1. Overview of the Program
2. Application Guidance
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
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：
Advanced Environmental Chemistry
Advanced Wastewater Treatment
Restoration Ecology and Application
Global Environmental Issues
Hazardous Waste Disposal Technology
Environmental Transport Processes
Atmospheric Chemical Transport Model
Urban Storm water Management: Theory and Practices
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.
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.
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 should have a Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent degree to a Bachelor's Degree (or above) in China, 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.
Applicants should be in good health and of good character, be well-behaved and be willing to abide by China's laws and regulations, as well as Tsinghua’s rules.
Language skills requirements:
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. Application schedule
1st Round: 8:00 AM Oct 15, 2020——17:00 PM Dec 15, 2020
2nd Round: 8:00 AM Jan 1, 2021——17:00 PM Mar 1, 2021
Online application should be completed by Mar 15, 2020.
⟡The winter break of THU will be from Jan 14, 2021 to Feb 19, 2021. The application system will still be available during the winter break, but online verification might be delayed due to the vacation. Applicants are therefore recommended to complete their application at least two or three weeks in advance.
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 notarized degree certificate upon registration at Tsinghua University for enrollment qualification review. Students who fail enrollment qualification review will be disqualified from enrollment.
2.7. Documents for Application
1. Personal statement. Applicants should submit a Personal Statement. The Personal Statement should be filled out in accordance with the requirements of university template.
2. Degree certificate. Applicants should submit a bachelor’s degree certificate. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide the expected graduation certificate first, and the degree diploma must be submitted before registration. (Applicants who have graduated are recommended to provide a certified copy or an authentication of the degree diploma at the same time. The certified copy / authentication and the original degree diploma should be combined into one PDF file and uploaded to the application system.)
3. Academic transcript. Applicants should submit the academic transcript of undergraduate study. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide their current academic transcript. In this case, the completed academic transcript must be submitted before registration.
4. Two academic recommendation letters from scholars who have the title of associate professor or higher, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow the instructions on the online system for submission of online recommendation letters or upload the recommendation letters signed by references.
5. Passport personal information page (personal and ordinary passport). (According to Article 3 of the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China, any individual who was a Chinese national and then acquired a foreign nationality shall provide a Certificate of Cancellation of Chinese Household registration.)
Note：Use the online application to apply. The online application system offers tools for collecting and submitting the documents and information required for application.
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 notarized application documents in color using a scanner. Images captured by mobile phone or camera are not acceptable. Copies are also not acceptable.
3. The application fee must be paid at the time when the application is submitted. (It cannot be covered by the Chinese Government Scholarship). 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 has the right to request the applicants to provide the original or notarial hardcopies of application documents for further qualification checks if the uploaded documents are not sufficient. Applicants shall guarantee all the information and application documents submitted in this application are authentic and accurate, otherwise they will be disqualified from admission.
6. As some countries’ higher education systems are very different from the Chinese system, applicants from different education systems should refer to THU’s online application website for reference.
7. 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
Manager of International Programs: Ms. WANG Zejun
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
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 must enter China with an ordinary passport and X1 visa, and must apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days after arrival in China.
Students are required to arrive at THU (along with the required documents) and complete their university registration during the dates indicated in the Admission package. Students who intend to live in an on-campus dormitory shall apply for the room online during the dates specified in the university instructions.
Normally, registration is held in late August. All students should present the required original degree certificates, and submit the degree copies certified by degree conferring institutions or certification authorities upon registration at Tsinghua University for enrollment qualification review. Students who fail the enrollment qualification review will be disqualified from enrollment.
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 athttp://is.tsinghua.edu.cn/.
2.13．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 800/year.
Accommodation on Tsinghua campus, Beijing: RMB 80/day per person for single rooms and AB rooms, RMB 40/day per person for double rooms in student dormitories.
For details, please refer to the link: http://is.tsinghua.edu.cn/.
Tsinghua University offers two main kinds of scholarship to incoming full-time international graduate students: Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) and Tuition Scholarships.
The full CGS covers tuition fees, living allowance, on-campus accommodation, and comprehensive medical insurance. For incoming full-time international graduate students there are two kinds of channel through which to apply for CGS: through Chinese Embassies or Consulates in your home country or through Chinese universities. (*Applicants can choose only one application channel. Repeated application through more than one channel is not allowed.) For more information about CGS, please visit the website of China Scholarship Council (CSC): http://www.campuschina.org
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply to the dispatching authorities for overseas study or Chinese embassies/consulates in their home country. Please consult the Chinese embassy/consulate in advance, as the application schedule varies from country to country (usually from November to April prior to the beginning of study). For the contact information of Chinese embassies/consulates, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.
Qualified applicants who meet the requirements of “CGS-Chinese University Program” could choose to apply for CGS through Tsinghua University’s recommendation instead. However, the number of candidates that can be recommended by Tsinghua University each year is very limited and is subjected to the approval of CSC.
Tuition Scholarships include the Beijing Government Scholarship (for full-time master’s program students) and Tsinghua University Scholarship (for full-time doctoral program students). Tuition Scholarships cover full or partial tuition fee support with a duration of one academic year and could be applied year by year (competitive).
For detailed information and to make a scholarship application, please refer to the Introduction to Scholarships for Incoming Full-time International Graduate Students at Tsinghua University at http://gradadmission.tsinghua.edu.cn
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:
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:
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.
Other unfinished matters in this guide are implemented in accordance with 'Admission to Graduate Programs of Tsinghua University 2021(For International Students).