Agriculture


Master’s or Doctoral Program in Agricultural Sciences

“Global Education Program for AgriScience Frontiers”


The Graduate School of Agriculture aims to produce students who have both basic and specialized knowledge of agriculture by providing advanced, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive education and research opportunities that incorporate both the humanities and the sciences.


The Global Education Program for AgriScience Frontiers provides a unique combination of study fields such as food, health and environmental studies. The course is designed to meet the urgent global needs concerning research and development into the preservation and sustainable utilization of our limited resources on earth. Of all the Faculties and Graduate Schools of Hokkaido University, the School of Agriculture is the oldest in the University’s history of more than 140 years. It was first established to assist in opening up the island of Hokkaido as a new frontier. Over the years it has become Japan’s leading university in agricultural sciences and has produced a plethora of eminent alumni.


Greetings from the Course Convenor, Professor Takashi Hirano, Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture



The Special English Program, Global Education Program for AgriScience Frontiers, is unique in focusing on education and research in targeted areas of the Graduate School of Agriculture – Frontiers in Production Sciences, Biosciences and Environmental Sciences. This program started this year as the latest version of a series of special English programs that lasted for more than 20 years.


Graduates of the program will have the good judgement needed to respond to the various issues facing all of humankind today, including stable food supplies, food safety, the preservation of the global environment, and biomass uses.


We welcome your application and look forward to seeing you on campus.


Choose your division!

Division of Agriculture, Frontiers in Production Sciences 

Pathogen-Plant Interactions, Plant Breeding, Plant Nutrition, Vehicle Robotics, Agricultural and Food Process Engineering, Agricultural Bio-System Engineering, Agricultural and Rural Development, Applied Plant Genomics


Division of Agriculture, Frontiers in Biosciences

Applied Molecular Entomology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Enzymology, Molecular and Ecological Chemistry, Natural Product Chemistry, Biochemistry, Gastrointestinal Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Biochemistry, Animal Genetics & Reproduction, Animal Production System, Animal Function & Nutrition, Applied Food Science, Rhizosphere Control, Ecochemical Analysis, Molecular Environmental Microbiology


Division of Agriculture, Frontiers in Environmental Sciences

Animal Ecology, Systematic Entomology, Soil Science, Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Wood Chemistry, Ecosystem Management, Earth Surface Processes and Land Management, Forest Policy, Land and Water Management, Ecological and Environmental Physics, Soil Conservation


MASTER’S DOCTORATE

The usual time required to complete this degree is 2 years.

The usual time required to complete this degree is 3 years.

ADMISSION: April or October

ADMISSION: April or October

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
In order to obtain entry into the Master’s Course you MUST :
-Consult with a professor prior to submitting the application
-Hold a Bachelor’s degree
-Have completed 16 years of education in a foreign country or in Japan
-Have a GPA requirement of 2.30 (3.00 as full score) during the last 2 academic years

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
In order to obtain entry into the Doctoral Course you MUST:
-Consult with a professor prior to submitting the application
-Hold a Master’s degree or passed a qualifying examination
-Have completed 18 years of education in a foreign country or in Japan
-Have a GPA requirement of 2.30 (3.00 as full score) during the last 2 academic years

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
In order to obtain this degree, you MUST :
-Obtain 30 credits
-Write a thesis in English based on research conducted during the course
-Do an oral defense in English
-Finish the thesis within 2 years (no extension is allowed)

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
In order to obtain this degree, you MUST :
-Obtain 12 credits
-Write a thesis in English based on research conducted during the course
-Do an oral defense in English
-Finish the thesis within 3 years (no extension is allowed)


Find out what students think of the course!

Mukumbuta Ikabongo (Zambia)
Special Postgraduate Program in Biosphere Sustainability Science, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Agriculture 



“Hokkaido University provided me an opportunity not only to conduct cutting edge research to solve global problems but also a platform to meet and network with people from various countries and disciplines. The university has a beautiful campus and great laboratories.

My research is focused on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from soils for a clean and climate-smart agriculture. This is of particular importance to my country Zambia, as our agriculture must undergo significant improvements in productivity to meet the combined challenges of population growth and climate change. I’m certain I will be more equipped to help solve challenges related to food security and environmental sustainability when I go back to my country.”


SCHOLARSHIPS:

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship:
This Program will recommend 5 students for both the master’s and doctoral course as candidates for this scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded for 2 years for master’s and 3 years for doctoral. Apart from this scholarship, other Japanese Government Scholarships such as Embassy Recommendations are also available. For more details about this scholarship, please consult your local Japanese Embassy.


STUDENT SUPPORT:

The staff at both the Graduate School of Agriculture as well as the Office of International Affairs will help you adapt to life in Japanese society, provide opportunities to deepen your intercultural understanding, and facilitate interaction with Japanese students. Things do not always go smoothly, but from the International Student Support Desk to the University’s bilingual counseling service, you will always be able to turn to someone for help.


For information on course detail and how to apply, visit their homepage here.


Updated on   May 31, 2019

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