Flinders University offers a postgraduate suite of courses in Water Resources Management in partnership with the following Australian universities:

  • Central Queensland University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of South Australia

The Graduate Certificate in Water Resource Management 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 Water Resources Management and the 54-unit Master of Water Resources Management, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission#:

  • completion of a three-year undergraduate degree in a recommended field* (Australian or equivalent) with relevant experience**.


*Engineering and Science are considered as relevant fields.

**Relevant experience will need to be demonstrated to an appropriate level and will be assessed at the discretion of the Program Director.

#Professionals with extensive experience working in the water industry who do not meet the academic requirements may be eligible for the Graduate Certificate.

It is assumed that all applicants will have a demonstrated background in mathematics at least equivalent to Year 12 mathematics in Australia (eg Mathematical Studies in South Australia).

International students who speak English as a foreign language must have obtained one of the following standards two years prior to admission:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Test - Band 6.5 with a score no less than 6 for sub-tests
  • or, previous successful completion of secondary or tertiary study where English was the language of instruction.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge and application of skills in the area of water resource management.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • apply science and engineering 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 Graduate Certificate in Water Resources Management, 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.

With permission of the Course Co-ordinator, a student undertaking the Graduate Certificate full-time in a single semester may choose 2 core topics and 2 topics from the option stream topics list below.

Students must complete at least 50% oir studies at their home institution.

At the discretion of the Program Director, students that are able to provide evidence that they have successfully completed a similar postgraduate topic or can demonstrate knowledge through professional experience, will be eligible to undertake an alternative coursework elective in place of a core topic.

Students may be allowed to undertake course elective topics from other university postgraduate programs with the approval of the Program Director.

Students may enrol in the topic, Specialised Studies 1 (University of Adelaide), or Hydrology and Water Resources Advanced Topics 1 (UniSA), or WARM8710 Special Topic in Groundwater Hydrology (Flinders), if undertaking a specialised short course or other topic as approved by the Program Director. Students are required to complete at least 3 topics from one stream.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

All the ICEWaRM 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.

Core - Year 1 topics


18 units comprising:

 WARM8781  Global Water Systems 2 - Engineering Water Cycle  (4.5 units)
 WARM8782  Global Water Systems 1 - Natural Water Cycle  (4.5 units)
 WARM8791  Water Resources Planning and Management  (4.5 units)
 WARM8792  Water Resources and Society  (4.5 units)

Note: A student undertaking a Graduate Certificate full-time in a single semester may choose 2 core topics and 2 topics from the option lists below, with the permission of the Course Coordinator.

Option - Year 1 Groundwater Hydrology & Hydrogeology stream topics [Stream 4]


 WARM8700  NCGRT Australian Groundwater School GE**  (4.5 units)
 WARM8701  Introduction to Remote Sensing GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8702  Global Climate Change GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8710  Special Topic in Groundwater Hydrology  (4.5 units)
 WARM8711  Soil Hydrology GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8712  Surface Water Hydrology GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8713  Field and Laboratory Techniques in Hydrology GE**  (4.5 units)
 WARM8720  Research Project Design and Conduct GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8722  Sedimentary Processes GE^  (4.5 units)
 WARM8732  Geological Processes GE^^  (4.5 units)
 WARM8741  Fundamentals of Groundwater GE*  (4.5 units)
 WARM8742  Earth Fluid Dynamics and Modelling GE*  (4.5 units)
 WARM8751  Hydrochemistry GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8752  Science of Environmental Change GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8762  Field Investigation GE**  (4.5 units)
 WARM8771  Environmental Research Methods GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8772  Groundwater Hydrology*  (4.5 units)
 WARM8790  Geographical Information Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 WARM8798  Image Analysis in Remote Sensing GE  (4.5 units)

Note: Students must consult with the Course Co-ordinator before enrolling in these topics.

^Offered in even years only. ^^Offered in odd years only.

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

Elective - Unstreamed topic


 WARM8761  Public Health Related Aspects of Drinking Water Quality  (4.5 units)

Optional topics from those offered at partner universities may also be taken.

To view options please link to Education - Graduate Certificate in Water Resources Management and select "Download Course Timetable".

Note that at some universities the word "course" refers to individual topics.