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Inter University Post-Graduate Education Program on
Environmental Toxicology, Technology and Management
(M.Sc. and Ph.D.) 

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) / Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) / Mahidol University (MU)

          This innovative, multidisciplinary inter-university program is a combination of health sciences, biotechnology, and environmental engineering designed to train human resources capable of undertaking control and management of toxic chemicals as well as research and development in the areas of toxicology, technology (including biotechnology), and environmental management.
          The design of the program is based on the recognition that in developing countries there is a severe shortage of trained and qualified personnel in both government and industry needed for policy/decision making, research/development, and management of toxic chemicals to cope with rapid industrialization. It is also evident that effective management of toxic chemicals in developing countries requires technical and management personnel with broader background knowledge in both health science and environmental management.
          The curriculum of this post-graduate program has been created by the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) through the support of United Nation Development Programme (UNDP). The curriculum development committee consists of a team of local experts from Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI), Mahidol University, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and a team of international experts from North America, Europe, and the United Nations.

    Teaching Activities
    Teleconference between students and
    Professors, Inter-University Program - MIT, USA

List of Faculty Members:


    - Ajit  Annachhatre, Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
    - Thammarat  Koottatep, D.Eng. (Water and Wastewater Engineering) from AIT, Thailand
    - Preeda  Pakpian, Ph.D. (Soil Chemistry and Plant Nutrition) from Texas A&M University, U.S.A.
    - Chongrak  Polprasert, Ph.D. (Civil/Environmental Engineering) from University of Washington, U.S.A.
    - C.  Visvanathan, Ph.D. (Chemical/Environmental Engineering) from Institute National Polytechnique, France


    - Mayuree  Fuangthong, Ph.D. (Microbiology) from Cornell University, U.S.A.
    - Suvit  Loprasert, Ph.D. (Biotechnology)from Osaka University, Japan
    - Skorn  Mongkolsuk, Ph.D. (Biological Science) from University of Marryland, U.S.A.
    - Panida  Navasumrit, Ph.D. (Oncology) from Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, University of Manchester, U.K.
    - ML. Sirithida Porntosaporn, Ph.D. (Microbiology) from Mahidol University, Thailand
    - Khunying Mathuros Ruchirawat, Ph.D. (Nutrition Biochemistry and Metabolism) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
    - Jutamaad  Satayavivad, Ph.D. (Pharmacology) from Mahidol University, Thailand
    - Daam  Settachan, Ph.D. (Environmental Toxicology) from , Texas Tech University, U.S.A.
    - Rojana  Sukchawalit, Ph.D. (Molecular Microibiology) from The University of Birmingham, U.K.
    - Apinya  Thiantanawat, Ph.D. (Pharmacology) from University of Marryland, U.S.A.
    - Paiboon  Vattanaviboon, Ph.D. (Biotechnology) from Mahidol University, Thailand
    - Piyajit  Watcharasit, Ph.D. (Pharmacology) from University of Alabama Birmingham, U.S.A.


    - Warren Brockelman, Ph.D.
    - Skorn  Mongkolsuk, Ph.D. (Biological Science) from University of Marryland, U.S.A.
    - Pawinee  Piyachaturawat, Ph.D. (Physiology) from Mahidol University, Thailand 
    - Khunying Mathuros Ruchirawat, Ph.D. (Nutrition Biochemistry and Metabolism) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    - Jutamaad  Satayavivad, Ph.D. (Pharmacology) from Mahidol University, Thailand
    - Prasert  Sobhon, Ph.D.
    - Samaisukh  Sophasan, Ph.D. (Physiology) from Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, U.S.A.
    - Chaiwat  Toskulkao, Ph.D. (Physiology) from Mahidol University, Thailand
    - Krongthong  Yavathavorn, Ph.D. (Pharmacology) from Mahidol University, Thailand


Year 2013 Visiting Faculty:

    • Herman N. Autrup, Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Aarhus, Denmark
    • Matin van den Berg, Toxicology Division, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) and World Health Organization Centre for Research on Environmental Health Risk Assessment, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
    • Alan Boobis, Department of Health Toxicology Unit, Imperial College of London, U.K.
    • John H. Duffus, Edinburgh Centre for Toxicology, Scotland, U.K.
    • John M. Essigmann, Department of Chemistry and Biological Engineering Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
    • Peter B. Farmer, Cancer Biomarker and Prevention Group, Biocentre, University of Leicester, U.K. (2008-present)
    • Philip J. Landrigan, Global Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, U.S.A.
    • Melissa A. McDiarmid, Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, U.S.A.
    • Mary E. Meek, McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
    • Jacqueline Moline, Population Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, U.S.A.
    • Leonard Ritter, Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
    • Ram Sasisekharan, Biological Engineering Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Special Features:          

    • It is an international program with world renowned international experts in the teaching faculty.
    • Some courses are operated as a joint-effort between the program and leading foreign institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
    • Linkages have been established with various institutions in Europe and North America to conduct collaborative research and to supervise student dissertation research.
    • Opportunities exist for Doctoral degree students to receive research training at world renowned institutes in USA, Europe, and Asia.
    • Graduates of this professional degree program will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with global and international issues associated with chemicals and hazardous wastes and the current strategies to manage and solve problems through teaching by international experts from North America, European Union, etc., and experts from international organizations who join the program as visiting professors. 
    • In 2003, the program established a cooperation agreement with University of Utrecht in the Netherlands to offer the possibility for students from both sides to participate in our respective Doctoral degree programs according to the specific requirements set for each program, and to take another degree.

Master's Degree Program: August each year is the normal time of admission and entry annually to the four semesters (22 months) Master’s degree program. Students have to complete a program of coursework of a minimum of 26 credits, and a research thesis (22 credits). 

Doctoral Program: Doctoral degree students, after receiving their Master's degree from the same program are given flexible entry timing and are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits of coursework, of which not more than 6 credits are earned from special studies. Students must have taken their Advancement to Candidacy not later than the end of their third semester of study, and completed all the requirements for the Doctoral degree within five years of Advancement.



          The curriculum consists of three types of courses: prerequisite, core and elective.
          The core consists of courses in basic toxicology, environmental management, and waste technology. This is supported by courses to expand the basic training and promote specialization.
          This curriculum is designed to support both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. The extent to which laboratory work and thesis/dissertation research is involved will be commensurate with the needs of the students and the resources of the institution.

Prerequisite courses: These are courses designed for those students who may need additional background in environmental science. They are:

    1. Biochemistry
    2. Statistics 
    3. Biology or Life Sciences 
    4. Integrated Life Science (3)

Core courses (22 Credits): These are fundamental courses which provide students a common background in environmental toxicology, technology and management. All Master's students should complete these courses. They include : 

    1. Principles of Toxicology (3)
    2. Principles of Environmental Management (3)
    3. Environmental Toxicology (2)
    4. Health/Environmental Risk and Impact Assessment (3)
    5. Sampling Design (+ Laboratory) (2)
    6. Industrial Waste Abatement and Management (3)
    7. Health, Development and Environment (2)
    8. Hazardous Waste Technologies and Management (2)
    9. Environmental Economics (2)

Elective courses (16 Credits): Students can choose the following elective courses either as listed below or from other fields of study. They are: 

    1. Environmental Microbiology (+ Laboratory) (2)
    2. Advanced Microbial Technology (+ Laboratory) (3)
    3. Molecular Biology of Environmental Stress (1)
    4. Seminar in Toxicology (1)
    5. Seminar in Environmental Biotechnology (1)
    6. Environmental Chemistry (+ Laboratory) (3)
    7. Sanitation and Health (3)
    8. Selected topics:
      - Bioengineering & Environmental Health (2) (joint course with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT)
      - Toxicology of Pesticides and Industrial Chemicals: Occupational Health and Safety (2)
      - Biotechnology for Toxic Assessment and Control (2)
      - Environmental Immunotoxicology and Reproductive Toxicology (2)

      - Detection of Environmental Pollution (3)
      - Advance in Environmental Health Sciences (2)


    -  One Credit is equivalent to 12 lecture-hours. 
    -  Three-hour laboratory session is equivalent to one lecture-hour. 
    -  Students with a bachelor's degree who enroll in this Ph.D. Program are required to take core courses and elective courses with a minimum of 48 credits. These courses are listed above together with other elective courses offered by the Institutes participating in this program.

A wide range of more specialized courses relevant to ETTM students are offered by various academic fields of study at AIT such as:

    • Agricultural System and Engineering Field of Study - provides a wide range of courses in agriculture and emphasizes on sustainable agricultural and related technologies development through holistic approach for efficient food production from small holder agriculture.
    • Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management Field of Study - provides a wide spectrum of activities enabling it to address poverty, constraints facing the promotion of sustainable management and utilization of aquatic resources, coastal aquaculture, aquaculture water quality management.
    • Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology Field of Study - offers courses on fermentation, enzyme and cell catalysis, biochemical and physical separation techniques and provides extensive laboratory facilities.
    • Environmental Engineering and Management Field of Study - offers courses in industrial wastewater pollution and control, toxic materials in ecosystems, waste reuse and recycling, design of water supply and wastewater system, water quality analysis and provides environmental engineering laboratory facilities and a wide range of courses related to environmental planning and management.
    • Energy Technology Field of Study - offers a comprehensive range of courses related to energy balance, planning and policy, environmental policy and management of energy systems, renewable energy sources and energy conservation.
    • Water Supply, Drainage and Sewage Engineering Field of Study - offers courses in water resource systems, flood control and drainage systems, municipal sewage and sludge management etc.

Support Facilities for Teaching and Research:
          Students enrolled in the AIT/CRI/MU Inter-university Program will get the opportunity to make use of the many well-equipped and up-to-date laboratories, facilities and research stations.

Examples of such facilities are listed below: 

  - Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  - Biotechnology Laboratory
9 Laboratories specializing in chemistry, biomedical sciences, environmental toxicology and biotechnology. 
At MU:
 - Pilot Plant for Biotechnology 
  - Multidisciplinary Laboratories 


Admission Requirements :

Master's Degree Program:  

  • To be eligible for admission to the Master's degree program a candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree (normally from a four-year program) or its equivalent preferably in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agriculture or in a related field. 

Doctoral Program:  

  • Candidates to the Doctoral degree program should hold a Master's degree or its equivalent from an institution of good standing and should normally have a GPA of 3.50 at the Master's level.

Financial Assistance:

Scholarships are available from a number of sources:

  1. AIT offers some scholarships supported by donor governments, foundations, and other international organizations as well as private firms and state enterprises.
  2. Interuniversity program scholarships are available for students of Thai nationality and provide full tuition fees plus living expenses.
  3. Additionally, University of Utrecht in the Netherlands offers a limited number of fellowships for students undertaking the dual-track degree program. The fellowship provides a stipend for a set of period.

Further Information:

Please send your requests for further information and application forms to: 

Environmental Engineering and Management
School of Environment, Resources and Development 
Asian Institute of Technology 
P.O. Box 4, Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand 
Tel : (66-2) 524-5642 Fax : (66-2) 524-5625 
Email : [email protected] 
AIT Homepage : <

Office of Academic Affairs 
Chulabhorn Research Institute 

Vipavadee Rangsit Highway, Bangkok 10210, Thailand 
Tel : (66-2) 553-8413
Fax : (66-2) 553-8536
Email : [email protected] 
CRI Homepage : <

Inter University Post-Graduate Education Program on Environmental Toxicology, Technology and Management (ETTM)
Faculty of Science, Mahidol University
Rama 6 Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel : (66-2) 201-5913-14


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