The program is separated into fundamentals and applications courses. Each course is organized so that classes forming the basis for volcano research are taken in one year, but it is also possible to complete the course series over multiple years. Students in the fundamentals courses participate in volcanology field studies and seminars sponsored by the consortium, in addition to university classes, to gain the necessary credits for completion. After finishing the fundamentals course series, students advance to the applications courses, where they participate in internships, give conference presentations, and take university and consortium classes to gain the necessary credits for completion. Students who complete the applications courses and advance to a doctorate program can further develop their research abilities as research assistants (RAs) in research projects (research PJ) for the Next Generation Volcano Research Project.
Gain knowledge and skills necessary for research practice in the main sub-disciplines of volcanology, classes are primarily designed for Master's students, including geophysics, geology/petrology, geochemistry, disaster mitigation science, and natural disaster science.
Learn the measurement and survey techniques for geophysics, geology/petrology, and geochemistry related to volcanology, at active volcanoes in Japan and internationally.
Learn the latest volcanology research, volcano measurements in engineering and agriculture, fields related to disaster mitigation, and humanities/social sciences related to natural disasters.
Participate in internships related to earth sciences, natural disasters, and measurement/survey techniques sponsored by the national government, local municipalities, private companies, and research institutions to gain work experience and comprehensively understand the job sites applicable to volcano disaster mitigation.
Students develop research abilities by presenting their own volcanology research.