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2018 International Master Program In Environmental Science, Engineering and Management


1. Overview of the Program

2. Application Guidance

3. Scholarship

4. Graduate Research Areas

5. Campus Life

6. Appendix: Curriculum Plan

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 Science, Engineering and Management covers the areas of environmental engineering and science, 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 learning is a distinguishing feature of this program that allows the 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)

Each student must complete required coursework to fulfill the credits requirement and qualify for degree conferral. A thesis research is an essential part of the degree.

(Each student must complete the required coursework and a thesis research to qualify for degree conferral.)

2.2 Professional Courses Offered in English

Course Requirements:

Students are required to take Chinese language courses, professional courses, internship and academic activities. The program offers a comprehensive professional education and research in areas including water/wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid waste control, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, environmental planning and management and environmental policy, etc. The courses are scheduled to permit either intensive study in a specific area, or interdisciplinary studies across a variety of fields. Comprehensive introductory courses are given to provide a common basis of understanding for those with differing backgrounds. Professional courses are selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator or a faculty advisor to meet each student’s academic and career goals. An internship is designed for students to gain professional experiences in a company or environmental protection organization in China. The typical period of this program is 2 years.

Courses offered in each semester:

Spring Semester:

Advanced Environmental Chemistry
Advanced Wastewater Treatment
Restoration Ecology and Application
Global Environmental Issues
Hazardous Waste Disposal Technology
Environmental Transport Processes

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
Challenges for Advanced Water technology: Global Seminars

Note: For the completion of thesis, relevant courses offered by other schools or departments can also be selected. Most courses given in Chinese are also available for international students.

2.3. Internship 

According to the coursework, the two-year master’s program requires an internship/on-site survey. During the on–site survey, each student will design and conduct a scientific survey on China-specific issues with the help from supervisors. A diverse number of practical opportunities are available in water plants, wastewater treatment plants, waste treatment and recycling facilities, environmental companies, environmental protection bureaus, multinational corporations and other national or international organizations. During the on-site survey, students will gain exposure in methods and techniques adopted by natural and social scientists to identify, analyze and interpret environmental issues. The on-site survey will be in either Beijing or other parts of China, and usually conduct in the summer after the first academic year.

2.4. Thesis

Students are required to complete an independent research project, supervised by a faculty member who shares the same interest in this particular topic or issue that is related to his/her own research. A written 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. A final oral defense is required.

2.5. Qualification of Applicants

Applicants must be non-Chinese citizen with a valid passport.

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 shows GPA, please clarify the calculation method from actual score to GPA and whether the GPA meets the requirement in the personal statement.

All the applicants should have basic knowledge in calculus (≧4 credits), physics (≧4 credits), chemistry (≧4 credits), and biology (≧2 credits). If the applicants want to focus on environmental science and engineering, knowledge in at least one of the following areas 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 environmental management and planning, they should have knowledge in probability and statistics. Each applicant should use a table to clarify how he/she can meet these requirements in the personal statement.

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

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


b. Applicants provide the transcript of either TOEFL (minimum 90 for overall score and 23 for writing component) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 for overall score and 6.0 for writing component).

2.6. Documents for Application:

Please upload all the listed documents below to the application system:

1. Personal Statement. Applicants also need to submit a brief introduction of research experience within 2 pages.

2. Degree Certificate. Applicants should submit a bachelor’s degree certificate. Those who have not graduated yet must provide a proof of education in the current academic institution.

3. Academic Transcript. Applicants should submit an academic transcript of undergraduate study.

4. Two online academic recommendation letters from scholars who have the title of associate professor or higher, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow system instructions for the submission of online recommendation letters.

5. Passport Personal Information Page (personal and ordinary passport).

Note:Use the online application to apply. The online application offers tools for collecting and submitting some, but not all, of the documents and information required for application.

2.7. Application schedule

First Round: Nov 1, 2017 -- Jan 15, 2018

Second Round: Feb 15, 2017 -- Mar 1, 2018

Online application should be completed by Mar 1, 2017

Please note that for the Government or other scholarship applicants, online application should be submitted before December 31, 2017.

Step 1: Online Application

Complete On-line Application on the website (http://gradadmission.tsinghua.edu.cn).

Step 2: Document Submission

All students should present the necessary original or notarial degree certificate upon registration at Tsinghua University for enrollment qualification review.

2.8. Application remarks

(1)Applicants are required to submit scanned images of all required documents at the time of application. All uploaded documents should be in Chinese or in English; otherwise notarial translations in Chinese or English are required. Once translated, the original documents and certified translations are to be submitted together to the application system.

(2)Please scan the original or notarial application documents in color using a scanner. Documents images captured by mobile phone or camera are not acceptable. Copies are also not acceptable.

(3)Application fee must be paid at time of application submission. THU is not responsible for errors made by applicants during the application process. There are no application-fee refunds.

(4)Applications with incomplete documents or without application fee payment will not be processed.

(5)THU may request some applicants to offer original or notarial hardcopies of application documents for further qualification check if uploaded documents are not sufficient. Applicants shall guarantee all the information and application documents submitted in the application are authentic and accurate; otherwise, the admission will be disqualified.

(6)None of the above application documents will be returned.

2.9. Contact information

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Dr. WU Ye

Manager of International Office and Assistant Dean: Dr. ZHAO Ming

E-mail: ming.zhao@tsinghua.edu.cn

Manager Assistant of International Office: Ms. PENG Xiaojuan

E-mail: hjxgs@tsinghua.edu.cn

Tel: 86-10-62797857

Fax: 86-10-62785687

Mailing Address:

Office of International Graduate Programs

School of Environment

Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China

2.10. Admission Process

After the complete application documents are received, the application materials will be reviewed by a group of faculty members 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 online interviews via Skype between January and March. And they will be re-ranked based on the interview performance. The number of admitted student varies each year depending on the scholarship funding. Not all of the accepted students will be granted full scholarship.

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

Admission to the graduate programs of School of Environment is competitive: not all the 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 covers full time students only. The spouse of the student is not considered.

No enrollment action shall be taken and automatically viewed as withdrawal, if an applicant is absent during the registration period without giving reasons in advance.

Note: Admission to the graduate program is determined at the school level with oversight by Tsinghua University according to the result of document review, result of interview, and other factors. THU Graduate Admission Office will issue a Certificate of Admission after the final admission result is released. Prior to this, applicants may check admission status via the THU Graduate Programs Application System for International Students.

2.11.Visa Application and Admission Registration

(1.)   Admitted students should bring their personal and ordinary passport, Certificate of Admission, 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 a student visa (X1 visa). Students who intend to live in an on-campus dormitory shall apply for the room online during the dates specified in the university instructions. Students shall come to THU for registration during the dates indicated in the admission package with the required documents. Normally, registration is held in late August. Students must enter Mainland China with an ordinary passport and X1 visa; and must apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days after arrival in China.

(2.)   All students should present the necessary original or notarized degree certificate upon registration at Tsinghua University for enrollment qualification review. Students who fail the enrollment qualification review will be disqualified from enrollment.

2.12. Accommodation

Due to limited dormitory capacity, on-campus rooms can only be reserved for those who have successfully applied online. For Chinese Government Scholarship (full-scholarship) recipient, a dormitory on campus will be reserved by the University. Those who fail to apply for the dorm online have to find off-campus accommodation independently.

Detailed information regarding THU academic life, accommodation, student activities, visa, and residence permit application, as well as other useful information, is available at  http://is.tsinghua.edu.cn/ .

Application Fee, Tuition, and Other Costs (Unit: RMB Yuan)

Application Fee (Non-refundable): RMB 800

Tuition Fee: RMB 39,000/year.

Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year.


For details, please refer to the link: http:// is.tsinghua.edu.cn/

3. Scholarship

a.     Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS). Applications should be submitted to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) (Website: http://www.csc.edu.cn) through recommendation by Chinese Embassies or Consulates or relevant organizations in applicants’ home countries between November and April (deadlines vary by country). Applicants are recommended to identify their respective countries’ application deadlines well in advance. A certificate of conditional acceptance should be obtained from the THU Graduate Admission Office beforehand if necessary. Admission documents of Chinese Government Scholarship holders will be issued by recommending scholarship organizations (excluding scholarship holders recommended by Tsinghua University).

b.     Applicants may also apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship with recommendation from Tsinghua University. But the number of the recommended applicants is very limited; and successful applicants are generally of remarkable merit among those who are not currently studying in China.

c.     In addition to the Chinese Government Scholarship, applicants may choose to apply for the Beijing Government Scholarship, which will typically support full, half, or partial tuition.

For more detailed information about introduction and application of scholarship, please visit http:// is.tsinghua.edu.cn/

d. School of Environment Financial Support

To honor those who have financial need and excellent performance in study, research, or social work, etc., accommodation could be partially covered by the financial support of the school. The amount is approximately 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. Students who already get full scholarship from other sources will NOT be supported.

4. Graduate Research Areas

There are 12 research divisions in SOE.

For detailed information, please refer to the link:

Research Divisions.docx

5. Campus Life

SOE is a friendly and welcoming community where students can get involved in a variety of clubs and activities. Students may 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 that are open to all the students across the country, such as the National Doctoral Candidates Conference and Tsinghua Environmental–Friendly Science & Technology Competition.

Students are encouraged to participate in 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 that are convenient for everyone and make the school life here enjoyable.

For detailed information, please refer to the link:

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.


Curriculum Plan.docx