This manual outlines the areas on which thesis manuscript review primarily focuses. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee approval, but disregarding them strongly predicts that revision will be required.


A master’s thesis as well as a doctor’s dissertation both represent a treatise that substantiates an original academic achievement by students during their graduate study. This manual has been prepared by the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) at The University of Tokyo to aid students in writing their theses and dissertations. However, this manual merely sets forth the minimum format, whereas the content and length must be decided by you, under the supervision of your advisor. Also, using the proper mechanics and conventions of good English writing, including grammar and spelling, is solely your responsibility.

GPSS expects all theses and dissertations to exemplify the highest academic achievement and integrity, ethically and otherwise.