Our Graduate School is currently establishing its status as a hub for all graduate schools involved in life sciences at Kyushu University, and as a global education/research core. Based on the new concept “Systems Life Sciences” the Graduate School aims to nurture global leaders of research and education, and top-class professionals with expertise in the advanced fields of life science. This will be achieved by a rigorous and interdisciplinary approach to education and research, combining the fields of biology, agriculture, medicine, informatics and engineering, in tune with the current climate of rapidly developing life science.
To achieve this goal, we seek students who:
- have a positive attitude to challenge the cutting-edge fields of the life sciences.
- have the flexibility to take an interdisciplinary approach.
- have robust motivation and perseverance for the pursuit of truth.
- have good basic knowledge of life sciences as well as bioethics.
The progress of life sciences in the 20th century began since the discovery of the double-helix model of structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick, and the understanding of the “Central Dogma,” explaining the transfer of information between DNA, RNA and protein. These breakthroughs allowed developments to determine the entire base sequence for the human genome. Knowledge and technologies derived from the life sciences have provided a remarkable influence on many human lives and industrial fields such as medical care and agriculture, engineering and so on.
In addition to the field of biological chemistry, theories and technologies of informatics and engineering (including chemistry and physics) have also contributed to such tremendous progress.
Today, life sciences embark on the establishment of a totally new paradigm of comprehensive biology through the integration with the aforementioned sciences.
It is apparent that current educational and research systems that simply cooperate with, or integrate various relevant fields of life science, cannot hope to deal with the global track of life sciences in the 21st century. Now is the time to establish a new educational and research organization that aims to develop systems life sciences, and begin to work on contemporary issues for the future.
The Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences takes advantage of the Graduate School/Faculty system of Kyushu University. Faculty members from the respective Faculties of Medical Sciences, Sciences, Agriculture, Mathematics, Engineering, and Information Science and Electrical Engineering, and members from the Medical Institute of Bio-regulation, participate in this graduate school, and the faculty members of Law are also involved in teaching. Therefore, the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences is an organization where interdisciplinary education is optimized.
Thanks to such a diverse formation, it has become possible to establish a new interdisciplinary field organizing and integrating cutting-edge technologies and theories of medical sciences, molecular life sciences, engineering, and information sciences with one another.
The Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences seeks those who have completed an undergraduate program in one of a diverse set of related fields; we also seek, working-adults students, and international students who are motivated to develop new avenues of research. Additionally, we strive to nurture creative and flexible researchers who are able to cope with modern social demands, and professionals who possess advanced techniques.
Because the Graduate School integrates itself by replacing conventional segmentation of such disciplines as biological sciences, information sciences, and engineering with an interdisciplinary approach, we allow students to take de facto double majors in these subjects. In addition, we have established a system to cultivate engineers and researchers who are able to judge the value of their research based on bioethics as well as from economic perspectives; such as the acquisition of patents and the launch of new venture businesses.
Our system is designed to meet urgent social demands. We therefore offer a five-year doctoral program to make the transition to such new a paradigm.
The 2-year completion of the program also enables students to acquire professional skills and earn a Master’s degree. Consequently, we offer different subjects for the entrance examination in each field in order to accept students from various disciplines.
The Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences is comprised of one department; the Department of Systems Life Sciences. This department consists of four main divisions, which are the Division of Bioinformatics, the Division of Life Engineering, the Division of Medical Molecular Sciences, and the Division of Molecular Life Sciences.
Moreover, we have arranged a course to promote interdisciplinary education for those who wish to take another subject in the field of bioinformatics.
To provide strategic and interdisciplinary education to those students who are from various disciplines, we teach fundamental subjects in disciplines that are different to the major studied in the undergraduate program. After that, they continue to advance their special area of study. Advanced Seminars in Systems Life Science are arranged so that students can recognize common consensus among disciplines, and also identify and solve problems in the interdisciplinary field.
As a result, we have a multiple supervisor system where a supervisor(s) with different field(s) from your undergraduate major so that students can undertake interdisciplinary education and research.