In the Earth-Life Science course, students are provided with financial support as salary that will enable them to live independently from the first year of the master's course until the completion of the doctoral course. By doing so, we seek to recruit highly motivated and talented students on a competitive basis. In addition, by integrating the master’s and doctoral courses, students will be able to tackle the most challenging research problems.
Life is an open-system phenomenon which is dependent on, and changes, the planetary environment in which it exists. How did this come to be? We seek to clarify planetary, chemical, and energetic constraints on the origin and evolution of both planets and life, as well as the sustainability of life, mobilizing all fields of science and working across different scales.
Students enrolled in the Earth-Life Science course will study in an interdisciplinary and international environment at the Earth and Life Sciences Institute (ELSI), which was established under the World Premier Research Center Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. ELSI provides a world-class research environment with state-of-the-art facilities where researchers work on fundamental questions, and students work in tandem with faculty members who are leaders in earth and planetary sciences, biology, and chemistry, with an emphasis on the origin and evolution of life.
It is possible that ELSI is the most international research institute in Japan. It may also be more international than Narita airport! The official language is English, and students can experience an incredibly unique environment that is in some ways similar to that of any top-class research institute, yet in other ways retains a certain Japanese charm. In addition to lectures and research guidance by diverse faculty members, we also focus on improving presentation and communication skills in English, and between cultures.
The Earth-Life Science course fosters leaders who are capable of tackling global issues such as the environment, climate, water, and resources, as well as exploring basic science. We also support applied science. From the first year of the master's program, students learn how to set and solve problems through exercises and internships in cooperation with companies involved in the environment, energy, and space industries. This will create diversity in students’ career paths after they obtain their doctoral degrees.