Master’s or Doctoral Program in Agricultural Sciences
“Special Postgraduate Program in Biosphere Sustainability Science”
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 Special Postgraduate Program in Biosphere Sustainability Science 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 137 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 Kazunori Iwabuchi, Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture
“Greetings from the Research Faculty of Agriculture. Our program is unique in focusing on education and research in targeted areas of the Graduate School of Agriculture – food production, environmental conservation, and food science – in addition to life science. We have expanded life science centered programs two-fold to include field research activities and environmental disciplines, making this course one of the most exciting programs of its kind in Japan.
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 Applied Bioscience:
Pathogen-Plant Interactions/Applied Molecular Entomology/Molecular Biology/Molecular Enzymology/Natural Product Chemistry/Molecular and Ecological Chemistry/Wood Chemistry & Chemical Biology/Biochemistry/Applied Microbiology/Microbial Physiology/Molecular Environmental Microbiology/Nutritional Biochemistry/Food Biochemistry
Division of Bioresources and Product Science:
Crop Science/Plant Nutrition/Animal Nutrition/Vehicle Robotics/Agricultural and Food Process Engineering/Crop Production Engineering/Agricultural Circulative Engineering/Agricultural and Rural Development
Division of Environmental Resources:
Animal Ecology/Land Improvement and Management/Agricultural and Environmental Physics/Soil Conservation/Soil Science/Environmental Informatics/Silviculture and Forest Ecology/Forest Chemistry/Earth Surface Processes and Land Management
Divison of Research Innovation and Cooperation:
Applied Bioproduction Engineering/Rhizosphere Control/Plant Cell Control/Ecochemical Analysis/Environmental Biogeochemistry
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
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
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)
Find out what students think of the course!
“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.”
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.
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.