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

Provide solutions for environmental issues and environmental management


New intake: October 2020

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The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in collaboration with AIT-VN offers Professional Master Program in Environmental Engineering and Management (PM-EEM) in Vietnam aiming to provide middle and senior level managers and policy makers with advanced knowledge and skills in environmental engineering and management.

The program looks for solutions to environmental problems, water supply and sanitation, wastewater treatment and disposal systems, air pollution, solid and hazardous wastes, waste minimization, and life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment, and environmental toxicology in Vietnam and Asian region.

The first batch was launched at the AITCV-Hanoi in May 2010 with students from many well-known companies in Vietnam, (e.g. VICEN, VICEM, PortCoast, Prosperity Initiative, Tay Nguyen University, Petro Vietnam). A new batch is scheduled in every Spring/ Autumn intake each year. For further information, please click here to download the leaflet.

Students who expect to obtain Master of in Environmental Engineering and Management (PM-EEM) need to complete a 33-credit curriculum, consisting of 24 credits of course work and 6 credits of research study and 3 credits of special study and international field trips over a period of 1 year.

In the first semester, students will take the basic and advanced courses selected from the regular courses offered at AIT. Students will continue taking courses and carry out their research study during the two last semesters. There are 2 international field trip-cum-study visits planned to help students get more exposure to international environmental engineering and management practices, as well as to be familiar with the AIT main campus in Thailand.

1st Semester 4 7 7
2nd Semester 4 11 (course work)/

2 (research study- part 1)

3rd Semester 2 6 (course work)

4 (research study- part 2)

3 (Field trip)

Total 33

Courses to be offered

  • Solid Waste Management
  • Environmental Quality and Management
  • Toxic Organics and Trace Metals in Ecosystem
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Industrial Waste Abatement and Management
  • Water Quality Management
  • Hazardous Waste Technology and Management
  • Air Pollution Engineering and Management
  • Climate and Environment Co-Benefit
  • Cooperate Environmental Management

The program will take one year and consists of three semesters. Student will complete a 33-credit study program (24CR of coursework, 6CR of research study and 3CR of special study written based on the knowledge gained from the internship/international field trip).

Semester 1: (7 credits)

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

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 and Environment Co-benefit (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

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

Semester 2: (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

Hazardous Waste Technology and 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

Toxic Organics and Trace Metals in Ecosystems (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

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

Research study part 1 (2 CR)

Instructors: EEM Team

Semester 3: (13 credits)

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

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

Research study part 2 (4 CR)

Instructor: EEM Team

Special Study & 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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