Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences

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Doctoral Programs (Medical Sciences) (Four-year)
Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences
(August [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])
(February [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])
Doctoral Programs in Clinical Sciences
(August [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])
(February [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your Eligibility!
 
Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination must be employed or offered employment at a public office, hospital, school, company or other organizations.
 
No eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Applicants who have graduated or expect to graduate from a university (courses in medicine or dentistry, or 6-year courses in veterinary medicine or pharmacy)
  • Applicants who have completed or expect to complete a 18-year school education curriculum in Japan or a foreign country
  • Others
 
Eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Applicants who have graduated from a university (excludes courses in medicine or dentistry, or 6-year courses in veterinary medicine or pharmacy)
  • Applicants who have completed a university education in a foreign country which has a less than 18 years of school education curriculum
  • Others
 
 
Documents to be Submitted
Prepare them as soon as possible.
 
Documents to be Submitted
Prepare them as soon as possible.
 
 
Application Form
 
Payment of Examination Fee
Make payment before submitting an application.
 
Eligibility Screening
Submit documents by the following dates:

【Due Dates】
August: June 30, 2017
February: November 30, 2017

The University of Tsukuba Graduate School conducts screening to assess whether applicants have academic ability equivalent or superior to university graduates.

   
Application Period
The deadline is strictly observed.
Application will not be accepted unless all the required documents are submitted.

【Due Dates】
August: July 19 – 21, 2017
February: January 5, 9, 10, 2018
 
Applicants Who Need Special Considerations
Request for special considerations
Applicants who need special considerations due to disability must submit a designated application form, a doctor’s certificate, and a copy of their disability certificate by the following dates:

【Due Dates】
August: June 30, 2017
February: November 30, 2017
   
Reference Card
Reference cards will be sent out on the following dates:

【Shipping Date】
August: July 28, 2017
February: January 17, 2018
   
   
Information and Hints for Examinees
“Information and Hints for Examinees” will be posted on the University of Tsukuba’s website.

【Estimated Release Dates】
August: July 31, 2017
February: January 18, 2018
   
   
Examination Date
August: August 22, 2017
February: January 30, 2018

<Click here for past examination questions.>

   
   
Announcement of Acceptance
August: September 12, 2017
February: February 16, 2018
   
   
Enrollment Documents
Documents will be sent out on February 16, 2018.
   
   
Enrollment Procedure
Early March 2018
   
   
Entrance
   

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1. Number of Students to be Admitted

[August]

Doctoral Programs (Medical Sciences) (Four-year)

Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences 28 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign students, and students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Doctoral Program in Clinical Sciences 34 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign students, and students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.

[February]

Doctoral Programs (Medical Sciences) (Four-year)

Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences A few The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign students, and students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Doctoral Program in Clinical Sciences A few The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign students, and students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
    (Note)

  1. Click here for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    *Applicants for the Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination cannot choose their prospective supervisor from the faculties of the Cooperative Graduate School System.
  2. Time of entrance is April.

2. Eligibility for Application

Applicants will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements:
And also, applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination must be employed or offered employment at a public office, hospital, school, company or other organizations.

  • Individuals who have graduated or expect to graduate from a university (courses in medicine or dentistry, or 6-year courses in veterinary medicine or pharmacy) by March 2018
  • Individuals who have completed or expect to complete a 18-year school education curriculum in Japan or a foreign country by March 2018
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Individuals who have been recognized by the University of Tsukuba Graduate School through the eligibility screening to have academic ability equivalent or superior to a university graduate and will be 24 years of age or older in March 2018
  • Others

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3. Documents to be Submitted

While preparing your documents for submission, refer to the remarks column below and to the “entry form example.”
Submit the original copy of the documents unless otherwise specified.

[University of Tsukuba designated forms]

Documents Required for Remarks
1 Application Form All applicants Fill in the required items.
2 Curriculum Vitae All applicants
(Except foreign applicants)
Fill in the required items.
3 Curriculum Vitae for Foreign Applicants All foreign applicants Fill in the required items.
4 Employment Record All applicants who have employment history Fill in the required items.
5 Reference Card/ Photo Card All applicants Fill in the required items, attach identical photographs of the applicant taken within the last three months (4 x 3cm headshot, with no hats), and cut out along the lines.
Cards that do not meet the requirements above will not be accepted.
6 Desktop Reference Card/ Acceptance Card All applicants Fill in the required items and cut out along the lines.
7 Research Plan All applicants Describe your proposed research and plan after enrollment.
8 Research/ Specialty Report All applicants Describe your past research or specialty within 800 – 1200 Japanese characters or 400 – 600 words in English.
9 Certificate of Research Activities Foreign applicants who meet the criteria specified in the Remarks Foreign applicants who have completed a university education in a country which has a less than 18 years of school education curriculum up to the level of university graduation, and have or will have conducted research for a sufficient period of time (generally one year or more) as a research student or researcher at a university, inter-university research institute, or other similar research institutes inside or outside Japan, and also will be 24 years of age or older must submit this certificate authorized by the director of their institute.
Foreign students who have enrolled in the University of Tsukuba Graduate School as a research student may submit a Certificate of Enrollment (for scholarship application) designated by the University as a substitute for this certificate.
The Certificate of Enrollment can be issued by our Automatic Certificate Issuing Machine.
10 Address Sheet #1 All applicants Fill in the required items.
This address sheet will be used to send out acceptance letters and other documents to the successful applicants.
11 List of Documents to be Submitted All applicants Fill in the required items.
12 Address Sheet #2 All applicants Fill in the required items in this address sheet and attach it to a K2 size envelope. Put documents in the envelope and submit it by registered express mail or by hand.

[Certificates and other documents to be prepared by applicants]

Documents Required for Remarks
1 (Expected) Graduation/ Completion Certificate (See note) All applicants 1. Submit a certificate of (expected) graduation issued by a university (generally the undergraduate school from which applicants have earned a bachelor’s degree) which meets the application requirements for the University of Tsukuba Graduate School.
2. Applicants who have completed or expect to complete a master’s program must submit a certificate of (expected) completion of the master’s program.
2 Degree Certificate (See note) 1. Applicants who graduated from a foreign university

2. Applicants who completed a program at a foreign university

3. Applicants who obtain a qualification for application from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation

1. Applicants who graduated from a foreign university must submit a document (degree certificate) to certify that they have a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.
2. Applicants who completed a master’s program at a foreign university must submit a document (degree certificate) to certify that they have a degree equivalent to a master’s degree.
3. Applicants who obtain a qualification for application from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation must submit a certificate of the degree awarded (a certificate of acceptance of application for the degree), an academic transcript, and other certificates related to earning the degree.
3 Academic Transcript (See note) All applicants 1. Submit an academic transcript issued by a university (generally the undergraduate school from which applicants have earned a bachelor’s degree) which meets the application requirements for the University of Tsukuba Graduate School.
Applicants who have completed or expect to complete a master’s program must submit an academic transcript of the master’s program.
Applicants who have credits transferred from another school must submit an academic transcript issued by that school as well.
2. Applicants who obtained a qualification from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation must submit a certificate of the degree awarded (a certificate of acceptance of application for the degree), an academic transcript, and other certificates related to earning the degree.
3. Applicants who have completed or expect to complete a graduate school must submit an academic transcript issued by the graduate school as well.
4 Letter of Approval for Taking the Entrance Examination
(Format of your choice)
Applicants who meet the criteria specified in the Remarks 1. Applicants who currently attend a university or graduate school (except those who will graduate or complete in March 2018) must submit a letter of approval for taking the entrance examination issued by the head of their university (or department). (Format of your choice, A4 size)
2. Applicants who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except part-time workers) must submit a letter of approval for taking the entrance examination issued by their supervisor or an application written by applicants themselves. (Format of your choice, A4 size) [Applicants who plan to leave the company to enroll in the graduate school may submit a written document (affixed with their seal) as a substitute for this letter of approval. In this case, the applicants must submit a certificate of resignation at the time of the enrollment procedure.]
5 Certificate of Government-Sponsored Foreign Student
(Format of your choice)
Foreign applicants who meet the criteria specified in the Remarks Government-sponsored foreign students enrolled in another university must submit a certificate of government-sponsored foreign student issued by the university.
6 Reply Envelope
(with a 362 yen postage stamp attached)
All applicants Prepare a N3 size envelope with the applicant’s zip code, address, and name written and a 362 yen postage stamp attached. [This will be used to send you your reference card.]

(Note) If your current name differs from that on any of your certificates due to marriage or other reasons, enclose an extract of your family register (a copy is acceptable).

* Results from the entrance examination, as well as personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the application documents, will be used not only for affairs concerning admission and screening, but also research and study aimed at improvement of the admission procedure and the university education. We will carefully take care of the data not to be disclosed as a specific person. Also, we will use the data to screen students for scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization, which are offered to individuals who have completed the enrollment procedures.


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4. Examination Fee

30,000 Japanese Yen

  1. Note) Government-sponsored foreign students and students, who complete a master’s program at a University of Tsukuba Graduate School in March 2018 and proceed to enroll in a program in Medical Sciences (Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences or Doctoral Program in Clinical Sciences) of the University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, are exempt from the examination fee.

Payment must be made through designated financial institutions.

1. Payment Period

August: Payment must be made during the period between Monday, July 3, 2017 and the end of the application period.
February: Payment must be made during the period between Friday, December 1, 2017 and the end of the application period.

2. Places

  1. 1.Designated convenience stores: Lawson, MINISTOP, Seven-Eleven, FamilyMart, Circle K, and Sunkus
  2. 2.Post offices, banks, credit unions, JA, and other financial institutions
    (Payment cannot be made through ATM. Please go to the counter at a financial institution.)
  3. 3.Applicants living in a foreign country can make a payment via credit card: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, and AMERICAN EXPRESS. Refer to the University of Tsukuba’s website for details.

3. Procedure (only for applicants living in Japan)

Convenience stores
In case of paying through convenience stores, first register online on the designated website through a PC or mobile phone, then go to a convenience store, and make your payment through the terminal device (differs by store).

Financial institutions (post offices, banks, credit unions, JA, etc.)
If paying through financial institutions (post offices, banks, credit unions, JA, etc.), fill in the payment slip designated by the University of Tsukuba, (*a slip of paper consisting of 5 sections), and make your payment into the university’s designated account. The payment slip can be obtained by mail or in person, from the University of Tsukuba.

* Prepare a N3 size envelope with the applicant’s zip code, address, and name written and a 82 yen postage stamp attached. In an envelope, enclose a note requesting a payment slip and send it to the address below.

Graduate Admissions, Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken
305-8577 Japan

[Convenience Stores]
  1. 1.Register on a designated website through a PC or mobile phone, and make payment through a terminal device at the store. A payment slip is not necessary.
  2. 2.Refer to the instructions below for the detailed operating procedure.
    Procedure for Paying Examination Fee at Convenience Store (PDF)
  3. 3. Remittance charge should be paid by the applicant.
[Post Offices]
  1. 1.Use a black or blue ballpoint pen to fill in the “remitter” field (marked with ※) in each section of the designated payment slip with your (the applicant’s) address, name (furigana is required for both Roman and kanji characters), and phone number. Specify the name of the graduate school you wish to apply for on the payment handling slip.
  2. 2.Submit the payment slip and examination fee of 30,000 yen at the counter.
  3. 3.Make sure that the receipt and certificate of payment you receive at the counter have the date stamped by the post office.
  4. 4.Remittance charge should be paid by the applicant.
[Financial Institutions Other than Post Offices]
  1. 1.Use a black or blue ballpoint pen to fill in the “remitter” field (marked with ※) in each section of the designated payment slip with your (the applicant’s) address, name (furigana is required for both Roman and kanji characters), and phone number. Specify the name of the graduate school you wish to apply for on the payment handling slip. Make the payment to the financial institution account designated by the University of Tsukuba (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ or Joyo Bank; refer to the back of the payment slip).
  2. 2.In the “remittee” field of each section, fill in the branch name and account number, respectively, according to the Bank’s name field (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ or Joyo Bank; refer to the back of the payment slip).
  3. 3.Submit the payment slip and examination fee of 30,000 yen at the counter.
  4. 4.Make sure that the receipt and certificate of payment you receive at the counter have the date stamped by the financial institution.
  5. 5.Remittance charge should be paid by the applicant.

4. Attach the “receipt of examination fee (a receipt stamp is not necessary)” issued by a convenience store or the “certificate of postal transfer payment” with the date stamped by a financial institution to the specified column of application form.

Application will not be accepted unless the “receipt of examination fee” or date-stamped “certificate of postal transfer payment” is attached.


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5. Application Procedure

  1. (1)Prepare all the application documents specified in the List of Documents to be Submitted, and either bring them in by hand, or mail them to the Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion by registered express mail, to the address below (3). Applications must be received during the application submission period below (2).
    Fill in the required items in the designated Address Sheet #2 and attach it to the envelope containing the documents.
  2. (2)Application submission period
    August: Wednesday, July 19 – Friday, July 21, 2017, 9:00am – 3:00pm (closed for lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
    February: Friday, January 5, Tuesday, January 9, Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9:00am – 3:00pm (closed for lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm)

    (The deadline is strictly observed. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.)

  3. (3)Where to submit
    Conference Room, 8F, Administration Center, University of Tsukuba (the closest bus stop: Tsukuba Daigaku Chuo)
    1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken 305-8577 Japan
    Map URL: http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/access/tsukuba-campus/map_central
  4. (4)Reference Cards will be sent out to the applicants whose application documents have been accepted.
    If the Reference Card does not arrive within one week from the shipping date, contact the Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion.

    【Shipping Date】
    August: Friday, July 28
    February: Wednesday, January 17
  5. (5)Notes on application submission
    1. 1.Make sure before submitting that all the required documents are prepared and required items are filled in. Otherwise the application may not be accepted.
    2. 2.Once the application has been submitted, you cannot change the graduate school or program you chose to enroll in.
    3. 3.Submitted documents and examination fee will not be returned.

(Note) If you have any questions about the curriculum or research fields, contact the administration office. Contact information can be found in “8. Past Examination Questions.”


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6. Selection Process

Selection Process
Applicants are selected through a comprehensive assessment of their submitted documents and results of the examination.
Examination Schedule and Subjects
Refer to the schedule below.
Doctoral Programs (Medical Sciences) (Four-year)
August Tuesday, August 22
February Tuesday, January 30
Subject Written (200 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 12:00 13:00 – 18:00
Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences
Foreign Language
English
Individual Interview

Applicants will be questioned about their research conducted during the master’s program and related general knowledge.
Applicants who completed a course in medicine or dentistry, or a 6-year course in veterinary medicine will be interviewed about their specialized field.

Doctoral Program in Clinical Sciences
  1. (Note) Applicants must contact their prospective supervisor about the specialized research field in advance.
    (Applicants for the Cooperative Graduate School System must contact the sub-supervisor at the University of Tsukuba as well.)
    If your supervisor is from Cooperative Graduate School System or a specific supervisor (※), you are required to have a sub-supervisor. If this is your case, please write on your application form the name of the sub-supervisor that is listed on “List of teacher research fields” with parenthesis. If parenthesis is blank on the list or if you cannot identify your sub-supervisor, please contact Academic Service Office for the Medical Sciences, University of Tsukuba [E-mail: iga-in#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (Remove “#” from the email address above before sending mail.)]

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7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance and Enrollment Procedure

Testing Location

University of Tsukuba (1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken)
[Refer to the “Information and Hints for Examinees” in “10. Instructions for Taking the Examination” for details.]

Announcement of Acceptance

August: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 10:00am – Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 10:00am (Note) September 18 is national holiday.
February: Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:00am – Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:00am

The examinee numbers of the successful applicants will be posted on the website.
An acceptance letter will be sent to successful applicants on the same day by registered mail.

Enrollment Procedure

  1. (1)Enrollment procedure guidelines (enclosed with documents to be submitted) will be sent to successful applicants on Friday, February 16, 2018. Refer to the guidelines to take necessary procedures.
    Applicants with a job (except part-time workers) must submit a document (either an order to attend a training course, a certification of leave of absence, or an approval for enrollment) issued by their supervisors as well.
  2. (2)Fees required upon enrollment
    1. 1.Admission fee
      282,000 Japanese Yen (non-refundable)
    2. 2.Tuition fees
      The first semester (April – September): 267,900 Japanese Yen
      The second semester (October – March): 267,900 Japanese Yen
      (Annual Total: 535,800 Japanese Yen)
    1. (Note)
    2. 1. Fees are subject to change upon and after enrollment.
    3. 2. Government-sponsored foreign students and students, who complete a Master’s Program at a University of Tsukuba Graduate School in March 2018 and proceed to enroll in a program in Medical Sciences (Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences or Doctoral Program in Clinical Sciences) of the University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, are exempt from the admission fee.
  3. (3)Foreign national applicants must acquire a status of residence for enrollment in a graduate school, in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of 1951), prior to enrollment procedures.
    Applicants who wish to enroll in the University of Tsukuba as a foreign student must acquire the status of residence of “College Student.”

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8. Past Examination Questions

Graduate School (Program) Browsing Photocopy Postal Delivery Contact Direct Phone Number
Program Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences Available (Note) 2 (Note) 2 Administration office for 2 Programs in Medical Sciences

+81 29.853.3008

Doctoral Program in Clinical Sciences
  1. (Note)
  2. 1. Applicants who wish to view or photocopy past examination questions must contact the administration office for the program in advance.
  3. 2. Refer to the Majors of Medical Sciences’ website (http://www.md.tsukuba.ac.jp/gradmed/en/exam/).

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9. Applicants Who Need Special Considerations

Applicants who need special considerations due to disability must submit a designated application form, a doctor’s certificate, and a copy of their disability certificate to the Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion by the following dates:

【Due Dates】
August: Friday, June 30, 2017
February: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Examples of Special Considerations:
  • Extended exam time, separate testing room, preferred seating location, etc.
  • Braille and other accessible formats
  • Use of a computer for writing, vision aid, hearing aid, and other aids
  • Sign language interpreter and other assistants

To request these accommodations, applicants must submit documents to prove the necessity.

10. Instructions for Taking the Examination

Read through and follow the instructions in the “Information and Hints for Examinees” to take the examination.
“Information and Hints for Examinees” will be posted on the University of Tsukuba’s website.

【Estimated Release Dates】
August: Monday, July 31, 2017
February: Thursday, January 18, 2018

11. Contact Us

If you have any questions about the application procedure, contact us at:

305-8577 Graduate Admissions, Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken, Japan
Phone: +81 29.853.2230/2231
E-mail: dai.daigakuinka#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp
(Remove “#” from the above e-mail address before sending mail.)
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 12:15pm, 1:15pm – 5:00pm on Monday through Friday
[except national holidays]

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Cooperative Graduate School System (For General Admission)

Due to the progress and further sophistication of science and technology today, research fields have become more departmentalized and specialized. On the other hand, new interdisciplinary fields have emerged to defy the boundaries of traditional academic fields, leading to the need for integrated research.
Especially interdisciplinary research, which requires vast knowledge in areas from basic to applied research, has made it necessary for researchers from different fields to cooperate. In order to fulfill that need, there are increased demands for new, integrated, and interdisciplinary methods of educating researchers.
The Cooperative Graduate School System was created to respond to these academic and social needs. We have worked toward forging links with the large number of national, independent, and private experimental research institutes in and outside Tsukuba Science City. We employ researchers from these institutes as visiting professors and associate professors, thereby giving our students the opportunity to have their work supervised by researchers from leading edge research facilities. This system aims to diversify and expand the educational and research domain for further enhancement of graduate school education, and to contribute to the development of a new research domain by promoting exchange with research institutes.


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Register Extending System (Available for Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences)

[Outline of the Register Extending System]

The Register Extending System aims to expand learning opportunities for working students. When a student has reported his/her plans to complete the program over a certain period of time (5 or 6 years) exceeding the original duration of study (4 years), the University conducts the individual’s screening after which approval may be given.

[Eligible Applicants]

Students who cannot earn the required number of credits to complete the program within the original duration of study (4 years), due to circumstances such as work, and wishes to intentionally complete the program over a certain period of time, which exceeds the original duration of study.

* This also includes students who need to take care of family, such as children or elderly relatives.

[Payment of Tuition]

Annual tuition fee for the student using the Register Extending System is calculated by multiplying the amount of annual tuition fee by the number of years of the original duration of study and then dividing the result by the number of years the student use the Register Extending System.

[Application Period]

To enroll in the system from the first year of study: Consult the Chair of your program as well as your supervisor for approval of the application. Submit the required documents to the Provost of Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences within the time period for enrollment procedure.
To enroll in the system from the second year of study: Follow the procedure above by the end of January during the first year of study.

[Application Documents]

Application documents are enclosed with the enrollment documents.