Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

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Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination for
Doctoral Programs (August)
(Earth Evolution Sciences / Biological Sciences / Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development / Biosphere Resource Science and Technology / Life Sciences and Bioengineering / Bioindustrial Sciences / Sustainable Environmental Studies)

Overview Chart of Application Process

Check your Eligibility!
 

*Applicants must have at least one year of full-time or part-time working experience by March 2018.

 
(A) No eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have earned a master’s degree
  • Individuals who have earned a specialized degree
  • Individuals who have earned a master’s degree in a foreign country
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
(B) Eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or high school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or miscellaneous educational institution
  • Individuals who have graduated from a four-year university
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
 
 
Assessment of Eligibility for Application
Individuals who are expected to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area in advance.
Email us to obtain necessary documents and email them back for the assessment by June 30, 2017. If you are deemed eligible for admission, you will be given a passcode needed on the “Educational Background” page of the Web Entry System.
 
Applicants Who Need Special Considerations
If you need special considerations due to disability, contact us by June 30, 2017.
Web Entry
You can apply to the University of Tsukuba online by our Web Entry system. Read the guidelines carefully before applying.
Submission must be made during: July 3, 2017 (from 12 p.m. JST) – July 21, 2017 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Sign Up
First, you will need to create your own account to login. Once you make an account, you may save the data you entered and log back in later to continue.
Activation
When you sign up, activation email will be sent to your email address registered. Click the activation URL on the email to activate your account.
Login
For the first time after the activation, you’re already logged in. Just click on “Login” button to begin. When you visit our Login page the second time or later, enter your email address and password to login.
My Page
At the “My Page”, you need to click on the “Application Form” button for the “Doctoral Program, Three-year Doctoral Program”.
On the page, you can edit your login information or reset password.
Application Form
There are four sections in the Application Form.

  1. Program of Your Choice / Applicant’s Information
  2. Professor of Your Choice
  3. Eligibility
  4. Educational Background

Each section with * is a mandatory field. Please fill out completely. (If mandatory field is empty or the information you enter is improper, error message will appear and you will not be able to proceed to the next section.) Each section will be saved automatically when you click on “Proceed” button on each confirmation page, and you can continue from where you left off when you login back. Use one-byte alphabet and numbers to enter all the information.
Upload JPEG file of your ID photo in “1. Program of Your Choice / Applicant’s Information”.
For the information required to apply and the details of certificates and documents, please refer here.

Payment

You must pay the examination fee before submitting your application. The University can accept;

  1. online credit card payment for both domestic and overseas applicants
  2. convenience store payment for domestic applicants only.

Government-sponsored foreign students and students who will complete our master’s program in March 2018 and continue to take our doctoral program are exempted from paying the fee. (The payment screen will not appear.)

Credit Card Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of Web Entry system and pay your fees by credit card. After the payment, you will be notified of a receipt number. Enter the number into the “Receipt Number” box and click on “Submit” button to proceed.

Convenience Store Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. When you apply for ‘Convenience Store Payment’ online, you will receive the Examination Fee Statement with an 11-digit or a 13-digit code. After the payment, enter the code and payment date into the boxes on the Web Entry system and click on “Submit” button to proceed.

Submission
After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking “Submit to Apply” button. Once you click on the button, the information you have entered will be sent to the University, and you can no longer change or modify the information. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.
After you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you registered. Be sure to check it.
(Check and adjust spam filter settings in your email account beforehand so that you can receive an email from the “entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp” domain.)
Create PDF
After submission, PDF documents will be downloaded. For treatment of the documents, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry and be sure to download the PDF documents. Make sure you print these documents.
You can download them from the Web Entry system only while the system is open (July 3, 2017 (from 12 p.m. JST) – July 21, 2017 (by 3 p.m. JST)).

Web Entry

Documents Submission
Original copies of the documents in “3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted” must be sent by mail or handed directly to office no later than July 21, 2017 (by 3 p.m. JST.)
Information and Hints for Examinees
We will post the “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website on July 31, 2017. Check the documents before the examination.
Examination Dates
August 23, 24, 2017
Announcement of Admission Results
The document will be sent out by registered airmail on September 12, 2017.
Documents for Enrollment
Documents will be sent out on February 16, 2018.
Procedure for Enrollment
The deadline to submit the required documents is the beginning of March 2018.
Entrance
On April 1, 2018

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1. Number of Students to be Admitted

Doctoral Programs  

Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences A few Includes Cooperative Graduate School students.
Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences A few Includes Cooperative Graduate School students.
Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development 4 Includes Cooperative Graduate School students and foreign students.
Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology 4 Includes Cooperative Graduate School students and foreign students.
Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering 4 Includes Cooperative Graduate School students and foreign students.
Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences 2 Includes foreign students.
Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies 2 Includes Cooperative Graduate School students.
    (Note)

  1. Students are enrolled in April.
  2. If you wish to apply for the General Admission Examination, refer to the Application Guide for the General Admission Examination.

2. Eligibility for Application

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria and have or expect to have at least one year of full-time or part-time working experience by March 2018. (This includes employment at a company, public office, educational institution and other organizations, and homemaking.)

(A) No eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who have earned a master’s degree
  • Individuals who have earned a specialized degree
  • Individuals who have earned a master’s degree in a foreign country

(B) Eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who are 24 years of age or older as of March 2018, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

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3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted

With our Web Entry system, you can submit the application online. Read this section carefully before applying online.

Information You Need for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1. Program of Your Choice / Applicant’s Information All applicants Follow the instruction on Web Entry system.
You are requested to upload the JPEG data of your ID photo for the Reference Card. The ID photo must be taken within three months with no hats or other head adornments.
2. Professor of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Plan All applicants Summarize your research plan in English following the instructions on the Web Entry system. Only if it is essential for you to use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols which cannot be entered in the Web Entry system, you may use the prescribed form downloadable from the Web Entry system. Fill it out and submit it together with the other required documents by mail or hand. The format of the form may not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.
Summary of Thesis Applicants who submit a thesis or paper and meet the conditions specified in the Remarks If you submit a thesis written in a language other than Japanese or English, enter the summary written in Japanese (about 4,000 characters) or English (about 1,500 words) in the Web Entry system. Only if it is essential for you to use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols which cannot be entered in the Web Entry system, you may write in a format of your choice (with your desired program, course, your reference number and your name mentioned) and submit by airmail.
Activity/ Research Achievement Record Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies Enter list and details of previous activities and research achievements in the specified column in the Web Entry system.
4. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Activities All applicants who have research history
Employment Records All applicants who have employment history
Examination Fees All applicants
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
Follow the instructions given at the last page of the Web Entry system and pay your fees.
The following payment methods are available.
Credit Card (for all applicants):
Pay your fees online. After the payment, enter the receipt number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Convenience Store (for domestic applicants only):
Pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

Documents Needed for Application

(The original copies need to be submitted to us by registered airmail.)

Documents Who must submit Remarks
Completion Certificate
(Note)
All applicants Submit a certificate of completion issued by a university (generally the graduate school (university) from which you have earned your master’s degree) which meets the application requirements for the doctoral program of the University of Tsukuba Graduate School.
Degree Certificate
(Note)
Applicants who have completed a university or another educational institution outside Japan If you graduated from a graduate school outside Japan, submit a degree certificate for your master’s degree.
Academic Transcript
(Note)
All applicants Submit an academic transcript issued by a university (generally the graduate school (university) from which you have earned your master’s degree) which meets the application requirements for the three-year doctoral program of the University of Tsukuba Graduate School.
Applicants who have credits transferred from another school must submit an academic transcript issued by that school as well.
Thesis All applicants Submit one of the following to the office of each program (Refer to “8. Thesis Submission and Inquiry”) by the end of the application period.
Attach a Thesis Title Sheet to the front page of your thesis. The envelope (prepared by the applicant) for submitting the thesis must have an Address Sheet for Thesis Submission attached. To submit by mail, make sure to send it by registered mail from a post office in Japan or by Express Mail Service from overseas.
(Do not send your thesis in the same envelope with your application documents.)

  1. Master’s thesis (Photocopies are acceptable.)
    Applicants who cannot submit their master’s thesis at the time of application must submit an equivalent paper. (The paper should include a surmised conclusion from research results at the time of the application.).
  2. Applicants who completed a program in the previous year or earlier may submit a more recent paper (photocopies are acceptable) instead of their master’s thesis.
  3. Applicants who have not been required to write a master’s thesis may submit an equivalent paper instead.
Research Plan Only applicants whose “Research Plan” needs mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols which cannot be entered in the Web Entry system If applicable, check the box in the Web Entry system to download the form from the last page. Fill it out on one page and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
(The format of the form may not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.)
Summary of Thesis Write in a format of your choice (with your desired program, course, your reference number and your name mentioned) and submit to us.
Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who made a convenience store payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, detach the Receipt Portion (certificate of payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given at the convenience store and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
The Receipt Portion needs to be attached to the form that can be created after you complete the web entry.
Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who made a credit card payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, print out the “Application Completed” page, and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (Form of Your Selection) If applicable
  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)
  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 a declaration written by the applicants themselves. (Format of your choice) [Applicants who plan to leave their company to enroll in the graduate school may instead submit a document written by the applicants themselves (affixed with their seal). In this case, the applicants must submit a certificate of resignation at the time of the enrollment procedure.]
Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student If applicable The certificate must be submitted by airmail or hand.
If you are enrolled in another university at the time of application, submit the certificate of government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) foreign student issued by the university.
    (Note)

    In the case that your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (for example, because of marriage), submit with the proof (e.g. copy of marriage license).

Documents Needed for Application

(PDF to be Created after Completing Web Entry)

Documents Created for Remarks
Reference Card All applicants The Web Entry system instructs you to supply the JPEG data of your ID photo for the Reference Card. The ID photo must be taken within three months with no hats or other head adornments.
Print out the Reference Card with your ID photo and bring a copy of the card to the venue with you on the examination day.
Address Sheet All applicants Attach the sheet to your envelope when you submit the required documents to us by registered airmail or hand.
Period: July 3 – July 21, 2017 (3 p.m. JST)
(The documents must be received no later than July 21, 2017 (3 p.m. JST).)
Address Sheet for Thesis Submission All applicants Fill in the required items on this sheet and attach it to an envelope for submitting your thesis or paper.
Thesis Title Sheet All applicants Fill in the required items on this sheet and attach it to the front page of each thesis or paper to be submitted. (This sheet may be photocopied.)
Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who made a convenience store payment Attach the Receipt Portion (certificate of payment) of the Examination Fee Statement to the form and submit it to us by registered airmail.

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

Note) Government-sponsored foreign students and the University of Tsukuba graduate students, who complete a master’s program in March 2018 and proceed to enroll in the Doctoral Programs at the University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences are exempt from the examination fee.

Payment must be made through designated financial institutions.

Payment Period

Payment must be made during the period between July 3, 2017 and the end of the application period.

Procedure

Credit Card Payment (for all applicants): Visa, MasterCard, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS can be accepted.
You can make a payment by using your credit card at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website.

After the payment, you will be provided with the receipt number so enter the number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Print out the application completed page of the payment and submit it together with other required documents to us by registered mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.

Convenience Store Payment (for domestic applicants only): Payment can be made at LAWSON, Seven-Eleven, Familymart, CircleKSunkus, or MINISTOP.
To pay your fee at a convenience store, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website (available in Japanese only).

After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

  1. Seven-Eleven: 13 digits
  2. CircleKSunkus, LAWSON, Familymart, MINISTOP: 11 digits

Detach the Receipt Portion (certificate of payment) from your Examination Fee Statement given at the convenience store and attach it to the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee”. You can create the form in PDF format and print it out from the Web Entry system. Submit it together with other required documents to us by registered mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.


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5. Application Procedure

  1. Visit the Web Entry System to apply. The Web Entry System will be available from July 3, 2017 12pm until July 21, 2017 3pm (JST). Once you submit your application, you can no longer change or modify the information. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.

  2. Some of the documents have to be submitted by registered mail or hand, and these must be received by July 21, 2017 3pm (JST). When you submit your application online, the system will ask you to create Address Sheet in PDF format. Print out the sheet to submit the required documents to us.
    If your materials are not received by the due date, you will not be able to take the exam.

    All applicants: (Expected) Graduation Certificate, Academic Transcript

    If applicable: Degree Certificate, Research Plan, Published Thesis and Publications (Only those who are required to submit by airmail), Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam, Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student, Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement (Applicants who made a convenience store payment), “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card (Applicants who made a credit card payment)

  3. Once the application has been submitted, you cannot change the graduate school or program you chose to enroll in.
  4. Unless requested, all documents submitted will not be returned to you.
    Examination fees which have been paid are non-refundable.
  1. (Note) If you have any questions about the curriculum or research fields, contact the office. Contact information can be found in “8. Thesis Submission and Inquiry.

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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.
Earth Evolution Sciences  
Date Wednesday, August 23
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 17:00
Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences

Individual Interview

Presentation on the master’s thesis (or other previous research) and research plan after enrollment (15 minutes) using an LCD projector, followed by an interview (15 minutes). The interview can be conducted in English.

(Note)
  1. 1.Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  2. 2.Refer to the Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences website (http://www.geol.tsukuba.ac.jp/index-e.html) for details.
  3. 3.For information on the examination contact:
    Toshiaki TSUNOGAE, Chair of the Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences
    (Phone +81-29-853-5239, E-mail tsunogae#@#geol.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Biological Sciences  
Date Thursday, August 24
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:00 – 17:00
Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences

Individual Interview

Presentation on the applicant’s master’s thesis (or other previous research) and research plans after enrollment (15 minutes), followed by an interview (15 minutes). The interview can be conducted in English. No materials or computer can be brought in. An LCD projector will be available for use on site. See (Note) 1

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html.)

(Note)
  1. 1.If you wish to use the LCD projector, bring your material data saved as PDF files to a USB memory stick on the day of the examination. Copy the files to the computer in the examination site and check its operation within the designated time below.
    Time for computer operation: 12:15 – 12:45 (strictly observed)
  2. 2.For information on the examination contact:
    Office of Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    Phone +81-29-853-6600 (Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30)
    E-mail seibutsu-senkou-jimu#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development  
Biosphere Resource Science and Technology  
Life Sciences and Bioengineering  
Date Wednesday, August 23
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 15:00
Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development Conducted individually, approximately 20 minutes for each applicant.

Approximately 10 minutes of presentation using presentation software on the previous research, experience, motivation for the application, and research plans after enrollment, followed by about 10 minutes of interview.
You may conduct the interview in English.

Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology
Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering
(Note)
  1. 1.Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  2. 2.Presentation will be performed on the notebook PC brought in by the applicants. The VGA Adapter for the projector is 15 Pin Mini D Sub Connector. If your notebook PC does not support this type of adapter, bring your own adapter to the examination site. Applicants must perform preview beforehand accordingly to the instruction by staffs [Time for preview: 9:20~9:40 (time is strictly observed)].
    In preparation for trouble, applicants must bring their presentation documents saved as PDF files to a virus-free USB memory stick.
  3. 3.For information on the examination contact (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”):
    • Shusuke MATSUSHITA, Chair of the Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development
      (Phone +81-29-853-4611, E-mail matsushita.shusuk.gb#@#u.tsukuba.ac.jp)
    • Ryo OHSAWA, Chair of the Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology
      (Phone +81-29-853-6674, E-mail osawa.ryo.gt#@#u.tsukuba.ac.jp)
    • Toshiyuki TANAKA , Chair of the Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering
      (Phone +81-29-853-6706, E-mail ttanaka#@#tara.tsukuba.ac.jp)
Bioindustrial Sciences  
Date Wednesday, August 23
Subject Oral Examination (200 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 17:00
Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences Language and interview on details and plans of research
* Language: Evaluation of communication skills in English or Japanese
Details and plans of research: 15 minutes of presentation on the applicant’s master’s thesis, work and research experience, and research plans after enrollment (using PowerPoint), followed by 15 minutes of interview
(Note)
  1. 1.For information on the examination contact:
    Kosumi YAMADA, Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences
    (Phone +81-29-853-4623, E-mail yamada.kosumi.gn#@#u.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
  2. 2.Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  3. 3.Refer to the website (http://nc.bsys.tsukuba.ac.jp/member/) for the phone number and e-mail address of the faculty member of your desired research area.
Sustainable Environmental Studies  
Date Wednesday, August 23
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 9:15 – 13:00
Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies

Individual Interview

10 minutes of presentation, referring to the applicant’s master’s thesis, Research Plan, and Activity/ Research Achievement Record, on the jobs, civil activities, and other experience gained after graduation, thoughts on the environment through the research and the experience, motivation for applying for the program, and research plans after enrollment. Use of laptops is allowed (In principle, applicants are required to bring in and operate their own laptops. An LCD projector is available for use on site. Contact the admission office of the Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies for details.) The presentation is followed by a comprehensive interview (15 minutes).

(Note)
  1. 1.Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  2. 2.Refer to the Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies website for the phone number and e-mail address of the faculty member of your desired research area.
  3. 3.Precautions regarding the examination will be released on the website of Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) around one week before the examination day, so please make sure to check the notes.
  4. 4.For information on the examination contact:
    Admission office of the Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies (admission#@#envr.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

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7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance and Enrollment Procedure

Testing Location

At University of Tsukuba (1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken)
Refer to “Information and Hints for Examinees” in “11. Instructions for Taking the Examination” for details.

Announcement of Acceptance

Acceptance will be announced at 10 am on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to 10 am on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
The examinee numbers of the successful applicants will be posted on the website. Acceptance letters will be sent out 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 describing 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)

    (Note)
    1. Fees are subject to change upon and after enrollment.
    2. Government-sponsored foreign students and University of Tsukuba graduate students, who complete a master’s program in March 2018 and proceed to enter the third year of the Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, are exempted from paying the admission fee.

  3. (3)Foreign 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. Thesis Submission and Inquiry

Program Address for Submission of Thesis Contact Direct Phone Number
Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences 1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken 305-8572 Japan Office of Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences +81-29-853-4510
Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences Office of Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences +81-29-853-6600
Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development Graduate Program Office for Agricultural Sciences
(F306)
+81-29-853-7228
Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology
Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering
Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences Office of Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences +81-29-853-4846
Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies Office of Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies +81-29-853-4246

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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 (1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 Japan +81.29.853.2111) by Friday, June 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 their condition.

10. Early Completion Program

Refer here for the Early Completion Program in Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences, Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences, Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development, Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology, Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering, Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences and Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies, and Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences (Entry to the Third-Year).

11. 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 on Monday, July 31, 2017.

12. Contact Us

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

305-8572 Graduate Admissions, Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken, Japan
Phone: +81-29-853-7808/4570
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 12:15pm, 1:15pm – 5:00pm on Monday through Friday
[except national holidays]

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Special Provision on Educational Method Stipulated in Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools

1. Education provided under special provision

  1. Along with the progress of science technology and the sophistication of society, there are increasing demands for the return of working individuals to graduate schools. In response to these demands, Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools stipulates that graduate schools may, if necessary from an educational standpoint, provide education through appropriate means, which include conducting classes or research guidance in the evening and other certain hours and periods.
    This stipulation provides more working individuals with opportunities to receive graduate school education while in employment and to develop the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in educational research and practices. Under Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools, master’s and doctoral programs in the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools, which have achieved in fostering skilled professionals and re-educating working individuals, have introduced a day/evening course system to enhance education and research activities.

  2. Requirements to complete the programs

    Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    Doctoral Program in Biological Science
    1. Receive necessary research guidance to write a doctoral dissertation and conduct research. Complete day courses and courses provided under Article 14 in this program or other programs as required.
    2. Complete courses specified by the program and pass the doctoral dissertation defense and final examination.
    3. Contact the Chair of the program for details of courses provided under Article 14.
      Chair of the Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences (Contact at +81-29-853-6600)
      Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30
    Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development
    Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology
    Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering
    1. Complete a minimum of 3 credits in courses provided under Article 14 within the standard three year period.
    2. Submit a program completion plan to the advisor and the Chair of the program and obtain their approvals at the beginning of the school year.
    3. Evening courses (Courses provided under Article 14)
      Program Requirement to Complete the Program
      Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development
      Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology
      Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering
      Dissertation I, II, III provided in each program, field, and area (1 credit per course)
    Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences
    1. Complete a minimum of 8 credits including 4 credits of compulsory courses within the standard three year period.
    2. Submit a program completion plan to the advisor and the Chair of the program and obtain their approvals at the beginning of the school year.
    3. The number of credits normally required to complete the program is shown below.
      Program Credits Required to Complete the Program
      Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences A total of 4 credits in common courses and seminar C and a minimum of 4 credits in a course from basic courses and specialized courses each
    4. Evening courses (Courses provided under Article 14)
      Category Course (Number of credits)
      Common Course Advanced Bioindustrial Science (2 credits)
    Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies
    1. Complete a minimum of 7 credits within the standard three year period.
    2. Evening courses (Courses provided under Article 14)
      Forum on Sustainable Environmental Studies I (2 credits)
      Forum on Sustainable Environmental Studies II (2 credits)*
      (Note) The courses marked with * are intensive course.

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Early Completion Program for Working People in Doctoral Programs at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences, Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences, Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development, Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology, Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering, Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences, Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies, and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences at the University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, have introduced a system to support working individuals who wish to complete the doctoral programs in a shorter period of time. The Early Completion Program applies to working individuals with a certain degree of research achievements and competency, and provides them with opportunities to complete a three-year doctoral program in a minimum of one year.

  1. 1.Students eligible for early completion
    Working individuals who have research achievements related to a research field in the Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences, Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences, Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development, Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology, Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering, Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences, Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies, and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences (entry to the third year) at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, and wish to earn a doctoral degree in a shorter period of time.
  2. 2.Documents to be submitted to apply for the Early Completion Program
    After passing the entrance examination, submit the documents and reports specified in 1) – 4) below. The procedures will be notified to successful applicants at the time of the announcement of acceptance.

    1. 1) Applicant’s statement (includes the applicant’s area of specialization, activities at the school last attended and their relation to the desired area of research.)
    2. 2) List of achievements (includes peer-reviewed papers and presentation materials)
      The number of peer-reviewed papers and conference presentations required for the application in the program is shown below.

      Doctoral Programs  

      Program Peer-Reviewed Paper
      Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences A minimum of 2 first author original papers (published or in press in international peer-reviewed journals)
      Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences A minimum of 2 first author original papers (published or in press in international peer-reviewed journals)
      Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development A minimum of 2 first author English papers, a minimum of 4 first author Japanese papers, or 1 first author English paper and a minimum of 2 first author Japanese papers (published or accepted in international peer-reviewed journals)
      Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology A minimum of 2 first author original papers (published or in press in international peer-reviewed journals)
      Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering A minimum of 2 first author original papers (published or in press in international peer-reviewed journals)
      Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences A minimum of 2 first author English papers, a minimum of 4 first author Japanese papers, or 1 first author English paper and a minimum of 2 first author Japanese papers (published or in press in international peer-reviewed journals)
      Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies A minimum of 2 original papers including 1 first author original paper (published or in press in international peer-reviewed journals)

      Entry to the Third Year of the Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program  

      Program Peer-Reviewed Paper
      Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences A minimum of 2 first author original papers (published or in press in international peer-reviewed journals)
    3. 3) Self assessment form
    4. 4) Plan of doctoral dissertation (2 – 4 pages of A4 size paper, format of your choice, include your theme and studies in related areas)
  3. 3.Qualification for the Early Completion Program
    Based on the documents listed in 2 above, an interview will be conducted if necessary to determine whether the applicant qualifies for the program. The application procedures will be notified along with the announcement of acceptance.
  4. 4.Notes
    Consult with your prospective advisor in advance before applying.

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Cooperative Graduate School System

Due to the rapid progress and further sophistication of science and technology, research fields have become more departmentalized and specialized. At the same time, there emerge new interdisciplinary fields that go beyond the boundaries of traditional academic systems, prompting the need for integrated research.
Interdisciplinary research that requires a wide range of knowledge from basics to application areas has attached more importance to cooperation between researchers from different fields. There is an increased demand for new methods of fostering researchers.
The Cooperative Graduate School System was established to respond to these academic and social needs. We have cooperated with a large number of research institutes run by the government, independent administrative institutions, and private companies in and outside of Tsukuba Science City. We employ researchers from these institutes as Professors (Cooperative Graduate School) and Associate Professors (Cooperative Graduate School) and have them supervise the research of our students at laboratories equipped with the latest facilities. Our aim is to diversify and expand the educational and research domain for further enhancement of graduate school education, and to develop new research areas by promoting exchanges with these research institutes.
Among these efforts, the Cooperative Graduate School System is distinguished as the method organized solely by researchers from research institutes, who give research guidance in each program (from selection of students to granting of degrees) utilizing their advanced research environment.