The Master of Science (Groundwater Hydrology) is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) and the Graduate Diploma in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) , and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed either of these courses are awarded credit for related topics.
Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Diploma in Science (Groundwater Hydrology) must normally hold a degree or equivalent qualification in any relevant discipline of science and engineering, from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
A groundwater hydrologist is a scientist who understands how groundwater hydrological systems operate, has an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge in this field, can apply the scientific method to explore problems of relevance to this discipline, is able to use a range of analytical methods, including computer software to analyse relevant data, and field techniques, and can contribute to an advance of knowledge in this discipline.
The educational aims of this course are to provide students with an overview of processes that determine the source, amount and flows of water in aquifers with a particular focus on aspects relating to water problems facing Australia.
After completion of this course, students are expected to:
- have gained a comprehensive knowledge of relevance to the discipline
- understand and be able to apply relevant scientific methods at an advanced level
- be able to critically review and interpret scientific information
- be able to develop detailed scientific hypotheses
- be able to communicate at an advanced level
- have an advanced understanding of current groundwater issues and the technologies employed to deal with them
- be able to work both independently and within interdisciplinary research groups on complex groundwater problems
- have a comprehensive understanding of ethical behaviour in the discipline.
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Science (Groundwater Hydrology), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Core - Year 1 topics
36 units comprising:
EASC8742 Groundwater Modelling (4.5 units)*
EASC8751 Hydrochemistry GE (4.5 units)*
EASC9700 NCGRT Australian Groundwater School (4.5 units)**
EASC9701 Field Methods in Hydrology (4.5 units)**
EASC9772 Physical Hydrogeology GE (4.5 units)*
EASC9782 Contaminant and Tracer Hydrology GE (4.5 units)*
ENVS8771 Ecohydrology GE (4.5 units)*
ENVS9722 Integrated Water Management (4.5 units)*
Core - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising:
STEM8001 Research Methods and Professional Skills (4.5 units)
Option - Research Project topics#
ENVS9890A Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890B Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890C Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890D Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890E Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
ENVS9890F Major Research Project (4.5/27 units)
plus 4.5 units from the Option list below
ENVS9880A Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)
ENVS9880B Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)
ENVS9880C Minor Research Project (4.5/13.5 units)
plus 18 units from the Option list below
EASC8702 Global Climate Change GE (4.5 units)
EASC8732 Geological Processes GE (4.5 units)
ENVS9780 Environmental Agency Placement (4.5 units)
GEOG8761 Caring as Country: Indigenous Environmental Management GE (4.5 units)
STEM8002 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems GE (4.5 units)
STEM8003 Remote Sensing for all Disciplines GE (4.5 units)
STEM8004 Modelling in Space and Time, Geostatistics and GIS GE (4.5 units)
STEM8005 Applied Problem Solving with Computers GE (4.5 units)
STEM8006 Airborne Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry GE (4.5 units)
STEM8100 Research Project in Science GE (4.5 units)
or, with the approval of the Course Coordinator a 4.5 unit topic at the requisite level where prerequisites and course outcomes are met.
*Topic offered externally
**Topic offered externally with intensive component/s
#Note that students who wish to use their masters qualification to satisfy entry into a Flinders University research higher degree program are required to have completed at least an 18 unit thesis.