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Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management (PGDip in Water Management) offered at IIE MSA is a one-year qualification designed to strengthen and deepen professionals’ interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in water management.

This qualification will enable these professionals to appreciate the relatively new and unique interdisciplinary approach to managing water resources, water supply and sanitation services, wastewater treatment and urban water infrastructure projects. Programme participants will be nurtured to become effective managers equipped to understand complex water challenges and to develop interdisciplinary, practical solutions to water and sanitation problems.

A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Appraise the basic principles of catchment management and aquatic ecosystem health, collaborative water planning, and project management.
  • Analyse the key concepts, definitions and practices of water supply and sanitation systems.
  • Examine the nature and substance of community water development.
  • Analyse the theory and practice of urban water design.
  • Evaluate the relationship between climate change and water resources.
  • Appreciate the basic principles and techniques of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

What is this Postgraduate Diploma’s accreditation status?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management (PGDIP WM) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 120-credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID: 97819).

Who is the Postgraduate Diploma aimed at?

The qualification is targeted at water professionals in South Africa and the broader southern African region who are already working in lower to middle-level management positions as well as those who are working in related technical fields such as river basin management, groundwater management, water supply and sanitation, water resource planning, water resource economics, and water treatment. It will also provide an important starting point particularly for water professionals who have, or intend to, exercise managerial responsibilities in their respective work and places.

What entry requirements will I need to study this Postgraduate Diploma?

To be registered you must have satisfied the admission requirements as set out in the following links:

How is this Postgraduate Diploma structured at The IIE MSA?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management (PGDIP WM) is a one-year degree. It is designed for the working professional and uses flexible teaching methods. These include compulsory face-to-face contact sessions (three Saturday sessions per module), extensive online learning using the Learning Management System (LMS), case studies and projects to apply learning into practice

Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.

What about timetables?

Students are expected to be available throughout the day on Saturdays scheduled for class. Students may also be required to write assessments or submit coursework or assignments outside of normal class-time. Students must understand that timetables remain subject to change throughout the teaching period.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Postgraduate Diploma?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme; and have met all the Work Integrated Learning requirements, where applicable.

How long do I have to complete this qualification?

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this qualification.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management (SAQA ID: 97819).

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Postgraduate Diploma?

Students in the water management programme are nurtured to become effective managers equipped to understand complex water challenges and to develop interdisciplinary, practical solutions to water and sanitation problems.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management is designed for water professionals in South Africa and the broader southern African region who are already working in lower to middle-level management positions, those who are working in related technical fields such as river basin management, groundwater management, water supply and sanitation, water resource planning, water resource economics and water treatment. It will also provide an important starting point particularly for water professionals who have or intend to exercise managerial responsibilities in their respective workplaces and will serve as a conducive factor in their career growth.

Would it be possible to study further and obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 8 – the same level as other equivalent Postgraduate Diplomas at both private and public South African institutes of higher education. The opportunity to apply for a Master’s degree at any South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting their specific programme entrance criteria.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors. Tel: +27 11 950 4009 or email enquiries@iiemsa.co.za

Disclaimer: Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication. The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.

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British Accreditation Council 

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

IIE MSA students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.