Admission policy in the Graduate School of Medicine

Doctoral (PhD) Program in Medicine
Master of Science (MS) Program in Medical Science
Doctoral (PhD) Program in Medical Science
Professional Degree Program in School of Public Health
Doctoral (PhD) Program in School of Public Health
Master of Science (MS) Program in School of Human Health Science
Doctoral (PhD) Program in School of Human Health Science

Doctoral (PhD) Program in Medicine

It is the solemn duty of medical researchers to unravel the mysteries of the human body, elucidate the mechanisms that cause illness, and to apply this knowledge to the prevention and treatment of disease. Today we are witnessing unprecedented momentum in the compartmentalization of medical fields, diversification and internationalization. Therefore the burden of expectations placed upon medical researchers is now greater than ever. Modern medical researchers must not only possess unsurpassed knowledge in their respective fields of expertise, but broadening their horizons to the diverse array of academic sub-specialties is implied in their occupational mandate. Additionally, to become a truly well-rounded medical researcher in the era of globalization, one must be able to establish collaboration with other laboratories, and make an invaluable contribution to the international community. This is our vision for the researchers we hope to develop in the Graduate School of Medicine, PhD (Medicine) program.

Based on this vision, what started off as 6 independent research fields within the Graduate School of Medicine were consolidated in 2006 to help promote interdisciplinary interaction. In addition to traditional classroom instruction and training seminars, we introduced the Graduate School Training Course which bridges the gap between Clinical, Basic and Social Medicine. The PhD program offers this and other programs that place PhD candidates at their core. By nurturing the autonomy of PhD candidates, we hope to develop researchers who will lead medical research towards unprecedented progress in the 21st century. Individuals with demonstrated superior academic achievements actively seeking to put their knowledge and technical skills to use in the field of medical research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Master of Science (MS) Program in Medical Science

The Master of Science (MS) program in Medical Science was established for the noble purpose of developing highly qualified researchers in the field of medical science that meet the highest of professional and ethical standards. Consequently, candidates enrolled under the MS (Medical Science) degree program with no background in the natural sciences will be required to successfully negotiate a rigorous training regimen structured largely upon challenging classroom instruction in the fields of basic medical science, and complete intensive training in medical science research. As with all other programs offered under the Graduate School of Medicine, degree candidates will be exposed to a highly competitive, yet equally fulfilling academic environment that constantly redefines their cognitive potential.

The MS program at the Graduate School of Medicine boasts an open stance on admissions and actively seeks highly motivated individuals representing diverse academic backgrounds to conduct pioneering research in medical research at one of the world’s most prominent research institutions.

Doctoral (PhD) Program in Medical Science

Our rapidly evolving understanding of the life sciences has resulted in swift changes in the healthcare and medical environments. With that, research and educational initiatives within the medical community has also become increasingly more advanced and complex. Until now, the traditional medical education system revolved around the development of medical practitioners; however, with remarkable advances in our understanding of the life sciences, it is imperative that medical professionals effectively make use of this information for transition into novel therapeutic techniques.

We are now witnessing drastic changes in the way physicians diagnose patients. Today more than ever, physicians are relying heavily upon advanced medical devices for diagnostic assistance. Research encompassing these medical devices and diagnostic techniques are actively being conducted on a daily basis, and carry with them the hopes and dreams of a quickly aging population.

As society’s pinnacle of research and education, developing aggressive researchers to venture beyond the framework of traditional medical education and research is the solemn mission assigned to all universities.

In the PhD (Medical Science) program, we answer society’s call by bringing together individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement in the natural sciences and engineering, and training them on the many diverse perspectives of medicine to become the world’s leading researchers/educators in medical science.

Professional Degree Program in School of Public Health

This program is structured specifically for students who wish to seek a future in public health, medicine or welfare, as an educator or technical specialist. Students enrolled in this program will receive training to acquire knowledge, technical skills and professionalism in the field of Public Health. Upon completion of training, graduates will be able to detect, evaluate, analyze and problem-solve the many public health issues that plague the “health of our society” today. Because the program provides an assortment of academic fields to specialize in—everything from the natural sciences to human social science—our policy on admissions are very open, and qualified individuals from all walks of life are encouraged to apply. We welcome highly motivated applicants from various academic disciplines who display a strong conviction to be an advanced professional or educator/researcher in health, medicine, and welfare in Japan and abroad.

Management of Technology and Intellectual Property Course (Est. 2004)
Japan is quickly becoming oriented to the international race for intellectual property rights and is active in the application of patents in the medical field. Therefore, Japan is in need of advanced professionals who can secure and manage the intellectual property rights of advanced medical research initiatives when they bear fruit. Applicants eager to pursue a future in intellectual asset management are encouraged to apply.

Clinical Researcher Training Course (Master of Clinical Research, MCR; Est. 2005)
The MCR is an intensive 1-year program designed specifically for medical doctors and dentists. Until now, the majority of medical research conducted in Japan revolved primarily around the life sciences; however, there is a growing understanding now on the importance of human and population based clinical studies. The MCR is the first program of its kind to be offered in Japan, and is devoted to training medical professionals who will assume future careers as physician-scientists. Applications are openly welcome from individuals who have nurtured an interest in conducting clinical research based on their own clinical experiences.

Genetic Counseling and Clinical Research Unit (Est. 2006)
In actuality, this program stems from two distinct courses: the Genetic Counseling Course and the Clinical Research Unit. Our mission is to train genetic counselors and clinical research coordinators who are intellectually capable, are well-versed, and can lead future initiatives in frontier medicine. Using the skills honed in these programs, our graduates will serve as an interface between novel medical techniques and those who will directly benefit from these techniques (patients, families, and research subjects). Individuals with a strong pioneering spirit and eager to conduct frontier clinical research are encouraged to apply.

Doctoral (PhD) Program in School of Public Health

This course aims at developing researchers who will focus on the detection, evaluation, analysis, and resolution of the countless health issues that compromise “the health of society”. Students who complete this course are expected to engage in advanced education/research initiatives in public health, medicine, and welfare not only in Japan, but in other countries as well. This course is truly multidisciplinary, covering an assortment of fields from the natural sciences to the human social sciences. Therefore, we welcome applicants carious academic backgrounds who are eager to perform research on public health issues.

Master of Science (MS) Program in School of Human Health Science

While we have witnessed much progress over the years in our understanding of Medicine and its application to various avenues of treatment, further evolution is imperative in meeting the medical demands of the future. The Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University has long-since been a forerunner in pushing forward the advancement of medical technology. To ensure that generations to come will have open access to high quality public health, medical care, and welfare in Japan, we proposed the creation of a new scientific field called Human Health Sciences. The MS program at the School of Human Health Science logically defines the concept of “health” it strives to pursue, and provides extensive training and education in order to secure the demand for highly qualified future healthcare professionals. Based on these principles, we provide healthcare providers with superior clinical and communication skills who can provide superior medical care that meets the demands of patients. Additionally, we combine basic and clinical medicine, along with other academic disciplines and intellectual assets at Kyoto University to develop future educators and researchers. Individuals with a passion for supporting the healthcare efforts of the future are encouraged to apply.

Doctoral (PhD) Program in School of Human Health Science

Throughout its proud heritage, Kyoto University has always assumed a central role in the prevention and treatment of disease. The PhD program at the School of Human Health Science was established for the humble purpose of nurturing professionals who can promote the concept of genuine health, establish a theoretical foundation for research in the field of Human Health Sciences, and apply this theoretical foundation into actual practice to overcome disease. In order to maintain its leadership role in the field of medicine/medical science, Kyoto University requires PhD candidates to explore beyond the reaches of their respective areas of expertise, and actively seek knowledge in a wide array of academic fields that will enable them to assume leadership roles in multi-disciplinary environments. To this end, the Merger Unit for Future Human Health Sciences—consisting of an orchestra of researchers representing the fields of medicine, engineering, pharmacology, the natural sciences, social studies, and the humanities—was established in order to promote novel theories and practices for physical and psychological diagnosis, patient treatment, and the sustenance of daily health. Given our future perspective, it is our mission to develop experts who will become leaders in the ever-evolving field of Human Health Science. Therefore, it is our hope to not only attract individuals with a background in Medicine and the Medical Sciences, but also those representing the public and private sectors. Upon completion of studies at the School of Human Health Science, graduates will return to the industrial, public and academic domains as invaluable assets. Highly qualified and motivated individuals are actively sought for this program.