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Sophia University

Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies

Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies

The Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies is designed for the advanced study of specific areas relating to the global environment. While the questions and lines of inquiry are interdisciplinary, research and writing agendas emphasize methods and concepts from various disciplines of economics, law, political science, sociology, natural science as well as engineering. The degree is intended to prepare persons for academic positions in research institutions, IGOs and NGOs engaged in the area of environmental issues, the public and private sector and requiring advanced knowledge pertaining to specific environmental and sustainability matters.

The Ph.D. program requires a three-year residency and is focused upon the production of a doctoral dissertation. While no formal course work is required, candidates are encouraged to participate in workshops and other program activities and may, in consultation with their dissertation supervisor, attend courses from the master's program. Ph.D. candidates must first pass several qualifying exams and then, upon successful defense of a dissertation prospectus, proceed to dissertation research and writing. To ensure solid guidance of dissertation research and production, entrance is limited to only a few candidates each year.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies
Subject - Environmental Science (Environmental Conservation, Sustainable and Environmental System Development, etc.)
Major Global Environmental Studies
Duration 3 years
Entry Date April 1 (Spring Entry) / September 21 (Autumn Entry)
Location 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April, 2005
No. of Students Please refer to the Sophia Factbook website
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members Please refer to the Sophia Factbook website
Tuition Fees Please refer to the Tuition website
Additional Information
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 10
Application Type Open to everyone
Application Period For details, see the Admissions Website
Examination Type & Date For details, see the Admissions Website
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process
Admission Fee For details, see the Admissions Website

As of July 12, 2023


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