Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

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General Admission Examination for
Master’s Programs (August)
Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August)

* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

6. Selection Process

Selection Process
Applicants are selected through a comprehensive assessment of their submitted documents and results of the examination.
Examination Schedule and Subjects
Refer to the schedule below.
Geosciences  
Date Wednesday, August 23 Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language Specialized Subject Oral Examination
Program Time   13:30 – 15:30 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Geosciences
English (150 points)

Evaluate the score on the TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record, or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form.

See (Note) 1 and 2.

Specialized Subject (250 points)

(Geoenvironmental Science Field)
Answer to common questions and questions on one area selected at the time of application from the list.

(Earth Evolution Science Field)
Answer one common question and 2 questions on areas selected during the examination from the list (total 3 questions.)

Individual Interview (100 points)

(Interview about the area of specialization and future plans.)

(Note)
  1. 1.For the Foreign Language (English) examination, choose to submit either the TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached), TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached), or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form at the time of application.
  2. 2.Test Scores taken after July 2015 are valid. Scores are evaluated based on the reference scores shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is evaluated as perfect (150 points), and a score below it is proportionately reduced.
  3. TOEIC TOEFL-iBT IELTS
    860
    95
    7.0
  4. 3.Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  5. Research Area
    Field Research Area (Specialized Subject)
    Geoenvironmental Science Human Geography, Regional Geography, Geomorphology, Hydrological Science, Atmospheric Science, Spatial Information Science, Terrestrial Water Cycle System, Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction System
    Earth Evolution Science Paleobiological Science, Paleogeosphere Science, Geodynamics, Petrology, Mineralogy, Planetary Resource Geology, Earth Historical Analysis
  6. 4.Refer below for details of the research and contact information of faculty members of your desired research area.
  7. 5.For information on the examination contact:
    • Geoenvironmental Sciences
      Jun ASANUMA, contact person for the field (Phone +81-29-853-6704, E-mail asanuma#@#ied.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
    • Earth Evolution Sciences
      Toshiaki TSUNOGAE, Chair of Master’s Program in Geosciences (Phone +81-29-853-5239, E-mail tsunogae#@#geol.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Biological Sciences (general students)  
Date Wednesday, August 23 Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Program Time   10:00 – 12:00 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biological Sciences
English

Evaluate the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record.

See (Note) 1 and 2.

Specialized Subject

Answer to 4 basic questions in 8 fields (one question from each field): Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Evolution, Ecology, Plant Development and Physiology, Animal Physiology, Animal Development, Molecular Cell Biology, Genome Sciences, Biochemistry.

Individual Interview

Interview about graduation (or previous) research, the area of Biological Sciences, and future plans. (approx. 15 minutes)

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html.)

(Note)
  1. 1.Submit your TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) or TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached) at the time of application (photocopies are not accepted). Test scores taken after July 2015 are valid.
  2. 2.Scores of TOEIC and TOEFL are evaluated based on the reference scores shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is evaluated as perfect, and a lower score is proportionately reduced.
  3. TOEIC TOEFL (PBT) TOEFL-iBT
    879 600 100
  4. 3.For information on the examination contact:

    Office of Master’s Program in Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    Phone +81-29-853-6600 (Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30)
    E-mail seibutsu-senkou-jimu#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Biological Sciences (foreign students)  
Date Thursday, August 24
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biological Sciences

Individual Interview

Presentation on the graduation research (or other previous research) and research plans after enrollment, either in English or Japanese (15 minutes), followed by interview (15 minutes). See (Note) 1.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview. An LCD projector will be available for use. See (Note) 2.

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html.)

(Note)
  1. 1.If you take the interview in Japanese, submit your TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) or TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached) at the time of the interview. If you cannot submit either of them, bring instead a score report of International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or English score in The International Baccalaureate (IB). Test scores taken after July 2015 are valid.
  2. 2.If you wish to use the LCD projector, bring your material data saved as PDF files to a USB memory stick on the day of the examination. Copy the files to the computer at the examination site and check its operation within the designated time below.
    Time for computer operation: 12:15 – 12:45 (strictly observed)
  3. 3.For information on the examination contact:
    Office of Master’s Program in Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    Phone +81-29-853-6600 (Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30)
    E-mail seibutsu-senkou-jimu#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology  
Date Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language Oral Examination
Program Time   10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology
English (100 points)

Evaluate the score on the TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record, or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form.

Individual Interview (200 points)

Presentation on the research plan (5 minutes)
Interview about your specialty, fundamental knowledge and future plans based on the presentation, either in English or Japanese.
Whiteboard/ blackboard placed in the interview room will be available for use.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview.

(Note)
  1. 1.If your prospective advisor is a faculty member of the Cooperative Graduate School System, refer to the list of research areas and contact the faculty member for instructions.
  2. 2.Make sure to contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.agbist-tsukuba.jp/?lang=english.)
  3. 3.At the time of application choose one from the following score reports to submit for the English examination: TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached), TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached), and IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form. Original test scores taken after July 2015 are valid.
  4. 4.Reference scores for the English examination are shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is calculated to be 100 points, and a lower score is proportionately reduced.
  5. TOEIC TOEFL-iBT IELTS
    860
    95
    7.0
  6. 5.As a reference for the oral examination, the past examination questions of the specialised subjects performed before FY 2017 are available on the website of Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology (http://www.agbist-tsukuba.jp/recruitment/?lang=japanese).
    Please note that the examination on the specialised subjects was abolished since FY 2018 admission.
  7. 6.From the beginning of the individual interview session (10:00) to the start of each applicant’s interview period, applicants are requested to wait at the waiting room.
    Applicants are allowed to bring in their lunch, etc. and eat and drink at the waiting room.
  8. 7.For information on the examination contact:
    Yuichi YAMAOKA, Chair of the Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology
    (Phone +81-29-853-6708, FAX +81-29-853-4577, E-mail yamaoka.yuichi.gp#@#u.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Research Area
Field / Course Research Area
Agro-biological Science Plant Genetics and Breeding, Crop Science, Olericulture and Floriculture, Pomology and Postharvest Physiology of Fruits, Animal Science, Crop Production System, Applied Science of Food Resources, Plant Parasitic Mycology, Applied Entomology and Zoology, Forest Ecotopology, Conservation of Regional Resources, Plant Stress Biology, Functional Utilization of Beneficial Insects, Plant Molecular Biology, Metabolic Network Biology, Disease Vector Control, Epigenetics, International Food Production and Development Sciences, Climate Change Impact Assessment on Vegetation, Functional Analysis of Agro-forest Microoganisms
Agricultural Economics and Sociology Agricultural and Bioresource Economics, Resource Management and Development studies, Farm Business and Agribusiness Management, Rural Sociology and Agricultural History, Forest Resource Economics, Forest Resources Sociology, Rural Development Study, Regional Forest Resource Development
Bioresource Environment Engineering Food Resources Engineering, Environmental Colloid and Interface Engineering, Bio-resource Process and System Engineering, Watershed Conservation, Water Resources Management Engineering, Farmland System Engineering, Bioproduction and Machinery, Protected Area and Wildlife Management, Rural Environment Improvement, Agri-Food Process Engineering, Chemistry of Biomaterials, Engineering of Biomaterials, Nano and Micro-scale Food Analysis, Sustainability of Biomass Resources, Regional Forest Resource Development, Biosphere Informatic Control Engineering
Applied Biochemistry Biochemistry of Bioactive Molecules, Genomic Biology, Structural Biochemistry, Molecular Microbial Bioengineering, Molecular Analysis of Signaling, Biochemistry of Plant Proteins, Animal Bioresource Engineering, Bioreaction Engineering, Applied Microbiology, Cell Cultivation Engineering, Biomimetic Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Chronobiology, Evolutionary Biology of Symbiosis, Applied Bioengineering of Microbial Ecosystems, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Biology for Gene Regulation, Ecological Molecular Microbiology, Functional Foods and Food Chemistry, Molecular Neurobiology, Science for Food Functions, Environmental Soil Chemistry, Environmental Plant Biochemistry
Biosystem Genetic Resource Science and Technology, Bioindustry and Bioscience, Eco-system Technology, Bioresource Development Technology, Environmental Symbiosis Science
Environmental Sciences (includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System)  
Date Wednesday, August 23
Subject Foreign Language Oral Examination
Program Time If you choose the fourth option in the Foreign Language section on the application form.
The time of meeting: 9:30
10:00 – 12:00
13:30 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences

English (100 points)

Evaluate the score on TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record, IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form, or TOEFL ITP test carried out by the program.

Individual Interview (100 points)

Interview about your specialty, your understanding of environmental issues and future plans based on the research plan.

(Note)
  1. 1.Before sending an application from, every applicant MUST contact a prospective advisor and discuss about a research proposal.
    (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/)
  2. 2.Refer to the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences website (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) for the phone number and e-mail address of the faculty member of your desired research area.
  3. 3.Precautions regarding the examination will be released on the website of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) around one week before the examination day, so please make sure to check the notes.
  4. 4.For information on the examination contact:
    Admission office of the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences (E-mail admission#@#envr.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
  5. 5.Applicants who chose the fourth option for the Foreign Language must be seated on the designated seat at the examination site 30 minutes advanced to the examination time.
  6. 6.Reference scores for the English examination are shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is calculated to be 100 points.
  7. TOEIC TOEFL-iBT TOEFL-PBT IELTS
    860
    98
    595
    7.0
Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences  
Date Wednesday, August 23 Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language (200 points) Specialized Subject (200 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Program Time The time of meeting: 9:30
10:00 – 12:00
(If you choose the third option below.)
13:30 – 15:00 10:00 – 16:00
Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences
English

Choose one from the following three options.
1. Submit the original copy of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) at the time of application.
2. Submit the original copy of the TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached) or that of a TOEFL ITP test carried out by the University of Tsukuba at the time of application.
3. Will take the TOEFL ITP test on the examination day.

Essay

Choose one from the following subjects at the time of application.
Phycology, plant physiology, earth sciences, environmental and molecular microbiology

Individual Interview

Interview about graduation research and plans after enrollment.
Foreign students can be interviewed in English.

(Note)
  1. 1.Contact the faculty member of your area of specialization prior to the application process. (Refer to http://www.ies.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/biomass/english/index.html)
  2. 2.Applicants who chose the third option for the Foreign Language must be seated on the designated seat at the examination site 30 minutes advanced to the examination time.
  3. 3.For the English examination, submit the original copy of either 1: TOEIC or 2: TOEFL or TOEFL ITP test carried out by the University of Tsukuba (the Administration Center or the International Student Center) at the time of application along with other application documents (The Official Score Certificate of TOEIC, the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or the Score Report of TOEFL ITP which was taken after July 2015). Or take the TOEFL ITP test carried out on the examination day.
    Scores are evaluated based on the reference scores shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is evaluated as perfect (200 points), and a score below it is proportionately reduced.
    The numbers in the parentheses indicate the minimum passing scores.

    TOEIC TOEFL-iBT TOEFL PBT/
    TOEFL ITP test carried out by the University of Tsukuba
    860 (350)
    98 (36)
    595 (418)
  4. 4.Contact for information on the examination
    Iwane SUZUKI, Chair of the Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences (Phone +81-29-853-4908)
    (E-mail senkocho#@#ies.life.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)