Degree Conferral Policy

A. PhD by Coursework

A PhD will be conferred on students who complete this course. The completion requirements include enrolment for the period determined by the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, gaining the prescribed credits from the subject groups set in the curriculum policy of Kuroshio Science, receiving research guidance that meets the principles and goals of Kuroshio Science, and passing the doctoral dissertation review and examination within the specified period. Students must also show they have acquired skills and knowledge that meet the degree policy of Kuroshio Science, through the dissertation review and examination.

B. PhD by Research

A doctoral degree will be conferred on students who satisfy the eligibility requirements for submitting a dissertation as determined by Kuroshio Science, who undertake research activities in line with the principles and goals of the school, and who pass the doctoral dissertation review and examination. As outlined in the degree policy of Kuroshio Science, students must also show they have acquired the necessary skills and underlying knowledge to engage in advanced technical projects as a graduate of this school.

C. Ensuring Transparency, Fairness and Rigor of the Doctoral Dissertation Review

To ensure the transparency, fairness and rigor of the doctoral dissertation review and ensure the level and quality of the dissertation is recognized both in Japan and internationally, the doctoral dissertation review is conducted by the supervisor as the chief examiner, and two or more co-supervisors as the co-examiners. If necessary, faculty from other courses, graduate schools, or other research institutes may be appointed as co-examiners. The review is conducted based on the following criteria.