Welcome to the Graduate School of Environmental Science


Who We Are
Our life systems have been maintained by unsustainable exploitation of its natural resources. However, the Earth is confronted with irreversible changes to its climate, combined with a continued loss in biodiversity that threatens the stability of the living systems. These environmental changes will be exacerbated by a world population that is expected to increase by more than 30% in the coming years. If we carry on using resources at the current rate, we will need, on aggregate, the equivalent of more than two Earths to sustain us (by 2050). The Earth where we live on is the one and only, and we must sustain this global environment for the future. The World currently faces unprecedented environmental changes, and we need to challenge to solve the various environmental issues. The Graduate School of Environmental Science is a flagship educational and research institute at Hokkaido University, which carries out inter-disciplinary research in the broad Environmental Earth Science.

Our History and Background
These environmental challenges require us to rapidly move towards a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy and society. Research and innovation are urgently needed to prepare ourselves for this transformation in an urgently and controlled manner. The search for sustainable solutions will depend upon advances in many different areas of scientific research and most especially on researchers working across inter-disciplinary teams addressing complex environmental challenges.
The Graduate School of Environmental Science was established in 1977 as the first graduate school in Japan to bring together expertise in the biological, physical, chemical, and environmental sciences to facilitate a critical collaborative approach to a subject area that requires the expertise of many different disciplines. It has attained its present form through significant reorganizations in 1993 and in 2005. Now, the Graduate School of Environmental Science is cooperatively run by about 130 faculty members from 7 faculties (the Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, the Faculty of Fishery Science, the Institute of Low Temperature Science, the Research Institute for Electronic Science, the Institute for Catalysis, the Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Arctic Research Center), to facilitate a critical collaborative approach to a subject area that requires the expertise of many different disciplines.

What We Aim?
The mission of our graduate school is to generate new research knowledge for the understanding and protection of our global environment and develop technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a low carbon and resource efficient society. The core principles of the Graduate School of Environmental Science are to deliver excellent research, high quality postgraduate training, and innovation with impact. Then, the field of education and research covers various phenomena, issues, and perspectives related to the environment. This large volume of expertise and research activity provides fertile ground for multi-disciplinary and high-quality environmental research. For the forthcoming future, our graduate school aims to support breakthrough research across disciplines, develop the next generation of global leaders, and build transformative educational and research partnerships across the region and globe.

Prof. Masashi Ohara, Dean of the graduate school


Our Policy
  • We accept students with strong academic backgrounds on various scientific fields.
  • We set up a longer-term course for the people who have a job, with a reduced tuition fee.
  • We teach in English for foreign students (EPEES).
Academic Career
  • At the divisions of Earth System Science, Biosphere Science and Materials Science, students learn fundamental subjects of environmental science intensively.
  • It is possible to study a certain subject specifically in the division of Environmental Science Development after learning fundamental subjects at the master course.
  • Another choice is studying same specific subjects from the master course to the doctoral course.
  • Students in the doctoral course of the divisions of Environmental Science Development get a wide knowledge about environmental issues.
Job Career
  • Researchers with good ability and powerful intention for environment issues. Some of them work in a university or a laboratory in a foreign country for several years.
  • Specialists who solve environmental problems synthetically(experts, officer, teacher, staff of the NPO or UN, instructors and so on).
  • Staff who work worldwide for the environment.

Structure of the graduate school

We offer advanced education by cooperating with faculty members at seven faculties, reserch institutes, and centers of Hokkaido University.

Enrollment capacity of the graduate school

♦ Division of Environmental Science: A new education system by integrating multi-disciplinary approaches of solving urgent problems.
♦ Division of Earth System Science, Biosphere Science and Materials Science: Teaching fundamental subjects of environmental science.

Graduate School

Graduate School of Environmental Sceince, Hokkaido University