Degree Programs

The Graduate School of Life Sciences offers post-graduate programs for both master’s and doctoral degrees in Life Sciences.

The master’s program in Life Sciences consists of 4 semesters of coursework and research. Mandatory and optional courses are continuously offered every year. However, students are recommended to take most of their courses in the first 2 semesters so that they may focus on research and preparation for their master’s dissertation in the final year.

The doctoral program in Life Sciences usually takes 3 years, which consist of extensive research. The main requirements for a Ph.D. degree are (1) enrollment for 3 years, which may be shortened in cases of outstanding research performance; (2) earning 9 or more credits; (3) submission of a doctoral dissertation; and (4) oral defense of a doctoral thesis.

We provide these degree programs not only in Japanese, but also in English. International students are recommended to apply for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship. MEXT scholarship students can take an intensive six-month course of Japanese language prior to these degree programs.