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 Master of Integrated Water Management is designed to develop future leaders in water management who can address and manage solutions to local, regional, national and international water challenges.
  • Study core and advanced courses and develop high-level strategic, technical and managerial skills relevant to the water sector. During your studies you'll also go on field trips around Brisbane and further abroad.
  • Undertake supervised project work in your final semester, which will let you apply the knowledge and skills you've learned throughout the program. Projects are often completed through placements with our industry partners and associates.
  • Benefit from a program taught in collaboration with experts from the International Water Centre. While you'll study at UQ, courses are jointly delivered by UQ, Monash University, the University of Western Australia, and Griffith University.

The Master of Integrated Water Management will develop advanced knowledge and skills in water management, and give you an opportunity to take a leading role in the water sector.

  • 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.

  • Why study

    Flexible study options

    Don't worry – we know you're busy. That's why you can choose to complete coursework in online study modules and discussions. Some courses still have on-campus and field trip requirements – contact the Faculty 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.

  • Alumni
    "The program has very much broadened my understanding of the principles of holistic and adaptive management, collaboration and participatory planning." Lori Gould, MIWM (2013)
    Consulting and Project Manager, GrassRoots Environmental, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, ACT

Career outcomes

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

Graduates typically work across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in areas including:

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

Because the program has a strong emphasis on research and research skills, other students work in research or advisory positions, or choose to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program.


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. 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 Master of 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 Master of 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 Master of Integrated Water Management at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Courses and Programs

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