Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

We offer postgraduate courses of study that lead to a master’s degree. The graduate school consists of five study Programs: Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Applied Biosciences, Agriculture and Horticulture, and Agricultural and Environmental Engineering. After obtaining a master’s degree, a student may advance to the doctoral program of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University (UGAS). Hirosaki University is a member of the United Graduate School.

Master’s Degree

This graduate program builds on the student’s undergraduate educational background and offers an interdisciplinary and internationally-oriented educational and research experience. By doing so, it aim to turn out highly competent graduates who can exercise their talents in the following areas:

  • Specialists who can contribute to the development and growth of their communities
  • Highly skilled engineers with the ability to work in locations throughout the world
  • Researchers who can engage in the exploration of cutting-edge issues.

As a general rule, two years of study are required to obtain a master’s degree. There is also a teaching assistant (TA) program that provides opportunities for students to receive a salary while assisting professors with their teaching or experiments.

Course

Programs Courses Research Fields
Biology Basic Biology Course Molecular Cytogenetics / Environmental Physiology of Plants / Developmental Biology / Plant Molecular Physiology / Animal Physiology / Developmental & Reproductive Biology / Plant Cell Biology / Molecular Developmental Biology
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Course Plant Ecology / Evolutionary Ecology / Animal Ecology / Forest Ecology / Plant Taxonomy / Systematic Zoology
Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology
Basic Life Science Course Molecular Biology / Immunobiology / Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Bioorganic Chemistry / Natural Products Chemistry / Biochemistry
Applied Life Science Course Microbial Chemistry / Enzymology / Plant Biochemistry and Enzymology / Biological Chemistry / Environmental Microbiology / Applied Microbiology
Applied Biosciences Food Development Course Plant Breeding / Food Science / Plant Molecular Genetics / Molecular genetics of bacteria / Food Chemistry
Plant Protection and Environment Course Comparative Endocrinology / Plant Pathology / Soil Science / Environmental Botany
Agriculture and
Horticulture
Agriculture and Horticulture Course Pomology / Animal Reproduction & Development / Animal Feeding / Animal Production / Agricultural Engineering / Agricultural Machinery / Vegetable Science / Floriculture (Ornamental Horticulture ) / Crop Science / Crop Science & Stress Physiology / Horticulture
Agricultural Economics Course Cooperatives / Food Economics / Regional Agricultural Strategies / Farm Management / Rural Sociology / Agricultural Marketing
Agricultural and
Environmental
Engineering
Agricultural Civil Engineering Course / Rural Environment Studies Course Environmental Water Use Engineering / Irrigation, Drainage & Hydraulic Engineering / Irrigation, Drainage Water Use Engineering / Agricultural Land Engineering / Agricultural Land Physics / Agricultural Land Conservation / Agricultural Information Engineering / Agricultural Facilities Engineering / Rural Energy Engineering / Rural Planning / Watershed-based Erosion Control Engineering

Research

Biology Program

Basic Biology Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Molecular Cytogenetics Analysis of genetic diversity based on nucleotide sequences and/or chromosomes in vertebrates KURO-O Masaki
Environmental Physiology of Plants Regulation of photosynthetic source-sink balance KASAI Minobu
Developmental Biology Molecular-genetical and cell-biological studies of cell differentiation and morphogenesis in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium FUKUZAWA Masashi
Plant Molecular Physiology Fundamental and applied studies on molecular physiology in photosynthetic organisms OHKAWA Hiroshi
Animal Physiology Molecular physiological studies on locomotor/behavioral control in marine zooplankton. NISHINO Atsuo
Developmental & Reproductive Biology Mechanisms underlying regulation of reproductive switching between asexual and sexual reproduction in planarians KOBAYASHI Kazuya
Plant Cell Biology Molecular mechanisms regulating cell division and cell differentiation in plants SASABE Michiko
Molecular Developmental Biology Research on the morphogenetic mechanism and regulation of gene expression in sea cucumber Holothurian YOSHIDA Wataru
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Plant Ecology Ecological studies on plant adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms SUGIYAMA Shuichi
Evolutionary Ecology Studies of evolution and biodiversity using invertebrates such as insects and earthworms IKEDA Hiroshi
Animal Ecology (1) Ecology of fishes and birds
(2) Conservation and restoration of ecosystem
AZUMA Nobuyuki
Ecology and evolution of animal behavior in fish SOGABE Atsushi
Forest Ecology Ecological studies on plant adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms ISHIDA Kiyoshi
Plant-animal interactions YAMAWO Akira
Plant Taxonomy Analysis of local flora and plant community dynamics ISHIKAWA Yukio
Life history of plants, Plant taxonomy and biological conservation YAMAGISHI Hiroki
Systematic Zoology Systematics, taxonomy, zoogeography and studies on the biodiversity of invertebrates, mainly insects. NAKAMURA Takeyuki

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

Basic Life Science Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Molecular Biology Structure and function of intermediate-size non-protein-coding RNAs (is-ncRNAs), Functional RNomics USHIDA Chisato
Immunobiology Study on metastasis of cancer, The establishment of murine tumor cell line, Image analysis of the cell movement HATAKEYAMA Koki
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology Molecular mechanism of translation, Ribosome maturation pathway, Novel stress response pathway involved in ribosome HIMENO Hyouta
Bioorganic Chemistry Isolation and structural determination of biologically active metabolites, organic syntheses, and their applications HASHIMOTO Masaru
Natural Products Chemistry Chemical studies on bioactive natural products TAKADA Noboru
Biochemistry Structure and mechanism in protein synthesis, Molecular mimicry in translation KURITA Daisuke
Applied Life Science Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Enzymology Structure, function, and application of carbohydrate-degrading enzymes YOSHIDA Takashi
Plant Biochemistry, Enzymology Analytical and applied studies on metabolic production mechanisms in plant and microbe HAMADA Shigeki
Biological Chemistry Mechanisms of oxygen independent mitochondrial electron transfer SAKAMOTO Kimitoshi
Environmental Microbiology Research on environmental microorganisms TONOUCHI Akio
Applied Microbiology Characterization and application of microbial function for sustainable production of chemicals and fuels SONOKI Tomonori

Applied Biosciences Program

Food Development Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Plant Breeding Rice genomics and genetics, Development of genetic resources ISHIKAWA Ryuji
Plant Molecular Genetics Seed pigmentation phenomena in yellow soybeans SENDA Mineo
Molecular genetics of bacteria Experimental evolution of RNA bacteriophage and bacteria KASHIWAGI Akiko
Food Chemistry Nutrition and biological function of food resources MAEDA Hayato
Plant Protection and Environment Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Comparative Endocrinology Insect endocrinology, Programmed cell death KANEKO Yu
Plant Pathology Detection, molecular characterization, and protection of viroids and viroid diseases SANO Teruo
Taxonomy and phylogeny of microfungi (Ascomycota) TANAKA Kazuaki
Soil Science Soil organic matter, Humic substances, Organic farming AOYAMA Masakazu
Soil production, cultivation system MATSUYAMA Nobuhiko
Environmental Botany Molecular biology of plant environmental adaptation AKADA Shinji

Agriculture and Horticulture Program

Agriculture and Horticulture Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Pomology Physiology of tree growth and fruit quality ARAKAWA Osamu
Studies on the genes of flower bud formation and parthenocarpy in apples TANAKA Norimitsu
New apple cultivation technologies, carbon/water budget in apple orchards ITO Daiyu
Animal Feeding Research aims:
1) Improvement of animal performance through nutritional manipulation in early life
2) Better utilization of unused biomass materials in animal feeding
MATSUZAKI Masatoshi
Animal Production Utilization of unused organic materials for animal feed FANG Jiachen
Agricultural Machinery 1) Non-destructive measurements for agricultural product quality
2) Applications of image processing and sensing technology for agriculture
ZHANG Shuhuai
1) Application of remote sensing technology in agriculture
2)Development of quality evaluation technologies for agricultural products using optical sensing
YE Xujun
Vegetable science Studies on the relationship between cultural conditions and contents of phytochemicals in vegetables MAEDA Tomoo
Floriculture (Ornamental Horticulture ) Hybridization breeding and the use of tissue culture techniques to raise hybrids of ornamental plants. Study of plant reproduction to utilize and conserve native wild plant species. HONDA Kazushige
Crop Science Studies on productivity and environmental stress tolerance in food crops KAWASAKI Michio
Crop Science and Stress Physiology Physiological study on the abiotic stresses in crops and decontamination of radionuclides using phytoremediation KANG Dong- Jin
Horticulture Physiological studies on the cultivation and quality control of horticultural crops MATSUMOTO Kazuhiro
Agricultural Economics Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Cooperatives Socio-economic study of producer cooperatives and distribution systems of agricultural outputs TAKANASHI Fumie
Food Economics Expansion of marketing strategies in the food industry ISHITSUKA Satoshi
Farm Management Study of regional agriculture and management of large-scale family farming. YOSHINAKA Satoshi
Agricultural Marketing Economic analysis of waste biomass recycling IZUMIYA Masami

Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Program

Agricultural Civil Engineering Course / Rural Environment Studies Course
Research Field Research Subjects Staff Name
Irrigation, Drainage and Hydraulic Engineering Study of hydraulic design of water utilization facilities and swimming ability of freshwater fishes necessary for fishway design. IZUMI Mattashi
Irrigation, Drainage Water Use Engineering Research on the required water quantity and quality for crop production in multiple field using hydrological approach, irritation and drainage system design MARUI Atsushi
Agricultural Land Engineering Studies on the influence of percolation patterns in seepage water on several phenomena in a layer SASAKI Choichi
Agricultural Land Physics To develop soil environment management techniques for agricultural land, I’m studying the behavior of inorganic nitrogen in agricultural land soil that can be recommended from both the environmental aspects of soil and groundwater and the crop growth. ENDO Akira
Agricultural Land Conservation Studies on land conservation and predictions of soil physical environment, including soil water, heat and gas conditions in agricultural fields KATO Chihiro
Agricultural Information Engineering Studies on the utilization of agricultural land information and management of irrigation and drainage structures and facilities KATO Koh
Agricultural Facilities Engineering Study of the evaluation of static-dynamic stability and performance based design for agricultural hydraulic structures with soil foundations MORI Hiroshi
Rural Energy Engineering Research on winter growing methods in greenhouses utilizing groundwater MORITANI Shigeoki
Rural Planning Studies on sustainable rural development, especially for farm land consolidation, rural tourism, etc. FUJISAKI Hiroyuki
Watershed-based Erosion Control Engineering Studies on erosion and sedimentation disasters and mountain geo-ecology
– Landslide risk management
– Geo-ecological analysis of deep-seated landslide slopes
– Low-cost measures against geomorphic hazards in developing countries
HIGAKI Daisuke

Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science -Master’s Program-
Admission Policies

Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science

1.Overview

The graduate school provides a platform for graduate students to move into careers in a number of different capacities: 1) Highly specialized experts who can demonstrate a broad understanding of technologies and contribute to local community development; 2) Highly skilled engineers with an international perspective; 3) Researchers who can challenge the frontiers of research and stay ahead of the needs of the times.

2.The Type of Students We Are Looking For

  • Students who are inquisitive about their academic field
  • Students motivated to master a broad range of specialized subjects outside of their own academic field
  • Students who are willing to acquire technical skills, who want to learn to collect and organize data and other information, and who are motivated to think critically and to solve problems

3.Pre-admission Requirements

Fundamental academic background in the agricultural, biological, and environmental sciences.

4.Policies on Student Selection

Students are selected based on the cumulative results of submitted applications, written examinations, and oral examinations, all of which assess fundamental academic skills in the agricultural, biological, and environmental sciences, as well as the candidate’s intellectual curiosity and drive to do research.

Biology Program

1.Overview

The universality observed in the basic life activities of all organisms and the biodiversity that is observed in the morphology and behaviors of individuals are formed by the interaction between the genetic information coded in DNA and the surrounding environment. This graduate program focuses on research related to understanding the factors supporting basic life activity processes and their mechanisms, including development, energy metabolism, adaptation and evolution, as well as research on dynamic and composite biological and ecological systems formed through the interaction of individuals, the environment, and biodiversity. Graduates of this program will move on to careers as researchers in biological fields, biotechnology experts knowledgeable in agriculture and food products, and specialists who can work towards the conservation of ecosystems.

2.The Type of Students We Are Looking For [A1]

  • Students with a strong interest in the life sciences who are willing to take on challenging research in order to advance their understanding of basic biological phenomena
  • Students interested in ecology and the evolution of organisms, who are dedicated to solving environmental problems through biology
  • Students who demonstrate great creativity, individuality, and curiosity, as well as a general proactive attitude towards research and learning

3.Pre-admission Requirements

Undergraduate-level knowledge of the mechanisms of basic biological phenomena, biodiversity, adaptation to the environment, and evolution

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

1.Overview

Life is constantly sustained by the many chemical reactions of biological molecules (enzyme reaction system). Technologies that utilize such systems are expected to play an important and multifaceted role in the near future. This graduate program is designed to turn out researchers, highly-specialized experts, and Ph.D. candidates with an international perspective who can succeed in and contribute to society by applying their specialized research knowledge and technical skills related to biological functions and reaction mechanisms, as well as the production and control of matter by organisms.

2.The Type of Students We Are Looking For

  • Students with a passion for understanding biological functions at a molecular level
  • Students willing to actively challenge new academic disciplines
  • Students holding high ideals for serving mankind through research and academic achievement
  • Students with work experience as experts or researchers, who want to master higher levels of technology and obtain greater knowledge

3.Pre-admission Requirements

Fundamental knowledge of biochemistry

Applied Biosciences Program

1.Overview

This graduate program is designed help graduate students become skilled specialists in the research and development of breeding technologies for new food plant varieties, soil and pest management in food plant production, and food product function and safety that ensure a sufficient, environment-friendly, and sustainable food supply.

2.The Type of Students We Are Looking For

  • Students with a strong interest in the development and use of biological resources and control of the production environment
  • Students willing to learn new problem-solving skills relating to biological resources and environment-related problems

3.Pre-admission Requirements

Fundamental knowledge of general biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology

Agriculture and Horticulture Program

1.Overview

The program focuses on research that leads to the revitalization of agriculture, the development of better agricultural production techniques, and the improvement of food production systems and the environment, with the ultimate goal of establishing sustainable and multi-functional agriculture and human livelihoods. Graduate students will acquire specialized expertise and knowledge in agricultural production and agricultural management, economics and distribution, and develop the ability to independently identify and solve problems in several areas of expertise.

2.The Type of Students We Are Looking For

  • Students interested in local- and national-level problems related to food and agriculture
  • Students willing to pursue comprehensive solutions to problems from the perspectives of agricultural technology and socio-economics
  • Students who want to contribute to industry, education, culture, and local communities by utilizing the knowledge and theoretical understanding gained from this program

3.Pre-admission Requirements

A strong interest in agricultural production technologies and socio-economics as well as fundamental knowledge of agriculture and horticulture

Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Program

1.Overview

Challenges that will arise in the 21st century include the need for sustainable agricultural practices that are appropriate for the natural environment and climate of northern Tohoku, the development of the region as a food base and the promotion of suitable conditions for rural communities. The consideration of “soft” issues such as business planning and the selection of agents for these programs will also be necessary. This graduate program therefore addresses topics such as the management and development of production infrastructure, the maintenance of suitable living environments for local residents, and the development of planning methods. This program will strive to turn out graduates with highly specialized expertise, advanced technical skills, and proactive problem-solving skills who are able to work towards the protection and conservation of the natural environment.

2.The Type of Students We Are Looking For

  • Students interested in local issues, both in Japan and abroad, including issues that pertain to rural and environmental issues
  • Students who are flexible and willing to learn about the wide-range of issues that may be required of them, even those beyond their undergraduate area of specialization
  • Students willing to study theory by working on practical problems

3.Pre-admission Requirements

Independent problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and fundamental knowledge of agricultural and environmental engineering

Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science -Master’s Program-
‘Policies on Curricula and the Granting of Degrees

Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science

1.Curriculum Targets

  • Mastery of research methods built on the knowledge and skills acquired from specialized courses, and an ability to develop deep, original reasoning and research skills
  • Mastery of problem-solving skills built on the knowledge and skills acquired from specialized courses, and an ability to propose practical solutions as a highly skilled professional for sustainable community development

2.Policies on Curriculum Organization

Building upon the basic courses taken as undergraduates, graduate students will further develop their critical thinking skills and acquire the advanced expertise needed for careers as researchers and technical experts. Exceptional students will be encouraged to pursue doctoral degrees at the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences at Iwate University.

  • An “academic research program (researcher-oriented)” and an “academic research program (technical expert-oriented)” are offered in each Course to match diverse students needs.
  • In addition, a “practice-oriented research program for part-time students,” with a reduced course load required for graduation, is available for part-time students who are employed but wish to continue or resume their education.
  • Interdisciplinary “cross-courses” and courses designed to fill the gaps between different academic fields, referred to as “sub-courses,” are offered to meet changing societal needs, and enable students to customize their study program to extend beyond the boundaries of their respective graduate coursework.
  • “Specialized courses” and “sub-courses” in each Course are offered evenly in both spring and fall semesters so that students entering the program in the fall will not be disadvantaged. Students will be able to take all available “common courses” the semester they enter the program.

3.Assessment Criteria

Credits are generally granted based on examination results. However, some Courses will grant credit based on performance in class and/or the results of reports or other projects. Grades for each course will strictly adhere to the criteria stipulated below.

A (100–90) Is able to relate and apply highly specialized knowledge and skills to other academic areas
B (89–80) Has acquired highly specialized knowledge and skills, and is able to apply them
C (79–70) Has acquired fundamental and specialized knowledge and skills
D (69–60) Has acquired a minimal level of specialized knowledge and skills
F (59–0) Did not acquire a minimal level of knowledge or skill

4.Master’s Thesis Defense

To obtain a Master’s Degree in this program, students are required to study for at least 2 years and earn at least 32 course credits. They must also, after having received the necessary research supervision, pass the thesis review and a final examination.

Part-time students who continue to hold down a job while pursuing a master’s degree may choose, with the approval of their supervisor, to substitute a research report for the master’s thesis.

Evaluation of the master’s thesis or research report will be conducted through a strict review of the thesis and a final examination to be conducted by one primary reviewer and two co-reviewers.

The master’s thesis must be at a level suitable for publication in scientific journals and as such must impart new knowledge. The research report must reinforce or reaffirm previous knowledge.

Biology Program

1.Curriculum Overview

The universality observed in the basic life activities of all organisms and the biodiversity that is observed in the morphology and behaviors of individuals are formed by the interaction between the genetic information coded in DNA and the surrounding environment. This graduate program focuses on research related to understanding the factors that support basic life activity processes and their mechanisms, including development, energy metabolism, adaptation and evolution, as well as research on dynamic and composite biological and ecological systems formed through the interaction of individuals, the environment, and biodiversity. Program graduates will move on to become researchers in biological fields, biotechnology experts knowledgeable in agriculture and food products, and specialists who can work towards the conservation of ecosystems.

2.Curriculum Targets

① Knowledge and Understanding
  1. Acquiring and understanding advanced knowledge and the critical thinking based on this knowledge needed for R&D related to the diverse biological phenomena of biological individuals and groups
  2. Acquiring and understanding advanced knowledge and the critical thinking based on this knowledge needed for R&D related to the protection and conservation of the natural environment
② Discipline-Specific Abilities
  1. The ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D pertaining to the understanding of the diverse biological phenomena of biological individuals and groups
  2. The ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D pertaining to the protection and conservation of the natural environment
  3. Understanding and capacity to use advanced scientific English
③ General Abilities
  1. The ability to collect and organize information pertaining to R&D
  2. The ability to cooperate with others as well as to act independently in R&D activities
  3. To actively participate in academic debates
  4. To present research at academic conferences and to publish papers in scholarly journals
  5. To plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D to solve pressing social problems

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

1.Curriculum Overview

Life is constantly sustained by the many chemical reactions of biological molecules (enzyme reaction system). Technologies that utilize such systems are expected to play an important multifaceted role in the near future. This program is designed to educate future researchers, highly specialized experts, and Ph.D. candidates who, through their international perspective and specialized knowledge and skills related to research in biological functions and reaction mechanisms and the production and control of material by organisms, can flourish in and contribute to society. In this program, graduate students will gain specialized knowledge and learn technologies that will help them develop an understanding of life functions at the cellular, genetic, and molecular levels as well as master material production control skills. Through their independent research, graduate students will gain in-depth knowledge and develop advanced skills that will enable them to excel in professions that require highly specialized expertise, and ultimately contribute to the development of society as a whole.

2.Curriculum Targets

① Knowledge and Understanding

To acquire a fundamental knowledge of organic chemistry and biochemistry as well as the fundamental and specialized knowledge needed to understand biological functions at the molecular level

② Discipline-Specific Abilities

To acquire fundamental academic skills necessary for the study of molecular biology, cellular biology, natural products chemistry, enzyme chemistry, and applied microbiology, and an ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D pertaining to related academic fields

③ General Abilities

Willingness to challenge new academic fields, and the acquisition of problem-setting and problem-solving skills that can help contribute to the betterment of humankind

Applied Biosciences Program

1.Curriculum Overview

This program is designed to turn graduate students into skilled specialists who can conduct research on breeding technologies for new food plant varieties, soil and pest management in food plant production, and food product function and safety to ensure a sufficient, environment-friendly, and sustainable food supply.

The program therefore requires that graduate students take courses that enable them to enhance their technical English and presentation skills and to master the research methods necessary to conduct research that results in publication. Relevant up-to-date knowledge will be conveyed in specialized courses. Research topics will be provided to graduate students, who will conduct research for two years in “Special Research I” and “Special Research II.” Through this research, students are expected to develop practical R&D and communication skills.

2.Curriculum Targets

① Knowledge and Understanding
  1. Mastery and understanding of the advanced knowledge needed for R&D related to plant breeding
  2. Mastery and understanding of the advanced knowledge needed for R&D related to a diversity of functions and food product safety
  3. Mastery and understanding of advanced knowledge, especially soil chemistry and soil microbiology, needed for research and development related to soil environments that ensure healthy crop growth
  4. Mastery and understanding of the advanced knowledge, especially mycology, plant pathogenic microbiology, and insect physiology needed for research and development related to plant pest controls that ensure healthy crop growth
② Discipline-Specific Abilities
  1. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D pertaining to plant breeding
  2. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D pertaining to the diversity of functions and food product safety
  3. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D pertaining to soil environments that ensure healthy crop growth
  4. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D pertaining to plant pest controls that ensure healthy crop growth
③ General Abilities
  1. Collect information pertaining to research and development
  2. Cooperate and act independently in research and development activities as a member of the research and development (R&D) team
  3. Actively participate in academic debates
  4. Present research at academic conferences, publish papers in scholarly journals, and reach out to the general public to share research results

Agriculture and Horticulture Program

1.Curriculum Overview

The program focuses on research that contributes to the revitalization of agriculture, to advances in agricultural production techniques, and to improvements in the environment with the aim of establishing sustainable and multi-functional agriculture, food systems and human livelihoods. Graduate students will acquire specialist expertise and knowledge in agricultural production and agricultural management, economics and distribution, and will develop the ability to independently identify and solve problems in several areas of expertise.

2.Curriculum Targets

① Knowledge and Understanding
  1. Mastery and understanding of the advanced knowledge needed for research and development in each specialized field of study
  2. Mastery and understanding of the advanced knowledge needed for R&D and for the identification and solution of agricultural production problems
  3. Mastery and understanding of the advanced knowledge needed for research and development related to food and agricultural functions in cultural, social, and natural contexts
② Discipline-Specific Abilities
  1. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of research and development pertaining to technical characteristics and modern problems in agricultural production of individual products
  2. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D that relate to improvements in agricultural production efficiency
  3. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results R&D pertaining to the application of agricultural production technologies at work sites
  4. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D pertaining to agricultural management, economics, and distribution
  5. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D that lead to a comprehensive understanding of problems in food and agriculture from the perspectives of the natural and social sciences
  6. Ability to plan, implement, and assess the results of R&D in order to initiate policies that can help solve agricultural and horticultural problems through the practical and knowledge-based abilities outlined in the five points above.
③ General Abilities
  1. To be able to collect and organize information relevant to R&D activities
  2. To be able to cooperate and act independently in R&D activities
  3. To be able to actively participate in academic debates
  4. To present research at academic conferences and to publish papers in scholarly journals

Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Program

1.Curriculum Overview

The program is designed to help graduate students become highly skilled experts with independent problem-solving skills and the highly specialized knowledge and skills necessary for the management of production infrastructure, the maintenance of a living environment for local residents, and development of planning methods, all with the aim of protecting and conserving the natural environment. All programs therefore require that students take courses on research methodology and presentation skills. Required courses also include research, hands-on exercises, and seminars customized for each academic discipline, as well as courses on water, soil, infrastructure, and the environment that are specifically designed for this Course.

2.Curriculum Targets

① Knowledge and Understanding
  1. Structured and expert understanding of agricultural engineering and the rural environment
  2. Comprehensive understanding of local issues
  3. Expert understanding of water, soil, infrastructure, disaster prevention, and the environment
② Discipline-Specific Abilities
  1. Ability to scientifically analyze rural community issues
  2. Knowledge for planning solutions to problems based on an understanding of agricultural engineering, the local community, and the environment
  3. Specialized and comprehensive knowledge and skills for the identification of solutions and the implementation of policies
③ General Abilities
  1. Ability to view local issues at both domestic and global levels
  2. Aptitude for learning theories by working on practical problems
  3. Self-management and communication skills, mindfulness and understanding of others and the practicing of social responsibility

Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science -Master’s Program-
Assessment Criteria for the Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis will be evaluated by one primary reviewer and two co-reviewers. The degree candidate will make a master’s thesis presentation and will also undergo an oral examination. The thesis must satisfy the criteria listed below (with a total of 60 points or higher out of a total of 100 points). Part-time students may request that evaluation criteria be modified and with the approval of the supervising faculty member may substitute the thesis with a research report.

(1) Expertise

A mastery of sufficient knowledge in the field of agriculture and life sciences, a multifaceted analysis of issues, and the ability to propose solutions must be reflected in the thesis.

(2) Appropriateness of the Research Theme

The research theme for the master’s thesis (or research report) must be appropriately established and the objective for and awareness of the problem must be expressed adequately.

(3) Appropriateness of the Thesis

Appropriate organization of the thesis (primary paragraphs, figures, tables, references, etc.) is expected, and the conclusions drawn should not demonstrate flaws in logic or be “inflated.” Figures and tables must be used effectively to enhance the reader’s understanding of the content.

(4) Originality

The master’s thesis must be at a level suitable for publication in scientific journals and as such, must provide new knowledge. The research report must reinforce or reaffirm previous knowledge.

(5) Appropriateness of Supplementary Documents

Past literature and relevant research must be comprehensively reviewed through appropriate methods and this review must show thorough understanding. Furthermore, sources must be accurately and adequately cited. Copyright violation (plagiarism, citation without permission), particularly for information sourced from websites, is not permitted. The author of the thesis must also pay close attention to research ethics.

Contact

  • 3 Bunkyo-cho, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8561, JAPAN
  • Phone: +81-172-36-2111 (Hirosaki University)
  • Fax: +81-172-39-3750 (Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science)
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