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School of Oceanography

  • Master's Program

Plan the Future of the Sea at Excellent Facilities in a Stunning Location

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Course of Oceanography

Linking a broad collection of topics related to oceanography in an organic way, identifying problems and designing solutions

The Shimizu campus where the Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology is located is a perfect natural setting for oceanography research, with a stunning vista of Suruga Bay. The campus boasts excellent facilities such as a research institution, marine laboratory and marine science museum, as well as a number of vessels including the research ship Bosei-maru and the smaller Hokuto and Minami-juji. The aim of ocean development should be to nurture the oceans as the most important industry for the human race. To this end, as set out in the Basic Act on Ocean Policy, we need to promote conservation efforts on a global scale while ensuring sustainable utilization of the vast resources and energy supplies of the oceans. The oceans are full of mysteries and have provided much inspiration for poetic outpourings over the years. Yet there is still a great deal to learn about our oceans. The Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology, itself inspired by the romance and dreams of the oceans, equips the next generation of researchers and engineers with the knowledge base that will make them valuable specialists and the ability to utilize this knowledge in addressing social issues.


The Oceanography course is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base and general overview of the field of oceanography. It is predicated on the study of the natural sciences of the oceans. It is divided into three sections: Marine Anthroposphere, which seeks to build consensus from a variety of expert opinions on ocean conservation and sustainable use strategies, along with associated practical studies; Marine Life, which looks at theory, fieldwork and experiments around marine life and fishing industries; and Marine Geosphere, which focuses on the scientific examination of the physical and chemical natural phenomena occurring in the oceans backed by fieldwork and theory. There is also a Combined Ocean Studies option that organically spans all three sections.

The curriculum is designed to equip upcoming researchers and engineers with high-level skills in identifying and addressing pertinent issues by considering a number of aspects including physical oceanography, marine chemistry, earth science, ocean geophysics, fishery science, marine bioscience, marine anthropology, and marine policy and law.

Admission Policy

The Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology is seeking applicants with a demonstrated commitment to self-motivated study and an appreciation of the learning objectives of the School, which focus on the development of practical skills to combine knowledge from multiple fields of specialization and the ability to work independently to identify issues and develop solutions.

The Master's Program of the Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology is unique in Japan in that it covers research and teaching over the full range of academic studies related to the ocean. The course structure was modified in 2015 in recognition of the tremendous changes in the situation of the oceans. The Ocean Engineering, Fishery Science, Marine Science and Marine Bioscience courses were replaced by a single Oceanography course in order to provide a comprehensive knowledge base and general overview skills in compound oceanography in the fields of engineering, agriculture, literature and economics with a scientific focus.