PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering

Introduction to the Program

The PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University is a three-four year program for international students taught in English.

About Tsinghua University

Tsinghua is one of the top Universities in China, located in the North West of Beijing in the University District (Haidian District). The campus is in between Peking University and Wudaokou which is the centre of the University District.

About the Program

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.

About the School of Environment (SOE)

As one of the earliest Chinese institutions dedicated to environmental higher education and research, the School of Environment (SOE) of Tsinghua University (THU) is pledged to the development of sustainable solutions that allows minimizing the impact of human activities on environment. Its commitment also includes educating people to embrace the idea of sustainability.

SOE conducts research in a wide arrange of fields, including water supply, wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid wastes management, environmental chemistry, microbiology, hydrology, ecology, energy and resources, environmental simulation, and environmental management and policy. SOE has provided technical and theoretical support for China in solving big environmental problems and implementing sustainable development. After years of effort, SOE has established a scientific and comprehensive system of education, focusing on disciplines of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Municipal Engineering, Radioactive Protection and Environmental Protection. Each year hundreds of the most talented students were matriculated, many of them had become outstanding figures in the environmental field.

SOE has established exchanges and cooperation with many world class universities, organizations and enterprises in terms of mutual visits, collaborative scientific research and joint education programs.

Entry Requirements

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).

Application Deadline

31st of March

Start Date of the Program



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

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB40000 per year. The total for the 4 year program is 160,000 RMB.

Accommodation at Tsinghua University

Located in the north of Tsinghua University, Zijing Apartments (紫荆公寓) is the most modernised student dormitory in China and the largest, able to accommodate 22,400 students. Zijing comprises 26 blocks, with 23 buildings ranging from 7 to 15 stories. The total construction area amounts to 350,000 m2 (3,800,000 sq ft). The cost for the apartments are below. New students should apply at the reception desk of Zijin Building 19.

Tsinghua University Accommodation Prices


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