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Tarbiat Modares University

Tarbiat Modares University
دانشگاه تربیت مدرس
Dāneshgāh-e Tarbiat Modares
Tarbiat Modares University
Established 1982 (1982)
Type Public
Chancellor Prof. Mohammad Taghi Ahmadi
Students 7,970
Location Tehran, Iran

Tarbiat Modares University (دانشگاه تربیت مدرس, lit. "Professor Training University") is an exclusively graduate university with its main campus in Tehran, Iran. It was founded in 1982 and is consistently ranked among top universities in Iran.[1] Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) is the only exclusively graduate university in Iran and was founded to train university professors. Admission is through national level university exams (i.e., Concours) and in most programs is limited to top performers.[2]


  • Faculties and academics 1
    • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 1.1
    • Faculty of Arts 1.2
    • Faculty of Engineering 1.3
    • Faculty of Agriculture 1.4
    • Faculty of Basic Sciences 1.5
    • Faculty of Humanities 1.6
    • Faculty of Natural Resources and Marine Sciences 1.7
    • Faculty of Medical Sciences 1.8
    • Faculty of Mathematical Sciences 1.9
    • Faculty of Biological Sciences 1.10
    • Faculty of Management and Economics 1.11
    • Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering 1.12
    • Faculty of Chemical Engineering 1.13
    • Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering 1.14
  • Ranking 2
  • Statistics 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • University name 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Faculties and academics

TMU includes 15 faculties: Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Basic Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering, Humanities, Law, Management & Economics, Mathematical Sciences, Natural Resources & Marine Sciences and Medical Sciences.

It is the only university in Iran that offers a master program for Medical Biotechnology and only 6-9 students are admitted annually according on their performance in National Graduate Studies Entrance Exam. The university is the first and the only one in Tehran and one of the three in Iran, in which the M.Sc. degree in Nanotechnology Engineering is offered.

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

The faculty has for groups, namely: applied design, manufacturing engineering, energy conversion and aerospace engineering.

Faculty of Arts

The main purpose of the establishment of the Faculty of Arts of TMU has been to provide suitable environment to attract talented students, train them and make them scholars in the arts for universities all over Iran. On this basis, 182 experts have graduated. At present 518 students are doing their courses in various programmes such as painting, animation, specific art studies, theater, graphics, visual art literature, films, architecture, urban and regional planning, construction and building management. There are 30 lecturers and professors in this faculty.

Facilities such as studios, computer center, and library are available to all students of the college. A great number of the directors, professors and lecturers in other universities and organizations are the graduates of this college.

Faculty of Engineering

There are more than 800 M.Sc. and 250 Ph.D. students in the faculty. The staff consists of 65 professors, associate professors, and assistant professors.

Teaching and research is delivered through the following departments, divisions and groups:

  • Industrial Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • System Management and Productivity
    • Economical Social Systems Management
    • Marketing and e-Commerce
    • Information Technology Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

The faculty also offers part-time and e-Learning postgraduate courses for graduates and professionals working towards Master degrees. With an ever-increasing population of international students, the faculty is developing into a cosmopolitan environment for education.

Faculty of Agriculture

The Faculty of Agriculture, founded in 1983, is one of the major providers of training for professors associated with agricultural fields. A wide range of scientific courses is offered for postgraduates and post-experience students. Students can join specialized seminars guided by scientific advisors and take part in research projects of their departments.

There are more than 900 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in the faculty.

Faculty of Basic Sciences

The Faculty of Basic Sciences was established in 1982 to promote higher education studies. The faculty consists of three departments including chemistry, geology and physics.

The Department of Chemistry has four groups:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

The Department of Geology is formed by five groups:

  • Economic Geology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Petrology
  • Structural Geology

The Department of Physics includes three groups:

  • Atomic and Molecular
  • Condensed Matter
  • Particle and Fields

All departments of the faculty offer admissions to students at M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels domestically and internationally. The faculty has 31 permanent academic staff members (10 full professors, 14 associate professors and 8 assistant professors). Distinguished professors from other universities cooperate with the faculty as invited lecturers.

There are 50 laboratories in the faculty. The facilities in the labs include XRD, XRF, CHN, NMR90, FT-IR, FT-Raman, etc.

Faculty of Humanities

As one of the very first post-revolutionary graduate schools, the Faculty of Humanities was established in 1982 in compliance with the main objectives of Tarbiat Modares University (TMU). The Faculty of Humanities consists of 21 education departments, 97 academic members (at the levels of professors, associate professors and assistant professors) and 59 administrative staff. At present 939 M.A. and 429 Ph.D. students are studying in the faculty. Moreover, 4057 students have graduated from this faculty.

There are two language laboratories a library with a large number of rare books a computer center and laboratories for Geography, Psychology and Physical Education in the faculty. This is the list of departments at the faculty of humanities:

  • Arabic Language and Literature Department
  • Archaeology Department
  • Education Department
  • Educational Department
  • English Language Department
  • French Language Department
  • Geographical Sciences Department
  • History Department
  • International Term Department
  • Linguistics Department
  • Persian Language and Literature Department
  • Philosophy Department
  • Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department
  • Political Sciences Department
  • Psychology Department
  • Quran and Hadith Sciences Department
  • Remote Sensing Department
  • Russian Language Department
  • Sociology Department
  • Women Studies Department

Faculty of Natural Resources and Marine Sciences

The Faculty of Natural Resources and Marine Sciences was founded in 1982 at the city of Noor, Mazandaran Province, beside the Caspian Sea, Iran. The faculty offers a wide range of research opportunities in eight specialized areas. Postgraduate students are welcome to work on the M.Sc. and Ph.D. projects under the supervision of faculty members.

The faculty consists of the following departments: Environmental Science, Forestry, Range Management, Watershed Management Engineering, Wood and Paper Science and Technology, Fisheries, and Marine Biology and Marin Physics. The students acquire fundamental knowledge in their courses and at the end they should carry out their research under the supervision of the faculty members. After graduating, students may be employed in leading universities and research centers in the country.

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences was established in 1983 by admitting 65 M.Sc. students in medical science disciplines. The first cohort of M.Sc. students graduated in 1985. Doctoral programs started in 1988 by admitting 26 Ph.D. students in six fields of medical sciences including Biostatistics, Parasitology, Anatomy, Bacteriology, and Biochemistry, according to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s plans to develop and promote higher education programs. The first cohort of Ph.D. students graduated in 1993.

Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences has made a considerable contribution to educating students and to training the academic staff required for higher education and research centers in the country. At the moment more than 800 students are studying at the Faculty of Medical Sciences who will join their expected higher education/research centers in the near future. The faculty consists of 20 departments.

Faculty of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Mathematical Sciences is one of the major mathematics faculties in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It has an excellent research and education reputation, a strong, demanding program of graduate study in mathematics, and a full range of excellent graduate course offerings. The Faculty of Mathematical Sciences includes 15 permanent academic members with research interests in mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Sciences. Students and faculty members are encouraged to interact through a variety of courses, and seminars.

Faculty of Mathematical sciences has four departments: Applied Math, Pure Math, Statistics and Computer sciences. Department of Applied Mathematics is active on Mathematical Modeling, Numerical Analysis and Optimization. The research areas in the Department of Pure Mathematics include Algebra (Group Theory and Non Commutative Algebra), Analysis (Harmonic and Functional Analysis), Dynamical systems, Geometry (Algebraic and Differential), and Logic. Department of Statistics is actively involved in Spatial and Environmental Statistics, Statistical Shape Analysis, Multilevel Data Analysis, Bayesian Inference and Official Statistics.

Departments of Pure Math, Applied Math and Statistics offer admission to M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. Department of computer Sciences admits only M.Sc. students.

Faculty of Biological Sciences

The Faculty of Biological Sciences was established in 2009. It consists of five Departments: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Genetics, Nanobiotechnology and Plant Biology. The faculty has 18 permanent academic staff members (3 full professors, 10 associate professors and 5 assistant professors). Over 11 professors also cooperate with the faculty as invited lecturers. Total numbers of students are 319, (188 Ph.D. and 131 M.Sc. students.) There are seventeen well-equipped laboratories in the faculty.

Faculty of Management and Economics

The Establishment of the Faculty of Management and Economics was authorized in 2008 by the authority of the board of trustees of Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) and in accordance with the university’s strategic plan. The formal activities of the faculty organized in eight departments commenced in 2009. However, the longer history of teaching and research activities of these departments which covers general areas of management, economics, accounting and library and information sciences, goes back to 1982, the date of the establishment of TMU as the first revolutionary–born, graduate university in Iran.

The faculty hosts 25 full time and Out of 600 students, pursuing their education at the graduate level (PhD and Master’s).

Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of the greatest Engineering faculties of Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) the only post graduate university in the country. In the past two decades, the faculty of ECE has educated many Master’s and Ph.D. students in the areas of Biomedical, Communications, Computer Engineering, Control, Electronics, Power and as well as the multidisciplinary programs including Nano-Electronics, IT, and ICT.

Currently, over 166 Ph.D. candidates and 347 Master students are studying at the main TMU campus in Tehran.

The faculty of ECE has strong ties with industrial sectors which has been paving the way for involving the students and the faculty members with the industrial research projects in addition to their involvement in national research projects funded by government ministries. With the aid of governmental research funds, several strategic research centers have been established by the ECE faculty members, among them are Iran Power System Engineering Research Center (IPSERC), Center for the Innovative Mobile Communication Systems and Center for Confronting the Spam Emails. With the research funds from the private and governmental sectors several specialized laboratories have been equipped with modern instruments and financial supports are provided for the Ph.D. and Master students who involve in the related research. Over 25 active laboratories serve the research activities in the faculty of ECE, some of which are unprecedented nationwide.

Faculty of Chemical Engineering

The Faculty of Chemical Engineering trains students and conducts research in the field of Chemical Engineering including chemical engineering, Polymer, Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering in departments.

There are more than 187 M.Sc. and 126 Ph.D. students in the faculty. The present staff of the faculty consists of 24 full professors, associate professors, assistant professors and assistant lecturers supported by six technicians and secretaries.

M.Sc. in:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology)
  • Chemical Engineering (process, Separation, Thermo kinetic)
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Polymerization Process Engineering

Ph.D. in:

  • Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering

Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering

The Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs.

The Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers its M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs in the following seven departments:

  • Department of Structural Engineering
  • Department of Earthquake Engineering
  • Department of Highway and Transportation Engineering
  • Department of Water (Hydraulic) Engineering
  • Department of Hydraulic Structures and Marine Structures
  • Department of Soil and Foundation Engineering
  • Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Transportation Planning


Iran (2013) 5 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Iran (2012) 5 5 3 7 3 4 4
Iran (2011) 5 5 3 8 3 4 4
World (2013) 536 ? ? ? ? ? ?
World (2012) 516 254 327 671 499 496 732
World (2011) 548 284 408 640 565 516 914
World (2010) 764 - - - - - -
Asia (2013) 108 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Asia (2012) 101 - - - - - -
Asia (2011) 104 - - - - - -
TMU rank (LEIDEN[4]) OVERALL Natural Sciences and Engineering Social Sciences and Humanities Biomedical and Health Sciences Life and Earth Sciences Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Iran (2013) 3 2 - 1 2 2
World (2013) 423 357 - 471 412 316
Asia (2013) 69 61 - 93 72 56
TMU rank (ISC[5]) Universities and research centers Universities and research centers under supervision of ministry of science, research and technology
Iran (1390) {2011-2012} 5 4
Iran (1389) {2010-2011} 6 5


Tarbiat Modarres University
Research Centers 14
Academic Faculty Members 567
Master Programs 152
PhD Programs 116
Master Students 5245
PhD Students 2725
Master Alumni 16456
PhD Alumni 3196
Laboratories 198
Employees 951

Notable alumni

University name

The university's name is a reference to its original purpose, that is, training competent professors for universities all around the country. Tarbiat Modares University was initially in charge of training (tarbiat, تربيت, in Persian) university lecturers (modares, مدرس, in Persian), and selecting its students by a strict screening process in order to reach its aims. Later, however, it admitted students similar to other universities.

The university is not named after Sayyed Hassan Modaress, the revolutionist cleric.

See also


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  2. ^ Iranian University Entrance Exam
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External links

  • Official website
  • Tarbiat Modares University's Central Library

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