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Doctoral Program


The 3 courses in the Doctoral Program are outlined as follows.

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Doctoral Program

Course Guidelines

Based on the “Educational Goals” of the Graduate School of Medicine, the Doctoral Program aims to train students to be specialists like: (i) international recognized researchers in universities or research institutions worldwide, (ii) clinicians and medical scientists in medical institutions excelling in clinical techniques and research competence, and (iii) highly specialized professionals engaged in health services administration and public health in administrative organizations and companies, fully equipped with advanced knowledge and skills to play active roles in their respective fields.

We offer an interdisciplinary education crossing the boundaries of existing academic disciplines, aiming at the acquisition of basic knowledge and technology of mutually related fields. In addition, to nurture talented individuals responding to the diversified social needs, we introduce three types of coursework to study systematically through multiple subjects. Students choose the course that is best suited to their career needs.

Basic Medicine Course Clinical Medicine Course Social Medicine Course
This course aims to train researchers and educators in medical and life science field. This course aims to train clinicians who excel in clinical techniques and research competence. This course aims to train professionals who undertake the task of improvement of health and safety at the regional and international levels.
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Obtainable degrees

Doctor of Philosophy

Standard Duration for Completion: 4 Years

Short-Term Completion:
A doctoral student who publishes at least 2 papers in English-language journals and who meets other requirements can complete the Doctoral Program as much as 1 year before the end of the course term.
Long-Term Study Program:
Working adults may take up to 6 years, paying tuition for 4 years. Details
Long-Term Study Program

Interim Evaluation

Students have to undergo an interim evaluation at the beginning of the 3rd year, where examiners will check the progress of the work.

Completion Requirements

  • ① Degree thesis (Dissertation).
  • ② At least 1 research paper written in English, with the applicant as first author. (Papers submitted for publication are acceptable.)
  • ③ Completion of the required number of credits (30 or more credits). (Students who enrolled before April of 2016 must earn at least 40 credits.)

* Information for students who enrolled in April of 2017

Doctoral Program Completion Plan

(As of April 2016)

Doctoral Program Completion Plan

Course Guidance

The following 3 subjects are offered in the Doctoral (PhD) Program in Medicine.

Required Core Subjects

Subjects Subject Credit
Basic Medicine Course
Clinical Medicine Course
Social Medicine Course
Introduction to Medical Research 1
Experimental Methods and Research Designs 1
Medical Ethics 1
Scientific Presentation and Communication 1
Presentation Skills I 1
Presentation Skills II 2
Introduction to Translational Research 1

Required Subjects

Subjects Subjects Credit
Basic Medicine Course Research Methods in Medical Sciences I 1
Research Methods in Medical Sciences II 1
Dissertation Research in Medical Sciences 10
Clinical Medicine Course Research Methods in Clinical Medical I 1
Research Methods in Clinical Medicine II 1
Dissertation Research in Clinical Medicine 10
Social Medicine Course Research Methods in Social Medicine I 1
Research Methods in Social Medicine II 1
Dissertation Research in Social Medicine 10

Take one of these 3 courses and enroll all the subjects offered by that course. Research

Elective Subjects

Subject Subject Credit
Basic Medicine Course
Clinical Medicine Course
Social Medicine Course
Required Subjects from Other Courses (Except studies on Basic Medicine, Clinical Medicine and Social Medicine)  

Take 10 credits or more including 2 credits of Principles of Medicine offered by belonging laboratory.

*As for the subject which credit number is indicated as [number], students can take multiple choices as far as the chosen subjects belong to different subject titles.

*Please note that there are some differences in classification of subjects and subjects available for students who enrolled before April of 2016. Refer to the syllabus you received at the admission for detailed information.