Undergraduate Certificate in Coastal Systems and Water Resources



Course Summary

This course is designed to provide essential skills in the modelling, assessment and management of water resources, river and coastal systems. This course is a pathway to further study to become a professional engineer.

Units of study

AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management

Introduces students to many of the issues associated with the management of water resources with a focus on issues relating to ground and surface water. The unit draws on the sciences of hydrology, climatology, chemistry, biology, aquatic ecology and soil processes.

GLY82001 – Hydrogeology

Explores the science and management of groundwater systems by extending and applying knowledge of hydrology, geology and chemistry. Students will develop an advanced conceptual understanding, and skills in field investigation, laboratory analysis and computer modelling, of groundwater systems. Students will also learn to evaluate natural and anthropogenic impacts on groundwater sustainability, including impacts of climate change, and propose suitable management strategies.

ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering

Teaches students the principles and processes involved in the removal of contaminants from water. The unit covers physical, chemical, and biological treatment principles, and the application of these principles to the design of functioning water treatment plants.

GLY73001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics

Develops a detailed technical knowledge of the complex hydrodynamic and sediment transport processes that operate in rivers, estuaries and the coastal ocean. The combined influence of these processes is used to explain and interpret the geomorphology of fluvial and coastal landscapes.

Start Date

6 July


6 months, Fulltime




To support workers displaced by the COVID 19 crisis the maximum student fees for these courses have been set at significantly discounted rates, and students will still be able to defer payment through HECS-HELP.

Commonwealth-Supported Place: $2,500

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International students can apply for a non-award variation of the Undergraduate Certificate, this is a Higher Education Certificate. Fees: $6,000

How to apply

Complete the International Application for Admission form with all supporting documents:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

Send your completed documentation to intapps@scu.edu.au

Career Opportunities

This will provide you with foundational knowledge in coastal systems engineering and a pathway towards becoming a professional engineer.


Admission Criteria

The course is designed for environmental scientists, professionals who have completed two years of an engineering degree or an associate degree or equivalent, or professional practitioners with demonstrated experience in environmental management.

Advanced standing

Successful completion of this course will guarantee entry and at least four units of credit towards the Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours). Additional advanced standing may be awarded based on previously completed study or relevant work experience.

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