1) The curriculum and teaching requirement for master degree candidates
(no less
than18 credits)
Public Degree Courses
Class Hours
Basic Chinese
China survey
Degree Courses For
Major Use
Basic Major Courses, Major Courses: (5-6 courses) no less than 12 credits (including mathematics, mechanics, computer and the like).
Non-major Courses(no less than 8 credits)
Arbitrarily selecting within own second-class subjects (including compulsory courses and optional courses). No less than 8 credits.
Academic lectures attendance    1 credit,   (no less than 4 times).
Selection of the title of the dissertation   1 credit
Notes: International master candidates are expected to fulfill 28 credits, among which degree courses are no less than 18 credits, non-degree courses are no less than 8 credits, compulsory chains 2credits.
2) Curriculum and teaching requirements for doctorate candidates
(no less than 8 credits)
Public Degree
Class Hours
First Foreign Language(Chinese)
China survey
Degree Courses For Major use
Basic Major Theoretical Courses and advanced courses
No less than 4
Non-major Courses (no less than 4 credits)
Second Foreign Language and Courses For Major Use
No less than 2
Selection of the title of the dissertation         1 credit
Academic lectures attendance,           2 credits, (no less than 8 times).
Report of the thesis development   1 credit    no less than 2 times
Notes: Trans-one-class-subjects courses can be the degree courses for master candidates and doctorate candidates or the non-degree courses for doctorate candidates. International doctorate candidates should achieve no less than 13 credits, among which degree courses should be no less than 8 credits, non-degree courses should be no less than 2credits and compulsory chains 3 credits.
Doctorate candidates can only apply for the Dissertation Debate on the condition that they have had at least 3 papers published during the study span.
3) Each course will be given an exam, the grade will be expressed by percentage and 60 is the score to pass the exam.
4) If a master candidate fails one degree course exam (the total no more than 3), one made-up exam will be allowed. If he passes the make-up exam, the credits will be acknowledged. If there are still more than one courses (including 1 course) failed after the make-up exam or more than 3 degree courses (including 3) failed, no more make-up exam will be given and it will be considered as quitting the school. If one fails any optional course exam, he can repeat the course once again, but no credits will be recorded.
5) If a doctorate candidate fails a degree course exam, no make-up exam will be allowed if no special reasons can be provided.

Rules and Regulations:
Master’s program students shall abide by the academic policies and procedures of Tongji University, College of Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE). Requirements for the award of degree shall satisfy the minimum requirements for the degree of Tongji-CESE. Each student shall be assigned by the Dean a faculty adviser who will advise the student on his/her individual program of study. Each student shall be assigned by the Dean a thesis supervisor who may or may not be the student’s faculty adviser although it will be desirable to have the same person serving for both roles.

Length of Study:
The normal length of the master’s program is 2 to 3 years. The study program should be completed in 4 years at the latest.


Mid-Sep 1st year - Mid-Jan 2nd year




Course Work


Mid-Jan 2nd year - Mid-Feb 2nd year


Winter Holiday


Mid-Feb 2nd year - Mid-Jul 2nd year




Course Work


Mid-Jul 2nd year - Mid-Sep 2nd year


Summer Holiday


Research (Optional)


Mid-Sep 2nd year - Mid-Jan 3rd year






Mid-Jan 3rd year- Mid-Feb 3rd year


Winter Holiday


Mid-Feb 3rd year- Mid-Jul 3rd year






Mid-Jul 3rd year - Mid-Sep 3rd year


Summer Holiday


Research (If necessary)

Grading System:
Courses are assessed by centesimal system. The final examination normally accounts for 80% while others account for 20%. Specific grading for each course is indicated in the course outline.

Course Credit:
The total minimum number of credits for the master’s program is 28. The normal number of credits a student can take in a semester is 15 to 18. Credits are valid only for 4 years at the most.

Course and Examination:
  Arrangement of Courses 
Public required courses (e.g. Politics, English) and other public courses (e.g. Mathematics, Computer) are offered by the graduate school and relevant colleges. Major courses are organized by the student’s college itself. Public courses have priority of arrangement over others. Courses to be taken by the student are to be determined during the first month of the semester under the guidance of the student’s adviser. Normally, change of courses is not allowed after registration. However, if a student desire to change, a request must be lodged during the first two weeks of classes.
Examinations are either elective or required.Elective examinations, given at the discretion of the course instructor, can be in written or oral form. Required examinations (e.g. Final Examination) can only be in written form. Examinations can only be deferred for health reasons due to illness. Normally, the deferred examination is not arranged separately but would be combined with the next regular examination schedule. A student who fails in a course can apply for a repetition of the course only once.
Master’s Thesis:
  Thesis Commencement
Thesis work may commence while the student is still taking coursework during the first 1-1.5 years (three semesters of study). Notification of the date of commencement is decided by the Thesis Jury (Thesis Committee) only after the thesis proposal presentation which includes a 30-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. A student failing to pass the thesis proposal presentation can make another presentation only once after three months.       
  Thesis Requirement
A Master’s thesis should be carried out by the student independently under the guidance of his mentor or advisor. At least 10 reference literatures should be cited for the thesis. A Master’s thesis should be conducted for duration of at least one year.       
  Thesis Jury and Evaluation
The Thesis Jury (Thesis Committee) should consist of 3-5 professors or associate professors. The evaluation of the thesis should follow the following procedures:
(i) Evaluation by the adviser and modification made.
(ii) Obtain academic comments and submit the application form for approval.
(iii)Deliver the thesis to one or two experts one month before the defense.
(iv)Obtain permission for the thesis defense.

Graduation and Degree Certificate:
The Master’s degree certification will be awarded only for the students who have satisfactorily completed all the coursework and thesis requirements and those who meet the requirement of Regulations Concerning Academic Degree in the People’s Republic of China. Graduation certificate or Degree certificate will not be re-issued if they are lost. Students who have completed the coursework requirements but have failed to complete the thesis requirement will be provided a certification for completing the coursework only. At least one publication in an academic journal or academic conference is to be made from a thesis.
Credit Requirements
For Master’s Degree students, the minimum course credit requirement is 28, which is composed by:


 Public compulsory courses(Language and culture)


 Professional core courses


 Professional elective courses


 Compulsory Links




  Materials required for graduation in Master Program