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2016 International Ph.D. Program in Environmental Science and Engineering (English)


1. Overview of the Program

2. Application Guidance

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

Doctorate of philosophy

Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Engineering

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

2.2 Professional Courses Offered in English

Courses Structure

The Ph.D. is a research oriented degree that requires in-depth knowledge of a specific topic of study. Program of study is highly individualized, but consists of two main components: course study and independent research. Students are admitted to a specific project of study and assigned a supervisor. While most students enter in the fall, it is possible to begin your studies starting in the spring term. Admission to the doctoral program does not constitute Ph.D. candidacy. Ph.D. candidacy is significant mile stone along the path to the doctoral degree, and typically signifies an individual that is prepared to embark upon an individual investigation of a novel research topic. Completion of the subsequent research occurs with the successful, oral defense of one’s written dissertation. The study period of the program is 3-4 years.

During the study for Ph.D. degree, at least 16credits, which includes 4 credits for public compulsory courses, 7 credits for subjective specialized courses (containing at least 3 credits for basic theory courses and no less than 4 credits for basic theory courses), as well as at least 5 credits for required course, are required for the degree. Self-study courses are excluded.

Courses Offered:

Spring Semester:
Advanced Environmental Chemistry
Advanced Wastewater Treatment
Restoration Ecology and Application
Global Environmental Issues
Hazardous Waste Disposal Technology

Autumn Semester:
Fundamentals of Environmental Biotechnology
Advanced Water Distribution System and Management
Advanced Water Supply Engineering
Environmental Management and Policy
Integrated Solid Waste Management
Air Pollution Control Technology
Biofilms: fundamentals to applications

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. Independent-study courses

Systematic independent-study on research topic related specialized knowledge should be developed under the guidance of supervisor, which can be listed into training program.

2.4. Qualifying Examination

The intent of the qualifying examination is to ascertain the breadth of the student’s comprehension of fundamental facts and principles that apply in environmental science and engineering, and whether the student has the ability to think incisively and critically about the theoretical and the practical aspects of these fields. The examiners should satisfy themselves, by unanimous vote, that the student demonstrates sufficient content command and ability to design and produce an acceptable dissertation. The examination will ordinarily be taken in the second  year of the doctoral program, and passing of the examination gives students the advancement to candidacy.

2.5 Dissertation

A dissertation proposal must be presented and approved at least twelve months before the dissertation defense. The proposal should be prepared in consultation with the dissertation committee. The outcome of the proposal defense is decided by the dissertation committee. Potential outcomes include failure and pass. Successful completion of the dissertation proposal report is a significant milestone towards completion of the Ph.D. degree
The dissertation defense will occur after completing the degree’s requirements. It is required that the Ph.D. dissertation leads to published papers on peer-reviewed journals with at least 2.0 of impact factors in total to get a Ph.D. degree. Three to four months before the defense, the candidates need to give final academic reports to all the Ph.D. supervisors in the school, who will vote for the approval of their defense applications. Doctoral defenses are open to the public. Candidates are required to submit the details (date, time location) of the meeting, a dissertation abstract, and a listing of all committee members to the administrative staff prior to the scheduled defense. Potential outcomes include failure and a pass, and are decided by majority vote of the committee. Failure of the thesis defense requires that a student substantially rework the dissertation and defend the modified dissertation within twelve months. Candidates passing the dissertation defense are typically required to modify the dissertation as directed by the committee. In either case the candidate will be informed of the outcome in a meeting with the supervisor.

2.6. Qualification of Applicants

Applicants for Ph.D. program should hold a master degree, or equivalent degree, or will receive a master 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 master degree should be a formal program with at least 18 credits or 6 courses.

All the applicants should have basic knowledge in calculus, chemistry, biology. 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).

2.7. 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 notarized ones 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.

2.8. 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.

Contact information:

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


Fax: 86-10-62785687

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

2.9. 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 International Students 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 40,000/year.
(3) Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year.


For details, please refer to the link:

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 22,000RMB 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:Divisions.docx

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 detailed information, please refer to the link:2-Campus life.docx

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.

6.Appendix:Curriculum Plan.docx