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)

Significant deterioration in environmental quality has taken place worldwide. As a result, the main objective of this course is to enhance student’s understanding of how the natural environmental systems operate, how anthropogenic influence has affected the environment and what are the different methods and principles used in management of environment. This course introduces the concept of sustainable development and acquaints the student with various methods used for estimating environmental impacts. Finally, the course also introduces various efforts and policies at national, regional and global level for maintain environmental quality.

Air Pollution Engineering and Management (3CR)

This course aims to equip students with scientific basis and engineering knowledge to understand the complexity of the air pollution problems, multiple effects of air pollution, and principal tools for effective integrated air quality management.

Corporate Environmental Management (1CR)

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.

Semester 2: September – December (13 credits)

Environmental Impact Assessment (3CR)

Course aims to introduce EIA concept and elaborate procedures and methodology, development and implementation, emerging issues and remaining gaps. It consolidates the understanding of EIA as a useful tool in environmental decision-making process and in management of development projects.

Industrial Waste Abatement and Management (3CR)

Industrial wastes set specific characteristics, as each industry has its specialization sector of operation. Therefore, every industry needs custom waste treatment and management strategies for its sustainable operation. The objective of this course is to prepare both environmental engineers and managers with theoretical and practical skills to characterize, interpret and conduct waste abatement activities in an industrial environment. While integrated way of handling liquid, solid and gaseous emission from industries will be the major focus, greater emphasis will be given to liquid pollution abatement and management.

Hazardous Waste Management (2CR)

Discharge of toxic and hazardous chemicals has increased manifolds due to their excessive use which has become a serious threat to human health and the environment. This course exposes the students with the properties of hazardous chemicals, their spread in the environment and risk associated with it. Furthermore, students also learn about hazardous waste minimization and various technologies employed for hazardous waste treatment and disposal, including remediation of hazardous waste contaminated sites. Students also will be exposed to various methods used in hazardous waste management and regulatory aspects.

Selective Courses (3CR)

Research study part 1 (2CR)

Semester 3: January – May (13 credits)

Solid Waste Management (3CR)

To provide knowledge of engineering principles and issues concerning solid waste management from generation, collection, treatment, reuse/recycle and disposal. It aims to equip students with theoretical knowledge and practical applications to comprehend the complexity of the solid waste issues and tools for effective management.

Water Quality Management (2CR)

Unchecked industrial and municipal discharges have severely deteriorated the surface as well as ground water quality. The course emphasizes how water resource need to be managed to maintain the quality. The main objective of this course is to provide knowledge on causes for deterioration of water quality and the need for establishing appropriate water quality standards for drinking water, surface water, coastal water and discharge standard for treated wastewater. The students will be exposed to various management approaches adopted for maintaining water quality.

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

This course equips students with fundamental scientific knowledge on the Earth climate system and how it changes due to natural processes and human-induced emission of short-lived and long-lived climate forcers. It further provides basic techniques of climate change impact assessment, and analysis of co-benefits for climate change mitigation and environmental quality improvement resulting from emission control measures.

Research study part 2 (4CR)

Internship/ International Field Trip (3CR)

Emeritus Professor, Prof. Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh

Prof. C. Visvanathan

Dr. Thammarat Koottatep

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oleg V. Shipin

Assistant Prof. Dr. Wenchao Xue

Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul

Emeritus Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh
Prof. C. Visvanathan
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oleg V. Shipin
Assistant Prof. Dr. Wenchao Xue
Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul

Admission Requirements

Candidates must hold a 3-year undergraduate in any relevant fields and have a minimum of 3 year working experience. If potential students do not have 3 year working experience, significant relevant working experience during their bachelor with good academic performance will be taken into account.

English requirement upon admission is at least IELTS 5.0, TOEFL Paper 500, TOEFL CBT 173, TOEFL IBT 60. The graduation requirement is English IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), a CGPA of 2.75 in coursework and a pass in the research project. Those who do not obtain a CGPA of 2.75 are given a certificate.

Tuition Fees and other Costs

Total tuition fee per Master: 319,000,000 VND (equivalent to 13,695 USD)

The indicative total tuition fee is calculated based on a full-time study load which is 33 credits (three semesters) with 3 credits of an international field trip.

Other Costs: Registration fee (500 USD) and an international field trip (about 18,650,000 VND ~ 800 USD)


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


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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