The Graduate Certificate in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) is an 18-unit program offered by the School of the Environment, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The course articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) and the 72-unit Master of Science (Groundwater Hydrology), and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate are awarded credit towards the Graduate Diploma.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in any relevant discipline of science and engineering, from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

A groundwater hydrologist is a scientist who understands how groundwater hydrological systems operate, has an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge in this field, can apply the scientific method to explore problems of relevance to this discipline, is able to use a range of analytical methods, including computer software to analyse relevant data, and field techniques, and can contribute to an advance of knowledge in this discipline.

The educational aims of this course are to provide students with an overview of processes that determine the source, amount and flows of water in aquifers with a particular focus on aspects relating to water problems facing Australia. 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to:

  • have gained knowledge of the discipline
  • understand and be able to apply basic scientific methods
  • be able to review and interpret scientific information
  • be able to develop scientific hypotheses
  • be able to communicate effectively
  • be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • value ethical behaviour.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Science (Groundwater Hydrology), a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 topics

9 units comprising:

 EASC9772  Groundwater Hydrology*  (4.5 units)


 EASC9700  NCGRT Australian Groundwater School**  (4.5 units) OR
 EASC8741  Fundamentals of Groundwater GE*  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Plus 9 units selected from:

 EASC9700  NCGRT Australian Groundwater School**  (4.5 units)
 EASC8702  Global Climate Change GE  (4.5 units)
 EASC8713  Field and Laboratory Techniques in Hydrology GE**  (4.5 units)
 EASC8732  Geological Processes GE  (4.5 units)
 EASC8741  Fundamentals of Groundwater GE*  (4.5 units)
 EASC8742  Groundwater Modelling*  (4.5 units)
 EASC8751  Hydrochemistry GE*  (4.5 units)
 ENVS7720  Research Project Design and Conduct GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8771  Ecohydrology GE*  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8780  Directed Studies in Environment GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9790  Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines GE*  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8700  Geographical Information Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8701  Introduction to Remote Sensing GE  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8702  Image Analysis in Remote Sensing GE  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8761  Caring as Country: Indigenous Environmental Management GE  (4.5 units)

*Topic offered externally
**Topic offered externally with intensive component/s