Master of Catchment Science
Protect Australia's iconic river basins
This is the only postgraduate degree of its kind in the world. You will learn how to plan projects that preserve Australia’s river catchments. Combine your scientific, engineering and economic knowledge. Work directly with a water sector employer.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 24 Oct 21
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Our river basins or catchments have been progressively transformed over time. We've built cities, we've cleared land for food production and this has had profound consequences for our catchments.
With this specialist degree you'll learn to combine and use scientific, engineering and economic knowledge to planning ways to protect, restore and rehabilitate our catchments. You'll develop the leading edge knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in this rapidly developing area of professional practice. The Master of Catchment Science is the only catchment-dedicated postgraduate degree in the world. Hosted by the International WaterCentre and developed and delivered in collaboration with Griffith University.
The Master of Catchment Science will equip you with the skills and knowledge across hydrology, ecology, environmental chemistry, geomorphology, GIS and remote sensing, statistical and mathematical data analysis, hydrology, hydraulics, hydrological and catchment modelling and economics to play a leading technical role in designing, delivering and evaluating policies, plans, projects, programs and infrastructures for catchment or river basin protection, restoration and management. Graduates will be better able to progress or pursue opportunities working with consulting firms, local governments, water utilities, catchment management organisations and state or national governments.
Potential job outcomes
Graduates will find improved work opportunities in:
- Water utilities
- Local government
- Natural resource or catchment management agencies
- State or national government
To be eligible for admission to the Master of Catchment Science, an applicant must have:
- hold a related Bachelor degree (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale) and at least one year of professional experience OR
- hold a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Catchment Hydrology OR
- hold a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes.
Students admitted to this degree program with a Graduate Certificate in Catchment Hydrology or Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing towards the Masters.
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
- OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.
English test results must be no more than two years old.
Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:
For the award of Master of Catchment Science (MChSc), you must successfully complete 160 credit points including:
- 10 credit points for a listed elective.
For the award of Master of Catchment Science (MChSc), students admitted with 40 credit points of advanced standing must successfully complete 120 credit points including:
- 10 credit points for a listed elective.
This degree may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur.
Degree structure can be found here