Professional Master Program in Environmental Engineering and Management (PM-EEM)

Provide solutions for environmental issues and environmental management


New intake: January 2021

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Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) at AIT began in 1964 with the need for sanitary engineering to address the problems of providing adequate water supplies and sanitation facilities. The overall program looks for solutions to environmental problems including wastewater treatment and disposal systems; air pollution engineering and management; solid and hazardous wastes; waste minimization and life cycle assessment; environmental impact assessment and management; and environmental toxicology. The three major focal areas are Environmental Technology and Management (ETM); Environmental Toxicology, Technology and Management (EETM); and Water and Wastewater Engineering (WWE).

The EEM has produced over 1,100 master and 90 PhD graduates from 40 countries in Asia and beyond. ETM emphasizes a systems approach to managing the environment, including the interrelated roles of industry and government agencies. Some of the subjects covered in the specialization of air pollution, solid wastes, industrial pollution control, hazardous wastes control and minimization, environmental impact assessment and waste audits. ETTM is a multidisciplinary inter-university program (Chulabhorn Research Institute, Mahidol University and AIT) with assistance from a team of international experts. This program is a combination of toxicology and other related health sciences, biotechnology and environmental engineering. WWE responds to the need to produce engineers who have specialized in the planning, design, operation and management of water supply, wastewater treatment, and disposal systems. Specializations include water supply and sewerage system engineering, water quality management, water and wastewater treatment systems, environmental sanitation systems, groundwater contamination, waste recycling and resource recovery, natural and ecological treatment systems.

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This is a one-year professional master program, equivalent to about 42 weeks of study and research. To complete the program, all students are required to complete 33-credits curriculum study, consisting of 24 credits of coursework, 6 credits of research study and 3 credits of internship/international field trip.  All classes are offered in English between Friday and Sunday. Classes are organized by AIT Center in Vietnam.  Classes for 2 credits will be held in AIT during international field trips to Thailand.

In the first two semesters, students will take basic and advanced courses selected from the regular courses offered at AIT, in consultation with an academic/thesis advisor. During the third semester, students will carry out their project study. Students will take an international field trip-cum-study visit to large companies outside Vietnam, such as those in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Taiwan or do internship in AIT, Thailand.

AIT certificate may be awarded to those students who would like to register for course(s) offered in the framework of this Master program. Credits gained from the certificate courses can also be transferred to the AIT Master, two-stage master and flexible PhD Degree.

The program will take one year and consists of three semesters. Student will complete a 33-credit study program.

Semester 1: May – August (7 credits)

Environmental Quality Management (3CR)

Rationale: There is a need to enhance understanding and to introduce techniques and policy for management of highly interrelate and interdisciplinary environmental protection factors.

Catalogue: Basic concepts of environmental management; environmental issues and priorities; environmental management approaches; environmental standards and criteria setting; environmental indicators and indices; environmental information systems; environmental organization; enforcement and economic aspects of environmental control; environmental monitoring.

Instructor: Prof. Nguyen Cong Thanh/ Dr. Preeda Parkpian

Air Pollution Engineering and Management (3CR)

Rationale: Rapid urbanization and industrialization create increasing numbers of sources of harmful air pollutants leading to new dimensions in air quality management. This course equips engineers and scientists with fundamental theoretical and practical  knowledge to understand the complexity of the air pollution problem, multiple effects of air pollution, and principal tools for effective air quality management.

Catalogue: Nature of air pollution; Effects of air pollution; Asian and global air pollution; Integrated air quality management; Air pollution monitoring; Air pollution meteorology; Atmospheric self-purifying processes; Air quality Modeling; Control principles for particulate matter and gaseous pollutants; Stationary and mobile source control; Photochemical smog; Indoor air pollution; Odor and noise pollution; Air pollution and climate interaction: Atmospheric effects of air pollution, Co-benefit; Energy and environment; Climate change; Ozone layer depletion; Long-range transport of air pollution; Acid rain.

Instructor: Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh

Corporate Environmental Management (1CR)

Rationale: This course is designed to help companies meet the dual challenges of achieving the complex goal of environmental excellence together with business success, in other words an effective management of eco-efficiency. The course provides an overview of the changing business environment related to environmental protection. It presents concepts, methods and skills needed to integrate the concept of sustainable development and eco-efficiency into the decision making process of domestic or international companies follow the ISO 14000 series of international environmental standards.

Catalogue: Corporate Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, Environmental Management in the organization, planning and implementation of EMS, Business and Sustainability, New environmental business concepts, Climate change and Business, Assessment tools in Industry, Multilateral Environmental Agreements and Conventions.

Instructors: Prof. C. Visvanathan

Semester 2: September – December (13 Credits)

Environmental Impact Assessment (3CR)

Rationale: The objective of this course is to introduce EIA concept and elaborate EIA procedure and methodology, development and implementation, emerging issues and gaps. It consolidates the understanding of EIA as a useful tool in decision-making process and in management of development projects. This course combines lectures with actual training in EIA using selected case studies with focus on priority sectors of development in the region. Knowledge of cumulative environmental impact assessment philosophy will also be introduced.

Catalogue: Concepts and organization of ecosystems; predicting impact; procedures for environmental impact assessment; integration with development planning procedures; impact assessment of water resources, transportation, power production mining, and other relevant projects; urbanization, industrialization, and resource conservation considerations; design concepts and alternative strategies for impact reduction; monitoring.

Instructor: Dr. Oleg Shipin

Industrial Waste Abatement and Management (3CR)

Rationale: The objective of this course is to present for both environmental engineers and managers an overall view on industrial waste abatement and management strategies and techniques.

Catalogue: the objective of this course is to present both environmental engineers and managers an overall view on industrial pollution control and waste minimization strategies and techniques. This course will deal with the issues such as; technical strategies of a sound industrial pollution control programs; identification and classification of different pollutants and their effects on surrounding environment; different in-plant waste reduction management techniques both by modifying the production processes and by reducing volume and strength of pollution; overall view of different wastewater and sludge treatment techniques; technical feasibility study for selecting an appropriate treatment methods.

Instructors: Prof. C. Visvanathan

Hazardous Waste Management (2CR)

Rationale: Due to rapid industrialization hazardous waste disposal is becoming a serious threat to human health and the environment. This course aims to provide fundamental knowledge on hazardous substances and wastes, waste minimization and technologies for hazardous waste treatment, including remediation of hazardous waste contaminated sites. Hazardous waste management and regulatory aspects commonly used for hazardous waste control are covered.

Catalogue: Problems of hazardous wastes, their sources, generation and characterization; in-plant control, storage and transportation; processing and treatment, waste disposal, remediation of contaminated sites; risk assessment and hazardous waste management; regulatory aspects of hazardous wastes, national and international roles.

Instructors: Prof. Ajit P. Annachhatre

Selective Courses (3CR)

Rationale: This course was designed to provide the students understand the pathways and effects of toxic organics (POPs focus) and heavy metals on the ecosystems. Environmental fate and exposure concentration of such toxics as well as how to reduce/stabilize to control their toxicity are included. Impacts of the toxics on soil/sediment health need to be emphasized.

Catalogue: Biogeochemistry of toxic substances; mobility, bioavailability, adsorption and accumulation by soil and uptake by plants, assessing toxic organics and heavy metals in ecosystems, metal’s pools using fractionation scheme, soil health effect, metal budget,  by balance sheet approach, toxicological effects of selected pollutants in the ecosystem.

Instructors: Dr. Preeda Parkpian / Dr. Thammrat Koottate

Research study part 1 (2 CR)

Instructors: EEM Team

Semester 3: January – May (13 credits)

Solid Waste Management (3CR)

Rationale: This course is to provide knowledge of engineering principals and issues concerning solid waste management.

Catalogue: Comprehensive overview on the planning of municipal solid waste (MSW) management systems regarding the problems of mega cities and appropriate solutions, emphasizing the correlation with environmental health, water and sludge management, and sustainable development.

Instructor: Dr. Thammrat Koottatep

Water Quality Management (2CR)

Rationale: Industrialization and population increase have led to increased water consumption. On the other hand, unchecked industrial and municipal discharges have severely deteriorated the water quality. The course emphasizes how water resource should be managed to maintain the quality.

Catalogue: Fresh water resources and ecosystems; sources of water pollution and types of wastes; assessment of water quality in rivers and lakes; lake eutrophication, water quality monitoring and management planning; case studies.

Instructor: Prof. Ajit P. Annachhatre

Climate Change Science and Mitigation Co-benefits (1 CR)

Rationale: Human-induced changes to the Earth climate become a topic of the intense interest. This course equips engineers and scientists with fundamental knowledge  on the Earth climate system and how it changes, potential effects of the climate change, as well as the measures to deal with the changes with co-benefit considerations.

Catalogue: Earth climate system; The science of climate change; Greenhouse effect; Climate forcing agents; Effects of climate change; Mitigation: energy and environment, greenhouse gases, black carbon; Adaptation; Environment and climate co-benefit: climate and air quality; co-control principles.

Instructor: Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh

Research study part 2 (4 CR)

Instructor: EEM Team

Internship/ International Field Trip (3CR)

Instructor: EEM Team

Faculty is from Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) Field of Study, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). We have excellent faculty members who act as course instructors and research supervisors in an environment rich with intellectual challenge and with outstanding laboratory and support facilities.

EEM is highly experienced in environmental engineering and management education, from short training programs to master programs, doctoral programs and post-doctoral programs. So far, there are more than 1,400 masters and 140 doctors graduated in Environmental Engineering and Management program. EEM also have its strong partnership with international organizations and government’s environmental engineering and management organizations in providing consultancy services and professional researches to enhance the quality of environmental management projects.

Prof. C. Visvanathan
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh
Prof. Ajit P. Annachhatre
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep
Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul

Admission Schedule

Intake October 2020

Intensive English training (if need) August-September 2020

Deadline for application 30 September 2020

Entry requirement

  • Hold a 4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an appropriate field of study
  • Minimum of 2 years working experience
  • Proficiency in English to meet AIT Entry Requirement &
  • Passing the entry interview

English requirement

  1. IELTS (4.5)
  2. TOEFL (Paper -based: 500; Computer – Based: 173; or Internet – based: 61)
  3. AIT-EET (4.5)

Applicants who do not have proof of English language proficiency (equivalent to paper based TOEFL 500) can apply for the English Test offered by AIT. Test fee is US$20.

An English bridging course will be organized by AIT-VN for those who need more English and Academic Skills before joining the program.

CLICK HERE for download the application forms.


Application processing fee: $ 20

Tuition Fee (3 instalments): $ 13,800 including

Registration fee: $ 500

Tuition fee ($350/credit): $ 11,550

International field trip: $ 1,750

Application procedure

Interested applicants who meet the qualifications for admission can download application forms from: To apply for admission, applicants must submit:

  • A completed AIT application form
  • A certified copy of undergraduate certificate (in English).
  • A certified official student transcript (in English).
  • Two letters of recommendations
  • TOEFL (Internet-based: 61, Computer-Based: 173, or Paper-Based: 500), IELTS (4.5) or a Certificate of English proficiency

Admission schedule

  • Spring semester intake
  • Autumn semester intake

Teaching venues and time

The courses will be held on:

  • Friday (6-9 pm)
  • Saturday (9am- 4pm)
  • Sunday (9am- 4pm)

Venues: PM-EEM will be offered alternatively in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city


Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Thuy

Manager of Vietnam Learning Center on Environmental and Social Sustainability (LC)

Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam

Mobile: +84 98 343 7728


Our Renowned Professors

Chettiyappan Visvanathan


Specialization in Cleaner production, Industrial Environment Management, Membrane Technology for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Solid Waste Management. Nationality: Thailand

Ajit P. Annachhatre


Specialization in: Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment, Biofilm Processes, Environmental Biotechnology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Mathematical Modeling. Nationality: Thailand

Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh


Specialization in: Air Pollution Engineering and Management, Transboundary Pollution, Air Pollution and Climate Interaction, Environmental Monitoring and Modelling, Exposure Assessment, Integrated Industrial Environment Management. Nationality: Vietnam

Thammarat Koottatep

Dr. /Associate Professor

Specialization in Waste and Wastewater Treatment Systems, Eco-engineering Technology for Waste and Wastewater Treatment and Management, Environmental Health and Sanitation. Nationality: Thailand

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