Master of Catchment science scholarship is being offered at Griffith University taught at Nathan campus, the scholarship is open to both domestic and international students.

Griffith University is a public sector university in Australia located in 3 cities on 5 campuses. Founded in 1971, the university has an enrollment of 50,000 students and is ranked #320 in the world (QS Top world university rankings). Griffith University is academically divided into 4 units, namely; Arts, Education & Law, Griffith Business School, Griffith Health, Griffith Sciences.

Scholarship description

Master of Catchment Science degree is hosted at International WaterCentre in association with Australian Rivers Institute (ARI), at School of Engineering and Built Environment and School of Environment and Sciences, Griffith University. Master of Catchment science is the only catchment oriented degree program in the world, the program can be pursued both on campus and online via distance education. The degree comprises of lectures, field trips, workshops, seminars and laboratory work in hydrological sciences. Catchment Science is a multidiciplinary program that combines several disciplines including hydrology, geoinformatics, ecology and chemistry. The program also involves work-based research project that is helpful for students to gain practical experience.

Eligibility criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a recognized tertiary institute/university (minimum 4.0 GPA out of 7.0) and 1 year professional work experience OR graduated from Griffith university graduate certificate in Catchment hydrology/Catchment processes
  • English language requirements for International students (and for candidates who pursued their previous education in a language other than English). IELTS 6.5 (min. 6.0 each), TOEFL 79 (min. 19 each) or an equivalent proficiency test

More information regarding admission process can be found at the official website; for domestic student admission, for international student admission.

Application for Master of Catchment science

The Master of Catchment science program has a tuition fee of AU$28,000 starting Trimester 1 (February 17, 2020), the cost of living in Australia are available here. To apply for this program, kindly visit the official website.

For international students, 2 scholarship are available per year for candidates interested in Master of Catchment science program. The scholarship is valued at AU$56,000 which covers full tuition fee for 2 years, the scholarship candidates will be responsible for student visa related costs, health insurance, travel, accommodation and living expenses.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is OCTOBER 1, 2019

Catchment and its importance

Drainage basin/catchment area is a locality surrounded by landforms (hills, mountains) from where water flows to a lower elevation (dam, mouth of a river). Catchment areas vary in size, hundreds of smaller sub-catchment areas make up a large catchment area. Amazon River Basin is the largest catchment area in the world (2,300,000 sq. miles) and the largest ocean river basin is Atlantic Ocean Basin (26,900,000 sq. miles).

Catchment areas have played a historic role in political and geographic divisions of a territory. Catchments are beneficial to humans and the ecosystem, as they provide water for societal use, fertile soil for agricultural use and a habitat for both plants and animals. Catchment areas plays a significant role in country’s economy by providing a source for hydropower energy generation.

Pollution, industrialization, urbanization and climate change have altered our catchment areas. The natural resiliency of catchment areas is under threat, therefore it is essential to conserve and protect our water resources. By using integrated water resource management our aim is to improve catchment health which would in turn improve the economy, environment and community health. Find out more about managing healthy and productive catchments.

Master of Catchment science Curriculum

The curriculum includes the following courses over a span of 2 years (full time study), 4 years (part time study);

  • Introduction to Catchment Processes
  • Numerical and Computing Skills
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Microbiology and Ecology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Economics for Water Resource Management
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Waterway and Floodplain Restoration Science
  • Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Applied Projects in Catchment Science
  • Research Design and Planning
  • Elective subject
  • Final Project

The students are expected to learn geographical, micro-biological, hydrological, chemical and ecological aspects of catchment systems and associated processes. The degree program will enable students to perform catchment related environmental and economic assessments, along with learning modern catchment restoration/management techniques. After graduation, the student will be able to work independently and also in a team based setting to diagnose catchment related issues, pursue effective water resource management and carry out catchment related analysis and design for restoration activities.


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