Basics of teaching and research
1.Basic rulesPlease be informed of the following basic rules at the Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University (the doctoral degree course) Rules of the Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University (Japanese version only) Rules on the method of completing the course, etc. at the Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University (Japanese version only)
2.Joint education courseThis course forms the joint education course with the Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Yamaguchi University.
① Ideal CandidatesThe Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes applications from individuals who match the profile below.
- Candidates who are imbued with the appropriate sense of research ethics and capable of close adherence to codes of conduct
- Candidates with an adequate command of fundamental academic competencies, ethics, and technical skills related to the field of veterinary medicine
- Candidates with the English ability and communication skill needed to be a researcher
- Candidates who approach research challenges with a deeply inquiring mind and a strong sense of intellectual curiosity
- Candidates who combine a humane approach with a desire to succeed
② Admissions PrerequisiteThe required knowledge and understanding include an overall knowledge of veterinary medicine, the overall knowledge of biology needed for research activities, and comprehension of professional English as used in the field of veterinary medicine. Furthermore, the ideal candidates must be able to clearly articulate their ideas and thinking in relation to research conducted up to the present and planned to be conducted in the future.
③ Applicant Selection Procedure
- In the Written Test (foreign language subject: English), applicants will be evaluated for fundamental academic competencies in veterinary medicine and the English language skills necessary for research activities.
- In the Oral Test, applicants will be evaluated for their approach to research ethics and bioethics, planning ability, spirit of inquiry, aspiration, personality, and communication skills through oral presentations and question-and-answer sessions.
4.Diploma PolicyPhD candidates at the Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University accumulate the required credits through study over the stipulated period, and acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies set out below. In this way, our Joint Graduate School fulfils its primary objective of educating future specialists in the field. The qualification of Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine is awarded to candidates with the acceptance of their dissertation and the final examination (i.e. oral presentation and examination). Candidates will:
- acquire the most up-to-date scientific and technical skills in the field of veterinary medicine, and the ability to apply them.
- develop an awareness of challenges in the field of veterinary medicine together with the ability to find solutions for them as a high-level veterinary medical specialist or researcher with a broad comprehension of, and logical approach to, life sciences.
- develop practical English and communication skills appropriate for research or professional activity in the field of veterinary medicine at the global level.
- develop the ability to play an active and leading role in society.
5.Curriculum PolicyAt the Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, we have created the following systematical body of courses: Non-specialized course, Specialized course, Advanced practical skills, Special seminars, and Researcher development. Those courses are aimed to bring PhD candidates, graduate students, to the levels stated in the Diploma Policy, and the educational content, methods, and assessment are governed by the policy set out below.
Curriculum and Educational Content
- During the first three years of this PhD program, graduate students receive instruction in advanced-level veterinary medicine and are provided with wide-ranging learning opportunities that cultivate individuals with flexibility, the ability to think critically, a breadth of vision, and a strong will to succeed who can play a leading role in society.
- Graduate students prepare a dissertation based on the results they obtain from their research in the fourth year. Through the education they receive here, graduate students will become advanced to the highest ranks of the profession in roles as researchers or veterinary medical specialists. They will also become capable of engagement with, or finding solutions for, challenges in veterinary medicine, with a critical mind, based on a broad comprehension of, and a logical approach to, life sciences.
- Non-specialized Courses (a core curriculum element) involves instruction by professors of the Joint Faculty at both universities (Kagoshima and Yamaguchi Universities), and are aimed to cultivate outstanding researchers and veterinary medical specialists by providing opportunities for advanced learning across the field of veterinary medicine, beyond the specialist area of each graduate student. These lectures are provided using SSCS (Simultaneously Streamed Class System), on-demand streaming, or other e-learning systems.
- Specialized Courses (a core curriculum element) are provided as opportunities for graduate students to acquire advanced-level knowledge of relevant codes of behavior, research ethics and the management of intellectual property rights, and world-class English language ability.
- Advanced Practical Skills Courses (a core curriculum element) are provided only to graduate students following the Veterinary Science track (and not those following the Veterinary Specialization track). These courses correspond to the globalized veterinary medicine/medical components outlined in the diploma policy, and are aimed at inculcating practical English and communication skills.
- Special Seminars (a core curriculum element) are provided only to graduate students following the Veterinary Specialization track (and not those following the Veterinary Science track). These seminars comprehensively equip graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experiences stipulated in the frameworks for specialization, accreditation, and board certifications established by veterinary professional bodies.
- Researcher Development Courses (elective elements) are aimed to provide graduate students with high-level knowledge and technical expertise in their own specialist areas. These courses are provided as special lectures using SSCS (Simultaneously Streamed Class System), on-demand streaming, or through other e-learning systems, in just the same way as the core curriculum elements delivered by professors of the Joint Faculty of Kagoshima and Yamaguchi Universities.
- Aim/objective-oriented education consistent with each course component is provided for the purpose of developing the competencies stated in the Diploma Policy.
- To promote independent learning for the graduate students, we implement active learning, with students identifying challenges and solutions, and receiving practical training in the classes we provide.
- We conduct lessons with in-person classes, SSCS, on-demand streaming, and e-learning systems.
Assessment of Learning Outcomes
- The educational and academic objectives and assessment criteria are clearly laid out for each course component, and students are rigorously assessed on the achievement of learning outcomes based on tests and reports.
- The graduate student’s academic achievement after completing four years is evaluated comprehensively by means of a dissertation thesis, in addition to the number of credits acquired over that period.
6.Characteristics of Education and Research
- Students offer hope for the principal adviser from among the faculty members belonging to this graduate school, the graduate school coordinates this and decides to determine.
- Students are placed at the university to which the principal adviser belongs and receive research guidance under the supervisor. The facilities and facilities of Yamaguchi University can also be used.
- At Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University, one principal advisor and one first supervisory professor and one second supervisory professor (faculty member of Yamaguchi University) will take charge of each student.
7.Method of completing the courseThe method of completing the course is as follows:
Students are required to earn more than 20 credits from common subjects, more than 10 credits from course subjects (which partly include common subjects), respectively. The breakdown is as follows:
Common subjects … more than 20 credits
- Common education subjects: more than 14 credits
※However, students must select and complete subjects from lectures by faculty members other than those by the chief advising teacher and the deputy advising teacher.
Additionally, students must complete more than 6 credits in three subjects from designated subjects of Kagoshima University and 8 credits in eight subjects from designated subjects of Yamaguchi University.
- Special academic subjects:3 credits
- Leading practical subjects:3 credits compulsory only for "the veterinary medicine course"
- Specialized subjects: 3 credits compulsory only for "the specialized veterinary medicine course"
Course subjects … more than 10 credits (partly including common subjects)
- From research subjects (special exercises and special experiments) and common subjects (special lectures), the following are compulsory: special lectures given by the chief advising teacher (one subject, 2 credits), special exercises (one subject, 2 credits), special experiments (one subject, 2 credits), and special lectures by deputy advising teachers of both universities (two subjects, 4 credits).
○Please see details of designated subjects of Kagoshima University and Yamaguchi University in the following syllabus.Syllabus for the Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Japanese version only)
8.Joint education curriculum and obtainment of qualification for the entrance examination.Please see here for details on the joint education curriculum and obtainment of qualification for the entrance examination.
9.Overview of specialties of chief advising teachersPlease see here for an overview of chief advising teachers’ specialties.
10.List of chief advising teachersPlease see here for a list of chief advising teachers
11. About Changing CourseGraduate students can change from Veterinary Specialization to Veterinary Science without restriction. Changing from Veterinary Science to Veterinary Specialization is generally allowed only where a student is considered to have finished the required period of education leading to the specialist/certified veterinarian examination.
12. Requirement for GraduationStudents are required to complete at least 30 credits in the curriculum of the Graduate School, receive necessary research guidance, pass the examination of the doctoral thesis and pass the examination. In addition, out of 30 credits or more, 10 credits or more are credits of Yamaguchi University opening subjects.
13. Degree and Exam qualification that can be acquiredFor those who completed the course of this graduate course, a doctoral degree (veterinary medicine) by Yamaguchi University and Kagoshima University is awarded.
In addition, upon graduation from the Veterinary Specialization Course and having succeeded in all the necessary examinations, graduate students can acquire a further qualification as a specialist of experimental animal medicine and earn membership of the Japanese College of Veterinary Pathologists. After graduating from the course, having acquired the doctoral degree (veterinary medicine), and having succeeded in all the necessary examinations, graduate school students can gain recognition as Small Animal Surgery Diplomates of Japanese College of Veterinary Surgeons after further training as a resident.