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Program introduction

Program name

Global Frontier in Life Science

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

How to enroll

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 winter. The guidelines for admission is posted on our web site (https://www.lif.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/) in September. The academic year starts on October 1st or April 1st. Thus, applicants can select the starting date of either October 1st or April 1st in the next year. 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.
Applicants are advised to contact the Kyoto University Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) so that they will assist you to contact the lab heads through the designated process. (Details: https://u.kyoto-u.jp/graduate-admissions-for-overseas-graduates).
Admission examinations for the Doctoral program in “Global Frontier in Life Science” consist of a document 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 winter. The guidelines for admission is posted on our web site (https://www.lif.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/) in September. The academic year starts on October 1st or April 1st. 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.
Applicants are advised to contact the Kyoto University Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) so that they will assist you to contact the lab heads through the designated process. (Details: https://u.kyoto-u.jp/graduate-admissions-for-overseas-graduates).
Admission examinations for the Master’s program in “Global Frontier in Life Science” consist of: 1) a document screening and 2) an oral examination (interview). Please note that applicants are NOT required to be physically present in Japan for the examination.

Admission Guidelines

Entrance examinations of the Global Frontier in Life Science is held in winter. The application period for enrollment in October, 2022 and April, 2023 will begin in December, 2021.
To apply, you will need to do the following by January 11 (Tue) 2022:

      1. Contact AAO (https://u.kyoto-u.jp/graduate-admissions-for-overseas-graduates)
      2. Contact the lab head by email
         Faculty member list:https://www.lif.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/?post_type=teachers
      3. Send your application so it arrives no later than January 11 (Tue) 2022

The full application includes:

        2a. Transcripts from your university
        2b. At least two recommendation letters
        2c. The application form and fee (see below)
        2d. A valid TOEFL or IELTS score
            TOEFL:https://www.ets.org/toefl
            IELTS:https://ielts.idp.com/
      3. Recommended for Master’s students: schedule and take a GRE general test by
         November 30 (Tue), 2021 GRE:https://www.ets.org/gre

Before filing the application, please refer to the page of For prospective students and contact the Kyoto University Admissions Assistance Office (AAO) to complete the designated process. Afterwards, you may contact the lab heads to fully discuss potential research activities and availability.

For those who are required to undergo provisional eligibility screening, contact the Student Affairs Section (150kyomu@adm.lif.kyoto-u.ac.jp) of the Graduate School of Biostudies to obtain the designated forms for provisional eligibility screening at any time, but no later than November 18 (Thu) 2021.

For those who passed the first preliminary test of the MEXT (Monbukagakusho: Japanese Government) Scholarship Embassy Recommendation, please refer to the following university website and contact AAO as soon as possible. (Ref)https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/education-campus/procedures/scholarships/mext#provisional_acceptance

< Notice >
From 2021, entrance examinations of the Global Frontier in Life Science are held in winter instead of summer. The entrance examination for enrollment in October 2021 and April 2022 was over. If you are interested in the next admission for enrollment in October 2022 or April 2023, please see the information below and apply following the instructions provided.

Doctoral Program

(DC) Application Guidelines and Available Labs 2022-2023
1. (DC) Application Form
2. (DC) Research Achievement (Questions for Application Screening)
3. (DC) Form for Affixing Evidence of Payment for Application Fees
4. (DC) (Sample) Form for Affixing Evidence of Payment for Application Fees
5. (DC) Address for further communication

Master’s Program

(MC) Application Guidelines and Available Labs 2022-2023
1. (MC) Application Form
2. (MC) Research Achievement (Questions for Application Screening)
3. (MC) Form for Affixing Evidence of Payment for Application Fees
4. (MC) (Sample) Form for Affixing Evidence of Payment for Application Fees
5. (MC) Address for further communication

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