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Department of Marine Science

Educational goal

The Department of Marine Science aims at fostering internationally competent marine field scientists. To achieve this goal, we train students through advanced and systematic course work including practical on-site education to equip them with the skills and abilities to carry out research on the conservation of the marine environment and ecosystem and the sustainable production of marine biological resources. The program offers education on material circulation in the ocean; interaction between the ocean, atmosphere, and land; marine ecology; breeding and reproduction of marine resource organisms; and responses of marine organisms to the environment, which are the foundation of marine field science. In addition, since management of the marine environment and resources is an issue which should be resolved under international cooperation, students must acquire sufficient scientific communication skills to communicate with researchers from overseas and ability to conduct unique research as international projects. Thus, this Department offers knowledge and skills necessary for field researchers.

  1. Students will acquire comprehensive understanding of marine biology, environment, and oceanography, which are important bases for research on the marine environment, and will also gain knowledge on earth science, water circulation, and interaction between the atmosphere and the ocean through studying the East China Sea as a model for coastal oceans.
  2. Students will acquire the ability to design advanced research, to write and evaluate scientific papers, and to present research. They will also gain the ability to write research proposals for the application for grants and employment.
  3. Students will acquire the capacities of designing survey, methodologies, analytical methods, and applied scientific statistics for use in field science.
  4. Students will acquire the ability to gather correct information, advanced analytical skills, and the ability to create unique research through practical field learning.
  5. Students will acquire scientific communication skills in English through lectures by foreign researchers and oral presentations in English in student-led seminars with foreign students and international conferences.
  6. Students will experience joint research with foreign researchers in six-month stay in overseas laboratories for the purpose of training them as internationally competent field researchers.
  7. Students will acquire the ability to conduct research using a wide range of knowledge and flexibility through learning subjects in social science that are related to ocean and the environment.
  8. In addition to the acquisition of knowledge that is needed by internationally competent field researchers, the Ecosystem Sciences course and the Bioresources Restoration Sciences course in this department aim to provide the following education.
    1. In the Ecosystem Sciences course, students learn the interaction among the ocean, atmosphere, and land, and the basics of material circulation and biological production in the ocean to enable them to conduct interdisciplinary research on conservation and restoration of marine environment and ecosystem.
    2. In the Bioresources Restoration Sciences course, students acquire the ability to analyze reproductive potential of biological resources, the foundation of marine food resources, in relation to environmental changes. Students also acquire the ability to conduct interdisciplinary research for sustainable production of resources.

Admission Policy

The twenty-first century is called the era of food and the environment. The most important task of the century is to conserve the global environment and to secure a sustainable food supply. The Graduate School of Fisheries Science and Environmental Studies has been established in April 2011 through a reorganization of the Graduate School of Science and Technology, based on the Faculty of Fisheries and the Faculty of Environmental Studies. The fundamental principle of the new Graduate School is: "To cultivate both advanced specialists with practical leadership and internationally competent researchers, for the solution of the environmental and food-security issues, through promoting education and research in the interdisciplinary and comprehensive academic fields of fisheries science and environmental studies".
Fisheries science and environmental studies both aspire the harmony and symbiosis of human and nature. Fisheries science and environmental studies share much of their academic missions and methodology, and these are the disciplines that need interdisciplinary integration to be effective. Thus, the Graduate School substantiates interdisciplinary integration by reinforcing both the education in each specialty and cross-boundaryeducation, and thereby develop human resources competent to respond to the needs of the society.

The Department of Marine Science offers the integrated five-year systematic curriculum by removing the boundaries between the master's and doctoral programs. This integration is based on the idea that continuous and planned education and instruction are indispensable for students to acquire knowledge and experience in the fields of science on the ocean, which exhibits great seasonal and annual variations. This program also promotes education and training with the following characteristics.

  1. The Department implement international interdisciplinary research on conservation and restoration of marine environment and ecosystem, and investigations into sustainable production of resources. The Department educates students to become exceptional marine field researchers who will contribute to establishing the scientific foundations for securing sustainable food supply from the ocean.
  2. The Department provides practical education to promote research in the conservation of marine environment and ecosystem and the sustainable production of biological resources from the ocean, through advanced and systematic coursework including practical field education in the ocean on a wide range of academic fields.
  3. The Department cultivates researchers who have sufficient scientific communication skills to interact with foreign researchers, and are competent enough to conduct joint research projects with foreign researchers. These abilities will be educated through short-term exchange programs in overseas laboratories and international seminars with foreign students.
  4. The Department offers two courses, the Ecosystem Science Course and the Bioresources Restoration Science Course. The Ecosystem Science Course aims to develop exceptional field researchers who have knowledge on the interactions of the ocean, atmosphere, and land and the fundamentals of material circulation and biological production in the ocean, and are capable of implementing interdisciplinary research in the conservation and restoration of the marine environment and the ecosystem at the international level. Meanwhile, the Bioresources Restoration Science Course aims to develop exceptional field researchers who have excellent ability to analyze the productivity of biological resources in relation to environmental changes as the foundation of marine food resources, and also to implement interdisciplinary research at international level for sustainable production of resources.

The Department is willing to accept students with high motivation to gain advanced knowledge in the conservation and restoration of marine environment and ecosystem and sustainable production, and to make efforts in ingenious marine field research, and passionate about contributing to society as a researcher in the future.