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/