The Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS) is a 5‐year program. Students approved to join the PWS program from their
first year of Master’s program will progress from L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, and will complete the program in 5 years.
The PWS program is completed by students parallel to their existing Kyoto University master’s and doctoral programs. Therefore, students do not need to change their supervisor or section/laboratory to join PWS. However, there are two necessary conditions for eligibility
1. A graduate student of Kyoto University: It is required to become a graduate student of the Division of Biological Science, Graduate School of Science (Kyoto University). However, we are in the process of adjustment for students of other graduate departments to enroll in our program, so please do not hesitate to inquire.
2. To apply and receive approval to enroll into our program: The process is the same for both Japanese natives and foreign students. Eligible students: 1st year Master’s students (will be called L1 student), or a doctoral students (will be called L3 student). Annually, we will disclose the guidelines for applicants in mid‐January, and administer the entrance exam in the beginning of March.
Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
... The leading graduate program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS) aims to create a new integrated discipline of ‘Wildlife Science’ based on fieldwork to further our understanding of human nature, as well as that of wild animals.
Distinguished Professor, Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study
Our existence on the planet has been only an infinitesimal span when compared with the duration of time since the origin of Life on Earth. Yet within that short time period, we have obliterated species, poisoned the atmosphere, scarred the landscape, and polluted our key source of Mother's Milk — fresh water. The Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science is designed to provide research and education for the next generation of students who want to make a difference. To preserve our precious planet, and promote a more harmonious existence between human beings and our fellow inhabits of the globe, we have created a unique academic program integrating multiple disciplines, such as Conservation Biology, Animal Welfare, Evolutionary Anthropology, Comparative Cognition, Socioecology, Animal Behavior, and Social Outreach. We invite you to join us.
Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge
This elegant quote by Rachel Carson, author of the book that helped spark an environmental movement (Silent Spring, 1962), encompasses the vast interconnectedness of life on this, our only planet. Yet, 50 years later we continue to encroach on these often delicate ecological networks of organisms, despite a wealth of scientific evidence now demonstrating the hazardous effects doing so can have. Through this program we aim to develop future stewards of the environment and the diversity of organisms bound within; stewards well-versed in the scientific method and prepared to incorporate evidence-based practices into their future work.
Associate Professor, CICASP
To get a general idea of the diverse areas of study in the Division of Biological Science, Kyoto University.
To learn survival skills as the basis for future fieldwork. Activities include:
- Wildlife observation
- Climbing Hiuchi Mountain (2,420m)
- Night-time bivouac practicum (improvised encampment)
To learn the basis of wildlife research. Conduct observation on wild Japanese macaques (protected species) in Koshima, the birthplace of Japanese primatology. Required to develop independent research topic (e.g., Identification of food items in feces)
To learn the basis of wildlife research. Conduct fieldwork on animals/plants in Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. English is the official language in this course to facilitate exchange of ideas with international participants, e.g. from Tanzania, India, Malaysia and elsewhere. Samples collected during the course will be used in the following Genome Science Course.
Complementary to the Yakushima Field Science Course. Designed for participants who expect to engage in both laboratory work and fieldwork. Beginner (direct sequencing) and advanced (next generation sequencing) courses are available. English is the official language as in the previous course. The samples from Yakushima will be used to perform various experiments and analyses. Students give a poster presentation at the international symposium scheduled on the last day of the course.
To learn the basis of comparative cognitive science. Understand the procedures in cognitive experimentation and behavioral observation. Work with chimpanzees and horses.
Students learn about animal welfare in captive animals. They will engage in activities for environmental enrichment, feeding enrichment, and cognitive enrichment. They will also learn basics of behavioral observation and comparative cognitive science which are needed in practicing and evaluating those enrichment activities.
To get practical experience in environmental education in the field of primatology/wildlife science as well as to learn to work as a curator, one of the three exit points of the PWS program. This course provides lectures by zoo technicians and practical training as zookeepers.
Because of its strongly international focus, PWS encourages all students to make their best efforts to become multilingual ambassadors of animals and their environments... [Read More]
- Irregularly scheduled international seminars
- Lectures from researchers, government officials from the United Kingdom, Congo, Brazil, Butan, etc.
- Official language: English
- Toward the “Harmonious Coexistence with Human and Ecological Community on This Planet” (Kyoto University’s Mission Statement)
- Lectures from WWF officers, ambassadors, governors, etc.
- Official language: not specified
To develop skills in planning projects aimed at one or more of the three exit points (goals) of the PWS program (i.e., conservation specialization, curation, outreach). Required to design/conduct individual overseas training projects.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.