The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University, in cooperation with Saga
University and University of the Ryukyus,conducts high quality doctoral course education through a
professoriate composed of a variety of specialists,aiming at training leaders with a spirit of enterprise
as researchers, educators, and technical experts. This graduate school sets the following educational
1) We develop human resources that have learned a broad range of academic subjects and obtained
advanced specialized knowledge and skills related to agriculture.
2) We develop human resources that have acquired solid analytical ability, multifaced perspective,
the capability to explain matters thoroughly and an enhanced ability to contribute towards an
effective social betterment, such as a global viewpoint and an eagerness to face hard challenges.
In order to attain these educational goals, the admissions, curriculum, and diploma policies are laid
down as follows.
1) Desired applicants
We admit students and working people from all over the world who are keenly interested in the
fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, such as food production based on life science and the
environment of biological resources. Applicants should display enough enthusiasm and ability
required to acquire their doctorate degrees, and be willing to elucidate the assigned subjects and
engage in scientific research. 2) Required knowledge and skill levels
Students should have extensive knowledge in the fields of agricultural, fishery and natural
sciences, graduate-level achievement in specialized fields, rich international sensitivity, and English
ability required for the doctoral course. Students from overseas should desirably possess basic skills
3) Applicant admission selection procedure
For students who have finished a master's course, admission decisions are given grading according
to their master's theses, academic records from their master's programs, and an essay-type
examination and presentation; which include research subjects, planning and questions and answers
from their oral examination. Students from the affiliated universities are exempted from the essay-
type examination. Students who have not finished a master's course must take a preliminary
qualification examination. When the eligibility requirements for the examination are certified,
admission decisions are given grading according to academic records from their undergraduate
programs, and an essay-type examination and presentation; which include research subjects,
planning and questions and answers from their oral examination.
We conduct doctoral course education and human resource development programs in each of these
three major fields:
Science of Bioresource Production
Biological Science and Technology
Resource and Environmental Science of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Degree program: Students learn a broad range of academic subjects in addition to obtaining advanced
specialized knowledge and skills related to agriculture, while improving their ability
to search and elucidate various issues under the mentorship of their supervisors.
Advanced human resource development programs: Students acquire solid analytical ability, multifaced
perspective, the capability to explain matters thoroughly and an enhanced ability to
contribute towards an effective social betterment, such as a global viewpoint and an
eagerness to face hard challenges.
Doctoral candidates are required to earn a prescribed number of articles accepted by authorized
academic journals, and to pass the final examination. Upon the conferral of their degrees, candidates
are expected to possess the following abilities:
1) As a person with a doctorate, they should display a dignified demeanor, have advanced
specialized knowledge, and possess the ability to carry out research work independently,
from finding subjects to solving problems in the fieds of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
2) As a researcher, technical expert, and educator, they should have the ability and a well-
developed sense of leadership in order to be active in both the local and global societies.
Evaluation of dissertations is conducted grading thesis composition, originality, and academic values
of a dissertation submitted by a doctoral candidate according to the Diploma Policy, and determined
considering his/her specialized knowledge, ability of planning and pursuance, presentation skills and