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Master’s Course

Master’s CourseStudents will be awarded a Master of Science (M.Sc) upon satisfactory completion of a thesis. Students are also required to complete four semesters of coursework over a two-year period.

The course consists of lectures, practicalwork, seminars, and tutorials. Students must obtain 30 credits with a minimum passing grade of 60%. The master’s course curriculum is presented in Table 1.

Table 1. Master’s Course Curriculum

C01 Master’s Thesis Research I 6 6    
C02 Master’s Thesis Research II 6     6
C03 Seminar in a Specified Field I 2 2      
C04 Seminar in a Specified Field II 2   2    
C05 Seminar in a Specified Field III 2     2  
  (Subtotal) (18)        
P01 Agricultural Problem-Based Learning I 1 1      
P02 Agricultural Problem-Based Learning II 1     1  
  (Subtotal) (2)        
M01 Fundamentals of Agricultural Sciences I (Basic Statistics) 2 2      
M02 Fundamentals of Agricultural Sciences II (Advanced Statistics) 1   1    
M03 Biological Resources : Utilization and Conservation 2 2      
M04 Soil and Water Environment 2 2      
M05 Current Topics in Agriculture and Food Environment 1 1      
M06 Agricultural English I (Presentation Skill) 1 1      
M07 Agricultural English II (Paper Writing Skill) 1 1      
M08 Special Lecture on International Development I 1   1    
M09 Special Lecture on International Development II 1   1    
M10 International Rural Development 2 2      
M11 Rural Survey Methodology 2 2      
M12 Advanced Technology in Agriculture 2 2      
M13 Food Science and Food System 2 2      
  (Subtotal) (20)        
S01 Agricultural Bioresource Sciences 2   2    
S02 Animal & Marine Bioresource Sciences 2   2    
S03 Forest and Forest Products Sciences 2   2    
S04 Bioproduction Environmental Sciences 2   2    
S05 Agronomy and Environmental Sciences 2   2    
S06 Agricultural and Resource Economics 2   2    
S07 Molecular Biosciences 2   2    
S08 Systems Biology 2   2    
S09 Applied Molecular Microbiology and Biomass Chemistry 2   2    
S10 Food Science & Biotechnology 2   2    
  (Subtotal) (20)        
J01 Business Japanese I 1     1  
J02 Business Japanese II 1     1  
  (Subtotal) (2)        
  Total 62        
*C: compulsory subjects; M: module subjects; S: specialized subjects; P: Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem; J: Business Japanese
** A = Autumn term; S = Spring term

An outline of the Master’s course subjects is given in Table2. Compulsory subjects consist of the thesis (12 credits) and laboratory seminars (6 credits); 5 out of 13 module subjects plus 2 PBL subjects (equal or more than 10 credits); and specialized subjects of one specific subject (2 credits) given by the department to which the student belongs.

Table 2. Features of the Master’s Course Subjects

  Aim Lecture methods Choice Professors Required
Compulsory subjects Research practice Conventional form 5 subjects Laboratory Prof. 18 credits
Module subjects Improvement of basic academic abilities focusing on agricultural administration and rural development Block module 13 subjects Special team 10 credits
Cross-cutting or interdisciplinary research
PBL subjects Problem based learning Block module 2 subjects Special team
Specialized subjects Improvement of expertise Block module 10 subjects Your Departments 2 credits

Lectures are given in a block module format. Each semester comprises three blocks, each of which includes 1 to 2 module subjects.

The topic of the thesis research is specified after discussion with your supervisor. Students must submit their master thesis in English to the appropriate departmental examination board comprising the teaching staff. Students are required to give an oral presentation of their thesis during the spring semester of the second year. A committee will evaluate the student's overall performance based on a report by the department committee. Satisfactory performance will lead to an award of a Master of Science from Kyushu University.

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