The chief aim of the Master's Program in Biological Sciences is to train good scientists and professionals who have research ability and scholarship to achieve creative study. The core of the Biological Sciences Master's Program is basic biology, but the program also covers applied biology. The Master's Program comprises three fields that are complementary to each other.
1) The Diversity Biology field focuses on understanding of evolutionary diversity and relationships between communities and environments.
2) The Cell Biology field focuses on understanding of cellular signal transduction networks, functions of organelles, cell differentiation and neuroscience.
3) The Molecular Biology field focuses on molecular mechanisms of universal life phenomenon based on genetic information and protein-protein interactions.
Students who are interested in the program should study the list of faculty members and their research fields, and contact a possible supervisor beforehand. Degrees to be awarded in the program are Master of Science or Master of Biological Science. To receive the Master's degree, students are required to take minimum of 30 credits, to write a research thesis, and to pass final examinations for the Master's degree. In addition, the Master's Program in Biological Sciences promotes collaboration with various national and private research institutes and laboratories located in and around Tsukuba (the Cooperative Graduate School System).