Human Security

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 3.85 k / Year(s)  
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:2346 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

Tohoku University began the International Post-Graduate Program in Human Security in April 2005. It is a joint educational project undertaken by four of the University’s graduate schools, by integrating their rich academic research and experience with international cooperation vis-à-vis Asia.

Fears about food shortages, lack of nutrition, deterioration of public health and the environment, social conflicts, lack of education, etc. prevent people from living their lives safely and with dignity. With the goal of contributing to true “human security,” this program is designed to educate the current and future generations of leaders and professionals who have the potential to alleviate human insecurity at the international and domestic level.

The main purpose of this project is to intellectually contribute to the construction of an international society where people are blessed with a secure and stable life, free from danger.

Japanese as well as international candidates who are post-graduate students and full-fledged members of society (from Asian countries in particular) are considered for admission. Applicants are requested to demonstrate competence in the social sciences, medical sciences, and humanities and their potential for leadership in the field of Human Security.

Our program covers various educational curricula, because it is jointly offered by four different graduate schools. It is an interdisciplinary program, linking the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences.

Common Subjects

Each of the 4 Graduate Schools provide 2 subjects in English.

  1. Social Support for the Health of Aging Population
  2. Introduction of Infectious Diseases
  3. Development Economics
  4. Food Economics
  5. Consumable Resources and Social Conflicts 
  6. Human Security and Global Society
  7. Environmental Security and Energy Security
  8. Hydro-Environment Studies

Major Subjects (8-10 credits)

Each graduate school requires a different number of credits. Students must confirm that number individually in the school to which they belong.

Master's Thesis and Seminar (10 credits)

This is compulsory for all students. Supervisors can be provided.

Voluntary and Additional Subjects

Includes special lectures provided by researchers and experts from overseas, international internships, and study tours.

  • Bachelor's degree 
  • Basic academic ability: Grade point average (GPA) 2.30 or higher out of 3.0
  • English proficiency: TOEFL (iBT: 79), IELTS (6.0), etc.
  • Entrance examination Fee JPY 30,000
  • Entrance Fee JPY 282,000
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