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2016 International Master Program in Environmental Engineering and Management


1. Overviewof the Program


3. Scholarship

4.Graduate Research Areas

5. Campus Life

1. Overview of the Program

Aiming at the development of technical and sustainable solutions that minimize the impact of human activities on the environment, the International Master Program in Environmental Engineering and Management covers the areas of environmental engineering and science, and environmental management and planning.

The program is designed to train students with solid theoretical and systematic professional knowledge and the skills in the field of environmental engineering and management, and to prepare to approach the forefront of environmental engineering and management with a combination of coursework and research components. Highly flexible study is a distinguishing feature of this program which allow for development of either intensive or broadened abilities of the students.

2. Application Guidance

2.1 Degree Offered

Master of Science

Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering (M.S.-ESE)

Students must complete the course of study to meet the credits requirement. A thesis research is considered an essential part of the degree.

2.2 Professional Courses Offered in English

Courses Structure

Students are required to take Chinese courses, professional courses, internship and academic activity. The program provides a comprehensive professional education and research in the area of water/wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid waste control, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, environmental planning and management, environmental policy etc. The courses are scheduled to permit either intensive study in a single area or interdisciplinary study between areas. Comprehensive introductory courses are given to provide a common basis of understanding among those with dissimilar backgrounds. Professional courses are selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator or a faculty advisor to meet his/her academic and career goals. An internship is designed for students to gain professional experiences in a company or environmental protection organization in China. The normal period of this program is 2 years.

Spring Semester:

Advanced Environmental Chemistry

Advanced Wastewater Treatment

Restoration Ecology and Application

Global Environmental Issues

Hazardous Waste Disposal Technology

Air Pollution Chemistry

Autumn Semester:

Fundamentals of Environmental Biotechnology

Advanced Water Distribution System and Management

Advanced Water Supply Engineering

Environmental Management and Policy

Environmental Remote Sensing and Application

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Air Pollution Control Technology

Biofilms: fundamentals to applications

Challenges for Advanced Water technology: Global Seminars

Note: Relevant courses for thesis from other schools or departments can also be selected. Most courses given in Chinese are also available for foreign students.

2.3. Internship

Based on the coursework, the two-year master program requires an internship/on-spot survey. During the on–spot survey, student will design and conduct scientific survey on china-specific issues with the help of supervisors. A diverse number of practice opportunities are available in water plant, wastewater treatment plant, waste treatment and recycling facilities, environmental company, environmental protection bureau, multinational corporations or other national or international organizations. During the on-spot survey, students will be exposed to methods and techniques used by natural and social scientists to identify, analyze and interpret environmental problems. The on-spot survey will be in Beijing or in other parts of China, and usually conduct in the summer after the first academic year.

2.4. Thesis

Students are required to conduct an independent research project supervised by a faculty member with an interest in the particular topic or issue of their own research. A written master thesis research proposal and a formal presentation are required in the second term. Students are required to submit a thesis in English with an executive summary in Chinese and the final oral defense is required.

2.5. Qualification of Applicants

Applicants for Master programs should hold a Bachelor degree, or equivalent degree, or will receive a Bachelor degree when enroll, majoring in Environmental Science and Engineering, Environmental Economics and Management, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, or other relevant fields.

The Bachelor degree should be a formal four-year program with at least 100 credits or 30 courses.

The overall average of required courses should be ≧70%. No more than 5 courses have scores lower than 60%. If the transcript only give GPA,  please clarify the calculation method from actual score to GPA and whether the GPA meet the requirement in personal statement.

All the applicants should have basic knowledge in calculus (≧4 credits), physics (≧4 credits), chemistry (≧4 credits), biology (≧2 credits). If the applicants want to focus on environmental science and engineering, knowledge in at least one of the following area is required: water treatment, water supply, air pollution control, solid waste treatment and control, environmental biology, environmental chemistry. If the applicants want to focus on management and planning, they should have knowledge in probability and statistics. The applicants should use a table to clarify how they can meet these requirements in their personal statement.

For NON-English native speakers,ONE of the following conditions should be met.

a. Major courses in undergraduate period were given in English and it should be clearly stated in the applicants’ transcripts.


b. Applicants provide the transcript of either TOEFL (the test of English as a foreign language) or IELTS (international English language testing system).

2.6.Documents for Application

(1) The completed Foreigner's Application Form for Admission to Graduate Programs of Tsinghua University with 2-inch recent photo, signed by the applicant.

(2) Personal statement.

(3) The original or the notarized degree certificate or proof of education in academic institution (need to submit original or notarized degree certificate after being awarded), and academic transcript. The degree certificate and academic transcript must be officially sealed. All the original or notarizedones will be permanently kept in students' archives by the university.

(4) Two academic recommendation letters from scholars of associate professorship or higher (with referee’s phone number and email address on the letter).

(5) Copy of the page with personal information in the passport (personal and ordinary passport).

(6) The completed Application Form for Tsinghua University Scholarship (if applicable, original).

(7) Non-refundable application fee RMB 600.

The certificates provided should be the original documents in Chinese or English,otherwise notarized translations in Chinese or English are required. None of the above application documents will be returned.

2.7.Application schedule

November 1st  , 2015– February 28th,2016

Online application should be completed and the package be received by February 28th, 2016

Please note that for the Government or other scholarship applicants, online application and all the application documents should be submitted before

January 15, 2016.

Step 1: Online Application

Complete On-line Application on the website of International Students Office, Tsinghua University (http://is.tsinghua.edu.cn). Print,sign and attach 2-inch photo on the application form produced by the system after the application status changes to "verified". \

Step 2: Document Submission

Submit the application materials listed above to the address indicated below by post mail or in person.


Vice Dean: Dr ZUO Jiane

Manager of International Office: Dr. LU Yun

E-mail: luyun@tsinghua.edu.cn

Manager Assistant of International Office: Ms. PENG Xiaojuan

E-mail: hjxgs@tsinghua.edu.cn



Teaching Assistants of International Office:

LI Man
SHI Xiaojie

Mailing Address:

Office of International Graduate Program

School of Environment

Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China

2.8. Admission Process

After the complete application documents are received, the application materials will be reviewed by a group of faculty in the school. The applicants who cannot meet the qualification will be rejected. Usually the top 30 students after initial screening process shall move onto interviews online through Skype between January and March. And they will be re-ranked based on the interview. The number of final accepted student varies each year depending on the funding of scholarship. Not all accepted students grant full scholarship.

Decisions of the faculty are reviewed and confirmed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The accepted applicant is required to sign and submit a formal letter to declare one’s acceptance of the offered admission and fully understanding of the acceptance condition. Offers of admission which are not accepted by the applicant in a timely manner will be withdrawn.

Admission to the graduate programs of School of Environment is competitive: not all applicants who satisfy the minimum requirement for admission can be accepted. The international office is not responsible for explaining the admission results.

Furthermore, the scholarship granted by the government and university cover full time students only, the spouse of the student is not considered.
No enrollment action shall be taken and automatically viewed as withdrawal, if applicants is absent during the registration without giving reasons in advance.

Visa Application and Admission Registration:

The admitted students should bring their personal and ordinary passport, Admission Notice, Visa Application Form (JW202/ JW201), and original Form of Physical Examination Record for Foreigners as well as other original documents of physical examination to the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China, and apply for student visa (X1 visa). Students shall come to InternationalStudents Office, Tsinghua University for registration during the dates indicated on the Admission Notice. Students must use personal and ordinary passport and X1 visa, and must apply for Residence Permit within 30 days after arrival in China.

Application Fee, Tuition, and Other Costs:

(1) Application Fee (Non-refundable): RMB 600

(2) Tuition: RMB 39,000/year.

(3) Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year.


For details, please refer to the link: http://www.is.tsinghua.edu.cn/EN/campus/accommodation.html

3. Scholarship:

a. International students of Tsinghua University may apply for Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS), Beijing Government Scholarship (BGS), or Tsinghua University Scholarship (TUS).

For detailed information, please refer to the link: http://www.is.tsinghua.edu.cn/EN/scholarship/intro.html

b. School of Environment Financial Support

To honor those who are not in a well economic condition and performed excellent in study, research, or social work, etc,accommodation could be fully covered by application of financial support of the school. The amount is around 20,000RMB but varies every year. The application of financial support can be submitted to the school of environment when the student applies for the graduate program or after admission. The students, who already get full scholarship from other sources, will NOT be supported.

4. Graduate Research Areas

There are 12 divisions in SOE.

For detailed information, please refer to the link:Research Divisions

5.Campus Life

SOE offers a friendly, welcoming community where students can get involved in their favorite activities-and try new ones. Students can choose from more than 100 student associations of the university and activities, such as sports competition, community service,social and environmental awareness. New Year’s party, tourist visits to Chinese cultural and historical destinations,concerts etc.

SOE also hosts a variety of academic events-many that are open to all the students around the country-such as National Ph.D. Candidates Conference and Tsinghua Environment –Friendly Science & Technology Competition.

Students are encouraged to participate in various extracurricular activities, so that they can achieve a well-rounded development.

In 2010,Forbes listed 14 of the world’s most beautiful college campuses. Of which ten are from U.S., three from Europe, and Tsinghua is the only one from Asia. Besides the unique historical architectures, pleasant natural environment, Tsinghua provides the students with various services, which are convenient for everyone, and make the school life here enjoyable. 


For more pictures of campus life, please click here.

The School of Environment launched the International Student Ambassador Program in 2016. Ambassadors are assigned a group of incoming students, to whom they provide guidance on a range of matters relating to studying and living in China.


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