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Career Options

Graduate students who have completed their Master's Programs start their career as specialists with advanced skills, or they pursue a doctorate.

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After completing the Master's Program, students can decide whether to enroll for the Doctoral Program, toward becoming highly skilled researchers or finding employment as medical professionals in society.

(As of April 2016)


(As of May 2017)

Pursuing a doctorate

It is desirable that students who have completed their Master's Programs pursue a doctorate, because they are still growing as students and researchers. Examination/admission fees are not required from students who continue their studies and research as doctoral students.

Message from a Graduate of the Master's Program

Pursuing a doctorate

Creating new knowledge through research

Doctoral Student, enrolled in 2015 Doctoral Program, Medical Science Course Department of Cell Physiology

Master's Program, Medical Science Course Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology (Master's degree completed in 2014)

Federal Demoocratic Republic of Nepal

Prabha Nepal

During my Master's study at the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, I was involved in research on intracellular trafficking of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their post-translational modification. I was strongly impressed by the high quality of the research carried out here at Hokkaido University.

Because I wanted to develop the knowledge and skills that I gained during my Master's training, I continued study here in the same graduate school at the Department of Cell Physiology. Our laboratory specializes in the visualization of cell functions and structures with the focus on cell signaling. Now I am working on spatiotemporal regulation of cellular signaling. Based on the knowledge and experience gained during my Master's and PhD courses, I will go back to my home country Nepal and contribute to research in the field of cell physiology.

I have been in Japan for more than five years and everyone is always welcoming and helpful in my lab. I am strongly impressed by the scientific learning environment in my laboratory. In addition to the experiments, I also attend the lectures and seminars delivered by the experts of various fields.

The Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University is a great place to carry out graduate studies and it provides opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds.

(As of April 2017)

Prabha Nepal Prabha Nepal

Finding employment

Faculty members of the Graduate School of Medicine help students find employment.

  Positions Businesses
Employment options for specialists
  • At medical institutions
  • At business organizations
  • In government and other public offices
  • Life science research
  • Medical/health administration
  • Development of medical equipment/drugs/food safety technologies

Message from a Graduate of the Master's Program

Finding employment

Starting out in medical research

Technical specialist Asahi Breweries, Ltd

Master's Program, Medical Science Course, (Master's degree awarded in 2015)

Graduated from the Hokkaido University School of Medicine, Department of Health Sciences

Satomu Obana

As a student of the Department of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University School of Medicine, my plan was to work at a hospital as a medical technologist after graduation. However, I enrolled in the Graduate School of Medicine Master's Program to acquire a more comprehensive knowledge of medicine and increase my experimental skills.

I studied mainly about diagnostic methods and the epidemiology of the hepatitis E virus at the Department of Microbiology. I picked that because there are a lot of researchers who are engaged in the study of other pathogens in the laboratories here, making it possible to be extensively advised in all aspects of the field.

“Logical thinking” is the most valuable skill I acquired in my study during the master's course. I learned how to understand matters and things logically and multilaterally by discussion with experts from different fields.

I'm sure the logical thinking skills will remain valuable in my work and life from now on. The Graduate School of Medicine was the starting point for me.

(As of April 2016)

Satomu Obana Satomu Obana