It is a fact that every ten minutes - just the time it takes you to read this brochure - more than 260 infants around the world die as a result of malnutrition or poverty. Most of them were born in the developing world. Many people might want to do something to address this situation, but just having the desire to help is not enough. The primary focus of the Development and Economics Program is to equip enthusiastic students with a useful tool to help to solve the problems of the real world. That tool is economics. An extensive knowledge of economics is of great use to aid agencies, development organizations, governmental institutions, nongovernmental organizations, consultant companies, research institutions and other private companies. In addition, this Program also aims to contribute to the academic field of development economics.

It goes without saying that the world’s multidimensional problems cannot be solved by economics alone. For this reason, this Program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, working in close cooperation with other GSICS Programs. We thus offer practical economics, in combination with such diverse fields as law, political science, international relations, sociology and regional studies.

Our program has a dual structure; the Japanese program starts in April and the English program starts in October.

Focus and Goals

This program was established for students who have a master's degree and would like to conduct more advanced research. Students are expected to meet high research standards and it is hoped they will acquire jobs at institutions such as universities, research institutes, or international organizations.


In the doctoral program, students are required to take Advanced Research (8 credits) and Advanced Research Presentation (2 credits). They must also earn a total of at least 4 credits from the following: Workshop I, Workshop II, Internship, Advanced Overseas Research, and International Organization Management (2 credits each). Students must also receive instruction regarding the writing of their thesis from their academic supervisor.

Study Requirements and Degrees Granted

Students must have first completed a master’s program and hold a master’s degree or the equivalent. Students are required to take a candidacy examination before completing their doctoral thesis. Students who have obtained the status of doctoral candidate and completed their thesis must pass a final examination and have their thesis approved by the GSICS Faculty. The standard course of study is three years. For students of exceptional capability, the duration of study may be shortened.

Key Information

  • Degree Programme
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
  • Subject area
    Development and Economics Program
  • Duration
    3 years


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Contact Us

Academic Affairs Office/ Faculty Office
2-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501 Japan
Tel. +81(0)78-803-7267
E-mail: gsics-kyomu@office.kobe-u.
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