Description of the Program

The Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences has two graduate education programs: the standard Japanese taught program and the English taught special program for international students, the International Graduate Program (IGP), which was introduced in October 1994. The IGP focuses on international development research and geared toward international students.

The IGP has the Master’s course and the Doctoral course. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Science (M.Sc) or a Doctor of Philosophy (Agricultural Science).
The IGP follows a four-quarter system. Master’s course starts with the autumn term in October, unlike the standard Japanese taught program which commences in April. Doctoral course starts with either the autumn term in October or the spring term in April.

The following are common features of the master’s and doctoral programs:
(1) All course work is conducted in English.
(2) Students conduct research in the supervisor’s laboratory during entire period of the course and submit a thesis based on the research to the Division of Agriculture, Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences. An appropriate degree is awarded when the examiners’ requirements are satisfied.
(3) Though not compulsory, students have opportunities to learn the Japanese language during the course of their studies.

Brochures and overview booklet