The Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences runs two graduate education programs: the standard course and a special course. The special course, which focuses on International Development Research, is aimed at international students. The International Development Research Course follows a 2 semester system, starting in October with the autumn term and followed by the spring term, unlike the standard course which is taught in Japanese and commences in April. On completing the courses, students will be awarded a Master of Science (M.Sc) or Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture (Ph.D. Agr.). The following are common features of the Master’s and Doctor’s programs:
(1) Thesis work will be carried out in English. Since the course is aimed at international students, all thesis work should be carried out in English.
(2) Students are expected to learn the Japanese Language during the course of their studies, and while not compulsory, this is aimed at bettering communication during daily life.
(3) Theses should be based on research conducted during the course, and on completion, should be submitted to the Division of Agriculture, the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences at Kyushu University. If the examiners’ requirements are satisfied, an appropriate degree will be awarded.