Master of Water Resources Management - Distance

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  • Objectives
    This program is designed to further develop the technical and communication skills of students who have completed the CQUniversity Graduate Diploma of Water Resources Management or Australian equivalent. This is 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.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must have completed CQUniversity’s Graduate Diploma in Water Resources Management or an Australian equivalent. International students should visit for further information including English language requirements. Program Rules 1. Students must complete at least 50% of their studies at their home institution. 2. Students who undertake study option 3 or 4 are required to complete ’Research Methodology’ as part of their elective course requirement prior to the commencement of their research or industry project. ‘Research Methodology’ will require students to develop a project proposal. This proposal will form the basis of the proposal required to be approved by the Program Director in the semester prior to commencing study options 3 or 4. 3. At the discretion of the Program Director, students may be granted credit1 for two coursework electives where students are able to provide evidence that they have successfully completed a similar postgraduate course previously. Credit will not be granted for the core courses. 4. At the discretion of the Program Director, students that are able to provide evidence that they have successfully completed a similar postgraduate course or can demonstrate knowledge through professional experience, will be eligible to undertake an alternate coursework elective in its place. 5. Students may be allowed to undertake coursework electives from other university postgraduate courses with the approval of the Program Director. 6. Students must satisfy course pre-requisites, unless otherwise approved by the Program Director. 7. Students should consult with the Program Director before enrolling in the Specialised Studies 1 (Hydrology and Water Resources Advanced Topics) course. 8. Students are required to complete at least 3 specialist courses from streams (1-5). Program Notes 1. All the ICE WaRM Universities contribute expertise to the delivery of the core courses. These courses and other specified courses are delivered using ‘Access Grid’, an internet conference facility. 2. This programme is full fee paying. 3. It is important to note that not all coursework electives will be offered every year or study period and that timetabling difficulties may prevent enrolment in some electives. Availability of some coursework electives may be subject to minimum enrolment requirements. Students are urged to discuss their coursework electives with the Program Director. Further information about ICE WaRM: Drawing on the expertise of the five universities (CQUniversity, University of South Australia, University of Adelaide, Deakin University and Flinders University) and the International Centre of Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM) involved in this initiative demonstrates CQUniversity's ability to successfully engage in collaborative and innovative teaching arrangements that will have global reach and impact. The University's membership and participation in the International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management as a highly visible gateway to Australia's collective expertise and support in water management training, education and research provides a means for enhancement of its universities provides an environment for collaboration in teaching, research and consulting. The effective approach to teaching and the administration required to support such a program across multiple providers. It is not expected that the proposed program will impact on undertakings with other partners of the university, as broader Australian expertise in the area of Water Resources Management will be sought. A Water Resources Management Course Advisory Group consists of several stakeholders including the CQUni Water Resources Management Group, ICE WaRM - Board of Studies (CQUni is a member) and the CQUni Environmental Management industry advisory group. The Committee has been, and continues to be involved in all aspects of program development including identification of learning objectives and outcomes, content validation, assessment issues and matters related to the design and delivery of each course unit. A total of 72 units of credit or its equivalent is achieved through satisfactory completion of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma together with the Masters.
  • Academic title
    Master of Water Resources Management
  • Course description

    About Water Resources Management

    The development of these courses has been in response to a strong and clearly-voiced demand from industry.  The programs have been developed to foster a student-centred approach to education, using teaching methodologies that encourage access and flexibility of delivery for a program offered across states.

    Career Opportunities

    The development of the International Centre of Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM) postgraduate programs is strongly aligned with the strategic intent of the University.  The programs have been designed to promote the internationalisation of Australia's leading water resource management education and make a positive impact on social, cultural and economic well being of society.

    Program Structure

    In undertaking courses in the Graduate Certificate students may be able to link into any of the CQUniversity Access Grids or the Access Grid of the partners involved in ICE WaRM for pareticuar course.  


    To be eligible to graduate students are required to complete a total of 72 credit units of study.  This consists of 8 courses, of which 4 are core courses and 4 are electives (of which at least 3 must be undertaken from one stream).  The remaining 24 credit units can be completed by choosing one of the following study options:


        * further 4 courses (6 credit units each);
        * further 2 courses (6 credit units each) and a minor project (12 credit units);
        * an industry project (2 courses at 12 credit units each); or
        * a research minor thesis (2 courses from research methods/practice at 6 credit units each and 1 minor thesis course of 12 credit units).

    CQUniversity offers the Master of Water Resources Management as part of a suite of postgraduate suite of courses in water resources management in partnership with the following Australian universities:


        * Deakin University
        * Flinders University
        * The University of Adelaide
        * The University of South Australia

    Core courses

    For a complete list of all core course study options and program requirements please refer to the  Water Resource program structure.
    Course Code     Course Name
    Study option 1
    Four additional coursework electives form any stream     
    Study option 2
    Complete two additional elective courses from any stream     
    Complete minor industry project (A or B)     
    Study option 3
    ENEV23001     Research Methods
    Complete research project/minor thesis (A & B)     
    Study option 4
    Complete major industry project (A & B)     

    * For Study Option 3 you are required to complete a Research Methods course form your home institution. CQUniversity offers ENEV23001 Research Methods.


    * Alternate coursework electives (not listed) may be taken with the approval of the Program Director.  Students must satisfy elective course pre-requisites, unless otherwise approved by the Program Director.

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