Integrated Water Resources Management

The IWRM program enhances students’ knowledge and capacities to deal with multi- disciplinary  aspects   of   water   resource   allocation   and   use   under   conditions   of uncertainties. Key topics constituting the program include:  principles of IWRM, hazard planning and management, water governance, institutions and policies, water dispute management, water valuation, and GIS and remote sensing in water resources.

Given the emerging complexities in water sector, the need of coordinated decision making across sectors and scales has always been felt. IWRM provides a platform where young leaders are trained in interdisciplinary concepts and methods for integrated water resources management, to meet the complex sustainability challenges.

The graduate program in IWRM aims at producing future leaders and qualified country specialists in water sector, enhancing student’s knowledge and capacities to deal with multidisciplinary aspects of water resource allocation and use under conditions of uncertainties. The program presents a combination of theory and practicum in the areas of hazard planning and management, water governance, institutions and policies, water dispute management, water valuation, and GIS and remote sensing. Study tours/ field trips, a major part of the program are aimed at training student water related technical and operational knowledge.

The Master’s degree program in IWRM stretches over four semesters: three semesters of intensive course work and one semester of research. Whereas, the total duration for PhD degree program in IWRM is three years with 18 credit hours course work and research.

Recommended Elective Courses

  • Water Dispute Management
  • Systems Analysis and Optimization
  • Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources
  • Model Applications in IWRM
  • Stochastic Hydrology
  • Water Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting

Scheduling of Courses/Research for MS

Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
First Semester
1 Professional Development and Practice 3.0 Common
2 Hydro-informatics: Data Management and Analysis 3.0 Core
3 Integrated Water Resources Management: Principles & Applications 3.0 Core
4 Hazard Planning and Risk Management 3.0 Core
5 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Common
Total 12.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
Second Semester
1 Policy, Law and Community 3.0 Common
2 GIS and Remote Sensing Applications 3.0 Common
3 Sustainable Development and WEF Nexus 3.0 Core
4 Climate and Water 3.0 Core
5 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Common
6 Preparation of Thesis Research Proposal 0.0 Core
Total 12.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
Third Semester
1 Model Applications in IWRM 3.0 Elective
2 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Common
3 Thesis Research, Data Collection & Processing etc. 0.0 Common
Total 3.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
Fourth Semester
1 Research/ Data Collection & Processing, Thesis Write-up and Final Seminar 6.0 Elective
Total 6.0

Scheduling of Courses/Research for PhD

Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
First Semester
1 Mathematical Modeling and Simulation 3.0 Core
2 Research Methodology 3.0 Core
3 Advanced GIS Applications and Remote Sensing 3.0 Core
4 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Core
Total 9.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
Second Semester (3 Elective Course)
1 Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development 3.0 Elective
2 Water Governance 3.0 Elective
3 Water Resources System Analysis 3.0 Elective
4 Advanced Model Applications in IWRM 3.0 Elective
5 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Elective
Total 9.0