Message from the Dean


Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Medicine is one of the largest graduate schools in Japan. It comprises five departments: Medicine, Medical Science, Public Health, Human Health Science, and the Kyoto-McGill International Collaborative School in Genomic Medicine. The Medical Science Department, in which students who graduated with a major other than medicine conduct medical science research, is the only department in Japan which has a three-year doctoral program in medicine. Our research encompasses all areas of medicine, healthcare, and human health and welfare, including basic medicine, clinical medicine, social medicine, and medical technology.

The mission of the graduate school is to contribute to the improvement of human health and welfare through knowledge creation and sharing in fields relating to medicine and healthcare, and to cultivate human resources who are international leaders in their fields. To accomplish this, we seek to enroll energetic students from around the world with diverse expertise, including those who have graduated from medicine- and non-medicine-related faculties, who, through good-natured competition and mutual encouragement, can pioneer new academic fields.

A unique characteristic of the graduate school is a system that enables faculty members from laboratories with similar research interests to collaborate on student supervision. The curricula comprises approximately ten fields of research (courses), including cancer, nerves, and immunity. Upon enrollment, all students must select one or more of the courses in accordance with their own interests. The selection can be made freely, regardless of the student’s field of specialization, chair of affiliation, and regardless of categories such as basic, clinical, or social medicine. The system enables students to pursue their research interests from a broad perspective through regular presentations and discussions. The system also enables the school’s faculty members to participate in courses in accordance with their own interests and expertise, regardless of their field of specialization or chairs of affiliation. This enables them to share information with colleagues from other laboratories and promote new avenues of collaborative research. In addition to the benefits provided by this unique system, each laboratory provides students with thorough individual research guidance. This enables students to acquire a broad perspective and accomplished research skills. Furthermore, many classes are provided in English. This enables new areas of research to be pioneered through collaboration and integration between diverse cutting-edge research fields and facilitates the education and research system to be in tune with the globalization of research.

The Graduate School advances world-leading research in its Human Health Science Department, Public Health Department (Japan’s first), and in a wide range of medicine and healthcare fields. The school is planning to revise its curricula to facilitate the more effective utilization of research resources and to enable research guidance and collaborative research to be conducted flexibly, unrestricted by departmental divisions.

The mission of the Graduate School of Medicine is to promote research of the highest international standards and cultivate the next generation of global leaders who can make unique contributions to the advancement of medicine and healthcare. The school is renowned for having fostered numerous world-class scholars and for its remarkable research achievements. We sincerely hope to welcome many students from diverse backgrounds to the school to join us as we pioneer scholarship for a new era.