Master’s Programs for International Graduate Students at China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research

According to Administrative Regulations of Institutions of Higher Education on Accepting Foreign Students (Decree No.42 of the Ministry of Education in 2017), Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Academic Degrees, Provisional Measures for Implementation of the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Academic Degrees, and based on the actual situation of China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), this Master's program is formulated to enhance the internationalization of graduate education at IWHR and ensure its quality of graduate education.


The master's program is aimed at cultivating high-level individuals who have comprehensive fundamental knowledge and theory of hydraulic engineering, are capable of getting insight into the history, current status and development trend of hydraulic engineering, and have a good international horizon, honest and team-work spirits. The program also aims to train high-level researchers and technicians, who know about Chinese culture, are capable of using Chinese language for daily communication, have the ability to work independently in the scientific research or to be in charge of technical work independently, and are able to use English to carry out scientific research and academic exchange.

Study Duration

The duration of study for the master's program is at least 2.5 years (5 semesters) and no more than 3 years(6 semesters).

Research Directions

The master’s program in English for international students includes the following research directions:

1. Geotechnical Engineering (081401)

2. Hydrology and Water Resources (081501)

3. Hydraulics and River Dynamics (081502)

4. Hydraulic Structure Engineering (081503)

5. Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering (081504)

6. Hydro-Environment (0815Z1)

7. Hydroinformatics (0815Z2)

8. Water Disaster and Security (0815Z3)

Research Plan

The research plans of international students pursuing master's degrees at IWHR are formulated by discussion between the students and their supervisors. The Form of Research Plan of International Students (PhD Candidates), shall be filled out by a student under his or her supervisor' guidance, signed by his or her supervisor, approved by the director of the research department or center where the student is studying, and then kept on record for reference in the office of international student affairs of IWHR Graduate School.

Program Requirements

The teaching language of the master's program for international students is English. The courses are divided into two main categories: compulsory courses and optional courses, the specific contents of which are shown in Courses for International Students (master's degree candidates). The two courses, Chinese Language and Introduction to China, are compulsory for the international tudents who pursue academic degrees. The international students who have reached Level 4 of HSK test can be exempted from taking the course of English Language. Each of the master's degree candidates is required to get 30 credits at least for graduation.

Academic Papers

When applying for master's degrees, master's degree candidates must submit one or more academic papers related to their theses, which have been published during their academic studies in the domestic core journals of science and technology or international academic journals (including the proceedings of ISTP international conferences).


1. The thesis-related academic activities that a master's degree candidate must be involved in includes thesis proposal, mid-term assessment, thesis review, and thesis defense.

2. The thesis abstract must be written both in Chinese and English.

3. The thesis defense must meet the requirements set down in Regulation of China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research on Thesis Defenses of Master's Degree Candidates.

Conferment of Master's Degree

The master's degree candidates who have passed their respective thesis defenses shall submit their applications for master's degrees to the Academic Degree Committee of China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research and will be awarded master's degrees if their applications are reviewed and approved by the Academic Degree Committee and signed by the president of the Academic Degree Committee.

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