The combination of a changing climate and a thirsty world means our water resources are more important than ever. A degree in Integrated Water Management will familiarise you with all aspects of the water cycle, so you can take a leading role in our sustainable future.

  • The Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Management (GDipIWM) is a one-year program that aims to build future leaders in water management. It emphasises work that takes place in international development; urban water policy and management; and water, food, energy and environmental contexts.
  • Complete eight courses from the Master of Integrated Water Management course list to develop both core and advanced-level expertise in all things water. Learn the strategic, technical and managerial skills you'll need to be a leader in the water sector. You'll also go on field trips around Brisbane and further abroad.
  • Benefit from the expertise of four universities that founded the International Water Centre. You'll be enrolled at UQ but modules are jointly delivered by experts from UQ, Monash University, The University of Western Australia, and Griffith University. Your degree will be badged with four university emblems.
  • On completion, choose to progress to the Master of Integrated Water Management. Because courses in the Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Management are taken from the Master of Integrated Water Management course list, you can transfer study credits across the programs.

The Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Management will develop your knowledge and a range of skills in water management and give you an opportunity to lead integrated water management projects.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Get out in the field

    The program is designed to let students learn about water issues first-hand. Depending on what courses you choose, you might go on field trips around Brisbane, Gladstone, South-East Queensland, or as far away as Thailand.

  • Flexible study options

    Don't worry, we know you're busy – that's why we've made almost all courses in the GDipIWM available externally. Instead of attending classes on campus, you can choose to complete coursework in online study modules and discussions. Some courses still require time on campus and field trips – check individual course profiles for details.

  • Why study

    Scholarship opportunities

    The program is taught in conjunction with the International Water Centre, which offers a partial scholarship to every self-funded student who enrols in an Integrated Water Management program. The scholarship is worth up to $7000 for master's level study.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Management equips students with advanced-level knowledge and management skills relevant to the water sector.

Graduates with expertise in integrated water management typically work across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Specific career options include roles in:

  • International development
  • Government agencies, departments and organisations
  • NGOs
  • Consultancy
  • Utilities
  • Landscape architecture
  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Environmental agencies

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field they work in – or use the GDipIWM as a stepping-stone to the Master of Integrated Water Management program, which offers a study plan with a research stream and greater professional opportunities.


Entry requirements


Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale OR relevant post-secondary study and at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and work experience will be individually assessed. Relevant fields include but are not limited to Engineering, Science, Environmental Management, Economics, Commerce, Business, Public Policy, International Development, Architecture, Regional or Town Planning. A minimum of two years practical experience in a related field is preferred.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Management are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Management. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Management at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Management have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

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