Droughts and declining freshwater availability are a global concern. In South Africa, these threats pose a danger to every sector of society. The management of freshwater is becoming increasingly important and the Water Research Node are tackling these issues through postgraduate education programmes that equip students to make meaningful contributions in communities, and South Africa and the African continent at large.
The Water Research Node offers two programmes focused on innovative socio-technical solutions to water management: the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management, and the IIE Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management.
The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management is a one-year qualification designed to deepen professionals’ interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in water resource management. This qualification will nurture you to become an effective manager, equipped to understand complex water challenges and to develop interdisciplinary, practical solutions to water and sanitation problems. The qualification is targeted at water professionals in South Africa who are already working in the water sector as well as those who are working in related technical fields.
The IIE Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management is one of very few local (or international) degrees that takes an integrated approach to teaching and learning about water management. The degree encourages you to explore the relationship between societal development, human well-being and hydrological systems, and reinforces the need for scientists to produce new knowledge and communicate new understanding to the public and policy makers for a sustainable future.
IIE MSA is building water leaders of the future, leaders who have the knowledge, skills and capacities to implement water projects that will have meaningful impacts on communities, our country and societies at large.
Students of both programmes will be nurtured to become effective managers equipped to understand complex water challenges and to develop interdisciplinary, practical solutions to water and sanitation problems.
Specific functional areas include; lower to middle-level management positions in related technical fields such as river basin management, groundwater management, water supply and sanitation, water resource planning, water resource economics, and water treatment.
Completion of the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management qualification with an overall average of 65% and above qualifies students for access to the IIE Masters in Integrated Water Management degree.
Upon completion of the Masters programme, you can enrol as a prospective PhD candidate at other institutions.