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Master of Catchment Science (Master of Catchment Science )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost $28000 per year ($350 per credit point, 160 cp total)

Our river basins or catchments have been progressively transformed over time. We have built cities, we have cleared land for food production, and this has had profound consequences for our catchments.

With this specialist degree you'll learn to combine and use scientific, engineering and economic knowledge to planning ways to protect, restore and rehabilitate our catchments. You'll develop the leading edge knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in this rapidly developing area of professional practice. 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.

We've spoken to the industry about the kinds of skills they're looking for to fill the roles required. This degree provides the right mix of new knowledge, covering natural sciences, monitoring, data analysis, modelling and economics. We offer consistent opportunities for work-integrated learning along with a week-long study field trip.

The Master of Catchment Science is offered at the International WaterCentre on our Nathan campus. You can complete the degree in two years full-time or four years part-time.

Part time delivery follows a blended learning approach mixing together a once per trimester intensive course with online preparatory and follow-up classes. This enables you to continue to work while you study and reap the benefits of peer learning, practical classes and field trips.

Structural components
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Learning outcomes

This is an opportunity to accelerate your position in the planning of projects related to the protection, maintenance or restoration of catchments. You'll have the latest skills in data sensing, analysis and computer modelling, underpinned by robust scientific knowledge and be ready to further your career in the planning and design of green infrastructure in urban and non-urban contexts.


To be eligible for admission to the Master of Catchment Science, an applicant must have:

  • hold a related 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) and at least one year of professional experience OR
  • hold a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Catchment Hydrology OR
  • hold a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes.

Students admitted to this degree program with a Graduate Certificate in Catchment Hydrology or Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing towards the Masters.

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.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

ISCED Categories

Project management
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Conservation and environmental management
Marine spatial planning