Graduate School of LettersDoctoral Course

Our doctoral courses typically take 3 years for completion. The doctoral course aims to train students to become independent researchers and specialists equipped with all requisite skills. During the course, a strong emphasis is placed on presenting their work at on- and off-campus seminars and conferences and also on publishing papers in academic journals. For the latter, they are encouraged to publish their work in refereed journals. All these are expected to benefit the students in creating contacts with scholars across Japan, as well as obtaining more opportunities to partake in seminars at various locations.

The main goal on the doctoral course is to write a dissertation. To this end, the progress of students’ work is evaluated each year by the members of Advisory Committees. “Permission to Submit a Dissertation” is granted only after the annual submission of research papers has been completed – by November in each academic year – and the submitted papers have passed the examination. A dissertation is examined by the primary examiner and a deputy examiner, both of whom are specialized in the subjects of the dissertation, and a deputy examiner from a field related to the subjects. A doctorate is awarded upon the successful outcome of the examination. It is becoming increasingly important for those who wish to work in research or expert posts to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy.

Each academic year, we offer a total of 35 places at the 4 Divisions for new doctoral students

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Entrance Examinations

The entrance examination tests the applicant’s basic knowledge of his/her chosen field, capabilities in logical thinking, research objectives and research plan, capabilities in the conducting of research, language skills, and expressiveness. To be more concrete, the selection is made based on the assessment of undergraduate thesis and master’s thesis (or equivalent), and the results of the language examination, examinations in the specialized subjects, an oral examination, etc.

 

Schedule

 

Pre-enrollment

June

Information Session on Graduate Studies, at the Graduate School of Letters

January

Applications for the doctoral course entrance examination to be received

March

Doctral Course Entrance Examination to be held

 

The 1st Year

April

Enrollment Ceremony and Guidance Session
Research topic and the assignment of supervisors to be filed

May

Research topic and the assignment of supervisors to be approved

November

Progress Report I and Research Paper I to be submitted

December – January

Examination of the research paper and oral exams to be held by the Research Advisory Committee

January

The Research Advisory Committee to return the exam results

 

The 2nd Year

November

Progress Report II and Research Paper II to be submitted

December – January

Examination of the research paper and oral exams to be held by the Research Advisory Committee

January

The Research Advisory Committee to return the exam results

The 3rd Year

November

Dissertation to be submitted to the Doctoral Examination Committee

December – February

Examination of the dissertation to be held by the Doctoral Examination Committee

March

The Doctoral Examination Committee to return the result and decide on awarding a degree

March

Conferral Ceremony (The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy)

The following schedule is for those completing their course in September

September

Conferral Ceremony (Doctorates)

 

 

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