Master's Program in Geosciences

Purpose of human resources development

To train talents who understand various natural phenomena on the earth, past and present, have a wide basic knowledge and a specialized research ability to contribute towards the settlement of various issues on a global scale, and have scientific intelligence necessary to overcome those issues in today's global society.

Vision of human resources development

  • A talent with both a wide basic knowledge in science and geosciences and excellent expertise.
  • A talent with an outstanding ability for fieldwork or experiments/data analysis.
  • A talent with problem-solving skills concerning geoscientific issues.
  • A talent with foreign language and communication abilities that can be accepted in the society.
  • A talent who understands the needs of society for geosciences, and has a basic knowledge and an ability to take actions, which are immediate assets to firms, etc.
  • A talent with a high ethical perspective for research activities.

Policies for the diploma

By fulfilling requirements regulated by the school codes of postgraduate, University of Tsukuba, as well as related codes, it is required to deepen their understanding of various geoscientific phenomena taking place in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and humanoshere, as well as to have a wide basic knowledge related to science and geoscience, and expertise in a particular area. In addition, it is required to have an ability to publish globally highly evaluated academic theses. The diploma, a master's degree in science, will be awarded to persons who have presented their research interim report and research final report, have written their master's thesis before the completion of the program, and are certified to have following abilities at their final examination;

(General knowledge/abilities)
  1. Intellect utilization ability: an ability to make use of the advanced knowledge for the society.
  2. Management skill: an ability to correspond properly to issues with a wide vision.
  3. Communication skill: an ability to deliver the expertise precisely and intelligibly.
  4. Teamwork ability: an ability to work together as a team and proactively contribute to the achievement of their goal.
  5. Internationality: a consciousness to contribute to the international society.
(Expert knowledge/abilities)
  1. Knowledge and comprehension ability: a wide knowledge and comprehension ability related to science and geoscience.
  2. Planning ability: an ability to set a research subject and form a research program to execute.
  3. Problem-solving ability: an ability to confront various issues and solve the problems by understanding the basic principle behind them.
  4. Expressiveness: an ability to express themselves based on basic foreign language skills and communication skills.
  5. Creativity: an ability to confront various issues and apply results obtained from the research.

Careers after the completion

The postgraduate doctoral program, private enterprises, a government employee, a researcher for research institutes, a teacher for junior high or high schools, a museum curator, etc.


Master's Program in Geosciences consists of "Geoenvironmental Science Field" and "Earth Evolution Science Field". Please refer to the link below for the details on each field.


Geoenvironmental Science Field is focused on the temporal and spatial study of the environmental conditions across the globe and their natural scientific processes and mechanisms. This study also deals with gaining a comprehensive understanding of how the human environment is affected by the natural scientific processes.


Earth Evolution Science Field is focused on the scientific study of structure, composition, history and mechanics of our planet by quantitative geological, physical, chemical and biological methods for forecasting the future.