)
- OR a Graduate Diploma of Integrated Water Management and a minimum of two years practical experience in a related field (these students will be eligible for 80 credit points of advanced standing towards the program).
Note: Further credit in addition to that awarded on the basis of advanced standing is not available.
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 this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
- OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.