The Department of Human Environmental Science enables students to identify the optimum environment for encouraging, supporting, and aiding human development and to find the best methods to build and sustain such an environment. A multifaceted approach is required to address these issues. In view of this, the course established the following four courses of study (Master’s Program) and research areas (Doctoral Program): (1) “Natural Environmental Science,” which examines the structure of nature as part of the human environment; (2) “Mathematics and Informatics,” which uses mathematics as a basis for studying the information environment; (3) “Living Environment,” the study of the optimum environment for our daily lives; and (4) “Social Environment,” which aims to resolve the many contradictions of our social environment.

In addition, the Doctoral Program features a unit on the environment and advanced science. Graduates of the Master’s Program develop the specialized knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to play an active role in government, autonomous organizations, private enterprises, and NPOs. The Doctoral Program enables students to become researchers and university professors who possess advanced academic knowledge and creativity.

Doctoral Program

The aim of the doctoral program is to develop outstanding individuals who are able to participate actively in fundamental, applied, and practical research into human development and the environment in which this development takes place, and who are able to use their specialized knowledge in the field of education. The program allows each individual student to acquire a broad range of intellectual and practical skills through the range of opportunities offered by the course and through self-development, and provides a supportive approach that considers the needs of the students.

Key Information

  • Degree Programme
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Doctor of Philosophy in Education
    Doctor of Philosophy in Science
  • Subject area
    Natural Environmental Science,
    Mathematics and Informatics,
    Living Environment,
    Social Environment,
    Advanced Human Environmental Science
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Total Intake (AY 2015)


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