What is Five-year doctoral course?

From the 2006 fiscal year, School of Physical Sciences and School of High Energy Accelerator Science introduced Five-year doctoral program. We accept the graduates and Colleges of Technology graduates. Five-year doctoral program is divided into in the 1st to 2nd years of the 5-years doctoral course, which is equivalent to a master’s program and in the 3rd to 5th years of the 5-years doctoral course, which is equivalent to a doctoral program. The same faculty advisers provide consistent research guidance over the entire five-year period.

We also accept Three-year doctoral program course. We have introduced a flexible and unique doctoral education system to accept even master’s degree graduates.

Admission Policy

Philosophy in School of Physical Sciences

School of Physical Sciences aims the training a high degree of expertise at the forefront of the world that targets substance, space, energy and chemical phenomena related to the human resources.

Philosophy in Department of Fusion Science

Department of Fusion Science aims to realize the fusion energy that targets the experimental and theoretical research of the high temperature plasma, heating system, diagnostics,  superconducting materials and fusion reactor technology.

Prospective student for Department of Fusion Science

It has a strong interest and passion to a wide range of research leading to the fusion energy.

Admission policy in Department of Fusion Science

1) We do the examination from the point of view of finding the appropriate enrollment properly in School of Physical Sciences.
2) To test comprehension, expressive power, insight, and English, the examination is implemented.
It not only the score of the examination test, applicants personalities and qualities, motivation, etc., also taking into account a variety of potential, in the interview.

Important dates

Five-year Doctor-course Program
for October 2020 or April 2021
Five-year Doctor-course Program
for April 2021 or October 2021
Three-year Doctor-course Program for October 2020 or April 2021Three-year Doctor-course Program for April 2021 or October 2021
Distribution of application guidelinesmid-May 2020
Application periodJuly 2 - 8, 2020November 26 - December 2, 2020
paper testAugust 18, 2020January 26, 2021
InterviewAugust 19, 2020January 27, 2021
announcement of acceptancemid-September 2020mid-February 2021


Events for Prospective Students

Application Guide

Application Guidelines in English are provided for the purpose of non-Japanese Applicants’ convenience only. In the event of any inconsistency between the Japanese Application Guidelines and the English Version,  the Japanese version shall prevail.
For the request of the printed Application Guidelines, please contact to Graduate School Affairs Section (tel: 0572-58-2042, E-Mail: daigakuin@nifs.ac.jp).

Application Guidelines (Link to SOKENDAI)
Admissions (Link to SOKENDAI)

The Entrance Examination

Overview of an entrance examination

This department has followed the five-year doctoral program system since 2006. Graduates of the undergraduate course can apply for admission. It is also possible to apply for the conventional three-year doctoral course, as an enrolled into the third-year class.

The application for admission is open twice a year, in summer and in winter. The screening is conducted by examining submitted documents, the results of the written examination, and an interview.

Please refer to the application guidelines with regard to the details of the entrance examination. It is also possible to obtain information from the website.

A list of the entrance requirements

 5-year doctoral course3-year doctoral course
QualificationsGraduates of an undergraduate
Master’s degree or a
professional degree
ScreeningSubmitted application documents, results of written examination (English and special subjects), and interviewSubmitted application documents, results of written examination (English essay), and interview (mainly regarding past study and plans for future research)
Conferring degreeDoctor of Philosophy
AdmissionOctober this yearThe following AprilThe following October
Early JulyEarly July / Late NovemberLate November
Mid- AugustMid- August / Late JanuaryLate January
Notification of
Early SeptemberEarly September / Mid- FebruaryMid- February

Messages from graduates

to Everyone

who wishes to enroll in SOKENDAI

graduated in 2007 Hayato TSUCHIYA(currently National Institute for Fusion Science)

My name is Hayato Tsuchiya, I graduated SOKENDAI in 2007.  During three-year doctoral course in there, I devoted myself to the plasma study with installed the lithium beam diagnostics probe to the Large Helical Device (LHD).  It was great pleasure to join experiments in such a world-class large device, even though I was a student.   I had run experiment with only small size of devices before enrolling SOKENDAI, and I had no opportunities to engage my research in such large device.  When I was a PhD student of SOKENDAI, I could concentrate on improving  my research skills with LHD project.

In age to come, studying by using the large devices such as ITER will be more important to make a major breakthrough for a fusion reactor.

For those who aim to be a fusion researcher, SOKENDAI is the best choice to start your career.

graduated in 2013 Takeshi MIYAZAWA(currently Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University)

I took the five-year doctoral course program, and material research aimed at the development of vanadium alloys which are attractive candidate structural materials for breeding blanket of advanced fusion reactors.

I chose this five-year doctoral course in SOKENDAI because I had wanted to contribute to the realization of the fusion reactor. Furthermore, the departure from my hometown of Tokyo for an unfamiliar place of Toki city in Gifu was likely “diving into the new world” to me. I had this little excitement that it would be very enriching and remarkable experiences of my life.

Although it is not simple when you wish to study fusion science, the fusion science research is an interdisciplinary research that you need to learn multiple specialized areas consequently and its field is diverse.

On a first year, you will learn extensively basic of the plasma physics, simulation science and the fusion system with a study of magnetic-confinement fusion science. Based on those studies, there is a great educational system that you will be able to choose your specialty from various fields, and to select a supervisor from among specialists of fusion science. You will have a great opportunity to determine which field is appropriate for you.

I chose the division of the material science for fusion reactors for my specialty. It’s worth to challenge in the process of designing a something new alloy by my own hands. I have felt a great sense of accomplishment when I was able to finish my thesis about creating an alloy after I spent a lot of effort on it.

Although it seems a large hurdle to go to the five-year doctoral program course if you are at the stage of undergraduate, let yourself experience the challenge, and join a project of the fusion reactor realization.

graduated in 2012 Yuki TAKEMURA(currently National Institute for Fusion Science)

After I completed a master’s degree, I enrolled in a doctor’s degree in department of fusion science at SOKENDAI (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies) and had studied the plasma physics experimentally. When I was a student in the master’s degree, I knew SOKENDAI because I jointed a collaborative research with National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), which is a campus of SOKENDAI. In the institute, many researcher are involved in the fusion research, which is my interests, and there is a library with books related with the fusion research. I thought that SOKENDAI have the proper conditions to do research, and is attractive. So I decided to enter SOKENDAI. When I was a student in the doctor’s degree, I had jointed an experiment of Large Helical Device (LHD), which is a large device, and were involved in the fusion research as a member of a big project. Students in other universities are not able to have the valuable experience. For students, who wants to be involved in the fusion research for the realization of the nuclear fusion power production, and be interested in the big project research, SOKENDAI is a good place.

graduated in 2011 Masayoshi MURAKAMI
(currently National Institute of Science and Technology Policy)

I have been at NIFS for 5 years as a graduate student and for a year as a postdoctoral researcher. I involved myself to the research and development for the method of operating fuel gas such as hydrogen gas for the generated large scale high temperature plasma inside of the LHD.
An advantage of being a student of SOKENDAI is that an extraordinary experience of the fusion research is opened.  You are able to install equipment which is designed and produced by yourself with LHD which is the world class superconducting plasma confinement device. Besides the experiment of LHD, the learning environment of SOKENDAI has many excellent researchers and fulfilling with well-equipped facilities for students who desire to research the fusion science research generally.
Also, attending a workshop or a seminar are the opportunities to interact with students from other departments, share your knowledge and find out what they do.  It was fun for me to know what other fields do.
It’s important that the advanced research of fusion science needs many researchers and technical engineers and they should be well-cooperated, and abilities to carry out to achieve the project.
Joining such large scale experiments was variable and great experience to me in graduate school days.  I appreciate to supervisors and teachers who enthusiastic in teaching, they provided me with good support, encouragement and scholarly advice throughout this study.
Studying of general engineering of nuclear fusion science has generally enhanced the quality of my work, so the knowledge and experience through my studies while at SOKENDAI is still very useful and helpful.

※occupation as of March 2019