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There are very few local and international programme that have such an integrated approach to research, teaching and learning about water management.
Fresh water is arguably the most fundamental of all natural resources. It affects every form of life on earth. One of the most pressing issues of our time is the fragile relationship between societal existence, human well-being and ecological systems.
How should scientists respond? Scientists have an obligation to produce new knowledge and communicate new understanding to the public and policy makers. They must help society move towards a more sustainable biosphere.
While fundamental research remains eminently important, new approaches are necessary for solving interdisciplinary problems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Integrated Water Management (IWM) offered at IIE MSA is a certified Qualification. The degree comprises of four interdisciplinary coursework modules and a research project. A combination of coursework and research sets this course apart from the normal research-based structure of a masters degree. While the research component in the form of a masters thesis will form the bulk of the degree weighting, the coursework component introduces and exposes students to some of the complex underlying concepts (biological, social and economic) affecting effective water management. The coursework is designed to properly equip and prepare students to plan and execute a high-quality and practically relevant research project. you’ll complete four intensive coursework subjects (project management, science of water, water, sustainability and development and water governance and policy). These will give you a strong foundation of high-level skills, and act as a springboard for your research thesis. This unique mix of research and coursework will involve laboratory and fieldwork to get you out of the classroom and working in groups. You will collaborate with specialists from the International Water Security Network and engage with colleagues from other South and Southern African Institutions, such as the University of Namibia, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Copperbelt University.
Successful completion of this programme leads to an IIE qualification.
Degree type: Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management
Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 9, SAQA ID 73709
Students can choose to complete the programme in 2 years full time or 4 years part-time. International students can only study on a full time basis.
Location: The Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management is offered at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fees are subject to change annually.
R 58,500.00 (3,975.94 USD) per annum
Fees are subject to change annually.
R 58,500.00 (3,975.94 USD) per annum
Domestic/South African students are advised to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each module in full before the commencement date of the module.
Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.
For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure
For more information on our payment methods visit https://www.iiemsa.co.za/pay-fees/
An applicant must have,
The programme aims to build the capacity of future leaders in water management, with an emphasis on developing water professionals working in developing countries. The programme takes a multi-disciplinary `whole-of-water-cycle’ approach that equips students with practical tools and skills for adopting innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water management issues.
Students will develop the strategic, managerial and technical skills they need to advance in the water sector. They will:
The programme focuses on building skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, statistics and data management, knowledge transfer and effective leadership.
At the end of the degree students will be able to:
The degree builds on students’ professional experience to approach water-related problems holistically:
Lecture modules teach knowledge and skills across a wide range of disciplines
Team projects allow students to apply their knowledge to real case studies in Africa and overseas
Network building encourages students to establish links through the Water Research Node’s network of national and international specialists
Practical skills development supports integration and synthesis of technical concepts and writing
Research Skills prepare students to formulate and execute research questions and projects
Four coursework modules introduce students to key concepts of integrated water management. The programme is taught in a South African context through local case studies. However, to provide our students with an international perspective, expertise and case studies from developed and developing countries are used.
The degree is offered to both International and local working professional students. International students must complete the degree within 2 years (24 months) while local South African students have a maximum of 4 years (48 months) to complete the degree.
All students are required to complete the four coursework modules within the first twelve months of study. These modules are offered twice a year each year to accommodate working professional students. Throughout the degree students need to meet a number of milestones such as confirmation of candidature and undertake a mid-term review of their research to graduate with a Master of Philosophy specialising in Integrated Water Management.
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Science of Water (ZPG4824) introduces the properties of water (physical and chemical), as well as concepts relating to the natural hydrological cycle and the ecology of inland aquatic systems. The unit also addresses the human uses of water and highlights the dynamic relationship between human and natural aquatic systems. Students will be introduced to the ideas of resilience and systematic freshwater conservation and planning.
Water, sustainability and development (ZPG4825) examines the elements and background to the so-called world water crisis and analyses current international development thinking about sustainable development and its application to water and water resources. It explores dimensions such as livelihoods and poverty, water supply and sanitation in cities, gender, community participation and water as a human right.
Water governance and policy (ZPG4826) refers to the diverse range of political, social, economic and administrative arrangements within which water resources are managed and water needs are met by different sectors of society. In this unit students will engage with key concepts of water governance in Southern Africa and Africa generally are specifically analysed with a special focus on the successes, failures and lessons to be learnt from other contexts. Issues of gender and social exclusion are also specifically addressed.
Project Management and Research Design (ZPG4823) aims to equip students with the knowledge to successfully plan and execute their research projects and provide them with an understanding of, and the basic skills required for careers as water professionals.
Research Project (ZPG4827) Research is a key component of the Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management and therefore carries the bulk of the degree weighting. Students select a research project in which the ideas and principles of integrated water management feature prominently. Students are expected to complete a full research thesis of maximum 35 000 words.
Research projects should ideally allow a significant degree of cross-disciplinary integration and address an issue related to a real sustainability challenge. The individual research phase is characterised by quality supervision and personalised mentoring. Supervisors are carefully chosen to match disciplinary needs of students. By the end of the degree, students will have mastered the art of research and will be ready to publish their research findings in an accredited journal.
These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are available to South African and International students. Applicants who achieve over 70% in their academic qualifications will be considered.
The scholarships are valued at a maximum of 50 – 100 percent of the annual course fee and are available for full time and part time study. Scholarships do not cover other costs such as accommodation, travel and textbooks.
Scholarships are renewable each year, providing that students maintain a high academic achievement. At the end of each year, the Bursary and Scholarships Committee will assess students' performance and determine whether they are eligible to continue to receive the scholarship.
To be eligible for a scholarship you must first be accepted into the IIE Master of Philosophy at IIE MSA.
Please indicate in your application form that you would like to apply for a scholarship and send to Ms Hester Stols (HStols@iiemsa.co.za )
An applicant must have,
The degree is offered to both international and local students. International students must complete the degree within 2 years while local students have a maximum of 4 years to complete the degree.
South African students who are full-time employed need a written letter from their employer granting the candidate two days a week to dedicate to their studies, one of which must be a working day and time off to attend all the coursework units in full. All students must attend the coursework in full.
Candidates should download the postgraduate application for admission form (pdf, 2.3Mb). The application form should be printed out, completed and faxed, scanned and e-mailed or posted to IIE MSA.Fax to: +27 11 950 4133
The following documents need to accompany your application form:
Drop in sessions are welcome to chat to the Water Node staff and our current students.