Course Prospectus for the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

The Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences offers a Doctoral Course (comprised of a Master’s Program and Doctoral Program with standard study periods of 2 and 3 years, respectively) and Doctoral Course in Veterinary Science (standard study period of 4 years).

This course prospectus outlines the requirements for the subjects offered at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Syllabus

1. Educational objectives and goals

Educational objectives and goals of each division and department are stated in the following pages.

2. Academic years, terms, class dates, and holidays

[ Academic years ]

For students enrolling in April, each academic year starts on April 1 and ends on March 31 the following year. For students enrolling in autumn, each academic year starts on September 26 and ends on September 25 the following year.

[ Terms ]

First semester: April 1 – September 25

Second semester: September 26 – March 31

[ Class dates ]

April 8 – August 9, September 26 – December 28, January 8 – March 31.

However, they may be changed if the first or final day of each term falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or national holiday.

[ Exam periods ]

Exams are held on appropriate dates at the end of each term. However, they may be held on other dates if considered necessary by the instructor.

[ School breaks ]

(1) Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays stated in the National Holidays Act, and school foundation day (April 6)

(2) Spring break: April 1 – April 7

Summer break: August 10 – September 25

Winter break: December 29 – January 7

1) These breaks may vary depending on the circumstances.

2) If necessary, lectures, experiments, and practical training may be held during these breaks.

3. Curricula and accreditation

(1) The subjects provided at this Graduate School, numbers of credits awarded for completing them, and whether they are required or elective for the Division of Applied Life Science, Division of Environmental Sciences and Technology, and Division of Veterinary Science are shown in syllabuses, respectively.

(2) Regarding the accreditation, the study hours shall be 15 hours per credit for lecture-based subjects, 30 hours per credit for seminar-based subjects, and 45 hours per credit for subjects based on experiments and practical training.

4. Course application

(1) To obtain the instructor’s approval, you need to apply in April for the first-semester subjects and apply in October for second-semester subjects. For details about the course application period and procedure, see the Guidance on Course Application supplied by the Higher Education Promotion Office (section in charge of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences).

(2) You may not cancel or change your course application after the submission deadline unless it is specially approved by the instructor.

(3) You may not take any course without applying for it and obtaining approval to take it

(4) You may not apply for two or more courses held in the same period.

5. Academic grades and credits

(1) The academic grades for each subject will be evaluated by the instructor. The evaluation method is determined by the instructor.

(2) The academic grades will be evaluated based on a scale of 100 per subject. If you score 60 or higher, you will pass and receive credits. If you score under 60, you will fail and not receive credits. The results will be reported using A+, A, B, C, and D for grading. (A+: 90 or higher, A: 80-89, B: 70-79, C: 60-69, and D: under 60)

(3) The academic grades will be announced by the Higher Education Promotion Office. For the date of announcement, see the Guidance on Course Application.

(4) You cannot take courses you have already passed.

(5) To retake a course you have failed, you need to apply for it again.

(6) When reporting academic grades to anyone outside the school, they will be reported using A+, A, B, and C for grading.

6. Lodging an objection regarding academic grades

You may lodge an objection regarding academic grades in the current semester in the following cases:

(1) The instructor is considered to have made an obvious mistake in grading, such as an error in writing the grade.

(2) The instructor’s evaluation system is considered to be questionable in light of the evaluation method explained in the syllabus and other media.

(How to make an objection)

If you wish to make an objection, contact the Higher Education Promotion Office (section in charge of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences) or Rinku Campus Administrative Office (instruction section).

7. Awarding of degrees

Academic degrees shall be awarded to those who have enrolled in the Master’s Program, Doctoral Program, or Doctoral Program in Veterinary Sciences, obtained the required credits, and passed the thesis/dissertation review and final exam.

In accordance with the Regulations on Academic Degrees of Osaka Prefecture University, the following academic degrees shall be awarded; Master of Applied Life Sciences and Master of Environmental Sciences and Technology in Master’s Programs, and Doctor of Applied Life Sciences, Doctor of Environmental Sciences and Technology, and Doctor of Veterinary Sciences in Doctoral Programs.

(1) Enrollment period

1) The period of enrollment for a Master’s Program is 2 years at minimum, and cannot exceed 4 years. However, those specially approved by the Graduate School’s council to have achieved superior grades may complete the program after being enrolled in the Graduate School for 1 year.

2) The period of enrollment for a Doctoral Program is 3 years at minimum, and cannot exceed 6 years. However, those specially approved by the Graduate School’s council to have conducted superior research may complete the program after being enrolled in the Doctoral Course for 3 years (including the 2 years in the Master’s Program for students who have enrolled in a Master’s Program for at least 2 years and completed the program).

* Those who are deemed to have achieved an academic standard equivalent or superior to that of graduates who have Master’s Degrees and are specially approved by the Graduate School’s council to have conducted superior research may complete the program after being enrolled in the Graduate School for 1 year.

3) The period of enrollment for a Doctoral Program of Veterinary Sciences is 4 years at minimum, and cannot exceed 8 years. However, those specially approved by the Graduate School’s council to have conducted superior research may complete the program after being enrolled in the Doctoral Course for 3 years.

4) Leaves of absence will not be counted in the period of enrollment.

(2) Required credits for completion

Master’s Program Doctoral Program Doctoral Course
Applied Life Sciences Environmental Sciences and Technology
Compulsory 22 (*1) 15 (*1) 13 (*1) 24 (*1)
Elective 8 or more (*2) 16 or more (*2)  – 7 or more (*3)
Total 30 or more 31 or more 13 31 or more

(*1) Among the Graduate School Common Courses, the master’s degree includes Research Integrity A (1 credit), the doctoral degree includes Research Integrity B (1credit).

(*2) Among the Graduate School Common Courses, the Technology-based-Entrepreneurship Course (2 credits) may also be included.

(*3) Among the Graduate School Common Courses, the Technology-based-Entrepreneurship Course II (2 credits) may also be included.

(3) Thesis/Dissertation

Those meeting the requirements stated in (1) and (2) may submit their theses/dissertations.

(4) Application deadline

1) Master’s degree

January 31 and July 31 for those expected to obtain the designated credits in March and September (If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application must be submitted by the Friday prior to the deadline date). Otherwise, you may apply any time.

2) Doctoral degree

January 10 and July 10 for those wishing to complete the program in March and September, respectively (If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application must be submitted by the Friday prior to the deadline date). Otherwise, you may apply any time.

For details about applying for the review of theses/dissertations, see the Application for Review of Thesis/Dissertation and the Guidelines for Thesis/Dissertation Review.

(5) Final exam

Applicants who have submitted their theses/dissertations shall take exams based on the submitted thesis/dissertation.

(6) Academic Requirements for the Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science

Students of the Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science must satisfy not only requirements from (1) to (5) above, but also academic requirements prescribed by “Course Registration Guide for the Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science.”

8. Taking Graduate School Common Courses

The following course offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at our university can be taken in accordance to each course classification.

To take Graduate School Common Courses, refer to the Guide on Classes and Schedules for Graduate School Common Courses.

Course classification Course title Semester Credit *1
First semester Second semester
Master’s Course *2 Reserch Integrity A
Academic Writing A 2
Technology-based-Entrepreneurship Course 2
Advanced Studies on International Environmental Issues 2
Advanced Environmental Communication 2
Field Work on International Environmental Activities 2
Doctoral Course *3 *4 Reserch Integrity B
Academic Writing B *5 2
Technology-based-Entrepreneurship Course I 2
Technology-based-Entrepreneurship Course II 2
Technology-based-Entrepreneurship Course III 2
Technology-based-Entrepreneurship Course IV 2

*1 Credits with circled numbers are prerequisite courses, and the included in the number of prerequisite course credits required to complete the degree.

*2 Master’s students can include Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course (2 credits) in the number of credits required for elective courses. For other courses, they cannot be added to the elective course credits required to complete the degree.

*3 Doctoral students (except Division of Veterinary Science) cannot add this course to the elective course credits required to complete the degree.

*4 Doctoral students (Division of Veterinary Science) can include Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course II (2 credits) in the number of credits required for elective courses. For other courses, they cannot be added to the elective course credits required to complete the degree.

*5 This course is not offered in fiscal year 2016.

9. Credit transfer system and studying abroad

(1) Based on the agreement between this and other graduate schools (including graduate schools in other countries), if you take courses provided by one of the said graduate schools with the approval of the Graduate School council, up to 10 credits provided by the said graduate school will be counted in the credits required for completion.

(2) Those wishing to study at foreign graduate schools require the approval of the President of the University. If approved, the period for studying abroad shall be counted as part of the number of years of enrollment.

10. Changing the division, department, or course

Although your division, department, and course are determined at the time of your enrollment, you may change them after enrollment if approved by the Graduate School council.

11. Teaching licenses

Those who have obtained a Master’s degree and earned the necessary credits stipulated in the School Teacher’s License Act can apply for the Middle School Teacher’s Specialized License for “Science” and the High School Teacher’s Specialized License for “Science”. If you wish to apply for them, contact the Higher Education Promotion Office for their guidance in advance.

12. Revised class schedule in the case of transport-related or other problems

Nakamozu Campus will cancel classes in any of the following cases. However, if public transportation resumes normal operations by 7:00 a.m., classes will follow a normal schedule. If public transportation resumes normal operations by 10:00 a.m., only the afternoon classes will be held.

(1) The Nankai Koya Line is completely suspended.

(2) Both the JR Hanwa Line and Nankai Main Line are completely suspended.

(3) Both the JR Osaka Loop Line and Osaka Municipal Subway are completely suspended.

(4) An official storm warning is in effect for Osaka Prefecture.

However, Rinku Campus will cancel classes only in the cases of (2), (3), and (4).

If necessary, revision of the class schedule will be announced separately.

13. List of instructors in the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Instructors of this Graduate School are shown in syllabuses.

Application procedure for thesis/dissertation review

Apply for the review of a thesis/dissertation in accordance with the Guidelines for Thesis/Dissertation Review and the following instructions.

The Guidelines for Thesis Review and designated forms can be downloaded from the Website of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Master’s thesis

Please obtain the academic advisor’s approval before applying for thesis review.

[ Application procedure ]

Application form

(i) Degree application form (Form No.1, Part 1) 1 copy
(ii) Master’s thesis title (Form No.7) 1 copy
(iii) Thesis Original and 1 copy
(iv) Thesis Abstract Original and 1 copy

Submit the documents to

Application forms (i) and (ii): Higher Education Promotion Office (section in charge of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences)
Application forms (iii) and (iv): Research academic advisor

Submission deadline

For completion in March: January 31(If the submission deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application must be submitted by the Friday prior to the deadline date)
For completion in September: July 31(If the submission deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application must be submitted by the Friday prior to the deadline date)
Otherwise: Anytime

Review flow chart : for completion in March and September

January 31 July 31 Deadline for submitting an application
Early February Late August Meeting of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
(for assigning review committee members and deciding on the date of thesis presentation)
Mid-February Late August – Early September Thesis presentation and final exam
The final exam, based on the thesis and related subjects, is held in written or oral form.
Immediately after thesis presentation Review meeting
A meeting consisting of the review committee members and professors of the division to which the applicant belongs is held immediately after the thesis presentation to discuss whether to pass or fail the applicant.
Early March Mid-September Meeting of the Graduate School
Determines whether or not to award the academic degree to the applicant.
Late March Late September Award ceremony

* For schedules of completion involving dates other than March or September, inquire with the Higher Education Promotion Office (section in charge of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences).

Doctoral dissertation

Please obtain the academic advisor’s approval before applying for dissertation review.

[ Application procedure ]

Application form

(i) Degree application form (Form No.1) 1 copy
(ii) Dissertation (book form) 3 copies
(iii) Electronic file of a dessertation 1 copy
(iv) Dissertation Abstract 50 copies
(v) List of Papers (Form No.2) 1 copy
(vi) Curriculum Vitae (Form No.3) 1 copy
(vii) Report on the applicant (Form No.4) 1 copy
(viii) Letter of consent (Form No.5) 1 copy
(ix) Agreement an Registration of Doctoral Dissertation in OPU Repository 1 copy

Submit the documents to

Higher Education Promotion Office (section in charge of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences) or Rinku Campus Administrative Office (instruction section)

Submission deadline

For completion in March: January 10 (If the submission deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application must be submitted by the Friday prior to the deadline date)
For completion in September: July 10 (If the submission deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application must be submitted by the Friday prior to the deadline date)
Otherwise: Anytime

Review flow chart

For completion in March:
January 10
For completion in September:
July 10
Submitting an application
Late January Late July Meeting of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
(for assigning review committee members)
Early February Late July
– Early August
Dissertation presentation and final exam
The final exam, based on the dissertation and related subjects, is held in written or oral form.
Immediately after dissertation presentation Review meeting
A meeting consisting of the review committee members and professors of the division to which the applicant belongs is held immediately after the dissertation presentation to discuss whether to pass or fail the applicant.
Mid-February Late August The Graduate School council meeting of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Determines whether or not to award the academic degree to the applicant.
Late March Late September Award ceremony

* For details of the above schedule and schedule of completion on dates other than March or September, inquire with the Higher Education Promotion Office (section in charge of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences) or Rinku Campus Administrative Office (instruction section).