With the advent of a population explosion in developing countries and increasing global environmental problems, there is a growing concern for the world food supply in the near future. In particular, the considerably low food self-sufficiency ratio of Japan requires the establishment of a stable food supply system. The Department of Agricultural Engineering and Socio-Economics aims to systematize all processes from agricultural infrastructure to distribution and consumption of foods, so that producers and consumers alike may coexist in an environmentally sustainable society. The Department has two divisions: the Division of Agricultural Engineering and the Division of Food and Environmental Economics. We provide students with a broad knowledge and skill set related to food and the environment, enabling them to play an active role in the public or private sector.

Agricultural Engineering

This course provides students with education in agricultural engineering fields including the use and conservation of water and land resources (the essential components of an agricultural production environment), and the development of machinery related to crop cultivation, harvesting, and processing.

Food and Environmental Economics

This course examines various fields from a social sciences perspective, including the theory and policies behind resolving issues related to food supply, agriculture, and the environment; measures for the development of agricultural business and the revitalization of agricultural societies; statistical approach to food production, distribution and consumption, and the nature of agriculture-related industry.

About the Master’s Program
  1. Students can gain a broad grounding in agriculture and interdisciplinary knowledge through core cross-disciplinary learning in food, the environment, and healthy organisms.
  2. Each course within the Master’s Program is designed to prepare students for the more specialist classes in the Doctoral Program.
  3. Students can learn to organize their research results, present in front of a group and express their ideas through the class on public presentations.
  4. Students can gain an interdisciplinary perspective through taking a joint class with the five natural sciences graduate schools in Kobe University, Advanced Science and Technology.
  5. Students can gain the comprehensive knowledge needed for advanced specialist careers by making use of the program course authorization system in collaboration with four natural science graduate schools in Kobe University.
  6. Students can gain a grounding in leadership and an international perspective by taking courses in sustainable food production and environmental protection in the Asiatic region.

Key Information

  • Degree Programme
    Master of Agriculture
  • Subject area
    Agricultural Engineering
    Food and Environmental Economics
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Total Intake (AY 2015)


Contact Us

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