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Educational Philosophy

We expect  to develop the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders in the field of life sciences by providing the best academic research environment under the supervision of the finest graduate educators and PhD advisers. We emphasize the importance of the accomplishment of a research endeavor as well as academic performance in lecture, seminar, and laboratory practice. At the same time, the students are trained to discuss and debate scientific matters and research outcomes. Students are also trained to have broad outlook and flexible thinking in life sciences, and are encouraged to travel to international scientific meetings.

 

“Global Frontier in Life Science”

The Graduate Schools of Biostudies and Medicine offer “Global Frontier in Life Science”, a new joint educational program for Doctoral and Master’s students as part of K.U. PROFILE (Kyoto University Programs for Future International Leaders: http://www.opir.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kuprofile/e/index.html). This program, “Global Frontier in Life Science”, is held entirely in English, including the entrance examinations, lectures, experiments, and discussions. 
International as well as domestic students are welcome. In particular, the School welcomes those who show a respect for life and a desire to create a comprehensive and cutting-edge field beyond existing disciplinary boundaries in life sciences.

1) Doctoral Program in “Global Frontier in Life Science”

The two graduate schools hold independent entrance examinations for this program, and accept up to ten applicants. Our entrance examination for the Doctoral program is held in July. The guidelines for admission is posted in April on our web site (http://www.lif.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/). The academic year starts on October 1st or April 1st for those who cannot obtain a “study visa” by the end of September. Thus, applicants can select the starting date of either October 1st or April 1st. At the time of application, prospective students must identify which laboratory head will direct their doctoral research. Applicants can apply for only one lab. Thus, applicants must contact the lab head and fully discuss potential research activities and availability before filing the application.
Admission examinations for the Doctoral program in “Global Frontier in Life Science” consist of a documentation screening and an oral examination (interview) to evaluate applicants’ knowledge of their field, research competency, logical thinking skills, and the ability to discuss science in English. Please note that applicants are NOT required to be physically present in Japan for the examination.

2) Master’s Program in “Global Frontier in Life Science” 

Our entrance examination for the Master’s program is held in July. The guidelines for admission is posted in April on our web site (http://www.lif.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/). The academic year starts on October 1st or April 1st for those who cannot obtain a “study visa” by the end of September. Thus, applicants can select the starting date of either October 1st or April 1st in the next year. Applicants to the Master’s program can apply for up to two labs, in which they wish to conduct research. Thus, applicants should familiarize themselves with faculty members’ research interests and must contact lab head(s) to fully discuss prospective research activities and availability before filing the application. 
Admission examinations for the Master’s program in “Global Frontier in Life Science” consist of: 1) a documentation screening and 2) an oral examination (interview). Please note that applicants are NOT required to be physically present in Japan for the examination.

 

Lectures held in English for “Global Frontier in Life Science”

1) Doctoral program

Offered by the Graduate School of Biostudies

  • Frontier in Life Science (1 credit:compulsory)
  • Advanced English Discussion and Writing in Life Science I (1 credit)
  • Advanced English Discussion and Writing in Life Science II (1 credit)
  • Overseas Research Project 2(1 credit)

2) Master’s program

Offered by the Graduate School of Biostudies

  • Life Science : From Basics to Applications, from Molecular Biology to Systems Biology (1 credit:compulsory)
  • Beginning Science (1 credit)
  • Global Frontier in Life Science A (2 credits)
  • Global Frontier in Life Science B (1 credit)
  • Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology I (2 credits)
  • Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology II (2 credits)
  • Cancer Biology (2 credits)
  • Basic English Discussion in Life Science I (1 credit)
  • Basic English Discussion in Life Science II (1 credit)
  • Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (1 credit)
  • Overseas Research Project 1(1 credit)

 

Requirements for completing programs

1) Requirements for completing the Doctoral program

  • “The Life-Science Special Exercises” (8 credits:compulsory )
  • Common Compulsory Subject (1 credit)
  • Common Elective Subjects (at least 1 credit)

For graduation, the student must have enrolled for at least three years and have completed at least 10 credits. It is also required to pass the probation and the examination (thesis defense) upon completion of a Doctoral thesis written under the supervision of faculty.

2) Requirement for completing the Master’s program

  • “The Life-Science Experiments and Exercises” (20 credits:compulsory )
  • Common compulsory subject (1 credit)
  • Common elective subjects (at least 9 credits)

For graduation, the student must have enrolled for at least two years and have completed at least 30 credits. It is also required to pass the probation and an examination upon completion of the Master’s thesis written under the supervision of faculty.

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