Environmental Science

Master’s and Doctoral Program in Environmental Science

“Course in Global Environmental Management (GEM)”

“English Program of Environmental Earth Science for Sustainable Society (EPEES)”

Our “Course in Global Environmental Management” (GEM) is taught entirely in English and aims to foster professionals who can genuinely contribute to solving the worlds’ environmental problems. Bringing both international students as well as Japanese students together, the course covers a large range of fields such as resource management, environmental education, and human capacity building. The course by nature is very flexible in the sense students are welcome to enter the degree program and subsequently decide their specialty and supervisor after enrollment.

Offered from April 2014, our brand new ‘English Program of Environmental Earth Science for Sustainable Society’ (EPEES-SS) is a course in which students can choose from an extremely comprehensive list of study areas and, any faculty member from our Graduate School can act as a supervisor. The course targets international students from any background, region and study field. Students must show a genuine interest in environmental issues.

Greetings from the Course Convenor, Professor Shunitz Tanaka, Graduate School of Environmental Science

Shunitz Tanaka

“Welcome our Master’s and Doctoral programs in the Faculty of Environmental Science. Our objective is to offer research, education, and comprehensive practical training to foster a new type of professional who can lead the world in their respective fields and improve our environment and society. We admit students with strong academic backgrounds in any study fields who are interested in the global environment and who show strong determination to solve environmental problems. If you wish to study with us solely in English, we strongly recommend either of these two programs of which you can take at either master’s or doctorate level. We encourage you to apply to our high caliber courses that will challenge you to think about our natural environment in new and innovative ways. We look forward to seeing you at Hokkaido University.”

Entry Requirements:

In order to obtain entry into the Master’s Course, applicants must have completed 16 years of education in a foreign country and hold a Bachelor’s degree in any field.

In order to obtain entry into the Doctoral Course, applicants must hold a Master’s degree in any field.


1) Core Subjects

Fundamental Lecture on Environmental Science (2 credits)/Introduction to Environmental Earth Science (2 credits)/Introduction to Sustainable Society (2 credits)/Advanced Course in Global Warming Assessment (2 credits)/Introduction to Practical Science for Environment (2 credits)

2) Special Subjects

Advanced Course in Environmental Pollution Comparison (2 credits)/Advanced Course in Environmental Adaptation (2 credits)/Advanced Course in Natural Resource Management and Policy (2 credits)/Advanced Lecture in Geoecological Resources (2 credits)/Advanced Course in Marine Sedimentology (2 credits)/Advanced Course in Biogeoscience (2 credits)/Advanced Course in Glacier/Ice Sheet Science (2 credits)/Advanced Course in Bio-Material Chemistry (2 credits)/Advanced Course in International Communication Methods (2 credits)

3) Common Subjects

Sustainable Science (2 credits)/Environmental Ethics (2 credits)/Environmental Policy (2 credits)/Practical Environmental Leadership Theory (2 credits)/Asian/African Culture, Language and Local Regionalism (2 credits)

4) Work and Seminars

Laboratory Work in Environmental Analysis (4 credits)/Laboratory Work in Environmental Materials Science (4 credits)/International Laboratory Works for Biogeoscience (4 credits)/Study on Fostering Leaders for Environmental Conservation (4 credits)/EPES Program Seminar/Course Seminar/Environmental Tour Seminar

5) Special Study and Reading

Research in Environmental Science I/Research in Environmental Science II/Seminar in Environmental Science I Development/Seminar in Environmental Science II Development

Find out what students think!

Bolorchimeg Byamba “Chimka” (Mongolia) 
3rd year Doctoral student, Graduate School of Environmental Science


“GEM course is a unique program at Hokkaido University’s Graduate School of Environmental Science, that is conducted in English. We have students from all over the world and the cultural diversity makes it a very interesting and stimulating place for learning new things about the world’s environmental problems and sharing knowledge. I’m very glad to be a part of this great community and experience. I highly recommend this course if you’re interested in helping solve environmental problems of our planet.”


Since each scholarship has different application procedures and eligibility, please contact a prospective supervisor well in advance of your application.

Scholarships through the Graduate School of Environmental Science:
Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students (Monthly stipend of ¥48,000 for 12 months after arriving in Japan) *Can be issued with the Hokkaido University English Program Support Grant.

Japanese Government Scholarship (University recommendation):
Reference: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan

Scholarships which you can apply in your country:
Japanese government scholarship (Embassy recommendation): you can apply through your home embassy. The deadlines and methods of application differs in each country. Please consult your local Japanese embassy.


The staff at both the Graduate School of Environmental Science 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 more information, please see the Graduate School of Environmental Science website.

Updated on   June 08, 2017