Subjects and Coursework

A. Courses and Implementation

A-1. Doctoral Program Common Subjects

DC seminar (Code: 19070, Throughout the course, Compulsory 2 credits)

Objective: Attend lectures in various fields, and gain knowledge from different fields

Each course (Science, Medicine and Kuroshio Science) has seminars and symposia. Of the lectures by specialist researchers and educators, ten lectures per year (each lecture is 90 minutes; total of 30 lectures) are designated as the DC Seminar. Lectures held on and off campus by organizations outside of the three courses may also be designated as DC Seminar. The schedule for the DC Seminar is posted on the Kochi University website.

Students attend a total of ten lectures by the end of the first semester of the third year and three of the ten lectures should be in the social sciences. To verify attendance at the lectures, students take the prescribed DC Seminar attendance confirmation slip to each lecture for the lecturer to sign or stamp their seal to indicate that the lecture has been attended. Students must then submit that attendance slip to their supervisor along with a report.

If the lecture straddles both science and the humanities, then the supervisor will decide which predominates based on the submitted report.

A-2. Course Common Subjects

Advanced Study on Kuroshio Science (Code: 19040, First year, Compulsory 2 credits)

The Advanced Study on Kuroshio Science is an omnibus lecture series given by faculty from a number of fields from which students gain broad knowledge and points of view about issues of the Kuroshio Region.

Kuroshio Seminar (Code: 19060, First year, Compulsory 2 credits)

The Kuroshio Seminar helps students develop presentation and discussion skills through presentations of research during the masters program and dissertation research plans for PhD degree. As well as improving self-expression by trying to get researchers from other fields to understand the content of their own presentations, students enhance their ability to participate in discussions and arguments on research presentations in other fields.

Special Exercise (Code: 19050, Second year, Compulsory 2 credits)

The Special Exercise is the interim presentations of dissertation research. Through presentations and discussion of research progress, students organize their references and bring into focus the direction of research, as well as improve presentation and discussion skills.

Special Experiment (Code: 19080, First year, Elective 2 credits)

The Special Experiment helps students to improve their abilities as highly skilled professionals, not only in their own fields, but also to gain an understanding of the advanced theories and laboratory techniques in related fields.

Advanced Study on Coexistence System and Health Science (Code: 19090, Intensive, Elective 2 credits)

The Advanced Study on Coexistence System and Health Science is an intensive lecture series conducted by guest lecturers from outside the university in which students learn cutting edge specialist and interdisciplinary research in coexistence system science

Dissertation Research (no credit)

Dissertation Research is a related series of studies for writing the dissertation and is conducted under the guidance of the supervisor and co-supervisors. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in specialist fields and develop into strong inquisitive researchers. Publication of papers in academic journals and presentations at international conferences are required to have a doctoral dissertation accepted for review. (Refer to the implementation guidelines and additional notes regarding the doctoral dissertation review in “III. Regulations”.) In addition, because the doctoral dissertation is reviewed based on the policy governing the conferral of degrees in 4.2 and the evaluation criteria in 4.3 below, students should read those sections carefully to make sure they understand them fully.

A-3. Other Subjects (Elective)

Students are required to gain a minimum of six (6) credits in elective subjects. See "Subject" page

B. Credits required for completing the doctoral course


C. Planned schedule

For students enrolled at the spring semester


For students enrolled at the autumn semester