The Master of Science (Water Resources Management) is a 72-unit program offered by the School of the Environment, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Science (Water Resources Management) and the Graduate Diploma in Science (Water Resources Management), and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed either of these courses are awarded credit for related topics.

Admission requirements

Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Diploma in Science (Water Resources Management) must normally hold a 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. These applicants will need to demonstrate relevant experience to an appropriate level and will be assessed at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

Credit

Students with a Bachelor Honours degree in a similar discipline may receive up to 36 units of credit.

Course aims

The program is designed to provide students with a program that offers them to gain both the overview as well as the depth of knowledge and application of skills in the different aspects of water resources management. These aspects include project management and integrated water management. Elective coursework and a choice of research or industry project enables students to build on the common 1st year topics a program of study that meets their individual needs and interest. The industry project has been designed to assist students in becoming professionally aware through quality interaction with industry leaders.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the course are expected to be able to:

  • understand the scientific problems involved in the management of water
  • combine a broad range of science and management methods for integrated water resources management issues
  • apply management fundamentals to solve current problems and to anticipate, mitigate and prevent future problems in the area of water resources management
  • recognise and appreciate social, political, economic and environmental impacts on water resources management
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing, the nature of, and solution to, water resources management issues and problems.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Science (Water Resources Management), a student must complete 72 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

27 units comprising:

EASC8741  Fundamentals of Groundwater* (4.5 units)
ENVS8771  Ecohydrology GE*  (4.5 units)
ENVS9722  Integrated Water Management (4.5 units)
ENVS9731  Public Health Aspects of Water Quality GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8700  Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)
POAD9135  Project Management (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 9 units from the below:

Students may replace an option topic with another relevant topic where approved by the course coordinator.

EASC8702  Global Climate Change GE (4.5 units) 
EASC8713  Field and Laboratory Techniques in Hydrology GE* (4.5 units)
EASC8742  Groundwater Modelling* (4.5 units)
EASC8751  Hydrochemistry GE* (4.5 units)
EASC9700  NCGRT Australian Groundwater School*  (4.5 units)
EASC9772  Groundwater Hydrology* (4.5 units)
EDUC9601  Strategic Thinking and Planning* (4.5 units)
ENVH9704  Risk Assessment and Management (4.5 units)
ENVS8732  Environmental Impact Assessment GE (4.5 units)
ENVS9712  Environmental Policy Development/Analysis (4.5 units)
ENVS9790  Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines GE* (4.5 units)
GEOG8701  Introduction to Remote Sensing GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8702  Image Analysis in Remote Sensing GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8731  GIS Modelling GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8732  Spatial Information Management GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8751  Advanced Spatial Statistics GE  (4.5 units)
GEOG8761  Caring as Country: Indigenous Environmental Management GE  (4.5 units)
POAD9026  Management in Non-Governmental Organisations* (4.5 units)
POAD9056  Asset Management (4.5 units)
POAD9129  Environmental Policy and Governance* (4.5 units)
POAD9131  Development administration* (4.5 units)
POAD9139  Organisational Politics, Culture and Management* (4.5 units)
POAD9142  Leading and Managing Change* (4.5 units)

*Topic offered externally.

Option - Sequence 1, 2 or 3 topics#

Each student chooses in consultation with the Program Director either Sequence 1, 2, or 3.

Sequence 1:

Major research project - 36 units comprising:

ENVS7720  Research Project Design and Conduct (4.5 units)
ENVS9890A  Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890B  Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890C  Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890D  Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890E  Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890F  Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)

Plus 4.5 units from the list of option topics from Option - Year 1 topics or, with the approval of the Course Coordinator, any other topics from across the University at the requisite level that meet the educational aims and learning outcomes of the course.

Or

Sequence 2:

Minor research project - 18 units comprising:

ENVS7720  Research Project Design and Conduct (4.5 units)
ENVS9880A  Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)
ENVS9880B  Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)
ENVS9880C  Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)

Plus 18 units from the list of option topics from Option - Year 1 topics or, with the approval of the Course Coordinator, any other topics from across the University at the requisite level that meet the educational aims and learning outcomes of the course.

Or

Sequence 3:

Minor research project - 18 units comprising:

ENVS7720  Research Project Design and Conduct GE (4.5 units)
ENVS9880A  Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)
ENVS9880B  Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)
ENVS9880C  Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)

Plus industry placement - 18 units comprising:

ENVS9760A  Water Resources Management Industry Placement (4.5/18 units)
ENVS9760B  Water Resources Management Industry Placement (4.5/ 18 units)
ENVS9760C  Water Resources Management Industry Placement (4.5/18 units)
ENVS9760D  Water Resources Management Industry Placement (4.5/18 units)

#Note that students who wish to use their masters qualification to satisfy entry into a Flinders University research higher degree program are required to have completed at least an 18 unit thesis.