Graduate Diploma of Water Treatment and Desalination

Murdoch University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00125J

This course will help you develop your professional competency in preparation for a successful career in the water industry. The Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination will enhance your engineering and science education to support entry-level understanding, design, operation, and monitoring of conventional potable water and wastewater treatment processes. Completing this Graduate Diploma will upgrade your skills for career advancement and satisfy continuing education requirements in a relevant Master's Degree. The course is a self-contained program or may be taken as year 1 of a two-year program of study leading to a Master of Water Treatment and Desalination. The Graduate Diploma in Water Treatment and Desalination will prepare you for employment in companies or governmental agencies in which water is the primary business. Many industries also 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. 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.


Course Structure - 24 credit points


  • Environmental Water Chemistry
  • Design Project
  • Process Unit Operations
  • Physicochemical Water Treatment Operations
  • Biological Water Treatment Operations
  • Water Engineering Intuition and Analysis
  • plus more

Standard entry requirements

Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental, Chemical, Civil or related Engineering discipline. Students with recognised prior learning in other disciplines or practice may also be eligible for admission as determined by the Academic Chair. Applicants without the necessary qualifications and/or background will be required to study additional units as part of the course requirements. The preferred format to provide details is by a Curriculum Vitae and a personal statement of no more than 300 words detailing why this course has been selected.

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