School of Integrative and Global Majors (SIGMA)

Five-year Doctoral Program (Ph.D. Program in Humanics)

Ph.D. Program in Humanics
  • October (General Admission) April 2021 Entry
  • January (General Admission, Special selection of working individuals) April 2021 or October 2021 Entry
[Important] Information on Change in Method of
Implementing Future Entrance Examinations, Etc.,
in Response to the COVID-19 Infections

There is a possibility that there will be changes in the method of the entrance examinations for the University of Tsukuba Graduate School for academic year 2021, depending on the situation regarding the spread of the infections of the COVID-19, such as changes to online entrance examinations, etc., after these application guidelines have been published. Also, there is a possibility that entrance examination days will be added, in connection with the changes in the examination method. The latest information on the entrance examinations is published on the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site, so it can be checked at any time.
In particular, when applying and before taking the examination, be sure to check the latest information in the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site.

Information page of the Graduate Admissions site URL https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/

Information Environment, Etc., Necessary if there is a Change to Online Entrance Examinations

At present the schedule, etc., envisaged for entrance examinations in the university (Tsukuba area) has been announced. However if there has to be a change to online entrance examinations at short notice, it will be announced on this site when the decision has been taken (as a guide, by August 7 in the case of September entrance examinations, and 1 month before the examination date for entrance examinations in October or later). Also if the examinations are to be held online, the following is advance notification of the preparations that must be made by those taking the examinations.

  1. Have a bright quiet private room environment
  2. Have a network environment capable of sending and receiving video
  3. Have a personal computer with a camera and microphone
    (using a speaker for voice output. The use of earphones or headphones, etc., that are fitted to the body are prohibited)
  4. Have a smartphone (with a camera) * Item 4 on the left is for emergency use in case of occurrence of network problems

Note that if you have questions regarding the examination environment or if you would like to do a communication test as preparation in advance for the possibility of online examinations, contact the inquiry desk of your program.

*Treatment of Private Sector English Proficiency Tests is described in the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site, so those intending to apply for programs that require a score report to be submitted should be sure to check this page.

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your qualifications!

 
*Those who wish to apply for the “Special Selection of Working Individuals” must have at least two years of full-time or part-time research experience in biomedical sciences or physical sciences/engineering/informatics by entrance.
 
(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
(General Admission)
  • Individuals who have graduated from, or who are expecting to graduate from, a Japanese four-year university
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree, or individuals who are expecting to graduate from such a university and earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Others
(Special Selection of Working Individuals)
  • Individuals who have graduated from a Japanese four-year university
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree
  • 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, or are expecting to graduate from, a junior college or upper secondary school
  • Individuals who have graduated from, or are expecting to graduate from, a vocational school or similar school
  • Individuals who have graduated from, or are expecting to graduate from, a university of a foreign country that implements less than 16-year school curriculum
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
   
   
Assessment of Eligibility for Application

Email us to obtain necessary documents by the schedule below. If you are deemed eligible for admission, you will be given a passcode needed on the Web Entry System.

    【Due Dates】

  • October: August 28, 2020
  • January: November 27, 2020
 
Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

If you need special assistance due to disability, contact us.

    【Due Dates】

  • October: August 28, 2020
  • January: November 27, 2020
Web Entry

You can apply to the University of Tsukuba online by our Web Entry system. Read guidelines carefully before applying.

    【Application Period】

  • October: Tuesday September 1, 2020 (from 10 a.m. JST) – Friday September 18, 2020 (by 5 p.m. JST)
  • January: Tuesday December 1, 2020 (from 10 a.m. JST) – Friday December 18, 2020 (by 5 p.m. JST)
Sign Up

First, you will need 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.
On the page, you can edit your login information or reset password.

Application Form

There are four sections in the Application Form:

  1. Applicants’ Information
  2. Field of Interest and Mentors
  3. Eligibility
  4. Educational Background

Each section will be saved when you click on “Proceed to ***” button on each confirmation page. After saving, you can continue from where you left off when you log back in.

On “1. Applicant’s Information,” upload your ID photo in JPEG format.
On “3. Eligibility” write a proposal with about 1,000 English words for interdisciplinary research with another field of study under this Program. Oral Examination 2 will be based on this proposal. Also please state two fields and two mentors you are interested in. You should choose a field and a mentor of 1) Life and Medical Sciences / 2) Science, Engineering and Informatics, respectively. You are required to make preliminary contacts with them. Research fields available in the program are shown on the “Listing of Faculty Mentors” on the program website.
In “4. Educational Background,” applicants who have graduated from a university outside Japan are required to upload their degree certificate in JPEG format, which is one of the documents to be submitted. (Since each country has different education systems, we need to confirm their eligibility for application.)
Click here for details on information, certificates and supporting documents required for application.

Payment

You must pay the examination fee before submitting your application. The University accepts:

  1. Online credit card payments for both domestic and overseas applicants
  2. Convenience store payments for domestic applicants only

Credit Card Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the 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 the “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, after the payment, enter the code and payment date into the boxes on the Web Entry system and click the “Submit” button to proceed.

*The applicants who have received MEXT scholarship is exempted from paying the fees.

The applicants who hold MEXT scholarship should contact us before you enter to the web entry system.

Submission

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 will not be able to go back to edit. Make sure to double-check before proceeding.

After you submit your application, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the registered e-mail address. Be sure to check it.

(*Check and adjust the spam filter settings in your e-mail account beforehand so that you can receive an e-mail from the “entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp” domain.)

Create PDF

After you submit your application, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry and be sure to print the PDF documents. You can download them from the Web Entry system only while the system is open.

    【Application Period】

  • October: September 1, 2020 (from 10 a.m. JST) – September 18, 2020 (by 5 p.m. JST)
  • January: December 1, 2020 (from 10 a.m. JST) – December 18, 2020 (by 5 p.m. JST)

Web Entry

Submission of Certificates and Supporting Documents
Submit originals of all required certificates and supporting documents to University of Tsukuba by registered mail.

    【Due Date】

  • October: September 18, 2020, 5p.m. JST
  • January: December 18, 2020, 5p.m. JST

Click here for details.
※YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT ACCEPTED UNLESS ALL THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS ARE ARRIVED TO THE OFFICE BY THE DEADLINE.

Information and Hints for Examinees

Information and Hints for Examinees will be posted on the program website.

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • October: September 29, 2020
  • January: December 28, 2020
Examination Dates
  • October: October 19, 20 (extra day), 2020
  • January: January 20, 21 (extra day), 2021

*Keep checking on our website for the latest news regarding the entrance examination. We will consider how to take place the examination, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19.

Announcement of Admission Results
  • October: November 6, 2020
  • January: February 17, 2021

The application IDs of successful applicants will be posted on our website.
Acceptance letters will be sent to the successful applicants. The letters will be posted by express mail to the applicants residing overseas or by registered mail to those residing in Japan.

Documents for Enrollment

Enrollment related documents will be sent out from the admission office.

  • April Entry: February 17, 2021
  • October Entry: In the late of June, 2021
Procedure for Enrollment
  • April Entry: March 5, 2021
  • October Entry: In the late of August 2021
Entrance
  • April Entry: On April 1, 2021
  • October Entry: On October 1, 2021