EES : English Program of Environmental Earth Science for Sustainable Society
EPEES: English Program of Environmental Earth Science for a Sustainable Society (Graduate School of Environmental Science)
EPEES applications for the enrollment in October 2016 are currently being invited.
Admission Requirements for the EPEES Master”Ēs Course
Master”Ēs Course applicants must: • have finished (or be expected to finish) 16 years of education outside Japan by the month before the enrollment period; • hold a Bachelor”Ēs degree in any field.
Admission Requirements for the EPEES Doctoral Course
Doctoral Course applicants must: •””have finished (or be expected to finish) 18 years of education outside Japan by the month before the enrollment period; •””hold a Master”Ēs degree in any field.
Regular entrance examination application documents for the Global Environmental Management (GEM) Course at the Division of Environmental Science Development should be submitted to the Academic Affairs Office by July 22, 2016. See the Graduate School website for details of the regular entrance examination. (http://www.ees.hokudai.ac.jp/modules/top/entrance2.html)
Several applicants may qualify for Pre-arrival Admission, which enables them to take entrance examinations in their own countries by using the equipment such as Polycom or Skype system if it is available in their universities. To apply for Pre-arrival Admission, submit the documentation listed below for screening by June 23, 2016 by email. The applications may not be accepted if the equipment for the examinations and interview is not available. Please contact the Academic Affairs Office of our graduate school before proceeding for further information. 1. Admission Application form with ID photo (The designated form must be used, and will be provided upon request. The photo should be taken on April 22, 2016 or later, 4 x 3 cm, upper body, facing forward with no headwear). 2. Curriculum Vitae (The designated form must be used, and will be provided upon request) 3. Graduation Certificate (or Certificate of Expected Graduation) 4. Academic Transcript 5. Copy of passport ”Čface page”É 6. For the Master”Ēs Course, a 1,000-word essay on the reasons for the application and your research plan within the program 7. For the Doctoral Course, a 1,500-word essay on the reasons for the application and your research plan within the program 8. Applicants should submit a copy of TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS score sheet obtained within the last two years with the application.
Announcement of Pre-arrival Admission Candidates
Applicants selected as candidates for Pre-arrival Admission based on document screening will be notified by the beginning of the July 2016. Additional forms for the entrance examination must be submitted with the examination fee (JPY 30,000) by July 22, 2016 after receiving the notification. * See the Graduate School website for details of the regular entrance examination.
Entrance Examinations and Interviews in Candidates”Ē Own Countries Entrance examinations and Pre-arrival Admission interviews will be held by using the equipment such as Polycom or Skype system if it is available in your university by August 26 of 2016. Information on exact dates, times and locations will be provided after screening. Interviewees will be asked about their Bachelor”Ēs thesis and future plans for study on the Master”Ēs or Doctoral courses.
Enrollment Without Pre-arrival Admission
Applicants not qualifying for Pre-arrival Admission can take the regular entrance examination for the Global Environmental Management Course at the Division of Environmental Science Development. Applications must be submitted by July 22, 2016.
Announcement of successful candidates
The final successful candidates will be announced on September 1, 2016.
EPEES program does not have any scholarship for the students who will be enrolled from this school year. However, some of them may be eligible for the Monbukagakusho Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students which provides 48,000 JPY as a monthly allowance for six months after their arrival in Japan.
Dr. Shunitz Tanaka (program supervisor) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Academic Affairs Office, Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University Kita 10, Nishi 5, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0810, Japan E-mail: email@example.com Phone: +81-11-706-2205
Characteristics of EPEES
• EPEES is a Graduate School of Environmental Science English program with Master”Ēs and Doctoral courses. • The program is intended to foster the development of professionals and researchers who can contribute to solve international environmental problems with extensive knowledge and global perspectives. • The program is conducted entirely in English. • Students are required to pursue a main research topic and study a sub-research topic as a mini-project. • The program is run by the Division of Environmental Science Development in conjunction with three other Graduate School divisions. • Pre-arrival Admission* may be offered on the program. * See the information on Pre-arrival Admission and scholarships.
Globalization has caused various environmental issues around the world that often transcend borders. In order to solve these problems, to conserve the earth”Ēs precious environment for future generations and to build up a sustainable society, this program is intended to foster the development of professionals and researchers who can contribute to the protection of global and local environments based on extensive knowledge, global perspectives and the ability to act practically using their expertise. Graduates are expected to understand different cultures, customs and values, and to be able to cope with environmental problems in collaboration with researchers and experts from various countries. The program involves practical education in English through classes, work and seminars with the aim of seeking ways to maintain and enhance the sustainability of the earth”Ēs system. Students adopt a main theme for their Master”Ēs or Doctoral thesis under a supervisor, and simultaneously study a sub-research topic from a different field within a study group. This approach fosters the ability to judge international environmental problems appropriately on the basis of interdisciplinary focus.
Special Research for Theses
Students perform two years of special research under a supervisor on a main topic chosen from the fields of study listed below, and also investigate a sub-research topic as a mini-project in the course seminar. The sub-research topic should be in a field different from that of the main topic. Fields of Study • Human and Ecological Systems, Environmental Adaptation Science, Practical Science for the Environment, Global Environmental Management (Division of Environmental Science Development) • Geochemistry, Atmosphere-Ocean and Climate Dynamics, Cryosphere Science (Division of Earth System Science) • Ecosystem Biology, Ecological Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Ecology, Animal Ecology, Marine Biogeochemistry and Physics, Aquatic Biology, Forest Conservation, Agro-Ecosystem Science (Division of Biosphere Science) • Biomaterials Chemistry, Environmental Nano-Materials, Molecular Photonics and Electronics Science, Environmental Catalytic Chemistry (Division of Environmental Material Science)
Master”Ēs Course: Completion Requirements
In order to complete the course and obtain a Master in Environmental Science (EPEES) degree, students must earn 30 credits or more from the categories listed below. Compulsory Subjects: 16 credits 1. Seminar in Environmental Science Development I (Program Seminar) (4 credits) 2. Special Research in Environmental Science Development I (8 credits) 3. Two core subjects (4 credits) Optional Subjects: (14 credits) Students may choose from among the advanced subjects, common subjects and laboratory and fieldwork areas listed below.
Doctoral Course: Completion Requirements
In order to complete the course and obtain a Doctor in Environmental Science (EPEES) degree, students must: • take the Seminar in Environmental Science Development II (Program Seminar) (4 credits) and Special Research in Environmental Science Development II (8 credits); • take two core subjects (4 credits); • submit a dissertation in English and pass a dissertation review; • have at least one paper published from an international peer-reviewed scientific journal.
1. Core Subjects
o Fundamental Lecture in Environmental Science (2 credits) o Introduction to Environmental Earth Science (2 credits) o Introduction to Sustainable Society (2 credits) o Advanced Course in Global Warming Assessment (2 credits) o Introduction to Practical Science for the Environment (2 credits)
2. Advanced Subjects
o Advanced Course in Environmental Pollution Comparison (2 credits) o Advanced Course in Environmental Adaptation (2 credits) o Advanced Course in Natural Resource Management and Policy (2 credits) o Advanced Lecture in Geoecological Resources (2 credits) o Advanced Course in Marine Sedimentology (2 credits) o Advanced Course in Biogeoscience (2 credits) o Advanced Course in Glacier and Ice Sheet Science (2 credits) o Advanced Course in Bio-Material Chemistry (2 credits) o Advanced Course in International Communication Methods (2 credits) o Other Lectures held in English
3. Work and Seminars
o Laboratory Work in Environmental Analysis (4 credits) o Laboratory Work in Environmental Materials Science (4 credits) o International Laboratory Work in Biogeoscience (4 credits) o Study on Fostering Leaders for Environmental Conservation (4 credits) o EPEES Program Seminar o Course Seminar o Environmental Tour Seminar
4. Special Research and Reading
o Special Research in Environmental Science Development I (8 credits for Master”Ēs Course) o Special Research in Environmental Science Development II (8 credits for Doctoral Course) o Seminar in Environmental Science Development I (4 credits for Master”Ēs Course) o Seminar in Environmental Science Development II (4 credits for Doctoral Course)