Global Frontier in Life Science

– Graduate School of Biostudies: Master’s – April/October, Doctoral – April/October
– Graduate School of Medicine: Master’s – April, Doctoral – April
Enrollment Limit: Master: 10, Doctor: 10
Degree: Master’s Degree, Doctoral Degree

 – Graduate School of Biostudies: Kyoto University, Yoshida-Konoe-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501
 – Graduate School of Medicine: Kyoto University, Yoshida-Konoe-cho,Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501

Contact information

Web Site

 – Global Frontier in Life Science:
 – Graduate School of Biostudies:
 – Graduate School of Medicine:

Course Description:

Conducting an experiment in the laboratory

The Graduate Schools of Biostudies and Medicine offer a joint threeyear Doctoral Program. This program aims to educate world-class scientists in the fields of life and medical sciences to contribute to the advancement of basic science and human welfare. The Graduate School of Medicine also offers a four-year Doctoral Degree of Medical Science. These two graduate schools hold independent entrance examinations (to be announced on the respective websites above), and accept up to ten applicants. Related joint Master’s programs are offered by the Graduate School of Medicine and by the Graduate School of Biostudies. 

Microscopy training in a pathology class.

These programs are open to both international and domestic students, and are held entirely in English, including the entrance examinations, lectures, experiments and discussions.


Joint symposium between Taiwan University and Kyoto University


Scenes of the International Student Seminar (ISS)

Welcome Message:

Dr. Akira Kakizuka

Dr. Akira KakizukaDean, Professor and Program Chair at the Graduate School of Biostudies. He teaches courses in the Global Frontier in Life Science.

As a world-class research center in the field of life sciences, the Graduate School of Biostudies aims to educate graduate students who will be able to make major contributions to the development of basic and applied life sciences. We strive to develop 1) researchers who explore and discover the basics of life at the highest level in the world, leading the multi-disciplinary field of Biostudies; 2) researchers and highly skilled engineers who contribute to society, endeavoring to protect the global environment and maintain human health, well-being, and happiness; and 3) educators and highly skilled practitioners who possess a broad knowledge of diverse vital phenomena in living organisms, and who contribute to society through education, industry, mass media, and the public sector. We welcome students who wish to contribute to the advancement of the life sciences as well as human welfare.

 Welcome Message:

Dr. Hisato Jingami

Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine. He oversees the Advanced Course in Medical Science.

The Global Frontier in Life Science Program is a response to the disappearance of traditional borders between biology and medical science in modern medicine. This course will appeal to students who wish to acquire a wide body of knowledge, discover technology that is applicable to hard research, and explore the possibilities of joint research. Our new research centers are on a par with those of top-level universities in other countries, and our curriculum is designed to nurture the next generation of scientists with high level technical skills, theoretical analytical skills and broad horizons with regards to research.
Individual research requires multidisciplinary analysis using diverse and sophisticated experimental technology, so we are offering new research training courses to ensure that our students will be at the leading edge of their field.
Students receive research guidance and support from both faculty members within their department and faculty from other diverse fields.

 Welcome Message:

Dr. James Hejna

Dr. James HejnaProfessor and Program Chair at the Graduate School of Biostudies. He teaches courses in the Global Frontier in Life Science.

Not only will future scientists require a broad knowledge base and an arsenal of sophisticated techniques, but they must be skilled at communication. We welcome students who embrace this reality, and provide an environment for them to launch international careers, emphasizing cutting-edge research laboratories, a curriculum in English, and numerous opportunities for participation at international conferences and meetings.