Masters Prospectus

Master of Water Resources Management

Aims
Content & Structure
Entry Requirements
English Language Requirements
Streams & Courses
Study Options
How to apply

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Aims

The Master of Water Resources Management is designed to provide students with an opportunity to increase their breadth and depth of knowledge and application of skills in the area of water resources management. The wide variety of specialised coursework electives and study options enable students to create a program of study that meets their individual needs. Study options include further coursework, a Research Project or an Industry Project. The Industry Project has been designed to assist students in becoming professionally aware through quality interaction with industry leaders.
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Content & Structure

ICE WaRM's five university partners are involved in the delivery of this programme, providing students with the opportunity to specialise in their area of water interest.

The Master of Water Resources Management requires the completion of four core courses, four coursework electives and a Study Option (equivalent to three semesters of full-time study).

Students need to select a ‘home institution’ that specialises in their particular area of water interest. The ‘home institution’ is where the student will complete their core courses and stream coursework electives. Coursework electives offered by ICE WaRM partner institutions are also available through flexible delivery (click link and then click Delivery Mode Options in the nested Masters page).
 


1. Complete the following four core courses (Equivalent to one semester of full-time study). 

Global Water Systems I (Natural Water Cycle)

Global Water Systems II (Engineered Water Cycle) 

Water Resources and Society 

Water Resources Planning and Management


2. Complete four coursework electives, ensuring that at least three out of four are from your stream specialisation. Select coursework electives from the following streams: 

Stream 1 - Ecosystem and Catchment Management 

Stream 2 - Management of Water Infrastructure

Stream 3 - Water Quality and Treatment 

Stream 4 - Groundwater Hydrology / Hydrogeology 

Stream 5 - Irrigation

Stream 6 - Water Planning

Unstreamed Electives 

To view all courses and available streams to select your coursework electives, click here.


3. Select one Study Option from the list below. Before enrolling it is best to discuss your selection with your Programme Director.

Study Option 1 - Four additional coursework electives from any stream*

Study Option 2 - Two additional coursework electives from any stream and a Minor Industry or Research Project

Study Option 3 - Research Project

Study Option 4 - Major Industry Project
*If you choose Study Option 1, please ensure that from the 12 courses completed, at least 50% are taken from your home institution.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements for entry into the Master of Water Resources Management:

Completion of one of the following:

  • 4 year undergraduate degree including honours in a recommended field* (Australian or equivalent), OR
  • 4 year undergraduate degree in a recommended field (Australian or equivalent) with relevant experience**, OR
  • 3 year undergraduate degree plus honours in a recommended field* (Australian or equivalent)

*Engineering and Science are considered recommended fields.

**Relevant experience will need to be demonstrated to an appropriate level and will be assessed at the discretion of the Program Director.

Professionals with extensive experience working in the water industry who do not meet the academic entry requirements may be eligible for entry to the Graduate Certificate in Water Resources Management.

It is assumed that all applicants will have a demonstrated background in mathematics (i.e. at least equivalent to Year 12 mathematics).

English Language Requirements

International students who speak English as a foreign language must have obtained one of the following standards within the last two years prior to admission:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): test - band 6.5 with a score no less then six for sub tests; www.ielts.org, OR
  • Previous successful secondary or tertiary study where English was the language of instruction.

Streams & Courses

Complete four of the following courses, at least three of which are from one stream.

KEY: Alphabetical letter corresponds with the teaching university.

University of South Australia
University of Adelaide
Flinders University
CQUniversity
 Deakin University* Charles Sturt University*  University of the Sunshine Coast*  Australian National University*
 S A F
CQU
 D CSU  USC  ANU

 
*Are teaching institutions, but do not currently confer awards under the ICE WaRM programme. 


Stream 1 - Ecosystem and Catchment Management

  • Environmental Risk Management (CQU)
  • Water Management 1 (CQU)
  • Water Management 2 (CQU)
  • Risk and Environmental Sustainability (D)
  • GIS for Environmental Management (A)
  • Freshwater Ecology (A)
  • Ecosystems Modelling for Environmental Management (A)
  • Integrated Catchment Management (A)
  • Remote Sensing (A)
  • Water Quality Management (S)

Stream 2 - Management of Water Infrastructure

  • Analysis of Rivers and Sediment Transport (A)
  • Environmental Modelling, Management and Design (A) 
  • Environmental Engineering and Design IVA (A)
  • Environmental Engineering and Design IVB (A)
  • Water Distribution Systems and Design (A)
  • Water Resources Optimisation and Modelling (A)
  • Coastal Engineering and Design (A) 
  • GIS for Environmental Management (A)
  • Introduction to Maintenance Engineering (CQU) 
  • Establishing the Maintenance Strategy (CQU)
  • Maintenance Organisation (CQU) 
  • Maintenance Systems and Documentation (CQU)
  • Auditing Maintenance Systems (CQU)
  • Environmental Systems (D) 
  • Risk and Environmental Sustainability (D)
  • Principles of Project Management (S)
  • Project Risk Management (S)
  • Project Control Methods (S)
  • Project Governance and Ethics (S)
  • Project Leadership and Teams (S)
  • Economic, Social and Environmental Analysis (S)

Stream 3- Water Quality and Treatment

  • Environmental Modelling, Management and Design (A)
  • Wastewater Engineering and Design (A)
  • Water Distribution Systems and Design (A)
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes  (D)
  • Water Reclamation and Reuse (D)
  • Water Treatment Processes  (D)
  • Environmental Systems Design (D)
  • Advanced Water Quality and Wastewater Management (S)
  • Design of Flood and Drainage Systems (S)
  • Water Quality Management (S)
  • Water Quality Modelling (S)
  • Water Quality Processes N (S)

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Stream 4 - Groundwater Hydrology / Hydrogeology 

  • Hydrochemistry GE (F)
  • NCGRT Australian Groundwater School GE (F)
  • Field Investigation GE (F)
  • Field and Laboratory Techniques in Hydrology GE (F)
  • Geological Processes GE (F)
  • Sedimentary Processes GE (F)
  • Earth Fluid Dynamics and Modelling GE (F)
  • Soil Hydrology GE (F)
  • Groundwater Hydrology  (F)
  • Fundamentals of Groundwater GE (F)
  • Surface Water Hydrology (F)
  • Global Climate Change GE (F)
  • Research Project Design and Conduct (F)
  • Special Topic in Groundwater Hydrology (F)
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing GE (F)
  • GIS Modelling GE (F)
  • Science of Environmental Change GE (F)
  • Environmental Research Methods GE (F)
  • Geographical Information Systems GE (F)
  • Image Analysis in Remote Sensing GE (F)
  • Advanced Spatial Statistics (F)

 


Stream 5 - Irrigation

  • Fundamentals of Irrigation (CSU) 
  • Management of Irrigation Systems (CSU)
  • Critical Factors in Irrigation (CSU) 
  • Irrigation Practice (CSU)
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Advanced Topics 1 (S)

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Stream 6 - Water Planning

  • Freshwater Ecology (A)
  • Water Management 1 (CQU)
  • Water Management 2 (CQU)
  • Community Engagement and Conflict Resolution (CQU)
  • Social and Economic Impact Assessment (CQU)
  • NCGRT Australian Groundwater School (F)
  • Groundwater and Soil Hydrology WE (F)
  • Groundwater Hydrology (F)
  • Water Systems Modelling (S / ANU)
  • Water Quality Management (S)
  • Water Allocation and Planning (USC)


Unstreamed Electives
  • Applied Project Management (A)
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (A)
  • Biostatistics (A) 
  • Epidemiological Research Methods (A)
  • Industrial Toxicology (A)
  • Environmental Economics E III (A)
  • Remote Sensing (A)
  • Specialised Studies 1 (A)
  • Social and Economic Impact Assessment (CQU) 
  • Environmental Planning and Economics (CQU)
  • Waste Minimisation and Cleaner Production (CQU)
  • Seminar in Sustainability (S)
  • Principles of Project Management (S) 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (S)
  • Introduction to Geographical Infomation Systems (S)
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Advanced Topics 1 (S)
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Advanced Topics 2 (S)
  • Public Health Aspects of Drinking Water Quality WE  (F)
  • Special Topic in Groundwater Hydrology WE (F)
  • Developing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Water Management (USC)
  • Developing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Water Management Project (USC)

Other Research Methods

If you select Study Option 3 or 4, you are required to complete one of the following from your home institution: 

  • Research Methods (CQU) OR
  • Research Practice (CQU) OR 
  • Environmental Research Methods WE (F) OR 
  • Engineering Research Methods (S) OR
  • Engineering Research Practice (S) OR 
  • Research Methodology (A)

Please note not all coursework electives will be available in each semester.


Study Options

Gain valuable skills and put theory into practice with an Industry Project.

The ICE WaRM Study Options provide students with a broad range of opportunities within the Masters Programme.

In particular, the Industry Project provides students with the opportunity to be placed within an organisation to work on a specific project. Industry Projects can vary from students being placed in an organisation working full-time, to those being sponsored to conduct work outside company premises. Whether students choose a Minor or Major Project, there is mutual benefit for the student and the organisation.

For those already working in a water-related organisation, there is scope for accommodating an Industry Project through the organisation (pending University approval of the project). In all cases, students considering their Study Option should consult their Program Director in the first instance.

Select one Study Option from the list below.


Study Option 1

Four additional coursework electives from Streams 1-5 (includes Unstreamed Electives)


Study Option 3

Research Project

(Equivalent to 4 courses)

 


Study Option 2

Two additional coursework electives from any stream & Minor Industry Project or Research Project

(Minor Project equivalent to 2 courses)


Study Option 4

Major Industry Project

(Equivalent to 4 courses)


Students selecting Study Option 3 or 4 are required to complete a Research Methods course (see above). 


How to apply

ICE WaRM's university partners are involved in the delivery of this programme, providing students with the opportunity to specialise in their area of interest in water resources management.
To apply for a course, click on the university you wish to enrol with below to go directly to their Masters web pages and access enrollment instructions.