Programs

The School of Global Environmental Studies is composed of the “Doctoral Program in Global Environmental Studies,” designed to foster outstanding researchers responsible for further development of the new field of global environmental studies, and the “Master’s Program in Environmental Management” and “Doctoral Program in Environmental Management,” both designed to foster outstanding practitioners capable of addressing environmental issues from the local to global level. The educational goals of these programs are shown in the following table.

Doctoral Program in Global Environmental Studies
This program fosters researchers capable of working at the international level, by tackling global and local environmental issues using innovative outlooks and methodologies that drawn from various fundamental scholarly fields.

Master’s Program in Environmental Management
This program fosters internationally-minded practitioners with the knowledge and practical skills required to tackle environmental problems from the local to global level. This program also fosters researchers capable of working at the international level, by addressing global and local environmental issues using outlooks and methodologies drawn from various fundamental scholarly fields.

Doctoral Program in Environmental ManagementThis program fosters practically-minded practitioners with international capability, advanced management expertise and the extensive knowledge and skills required to address environmental issues from the local to global level.

Students participating in any of the above programs may enroll in both lecture and elective courses offered in English, in keeping with the Graduate School’s aim to foster professionals capable of working in an international setting. Students seeking to further their interdisciplinary knowledgebase are also able to take credited lecture courses from other schools in Kyoto University.

Doctoral Program in Global Environmental Studies

This program accepts students who have obtained a master’s degree or the equivalent in various fields. The program encompasses the Department of Global Ecology, the Department of Technology and Ecology, and the Department of Natural Resources of the Hall of Global Environmental Research, as well as the Grove of Universal Learning. Students’ specialized study themes are selected from the vast range of themes related to global environmental studies, based on prior study and approaches in the humanities and social sciences as well as natural science, agriculture and engineering. After receiving a doctoral degree, students may work at universities or environment-related government/private-sector research organizations.

1. Curriculum Structure

In order to foster outstanding researchers, course guidance is provided as needed on subjects offered under the Master’s Program in Environmental Management, focusing primarily on lectures and seminars.

An academic supervisor and sub-supervisor are assigned to each student upon entry into the university, and the student receives interdisciplinary guidance.

2. Progress toward the Degree

First year:
Academic supervisor selected; research plan drafted, reviewed and presented; preliminary thesis report written; and enrollment in exercises and seminars.
Second year:
Enrollment in exercises and seminars.
Third year:
Second thesis report written; enrollment in exercises and seminars; submission, review, and defense of doctoral thesis; Doctoral Degree in Global Environmental Studies awarded to student.

The standard time to complete the program is three years; however exceptional students may be able to complete the degree in less time.

3. Admission Information

Applicants will be graded according to the sum total of their marks for English ability (evaluated based on TOEFLiBT (preferred), TOEFL-PBT, TOEIC-SP or IELTS test-score) and interview performance (specialized knowledge of the applicant's chosen study area and presentation of research plan).

4. International Environmental Management Program

The doctoral program in Global Environmental Studies has two components: the general program which is explained here and the “International Environmental Management Program” (G30 program). For the latter, please refer to the following website for more details:
http://www2.ges.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/activities/educational-activities/g30-educational-program/

Master’s Program in Environmental Management

In order to foster outstanding environmental management professionals, students are required to participate in lengthy internship study. Based on practical experience gained outside of the university, the student presents an innovative master’s thesis and gains professional skills. After completing the master’s degree, the student may continue on to the doctoral program in order to obtain advanced professional skills or may choose to work for national or local government organizations, international organizations, at environment-linked departments of industries, environment-related industries, environmentrelated NGOs, among others.

The curriculum also fosters outstanding researchers. Students are engaged in academic research in the specific field of his/her major, as well as in interdisciplinary course work, in order to gain the ability to open academic frontiers related to global and/or local environmental issues. After completing the master’s degree, the student may continue on to the Doctoral Program in Global Environmental Studies to obtain advanced academic research skills at the international level, or may choose to work for environment-related research institutions or other organizations.

1. Curriculum

The core requirements of the Master’s Program in Environmental Management are courses in the theoretical foundations of global environmental studies (global environmental laws and policy, global environmental economics, global resources and ecosystem management, environmental ethics and environmental education). The student studies environmental management fundamentals and theories, and attends seminars corresponding to the student’s area of interest. After that, the student completes an internship and then submits a master’s thesis.

Through the environmental management seminars, the student participates in special lectures by invited lecturers, fieldwork, experiments and practical study, and literature review, all of which serve to instill the student with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for environmental research or practice at the international level.

2. Internship

An internship system has been incorporated as a compulsory part of the curriculum of the Master’s Program in Environmental Management. Individual education based on practical experience outside of the classroom enables students to acquire competence in addressing global environmental issues. The Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies has agreements with a wide range of domestic and international institutions and environmental research organizations that currently serve as hosts for internship training. Previously, students have been placed as interns at governmental research institutes, private research organizations, foreign universities, and international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs.

Two kinds of internships are available for students. Longterm internships, which require students to spend at least three months at one site to train and cultivate practical skills, and short-term internships of one to two months for students whose research objectives are best achieved through brief practical experience. (For short term internships, submission of preliminary thesis work is required.)

3. Progress toward the Degree

First Year:
Course work, drafting of internship study plan, internship.
Second Year:
Submission and review of master’s thesis, Master’s Degree in Global Environmental Studies.

4. Admission Information

Applicants will be graded according to the sum total of their marks for English ability (evaluated based on TOEFLiBT (preferred), TOEFL-PBT, TOEIC-SP, or IELTS test-score), general knowledge of global environment, basic knowledge of the applicant’s choice of study area and interviews (to assess achievement in undergraduate program, study plan and capacity for the master’s program).

5. International Environmental Management Program

The Master’s program in Environmental Management has two components. One is the general program explained above and the other is the “International Environmental Management Program” (G30 program). Please refer to the following website for more details:
http://www2.ges.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/activities/educational-activities/g30-educational-program/

Doctoral Program in Environmental Management

This program aims to foster graduates capable of functioning in an international setting by equipping them with comprehensive knowledge and skills for resolving conflicts and managing global environmental issues. Internship study (domestic or overseas) and the preparation of a doctoral thesis help students develop the skills required for environmentrelated work after graduation. Graduates of the doctoral program are expected to find employment in government or municipal institutions, environment-related international NGOs and universities, environment-related industries, environmental positions in various industries and government and privatesector research organizations with an environment focus.

1. Curriculum

In order to foster outstanding environmental management practitioners and researchers, course guidance is provided as needed on subjects offered under the Master’s Program in Environmental Management, focusing primarily on lectures and seminars. The student also completes an internship program lasting approximately six months, and then submits a doctoral thesis.

An academic supervisor and sub-supervisor are assigned to each student upon entry into the university, and the student receives interdisciplinary and practical guidance.

2. Internship

In the Doctoral Program in Environmental Management, an internship system has been incorporated as a compulsory part of the curriculum. Individual education based on practical experience outside of the classroom enables students to acquire competence in addressing global environmental issues.

The Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies has arrangements with a wide range of international institutions and environmental research organizations that currently serve as hosts for internship training. Previously, students have undertaken internships with governmental research institutes, private research organizations, foreign universities, and international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs. Doctoral students must spend at least five months training and cultivating practical skills at their internship sites. After returning to the Graduate School, students prepare their doctoral theses utilizing the fruits of their experiences outside the classroom.

3. Progress toward the Degree

First year:
Supervisor selected; research plan drafted, reviewed, and presented; preliminary thesis report written; two credits completed. Preparation of an internship plan, and enrollment in exercises and seminars.
Second year:
Internship
Third year:
Second thesis report written; enrollment in exercises and seminars; submission, review, and defense of doctoral thesis.Doctoral Degree in Global Environmental Studies awarded to student.

The standard time to complete the program is three years; however exceptional students may be able to complete the degree in less time.

4. Admission Information

Applicants will be graded according to the sum total of their marks for English ability (evaluated based on TOEFLiBT (preferred), TOEFL-PBT, TOEIC-SP, or IELTS testscore) and interview performance (to assess relevant research skills and specialized knowledge over the course of master’s study or practical achievement with relation to environmental management, as well as their research plan for the doctoral program).

*Note for applicants from overseas
In keeping with the international focus of this Graduate School, we warmly welcome applications from overseas applicants to all our programs. International applicants to the Master’s Program in Environmental Management should note, however, that some of the credited electives offered by the school may be taught only in Japanese. Applicants are strongly advised to consult with their intended academic supervisor for further information on what classes are available. International applicants should also note that while proficiency in Japanese is not a requirement for the Master’s Program in Environmental Management, a degree of Japanese speaking, hearing or reading ability may enrich their social and academic interactions during their study at the Graduate School.

5. International Environmental Management Program

The doctoral program in Environmental Management has two components, the general program explained above and the “International Environmental Management Program” (G30 program). For the latter, please refer to the following website for more details:
http://www2.ges.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/activities/educational-activities/g30-educational-program/