Tongji University is one of the leading universities in China under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education, listed on “Project 985” and “Project 211”. With a history of over a century, Tongji has valued the balanced development of four functions, i.e. education, research, outreach, and culture inheritance and innovation.

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📚About the Program

PhD in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development at Tongji University (TongJU)

I) About the Program

The program provides an educational facility for young professionals in the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond to study and conduct research for the advancement of knowledge on environmental issues as they relate to the new sustainability paradigm. It focuses on the generation of new knowledge, development of leading-edge approaches, creative innovations and novel applications of knowledge. It provides advanced education to produce graduates and leaders with the knowledge and skills to understand the issues involved in environment and sustainable development and to offer innovative solutions.

The program is flexible and at the same time in-depth to a large extent, tailored to the educational goals of the individual student and emphasizes creativity, problem-solving, field-based learning, systems-oriented approach to sustainability as well as interdisciplinary in curriculum design.

The program consists of lectures, class discussions, field trips and intensive lectures from senior experts from other universities, UN Environment, and other international organizations.

Language: All professional courses are taught in English. Although, Chinese language courses would be offered additionally.

Duration and Certificates:

  • 4 Years Duration: 1 Year for Courses, 3 Years for Research
  • Graduation Certificate:
  1. Complete all the courses required.
  2. Finish the final dissertation.
  3. Success in the final defense.
  • Degree Certificate:
  1. 2 papers published and retrieved in SCI(SSCI); 
  2. or 1 in SCI(SSCI) and 1 in EI(CSSCI);
  3. or 1 in SCI(SSCI) with an impact factor of more than 3.5.

Mentor System and Research Group:


Mentor System and Research Group

The applicants should contact the professors at Tongji University via website or recommendation by IESD according to their research interest during the application process. The acceptance letter by the professor (to be the mentor) is very crucial to get admission and the scholarship applied for.

During the study at Tongji University, all the students will conduct their research and other academic activities under the supervision of their mentors.

II) About UNEP-Tongji IESD 
UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) was jointly established by Tongji University and UNEP since 2002. The institute has enrolled 525 students from 89 countries into the degree program. The Environment discipline of Tongji University ranks A+ among the 155 universities in China according to the recent evaluation by the Chinese Ministry of Education. 

III) Career Prospects

IESD alumni are currently active in international organizations (such as the World Bank, UNDP, ESCAP, etc.), national government agencies (such as the Chinese Ministry of Ecology Environment, the Turkish Environment, and Urban Planning Ministry, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Zambia, Egypt Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ministry of Environment of Romania, Ministry of Economy and Trade of Indonesia, Ministry of Agriculture of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Energy of Liberia, Ministry of Environment of Ethiopia, etc., NGOs (such as WWF), academic institutions (such as Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Wisconsin, University of Missouri, etc.), corporate departments (such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bank of China, Michelin tires, etc.) and other industries.

IV) Scholarships

  • Chinese Government Scholarship: https://studyinchina.csc.edu.cn/#/login Select “Category B”, Code of Tongji is 10247.
  • Marine Scholarship
  • Shanghai Municipal Scholarship: www.study-shanghai.org 
  • Tongji Scholarship only for Ph.D.: https://study.tongji.edu.cn/info/1043/1111.htm
  • Others
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📖Program Curriculum

1. All the students must have “Public Compulsory Courses”
For international students:
Chinese Language Course, 3 Hours per week, 3 Credits
China Outlook Culture Course, 3 Hours per week, 3 Credits

[1] The language courses and China Outlook last one semester. There're three levels to choose from in Chinese language courses.

[2] “China Outlook” is for all foreign students. There will be 8 courses offered in English to international students by the University as follows:

1. China’s Socio-Economic Development

2. The Shape and Growth of the Town & Village in China

3. Chinese History and Culture

4. Intercultural Communication

5. Sustainable Development in China

6. China’s Foreign Affairs and International Relation

7. Chinese Intellectual Property Protection

8. Cultural Heritage Conservation in China

2. Professional Courses:
There're three compulsory courses for Ph.D. candidates.
Progress of Theory and Technique of Wastewater Treatment, Credits: 2
Environment Management, Credits 2
Frontier of Environmental Science, Credits 2

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🏫About Tongji University (TongJU)

  • Tongji University is one of the leading universities in China.
  • Established in 1907, has a history of over 100 years.
  • High reputation for top-quality research, teaching, and learning.
  • Under direct administration of the Ministry of Education, listed on "Project 985" and "Double First-Class Initiative".
  • Strong European connections.
  • Traditionally renowned in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and now prominent in Economics & Management, Arts & Design, Environmental, Engineering, and Automobile Engineering.

🏠 Accommodation

The International Students Service Centers is located on three campuses of Tongji University independently. They are all facilitated with telephone sets, toilets, showers, air-conditioning, public kitchens, classrooms, and business services such as duplication, fax and e-mail sending, typing and air-ticket and train ticket booking are offered.

  • You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.
  • You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.
  • We have an article about how to find accommodation off campus here.
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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$100 USD

Tuition fee:

39,000 RMB per year

156,000 RMB in total

Insurance is 800 RMB.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Second Recommendation Letter
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • Medical Examination Form
  • Personal Statement Letter or Study Plan
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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