Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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

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


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders. Students study some units via the International WaterCentre, Brisbane.


The Master of Integrated Water Management is a jointly-badged degree offered by Monash University in collaboration with The University of Queensland, Griffith University and The University of Western Australia. The course draws on the expertise of international leaders in teaching and research across a wide breadth of disciplines.


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 six points unless otherwise indicated.


Students complete:

  • APG4823 Project management
  • APG4824 Science of water
  • APG4825 Water, sustainability and development
  • APG4826 Water governance and policy
  • APG4827 Catchment and aquatic ecosystem health
  • APG4828 Water and community development
  • APG4829 Water planning and economics
  • APG4830 Water supply and sanitation
  • APG5887 Specialisation project (12 points)
  • APG5888 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