Department of Hydraulic Engineering at Tsinghua University


Founded in 1952, the Department of Hydraulic Engineering at Tsinghua University was early known as the Water Conservancy Team of the Department of Civil Engineering. It now comprises one state key laboratory (State Key laboratory of Hydroscience and Engineering), and six institutes, i.e, the Institute of Hydraulic structures Engineering, the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, the Institute of Hydrology and Water Resources, the Institute of River Research, the Institute of Hydraulic Research, and the Institute of Projet Management and Construction Engineering. DHE offers doctoral programs for applicants devoted to research and pursuit of a career in the fields of water science and engineering. The master programs aim at equipping students with solid theoretical and systematic professional knowledge and the ability to tackle issues in water science and engineering.


  • The DHE has been ranked TOP five in the field of Civil & Structural Engineering according to the QS World University Rankings in 2018 (5th) and 2017 (tied 5th).
  • With a comprehensive network of education and research facilities. the DHE is dedicated to motivating innovative and groundbreaking research.
  • A Flexible and inspiring course program is designed to help students fulfill their potentials and broaden their horizons.


Institute of Hydrology and Water Resources

Water resources under climate change
Irrigation and drainage
International transboundary rivers
Flood control and disaster mitigation
Remote sensing and global water cycle
Smart water and big data

Institute of River Research

Fluvial processes
Erosion & Sedimentation
Pipeline transportation
Coastal engineering
Integrated watershed management
Disaster mitigation and prevention
Active hydrosphere & sky river

Institute of Hydraulics Research

Engineering hydraulics
Hydraulics theory and its application
Environmental hydraulics
Computational fluid dynamics
Bridge hydrodynamics
Ice mechanics
Wave theory
Coastal dynamics
Coastal environment
Coastal and offshore structures
Ocean energy development

Institute of Hydraulic Structures Engineering

Stability and cracking control of high dam and foundation
Advanced rock-filled concrete dam technology
Intelligent construction and management
Tunneling and underground space technology
Concrete structure stress and deformations
Health monitoring and safety assessment
Rock mechanics and engineering

Institute of Geotechnical Engineering

Constitutive modeling of geo-materials
High earth-rockfill dam engineering
Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering
Foundation engineering
Slope engineering
Geo-environmental engineering
Ocean geotechnical engineering
Unconventional resource engineering

Institute of Project Management and Construction Engineering

Organizational behavior in construction
Sustainable hydropower development
partnering theory
EPC project management
Cooperative risk management
International project standards

Doctoral / Master’s Programs

Hydraulic Engineering

  • Water Science and River Sediment Control
  • Harbour, Coastal and Offshore Engineering
  • Hydraulics and Aquatic Environment
  • Water Science and Disaster Prevention and Reduction
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Water Informatization and Digital Hydraulic Engineering
  • Concrete Materials and Structures
  • Rock Mechanics and Engineering
  • Hydraulic Hub Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering Construction Technology and Management

Civil Engineering 

  • Geotechnical Engineering

Management Science and Engineering

  • Construction Project Management

Courses in English

More than 20 Courses and lectures are given in English. Mathematics and specialized courses are compulsory. i.e.

  • Advanced Numerical Analysis
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computational river and Estuarine Dynamics
  • Integrated River management
  • Professional English for Hydraulic Engineering
  • Remote Sensing Hydrology
  • International Course on River Basin Management
  • Radar Hydrometeorology
  • Soil Seepage Theory and Engineering Applications
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Nonlinear Computation Mechanics

Elective courses include “Chinese Culture and Society”, “Chinese Culture, History and Values”,etc


Currently, Tsinghua University Mainly offers two kinds of scholarships to incoming full-time international graduate students: Chinese Government Scholarship and Tuition Scholarships. Tuition Scholarships includes Beijing Government Scholarship and Tsinghua Universtity Scholarship.

Chinese Government Scholarship is open to graduate program applicants. The full chinese Government Scholarship covers tuition fees, Living allowance, on-campus accommodation, and comprehensive medical insurance.

Tuition Scholarships covers full or partial tuition fee support with a duration of one academic year and could be applied year by year.

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How to Apply

All international applicants should apply via the online application system ( Submissions in other formats are invalid.

For Admission
Graduate Admission Office
Tel : +86-10-62781380
Email : [email protected]

For Scholarship
Graduate Scholarship and Grants Management Office
Tel: +86-10-62789660
Email : [email protected]

Life on Campus
International Students & Scholars Center, Tsinghua University
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