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. 



IWRR 7905: 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 will have to attend a contact session 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.

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. 
IWRR 7905
IWRM 7935
IWRM 7965
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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