Graduate Diploma of Catchment Science at Griffith University, Australia

Our river basins or catchments have changed gradually throughout time. The development of urbanization and the clearance of land for agricultural purposes have severely harmed our catchments.


Our river basins or catchments have changed gradually throughout time. The development of urbanization and the clearance of land for agricultural purposes have severely harmed our catchments.

With this specialized degree, you'll learn to combine and use your knowledge of science, engineering, and economics to develop plans for preserving, repairing, and restoring our catchments. You will acquire the state-of-the-art skills and information needed to contribute to this rapidly developing area of professional practice.

What you will study

Programme Structure

You need to successfully complete 80 credit points from the courses listed in the course list in order to receive the Graduate Diploma in Catchment Science, including:

  • Introduction to Catchment Processes 

  • Data and Computing Skills for Catchment Science

  • Catchment Ecology

  • Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing  

  • Geographic Information Systems 

  • Engineering Hydrology

  • Environmental Chemistry 

  • Environmental Pollution 

  • Economics for Water Resource Management 

  • Soils and Geomorphology in Catchment Science

Learning Outcomes

  1. A deep awareness of hydrological, geomorphological, chemical, microbiological, and ecological processes in catchments, as well as their causes and interrelationships on various time and space scales.

  1. Understanding of numerical and spatiotemporal data collecting, management, analysis, modeling, and visualization methodologies and software tools, and how to statistically and critically assess, predict, forecast, and evaluate catchment function changes.

  1. Understanding of the science and engineering underlying watershed management and restoration options, as well as how effective they are under various conditions.

  1. Utilizing the data and accompanying information, cognitive and technological ability to pinpoint the fundamental causes of catchment process and management problems.

  1. Hydrological, geomorphological, chemical, biological, and ecological factors can all affect a watershed's function. This demands cognitive and technological skills to assess options objectively.

  1. Integrated watershed management, protection, and restoration projects, programs, plans, and infrastructures demand cognitive and creative talents to design and evaluate.

  1. Critical, innovative, and ethical thinking for watershed management, preservation, and restoration.

Career Opportunities

You have the opportunity to move forward in the projects that are being prepared for the protection, maintenance, or restoration of catchments. With the most recent skills in data sensing, analysis, and computer modeling, backed by sound scientific knowledge, you'll be ready to further your career in the planning and construction of green infrastructure in urban and non-urban contexts.

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements 

One must meet the following requirements in order to be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Catchment Science:

  • acquire a relevant Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited university (or another postsecondary institution of similar standing), with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a scale of 7.0), and have at least one year of professional experience. OR

  • Acquire a Graduate Certificate from Griffith in Catchment Hydrology. OR

  • Acquire a Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes from Griffith.

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language competence requirement for applicants to this program is an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no subtest score below 6.0.

  • TOEFL - 79/120

  • PTE - 58/90

Tuition Fee  

  • For International Students: AUD 29,000 (80 CP)

  • Level
  • Delivery
  • Duration
    1 years
  • Application Fee
  • Intake
  • Language Test Score
  • Scholarship
    25% tuition fee discount