Program Features

Kansei, Behavioral, and Brain Sciences is cross-disciplinary fusion program that is divided into two segments: the Master’s program (2 years) and the Doctoral program (3 years). The aim of this program is to conduct basic research aimed at establishing correlations between brain function, kansei, and the human mind. The Master’s program has three domains: Kansei Science, Behavioral Science, and Neuroscience. The Doctoral program consists of three areas in Medicine (Neuroscience, Brain Science, and Developmental Neurobiology) that cover topics from molecular neurobiology to higher brain function, three areas in Psychology and Science of Disorder (Comparative Cognitive Science, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Science of Mental Disorders), and two areas in Arts (Kansei Information Science and Kansei Design Studies). In the modern era, there is a high demand for basic research that bridges the gulf between human mental activity (i.e., the mind) and brain science. We nurture future professionals with a high level of expertise who have the ability to practice interdisciplinary research on human beings, and we also cultivate future researchers who can drive progress in this domain.

Cooperative Graduate School System

The Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences has established the Cooperative Graduate School System with the purpose of advancing research and education. By collaborating with various private research institutes and independent administrative institutions in Tsukuba Science City, we bring some of the greatest researchers to our school as affiliated or visiting instructors. Research students can also earn a degree by working outside the school at our affiliated research institutes. In Kansei, Behavioral, and Brain Sciences, the Department of Neuroscience is collaborating with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology to offer a course under the Cooperative Graduate School System.

Partnership with overseas universities

The Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences promotes international academic exchange with the goal of raising its academic level, enriching the content of its curricula, and fostering well-rounded students with an international perspective. Because the school sends students and faculty members overseas and also accepts foreign researchers and international students, it has signed academic exchange agreements with many overseas universities and also established a credit transfer system. Our department has also signed an academic exchange agreement with Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology, both in the Netherlands, to allow students and teachers to engage in international exchange at the departmental level. We accept many short- and long-term international students from a diverse group of nations, including Korea, China, France, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, and Tunisia.

Tuition and scholarship

Upon enrollment in the graduate school, admission and tuition fees must be paid. Students who face financial difficulties and who demonstrate excellent academic records may be exempt from half or all of the tuition. Various types of scholarships are available. Students who excel in the program can receive financial aid through the Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant systems by becoming an educational or research assistant. Students in the Doctoral program who have worked as teaching assistant and demonstrated excellence in achievement can apply for the Teaching Fellow system. When approved, the students have an opportunity to teach some of the classes in the Master’s program.

Curriculum Features

  1. The curriculum is divided into the Master’s program and Doctoral program. This structure allows us to provide quality professional education and cross-disciplinary research beyond the domain of the discipline.
  2. A thesis for the Master’s degree is submitted and evaluated by examination at the end of the Master’s program. A Master’s degree is awarded to those who pass the examination.
  3. Credits can be transferred from other departments. This system encourages research aimed at comprehending human beings from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  4. Educational research is conducted under the Cooperative Graduate School System.

Degrees offered

Kansei, Behavioral, and Brain Sciences offers the following degrees:

  • Master’s program
    Master of Kansei Science, Master of Behavioral Sciences, Master of Neuroscience, Master of Philosophy
  • Doctoral program
    PhD in Kansei Science, PhD in Behavioral Sciences, PhD in Neuroscience, PhD