International Collaborative Program in Comprehensive
Medical Science between Nagoya University and Lund University (Nagoya = Lund JDP)

Expected outcome

 The educational curriculum has been created under the diploma policy of cultivating “graduates who are of well-rounded character with high ethical standards, scientific and logical minds, creative and well versed in a variety of academic fields. They can promote international collaborations significant to the development of medical science and human welfare”

Number of Students to be Admitted

4 students/ academic year (two students who will be enrolled in the first year at Nagoya University and two students who will be enrolled in the first year at Lund University)


 In principal, graduates of Nagoya University School of Medicine or Lund University School of Medicine are eligible. Graduates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary, or Master’s Degrees in Engineering, Agriculture, or Medicine can also apply.

If it is judged that the applicants lack basic medical knowledge, they are subject to completing established courses such as International Collaborative Advanced Medicine (TOKURON) or Basic Experimental Research on Medical Science as basic subjects. These basic subjects will be excluded from course completion requirements.

*An individual consultation may be required to judge eligibility, so please contact us or refer to the Application Requirements for more details.

English requirements

① TOEFL: iBT 79 or higher
② IELTS Academic Module : Overall Band Score 6.5 or higher and at least 5.0 on the each section
The test score is required at the time of application.

Time of Study Abroad

 In principle, duration of studying abroad at the partner university is 12 months at the 2nd year of the PhD course.

If the experiment requires special techniques or the hosting laboratory performs high skilled experiments, students may be allowed to extend their stay up to 30 months with the joint admission committee’s approval.

Required Credits

45.5 credits
Course Subjects Course
Group A(Offered by Nagoya University) Lecture Subject International Collaborative Advanced Medicine
(2 credits)
Science Communication (1 credit)
Applied Statistics (3 credits)
Seminar ・ Training Subject Portfolio A(4 credits )
Seminar (10 Credits )
Experimental Research (6 credits)
Group B(Offered by Lund University) Lecture Subject Introductory course(0.5 credits)
Research Ethics(1 credit)
Oral Communication (1 credit)
Special Lecture (1 credit)
Seminar ・ Training Subject Portfolio B(4 credits)
Seminar (10 credits)
Experimental Research(2 credits)

Lecture Subjects

International Collaborative Advanced Medicine
One lecture is 2 hours long. During their 1st, 2nd and their 3rd year of their PhD course, students are required to attend a total of 15 lectures.
Attending lectures, submitting reports, and presenting at discussions will be counted towards the credits.
Science Communication
Attending lectures, self-studying, and submitting reports will be counted towards the credits.
Applied Statistics
Based on the lecture, assignments using medical statistics software such as SPSS, Stata programs R, etc and submitting reports will be counted towards the credits.
Introductory course
Attending lectures, self-studying, collaborative activities, and reports will be evaluated towards the credits.
Research Ethics
Attending lectures, participating in discussions and group work will be evaluated and counted towards the credits.
Oral Communication
Attendance, oral communication and report evaluation will be counted towards the credits.
Special lectures
The evaluation methods may vary based on the special lecture that is chosen
The purpose of the Portfolio is to be aware of the progress made in the students’ projects and their assessments. At the end of each academic year, the Portfolio has to be submitted to either the student’s supervisor or co-supervisor, and the progress of the project would be discussed. The supervisors at Nagoya University and Lund University would evaluate “Portfolio A” and “Portfolio B” respectively and count them towards the credits.

Seminar ・Experimental Research

 15 hours of “Seminar” correspond to one credit. 45 hours of “Research Experiment” correspond to one credit. Active participation and debate in the lectures, and research experiment will be evaluated and counted towards the credits.

Please refer to the following webpage for more information regarding Compulsory courses at Lund University.

45 hours correspond to one credit at Nagoya University. 25〜30 hours correspond to 1 ECTS at Lund University. Thus, 1 credit is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS.
Subjects at Nagoya University Credits Compulsory courses at Lund University Credits(ECTS)
Introductory Course 0.5 Introductory course 1
Research Ethics 1 Research Ethics 1.5
Scientific Communication 1 Scientific Communication 1.5
Oral Communication 1 Oral Communication 1.5
Applied Statistics 1 Applied Statistics Ⅰ 1.5
2 Applied Statistics Ⅱ 3
Special Lecture 1 One elective course 1.5
Portfolio 7 Portfolio 12

Completion Requirements for a degree

  • The regulations for this Joint PhD program states a diploma requires the completion of a 4 year curriculum.
  • Spend 12 or more months at the partner university.
  • Acquire at least 44.5 credits or more.
  • Complete a “half-time”review.
  • The student must pass the final exam of the academic dissertation. In total, 2 research articles from the dissertation (one of them the student should be the first author. Another she/he can be a co-author.) must be published in internationally recognized journals.
    2 articles from the dissertation can be not yet published.
    The preparation of these 2 unpublished articles can be in progress or they have been submitted to the journal. All 4 articles must be related to one another.
    ※「Half-time review」: At the end of 2nd year, the progress of the project will be reviewed by both the supervisor and co- supervisor, and 2 members of the external committee.

Award of the Degree

 The process of awarding the degree will be conducted jointly only once at the student’s principal university, so the student shall not go through the examination process at the respective university. An examination committee meeting through Skype or another teleconference system will be held, and the Dean and co-supervisor from Lund University will join the meeting.

After the dissertation articles have been accepted, the student is evaluated based on the following criteria; the image of human resources to be fostered in this program, research ethics, scientific logistics, various intellectual factors, international significance.

Degree Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science

A combined Diploma has a meaning of a single diploma with special inscription “conferred as a single joint degree under a jointly established PhD program between Lund University and Nagoya University“

About Course Major

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Laboratory ・ Doctor list

Lund University of laboratory the list can be searched here.

Lund University research, the project can be searched here.

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