The Master of Science majoring in Integrated Water Management (MSc IWM) is a 180-credit qualification on NQF Level 9. This degree comprises three coursework modules and an independent research project to be completed over a period of two years. All required coursework modules are to be completed during the first year of study, while the second year of study is dedicated to the mini-dissertation. All classes related to course work modules are presented on the campus of the University of the Free State. 



IWRM 7915: Research Methods

This 20-credit module introduces students to the process of scientific research. After attending a compulsory contact session, students have to submit written assignments. At the end of the semester, a final research proposal will conclude the semester.

IWRM 7935: Water Resources and environmental change

This 20-credit module deals with the novel pressures being place on water management due to widespread and rapid environmental change. It begins by outlining the current availability of freshwater from surface and underground sources, and how this water is currently allocated to various different sectors internationally and nationally. It then explores how this current allocation is likely to be affected by increased human population growth, changing human consumption patterns, environmental pollution, climate change and habitat transformation. The purpose is to equip water managers with the ability to manage novel future pressures and maintain resilience in the water system.


During the second semester, students have to choose between two elective modules. Both these modules will be presented at the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State. There after students submit written assignments at intervals online. One exam written at one of several urban centres throughout Southern Africa.

IWRM 7965: Water Resources in Arid Environments

This 20-credit module focuses on the management of natural surface and ground water resources in arid environments. Starting at the catchment scale, it describes how climate, topography, substrate, land-cover and human development affects the water cycle. It then explores how changes to the water cycle affects the quantity and quality of water in natural systems and how this, in turn, influences the integrity of natural ecosystems and the continued supply of ecosystem services.


IWRM 7985: Water Management in an urbanising world

This 20-credit module focuses on how water needs can be met in urban environments. It begins by outlining international and national trends in urbanisation within the context of water security. Students will be exposed to management best practice of water supply to densely populated human settlement, including the treatment of water to drinking quality standards, the distribution of water to households and industries, and the treatment of wastewater from urban environments. Lastly, the module will introduce novel approaches to water recycling in urban areas in the form of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), in order to address the risk of water scarcity and related environmental disasters

SEMESTER 1 and 2

IWRM 7900: Mini-dissertation

During the first year of study, students prepare a research proposal which will lay the foundation for their research projects. During the second year, students will have to complete a mini-dissertation in the form of a publication (120 credits) which represents independent research within the water sector.


You can generate your own personalised quotation for the MSc IWM. When prompted to add modules, you need to add the following compulsory module codes. 
IWRM 7915
IWRM 7935
IWRM 7965 or IWRM7985 (Choose any one, the tuition is the same for both) 
IWRM 7900

International students need to make sure that they select the correct country of origin. 

Please note:  Fees change each year, so the quotation tool may underestimate the tuition fees for subsequent academic years.


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