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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMIWM
CRICOS code065550K
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Dr Bruce Missingham, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University and International WaterCentre


  • Students study some units via the International WaterCentre, Brisbane.


The Master of Integrated Water Management is offered by the International WaterCentre (IWC), and is co-owned by Monash University, the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the University of Western Australia. The IWC administers the masters degree on behalf of Monash University and its collaborating universities, and draws upon the expertise of international leaders from all of the partner universities in teaching the course. The IWC is based in Brisbane, Queensland.p>


The course focuses on building the skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, statistics and data management, knowledge transfer and effective leadership. It aims to build the capacity of future leaders in water resource management, with an emphasis on professionals working in developing countries. The course takes a multi-disciplinary 'whole-of-water-cycle' approach that equips students with practical tools and skills for adopting innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water resource issues.

Students will:

  • develop the strategic, managerial and technical skills they need to advance in the water sector
  • become familiar with all aspects of integrated water resource management
  • be capable of providing water management expertise to help reduce poverty through equitable use of water
  • be skilled to provide technical and managerial input into planning, design and operation of water projects and facilities
  • understand the principles of managing water supply, wastewater treatment and urban infrastructure projects
  • recognise the socio-economic factors impacting on effective water solutions
  • understand the governance and institutional frameworks underpinning water resource management.


This course consists of eight level four units and two level five research units. All units are compulsory and worth 6 points unless otherwise indicated.


Students complete:

  • WTR4001 Project management
  • WTR4002 Science of water
  • WTR4003 Water, sustainability and development
  • WTR4004 Water governance and policy
  • WTR4100 Catchment and aquatic ecosystem health
  • WTR4200 Water and community development
  • WTR4300 Water planning and economics
  • WTR4400 Water supply and sanitation
  • WTR5000(A) Specialisation project (12 points)
  • WTR5000(B) Specialisation project (12 points)

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a related graduate certificate
  • 48 points with a related graduate diploma.


Master of Integrated Water Management