Joint International Master's Programme

Goals and Objectives

The Joint Degree program can provide distinctive intellectual training for students, through developing a curriculum shared by HU and the partner university, by means of academic supervision involving close collaboration with faculty members from both HU and partner university.

In addition, from following the two-year curriculum, including study abroad for one year, students can develop a broad perspective, multi-view thinking and skills, to cope with various issues, through joint collaboration with other students who have different cultures and various backgrounds.

Our program offers a two-year master's course in collaboration with the Leipzig University (LU) and students study at both HU and LU for one year each. Graduates are awarded a Master’s degree (Master of Science), which is jointly awarded by both universities. The admission quota is two students, who chose HU and LU as their entrance (home) university, respectively.

Our program emphasizes Sustainable Development and aims to train the students, as follows.

Students who possess ability to conduct research and engage in practice based on the fundamental principles of sustainable development in environmental studies, through science and engineering approaches, in order to resolve the pressing regional and global issues related to the SDGs, especially the environmentally-driven development issues caused by the rapid urbanization of developing countries, and those who have excellent collaboration and communication skills and exhibit competitive capability for employment in the international labor market of universities, research institutions, governments and international organizations, the private sectors, and NGO, etc.

Human Resource Development Goals

Students who possess ability to conduct research and engage in practice based on the fundamental principles of sustainable development in environmental studies, through science and engineering approaches, in order to resolve the pressing regional and global issues related to the SDGs, especially the environmentally-driven development issues caused by the rapid urbanization of developing countries, and those who have excellent collaboration and communication skills and exhibit competitive capability for employment in the international labor market of universities, research institutions, governments and international organizations, the private sectors, and NGO, etc.

3 Policies of Master’s Course

(1) Diploma Policy

This course will award the degree "Master of Science" to the student who will have acquired the capabilities described below, earned the required credits defined for the education course, and passed the master's thesis examination and the final examination:

  1. The ability to understand scientific way of thinking and methods required for autonomously conducting research activities and capability for decision making based on evidences.
  2. Skills required for actively work in the society such as those for writing, discussion, conflict intervention, cooperation, planning, and management.
  3. Communication skills required for cooperating with other people with different background with the aim of developing intercultural competency while fostering understanding of difference in the point of view between Europe and Asia.
  4. The ability to use and select appropriate knowledge and scientific approaches, as well as interdisciplinary research methods, to address complex issues.
  5. The ability to understand the natural, social, and economic aspects of the concept of the "sustainable development" and their complex interrelation.
  6. Research and practical skills required for contributing to solving global problems and achieving SDGs based on the international cooperation in the field of environmental studies.

(2) Curriculum Policy

To enable students to achieve the targets that are defined in the diploma policy, this course organizes and executes the education curriculum according to the following policies:

  1. The course provides "Basic subjects" to allow students to develop capabilities required for studies regarding sustainable development such as the ability to thinking based on a bird's eye view and fundamental ability to explore sustainable development from various points of view.
  2. The course provides "Specialization subjects" to deepen understanding about basic theories, techniques, and applied cases and methods regarding technologies to realize environmentally sustainable development.
  3. Bringing together the various scientific approaches learned up to now, the course offers "Integration subjects" in order to deepen students' understanding of sustainable development and enhance practical skills, as well as encourage them to further explore their research field, develop their career after graduation and deepen their intellectual curiosity
  4. The course provides a "Master Thesis Class" to conduct independent research, as well as to develop students' research abilities and practical skills to conduct research towards the achievement of the SDGs, based on the fundamental principles of sustainable development in environmental studies

(3) Admission Policy

In order to resolve the pressing regional and global issues related to the SDGs, especially the environmentally-driven development issues caused by the rapid urbanization of developing countries, the Joint International Master's Programme in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University – Leipzig University) is designed for fostering human resources with an ability to conduct research and engage in practice based on the fundamental principles of sustainable development in environmental studies and by means of science and engineering approaches, and those with excellent collaboration and communication skills and who exhibit competitive capability for employment in the international labor market of universities, research institutions, governments and international organizations, private sectors, and NGO, etc.

For fostering the above human resources, our program is seeking applicants who possess the following aspirations and motivations and essential academic abilities.

  1. Persons who have a certain level of English proficiency and are interested in sustainable development issues, especially global sustainability issues.
  2. Persons who are motivated to analyze and evaluate complex processes from an interdisciplinary viewpoint based on the fundamental principles of sustainable development in environmental studies.


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