Diploma Policy in the Faculty of Medicine

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Diploma Policy in the Graduate School of Medicine

Degrees in Medicne
Degrees in Medical Science
Degrees in School of Public Health
Degrees in School of Human Health Science

Degrees in Medicine

Under the PhD program, students will receive 4+ years of intensive post-graduate training. During this time, degree candidates must complete at least 24 units in subject courses, at least 6 units in Graduate School Training Courses, and have a manuscript published as the first author in a peer-reviewed international journal of prominent standing. Lastly, PhD candidates must successfully negotiate an oral thesis defense prior to being conferred upon the PhD degree.

Degrees may be awarded upon completion of the 3rd (or midway through the 4th) year of PhD studies under special circumstances in which a candidate’s absolute independence as a researcher has been clearly demonstrated. To qualify under this special provision, a candidate must demonstrate his/her ability to erect a concept for a medical research project, and be able to plan, implement and compile the results of the project in a manuscript of impeccable quality. Furthermore, the manuscript must be published in a prominent journal of exceptional standing within the global scientific community for consideration under this provision. After these requisites have been met, a candidate will next be administered a written PhD aptitude battery. Final conference of degrees will be determined following the candidate’s satisfactory completion of the aptitude battery.

Degrees in Medical Science

Under the Master of Science (MS) program, students must receive 2+ years of training, and will be required to complete at least 30 units in subject courses (in addition to completing subjective studies). Additionally, a master’s thesis detailing the candidate’s research topic must be submitted for review, and will be followed by an oral thesis defense prior to being conferred upon the MS degree.

Candidates under the PhD program must be enrolled and receive training in research for 3+ years, and are required to complete at least 11 units of graduate coursework (7 in major subjects, and 4 in minor subjects). Additionally, PhD candidates must have a manuscript published (as the first author) in a peer-reviewed international scientific journal of prominent standing and are required to undergo an oral thesis defense on the candidate’s published work prior to being awarded the PhD degree.

Degrees in School of Public Health

Candidates applying for a professional degree under the Public Health program must receive 2+ years of training, and complete at least 30 units in subject courses (in addition to completing subjective studies). Those enrolled under the “special course” must meet additional requirements regarding compulsory courses. The topic of the subjective study shall be determined by—and executed at—the laboratory in which the candidate resides. Subjective studies will mold a solid concept of research in degree candidates via intensive first-hand training in establishing research protocols, data acquisition and analysis, and interpreting the results of a study. In addition to completing the required coursework and subjective study, candidates must pass an oral thesis defense in order to be conferred upon the professional degree in Public Health.

Candidates under the Public Health PhD program must be enrolled and receive training for a period of 3+ years, in which time candidates will be responsible for completing required coursework. The minimum amount of coursework units required for graduation depends upon a candidate’s academic background. Holders of professional degrees awarded in Public Health by Kyoto University need only complete 6 units of coursework. For graduates of institutions other than Kyoto University: those awarded degrees in subjects related to Medicine must complete 13 or more units, and those awarded degrees in non-medical subject areas must complete 19 or more units. Additionally, PhD candidates must have a manuscript published (as the first author) in a peer-reviewed international scientific journal of prominent standing and are required to undergo an oral thesis defense on the candidate’s published work prior to being awarded the PhD degree.

Degrees in School of Human Health Science

Candidates under the Human Health Science MS program must be enrolled for a period of 2+ years and complete a minimum of 30 units of coursework in subjects consistent with the educational philosophy of the School of Human Health Science. Additionally, candidates must receive ongoing research training, submit a Master’s thesis and pass an oral thesis defense. Required coursework falls into one of four major subject classifications: Major required subjects, general required subjects, electives and special research assignments. A candidate can obtain coursework units by attending lectures, seminars, labs, clinical training sessions and field work.

CNS program candidates must be enrolled for a period of 2+ years and complete a minimum of 32 units of coursework in (cancer CNS) subjects consistent with the educational philosophy of the School of Human Health Science. Additionally, candidates must submit a Master’s thesis and pass an examination administered by the School of Human Health Science.

A panel of judges will comprehensively evaluate a Master’s thesis based on criteria such as novelty, academic significance, creativity and practical applicability. Similarly, in addition to being evaluated on research progress, ethical considerations, and ability to logically present the outcome of a study, degree candidates will be tested in order to confirm that they possess ample knowledge in the field of study.

Candidates accepted under the Human Health Science PhD program must be enrolled for a period of 3+ years and complete a minimum of 16 units of coursework (special lectures, special seminars, merger unit courses and special research assignments) in subjects consistent with the educational philosophy of the School of Human Health Science. Additionally, candidates must receive ongoing research training, submit a PhD thesis and pass an oral thesis defense.

A panel of judges will comprehensively evaluate a PhD thesis based on criteria such as novelty, academic significance, creativity and practical applicability. Similarly, in addition to being evaluated on research progress, a candidate must hold to the highest standards of ethics, and must demonstrate the ability to logically present the outcome of a study. Furthermore, degree candidates will be tested in order to confirm that they possess ample knowledge in subjects encompassing the field of study. Only those who successfully meet all of the defined requirements will be awarded the PhD degree.