Agro-BioMedical Science

Agro-BioMedical Science

Agro-BioMedical Science


Many metabolic diseases such as obesity, cardio vascular disease, diabetes, cancers are the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. Their prevalence has increased dramatically in many countries in Europe as well as in Asia, since the 1980s and the number of them continue to rise at an anomaly rate.
Food & health are two issues central to human existence and they are inseparable in their relationship meaning « food is medicine » and hold the key to realising a « society in much illness is prevented before it occurs.
Food-related health problems and lifestyle-related diseases, threats to food security (food availability at world level), and the increasing cost of medical care are just some of the many challenges society now faces. To face these myriad problems, there is a need for a fusion of agriculture and medical science in order to find solutions for a better society.

Aims of the pathway

The Agro BioMedical Science International Master will provide a unique opportunity to learn in English and follow courses in three outstanding universities:
The common name of the International Joint Degree Master's Programm in Agro-Biomedical Science is GIP-TRIAD. THe stduents can access the offcial GIP-TRIAD web site here.  
The Agro BioMedical Science International Master goal is to provide a unique opportunity to cultivate advanced professionals that can bridge R&D with societal needs to overcome global challenges in food and health in an international context.
To achieve this goal, our program allows students to learn not simply by attending lectures but also by taking practical coursework in each country.
The Agro BioMedical Science International Master will provide students with cutting edge research-based training in Plant Science, Biotechnology, Health, Nutrition, Food Production.
The teaching includes the most update advances in Toxicology, Cancer, Drug discovery, Global Health, Applied translational Microbiology, Global Food Security, Animal based Food Stuff, Nutrition, Agriculture, Crop Production, Green Biotechnology, Omics and Bioinformatics Tools.
The Agro BioMedical Science International Master will give the opportunity to follow some important biological question from the field to the laboratory, to work in group interacting with each other in day-to-day activities at the shared university facilities and taking a large varieties of course will help the students to understand the fundamental behind the reality of the working world.

Pathway organization, resources, and training program

The Agro BioMedical Science program is designed for a maximum cohort of 15 students coming from the three partner universities.
The teaching program has been coordinated between the three universities and the Japanese, Taiwanese and French students will follow during two years a rich experience living in Europe and in Asia.

First year, first semester at Tsukuba University (M1 S1 30 ECTS)

The program begins in the fall semester, where students from all three countries first gather at University of Tsukuba, interacting with each other in day-to-day activities at the shared university housing facilities and taking courses that help them understand the fundamentals behind our program.
Here, students acquire knowledge about agro-biomedicine at the global level and, through lab internship, study research methodologies in food and health.
In addition, students take coursework in entrepreneurship, learning to foster a so-called “entrepreneurial spirit.”
Semester 1 at Tsukuba University
Teaching Unit Mandatory or Elective  ECTS  Language 
Introduction of Agro-Biomedical Science Mandatory  2 English
Environmental Health Perspective Mandatory  4 English
Entrepreneurship Training I Mandatory  4 English
Entrepreneurship Training II Elective 4 English
English in Medical Science & Technology Elective 2 English
Writing Scientific Papers in English Elective 2 English
Agro-Biomedical Science Lab. Seminar I Mandatory  2 English
Basic Toxicology Mandatory  2 English
Critical Path research Management Elective 4 English
Cancer Biology Elective 4 English
Oncology Elective 4 English
Frontier Science in Drug Discovery Elective 2 English
Health Care Policy and Management, Health Service Adminsitration Elective 4 English
Advanced Course on Global Food Security Elective 4 English
Advanced Food SYstem Elective 4 English
R&D for Agro-Biomedical Science Elective 6 English  
Supplementary Japanese Non credit course   Japanese


First year, second semester at National Taiwan University (M1 S2, 30 ECTS)

During their second semester, all students relocate together to National Taiwan University.
There, they study field- and lab-based subjects that connect the two, leading to the acquisition of GIP-TRIAD’s unique approach to food and health with global perspective and experience.
In addition, students can participate in a corporate internship while in Taiwan for the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding of corporate workings in Asia.
Semester 2 at National Taiwan University
Teaching Unit Mandatory or Elective ECTS Language
Bio-Entrepreneurship Training Elective 4 English
Internship in taiwan I Elective 6 English
Agro-BioMedical Science Lab. Seminar II Elective 2 English
Fusion of field and Lab. Studies Elective 6 English
Biomedical Translation Boot Camp Elective 4 English
R&D for Agro-BioMedical Science II Elective 4 English
Molecual Nutrition Elective 4 English
Applied Translational Microbiology  Elective 6 English
Biotechnology in Milk Products Elective 4 English
Principle and Application in Health Research Methods Elective 6 English
Environmental and Occupational Health Elective 6 English
Measuring Burden of Disease: Methods and Applications Elective 4 English
Cellular Network of Biological Molecules Mandatory 4 English
Comtemporary Issues in Global Health Mandatory 6 English
Agriculture in Taiwan Mandatory 4 English
Chinese Communication  Free elective 2 Chinese


The Second year, First semester at Bordeaux University (M2 S1 30 ECTS)

For their third semester, students relocate to France to attend the University of Bordeaux. By utilizing access France's unique field environments in their coursework, students acquire additional methodologies in food and health through hands-on experience. Simultaneously, students have the opportunity to participate in a corporate internship, where they can learn and experience corporate workings in France.
Semester 3 at Bordeaux University
Teaching Unit Mandatory or Elective ECTS Language
Job & Internship Hunting including technological watch Mandatory 3 English
International Scientific Seminars Mandatory 3 English
Field to Lab. Practices and Data Managemnt & Data Mining Mandatory 3 English
Integrative Unit with Omics & Bioinformatics Mandatory 6 English
Water and Food-borne Microbiological Diseases and Dietary Habits in HUman Population Elective 3 English
Nutrition, Microbiome and Immunity Elective 3 English
Nutrition, Physiological Regulation and Major Human Diseases Elective 3 English
Nutrition & Health Organisation in Europe Elective 3 English
Impact of Environmental Stresses on Crop Production Elective 3 English
Integratiing @ advanced Plant Breediing Elective 3 English
Green Biotechnology Elective 3 English
Quality of animal-based Foodstuff Elective 3  
French Communication Free elective 2  

The Second year, Second semester (M2 S2) WorldwideIinternship

For their final semester, students choose which country to reside in based on where they would like to intern. Students may return Japan or Taiwan, for example, stay in France for an extended internship or find an internship anywhere in the world in academic laboratory as well as private company laboratory. Indeed, the fourth semester is devoted to laboratory practice (6 months, 30 ECTS) in research & development laboratories.