School of Life and Environmental Science

School of Life and Environmental ScienceAre you interested in animals, plants and the environment? Do you want to learn more about climate change, biodiversity loss or how humans interact with the living world in agricultural systems? Are you interested in the history of life on earth, the processes which have shaped our landscape over hundreds of millions of years, or how researchers and government agencies develop effective strategies to mitigate the effects of natural disasters?

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences covers a wide range of basic and applied sciences at both undergraduate and graduate levels.


At undergraduate level, the School is split into three colleges, each offering programs taught in English and Japanese;

  • Agrobiological Resource Sciences 
  • Biological Sciences 
  • Geoscience  

The College of Agrobiological Sciences focusses mainly on human-environmental interactions, primarily in the fields of agriculture, agricultural technologies, food sciences, and environmental management.

The College of Biological Sciences focusses on a broad range of fundamental and translational sciences, ranging from the molecular level to evolutionary and ecological sciences.  

The College of Geoscience comprises two main fields of study: Geoenvironmental Science and Earth Evolution Sciences. Geoenvironmental Sciences explore the nature of, and processes in, the atmosphere, hydrosphere and on the Earth’s surface as well as their interaction with human and biological activities. Earth Evolution Sciences study how the Earth’s materials, structures, processes, and organisms have changed over time.

Graduate programs

The School offers qualifications at both the Master and Doctoral levels, which can be completed in either English or Japanese.  The School is split into a number of research groups, each offering their own degree program.  Graduate programs have a large research component, along with a small number of taught courses.  In principle, Master programs take 2 years, while Ph.D level qualifications take 3 years.

Prospective students are encouraged to search for a relevant supervisor by selecting their desired research area from the links on the right-hand side of the page. 

Research Centers

The School has several research centers providing advanced research facilities for cutting-edge research.