A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time l Part-time (full-time is not available for Grad Cert semester 1 start)
Location: On campus (a number of topics are available externally) | External and Online (N/A for the Masters)


Course name: Graduate Certificate in Science (Groundwater Hydrology)
Duration (full-time equivalent):  6 months
SATAC code:  2GC076
CRICOS code:  047375C

Course name: Graduate Diploma in Science (Groundwater Hydrology)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year
SATAC code: 2GD046
CRICOS code: 047376B

Course name: Master of Science (Groundwater Hydrology)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 2 years
SATAC code: 2CM062
CRICOS code: 047377A


Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma students gain an understanding of the basic scientific concepts relevant to groundwater, current pressing groundwater management issues and the technologies employed to deal with them. They also receive basic training in a range of field, laboratory and computational methods, as well as learning communication skills and problem-based and critical thinking skills.

The Masters marries coursework with a significant research/industry training project. It provides training in research methodology and preparation of a professional thesis or report – from project conception, design of methods, collection of results and their analysis, through to final conclusions and recommendations for future work.

This articulated program enables scientists, engineers and other environmental professionals whose work requires groundwater knowledge to complete a professional and industry-focused study of groundwater hydrology.  Groundwater hydrology is not taught in isolation. Other associated topics teach students the critical interrelationships groundwater has in the hydrologic cycle such as surface water hydrology and soil-plant hydrology, amongst others. Students will gain a wide understanding of environmental hydrological processes and phenomena, including but not limited to groundwater.

If you have completed a bachelors degree in another relevant area of engineering or science, this course will build on your skills and knowledge to apply to groundwater hydrology.

The courses articulate and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Certificate are awarded credit towards the Graduate Diploma and candidates who have completed the Graduate Diploma are awarded credit towards the Masters.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

How can I use Groundwater Hydrology in my career?

Groundwater hydrology is a major growth area for employment worldwide and trained professionals in this area are in demand. The Commonwealth and State governments, water authorities, local councils, business, industry, environmental groups, consultancy firms and universities all employ groundwater hydrologists. 

Graduates from the Groundwater Hydrology programs at Flinders have found jobs in:

  • natural resource and environment agencies of government (local, state and Commonwealth);
  • environmental consultancies; and
  • industry sectors such as agriculture, mining, aquaculture, water resource planning and management.

Graduates of this degree will be particularly suited for job opportunities in land and water resource monitoring and management, and in water resources management planning and allied technical roles. The team-based and problem-based learning skills encouraged in this course are designed to transfer well to workplaces.

The Masters course can also be a pathway to a PhD for those who don’t have an honours degree and want to pursue a research career.

Entry requirements

 For any of the three awards, applicants normally must hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in any relevant discipline of science or engineering from an approved tertiary institution.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.



International students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates: Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.


Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Science (Groundwater Hydrology)  

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2018: $4,676

2018: $16,500
2019: $17,000

Graduate Diploma in Science (Groundwater Hydrology)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2018: $9,352

2018: $33,000
2019: $34,800
Master of Science (Groundwater Hydrology)

Place type: Commonwealth supported 

2018: $9,352

2018: $33,000
2019: $34,800


  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated? 
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.