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Ph.D. Degree

Last update: 2006/04/06

Requirements to earn doctorate, doctorate examination method and three-year completion

(1) Requirements to earn doctorate

To examine a doctoral dissertation, the medical special committee of the graduate school committee will examine graduates of doctor's course and doctors approved by thesis respectively, for dissertation submitted by those who satisfy the required research career criteria, and confer doctorates on those who have passed the examination successfully.

The requirements for a graduate of doctor's course application: those who registered for more than four years on a doctoral course at our graduate school and has acquired 30 units; and completed a preliminary examination at the graduate school meeting for reading research papers, a dissertation published in English journals with referee practice (English dissertation of primary work) or paper being published.

Requirements for application for paper doctor: Those who satisfy the research career requirements as defined based on their final educational background, who passed the foreign language examination, a main dissertation published in English journals with referee practice (English dissertation of primary work) or paper being published, and has more than one other paper.

Requirements for application of doctoral thesis by recommendation of professor of our university: Those who has passed foreign language examination set by our graduate school regardless of academic and research background, and has a main dissertation published in English journals with referee practice (English dissertation of primary works) or more than five theses being planned for publication, and more than five other English theses. The point of this requirement is that it is intended to open the door to excellent researchers from outside academe who do not have a sufficiently academic career.


(2) Methods of examination

Candidates submit and present the dissertation to the medical special committee of the graduate school committee. When the candidates pass the examination of their dissertation and oral examination made by three commissioners, then the medical special committee of the graduate school committee judge acceptance or rejection of candidates.


(3) Short-term completion (completion in the middle of 3rd year or 4th year)

Requirement for application: Those who registered at the doctoral course of our graduate school for more than three years and achieved excellent research results and completed more than 30 units, and recommended by the advising professor and passed the short-term completion examination, and also passed research papers preliminary examination committee at the graduate school meeting for reading research papers, can apply for examination of graduates of doctor's course. The main dissertation shall be one published in English journals with referee practice (English dissertation of primary work) or paper publication of which is being planned, and the quality of the paper shall be high in academic value. Publication in major English journals as main papers, in principle, shall be more than two papers. However, in the case of especially high-level paper, it will be treated exceptionally. "Especially high-level paper" means those published in any of journals stipulated by the medical special committee of the graduate school committee. The system is intended to allow short-term graduation of students with excellent performance, to support their jump to the next step, such as studying abroad or becoming a teacher.