The Program students are required to take lecture curricula which draw outlines of the Global Survivability Studies and diverse practical curricula that give body and substance to it. Thus, students are expected to foster their own leadership and acquire internationally cooperative ability. Furthermore, students are expected to incorporate their learning in the GSS Program into theses in master (or equivalent) or doctoral theses in their schools and engage in academic research under comprehensive and bridging views of the Global Survivability Studies.
Students who have enough international experiences will be admitted to complete the curriculum in three years of doctoral program.

Table 7 – Overview of curriculum in the GSS Program

SemesterL1 1st
L1 2nd
L2 1st
L2 2nd
L3 1st
L3 2nd
L4 1st
L4 2nd
L5 1st
L5 2nd
Degree Program
course works
master thesis (its equivalent)Researchdoctoral thesis
Preparatory CourseGeneral Seminar 
(a) classes
** compulsory
* optional compulsory
+ optional
 8 Compulsory classes credits:
** Introduction to Risk Studies, ** Sustainable Food Production, ** Human Safety and Security Studies, ** Global Survivability Studies
Earn more than 2 credits before the end of L2 end semester
2 Optional compulsory credits :
* Information Analysis and Management, * Information Analysis and Management Exercise, * Clinical Psychology War and Disaster, * Environmental Risk Economics, * Engineering Ethics and Management of Technology, * Risk and Society, * Cross-Graduate School Classes
+ 4 credits from the classes provided by each graduate school
(b) field training
Any available time
(c) InternshipAny available time
(d) Interdisciplinary SeminarAny available time
(e) International Academic Exchange Any available time
(f) Industry-University Collaborative Project Compulsory - project (I)
Optional - project (II)
(g) International Cooperation Project
Any available time

Course Guideline

Course Guideline (2021) is available here.


Curriculum consists of lectures and practical curricula.
Lecture curricula provides general and/or specific knowledge, frameworks, methods for different areas that the Global Survivability Studies (GSS) address, which will draw outlines of the GSS.
Practical curricula, where Program students are encouraged to plan and conduct own field activities and collaborative and cooperative projects with industries, institutions, universities, govermental agencies in and out of Japan, will allow students to learn international leadership and cooperativeness and build up substance of the GSS.

Table 8 – Curriculum of the GSS Program

Lecture(a) Global Survivability Studies Program ClassesIn order to develop a broad-based knowledge and in-depth expertise, students are required to attend classes offered by the nine graduate schools involved in the Program. Students have to complete four compulsory subjects (eight credits), optional compulsory subjects (two credits) and optional subjects (four credits).
Practical(b) Field trainingIn order to learn on field and carry out their research project from interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary perspective, students are required to plan and conduct their own field training.
(c) InternshipTo cultivate flexible thinking, determination and the ability to take action, students are required to participate in an internship in institution such as industry a governmental agency, an international organization or a domestic or overseas university.
(d) Interdisciplinary seminarIn order to cultivate multifaceted perspectives not to be trapped in the narrow areas of individual research, students are required to participate in a variety of seminars covering a wide array of research subjects, and expected to gain insights through discussions.
(e) International academic exchangeStudents are required to either participate in an international school (such as intensive lectures, trainings and discussions where students from other universities in Japan and abroad participate), or make oral presentations in international academic conferences, through which students develop international adaptability and capability to carry out their own research.
(f) Industry-University Collaborative ProjectWith their own initiatives and ideas, students are required to design a few months project plan in partnership with the staff member (or a small group) of a company or equivalent organization, and to conduct this project with this partner. Students are expected to seek for people in organizations or individuals who agree with your plan and take the lead in conducting the project to develop capability to carry out project. This process will all provide students with opportunity to know companies, let companies to know students, to developcareer path. Students are recommended to implement several Industry-University Collaborative Projects.
(g) International Cooperative ProjectWith their own initiatives and ideas, students are required to plan a bilateral (or multilateral) research project or event etc., in partnership with an overseas cooperative organization (university, research institute, company), NPO, NGO, or an individual (a student in a foreign university for example), take leadership in it and develop capability to carry out a project in an international setting.