Play a key role in protecting and increasing one of Australia’s most valuable resources by developing your understanding of the design, operation and monitoring of municipal, industrial and even small-scale water treatment processes.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 1 year full-time (Semester 1 commencement only) or part-time equivalent
This course will prepare you for a professional career in the water industry. You will develop your understanding, design, operation and monitoring of conventional potable water and sewage treatment process, as well as many of the more specific water treatment processes allied with industry, agriculture, mining and public service needs.
As part of the course, you’ll complete the design and implementation of a substantial project relevant to industry to apply your knowledge and understanding and develop critical problem solving skills. You’ll also conduct practical laboratory experiments to develop your understanding of the scientific and engineering principles and evaluation techniques in water treatment, wastewater treatment, water chemistry and water recycling.
Successful completion of this course provides a clear pathway into the Master of Water Treatment and Desalination. Additionally, this Diploma provides the grounding for entry into higher degree research programs in water engineering.
5 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination at Murdoch
- The 2019 Good Universities Guide has ranked Murdoch first in Australia for teaching quality and overall experience for engineering and first in Western Australia for graduate salary, learning resources, student support and full-time employment for engineering.
- Study on your own terms with flexible full or part-time study.
- Learn from industry experts who have research and consulting expertise in water desalination development and implementation.
- Take advantage of our scholarships, such as the Murdoch University Academic Excellence Award.
- Looking to complete a Master? On completion of this course, you would be able gain a Master of Water Treatment and Desalination in a further one year of full time study.
Develop your skills
Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:
- water regulation, finance and management
- water treatment operations
- energy management
- water engineering intuition and analysis
- engineering principles and evaluation techniques in wastewater treatment, water chemistry and water recycling.
Graduates of this course are prepared for employment in one of the many companies or governmental agencies providing and/or managing water resources and services. Many industries employ water treatment engineers to advise on projects such as mining, horticulture, energy generation, oil and gas recovery, livestock and agriculture production and processing, semi-conductor and pharmaceutical manufacturing, and hospitals and health care facilities.
You could expect to gain employment in:
- municipal water and wastewater utilities
- governmental departments of water and natural resources
- private or public irrigation
- water resource management entities
- mining and mineral refining
- semi-conductor manufacturing
- food and beverage processing.
This course is designed to satisfy requirements of Engineers Australia for Continuing Professional Education of Engineers, in the disciplines of environmental engineering, water engineering, and chemical engineering in the areas of water process control, technology, and management.
Graduates are eligible to apply for professional membership in Engineers Australia.
- Perth Campus
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Not available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Some attendance at on- and off-campus site visits and technology operation sessions will be required.
Water treatment engineering is a highly quantitative profession requiring a sound grounding in physics, chemistry, fluid mechanics, and mathematics. The coursework assumes a prior understanding of the fundamentals of these disciplines to a level allowing entry into the specifics of water engineering without further general instruction in these disciplines. Consequently, students entering the course must have passed the following units at Murdoch or their equivalent elsewhere:
- MAS221 Mathematical Modelling
- ENG201 Fluid Mechanics
- CHE144, Foundations of Chemistry
- PEN152, Principles of Physics
For students with potentially equivalent alternative training, contact the Academic Chair for assessment of equivalency.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
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