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.
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
- We do the examination from the point of view of finding the appropriate enrollment properly in School of Physical Sciences.
- 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.
|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 2021
|Three-year Doctor-course Program
for April 2021 or October 2021
|Distribution of application guidelines||mid-May 2020|
|Application period||July 2 - 8, 2020||November 26 - December 2, 2020|
|paper test||August 18, 2020||January 26, 2021|
|Interview||August 19, 2020||January 27, 2021|
|announcement of acceptance||mid-September 2020||mid-February 2021|
Events for Prospective Students
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：firstname.lastname@example.org）
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 course||3-year doctoral course|
|Qualifications||Graduates of an undergraduate|
|Master’s degree or a
|Screening||Submitted application documents, results of written examination (English and special subjects), and interview||Submitted application documents, results of written examination (English essay), and interview (mainly regarding past study and plans for future research)|
|Conferring degree||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Admission||October this year||The following April||The following October|
|Early July||Early July / Late November||Late November|
|Mid- August||Mid- August / Late January||Late January|
|Early September||Early September / Mid- February||Mid- February|
Messages from graduates
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Enrollme
Q1. I would like to receive detailed information regarding the entrance examination.
Details regarding (the examination schedule, examination subjects, the interview, and previous examination questions) may be found here.
Q2. Is is possible to take the entrance examination in English?
Yes, the entrance examination may be taken in English. The entrance examination questions are the same for both the Japanese-language examination and the English-language examination.
The questions for the “English-language” examination are set for candidates who are native speakers of Japanese or are proficient in Japanese. The candidate may be exempted from this examination by submitting an official document that certifies the TOEIC score or the TOEFL score.
Q3. What is the “Course-by-Course Education Program”?
This is our unique educational program for nurturing and training graduate students with highly specialized competences to become PhDs with advanced and specialized skills.
After entering the graduate school program, if one has applied to a course, special research funds will be provided from the third year and beyond according to each course. Thus, one may receive research guidance in an advanced environment.
For further information, please see the corresponding website of the school.
Q4. What are the unique assets of SOKENDAI?
The unique assets of SOKENDAI may be summerized in the following three points:
- Advanced specialist education in a research facility
(that is, Inter-University Research Institutes [or IURIs] in Japan)
- Supervision by a large number of top-level IURI researchers in individual fields
- Inter-disciplinary education that cultivates a broad range of vision
Regarding (1), we provide an ideal education and research environment, offering direct access to large-scale experiment/supercomputing facilities, such as the Large Helical Device (LHD) and the Plasma Simulator (PS), at the world-class nuclear fusion research institute in Japan, the National Institute for Fusion Studies (NIFS).
This privileged environment enables students to develop their own research and achieve cutting-edge results in individual research fields.
Regarding (2), for the prescribed number of new students, 5, for each year there are approximately 50 teaching staff for fostering specialties and expertise in their individual research fields.
Students may be in daily communication not only with approximately 150 cutting-edge researchers at NIFS, but also with collaborating visitors and guest scientists in Japan and from abroad, and thus may find answers and solutions to research issues.
Regarding (3), joint education and academic exchange activities (see here) are always held in multiple departments or schools of SOKENDAI. Students may also attend seminars and collaboration workshops and symposia held at the hosting institute.
- Advanced specialist education in a research facility
Q5. Are there financial support programs?
Yes. According to the economic condition of each student, students may apply for and receive not only a partial or a full tuition exemption, but also various scholarships, such as from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
In addition, it also is possible for third-year students and above to apply for an associate researcher position or to be a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
For further information, please see here.
Q6. How is student daily life?
[Lectures and Research]
First-year students in the five-year doctoral course have lectures in the morning every day. In the afternoon, they individually will have laboratory seminars or research instruction in laboratories. Second-year students and above will give more attention to the latter. At the laboratory, students will receive intense research instruction with many researchers.
In SOKENDAI, university-wide events such as student seminars and SOKENDAI lectures are held at the Hayama Headquarters in Kanagawa Prefecture. Those events promote friendship between students and staff from different schools and departments, including the humanities and the social sciences. It is also easy to have relationships with not only SOKENDAI students in other departments but also with students from partner graduate schools, such as those Nagoya University, Hokkaido University, Toyama University, and Gifu University. There also are many foreign students and visiting researchers from overseas at NIFS, and English is commonly used for communication.
NIFS is in a typical Japanese local city, one which has a long history well known through the production of the famous Mino ceramic ware. A good natural environment mixes with convenient urban life, thus students can concentrate on their research at NIFS. And because rent is relatively lower than in metropolitan areas, students can possibly study with a lighter financial burden by using financial support programs. Please see our student life here. Also see the messages from current students and graduates.
Q7. What about employment after graduation?
As at other graduate schools, there are no quotas for recommending doctoral degree holders to companies or corporations. It is typical for PhD holders to search for their position themselves.
However, taking into account the severe conditions for job searches, we consider it necessary to strengthen support by offering advice from research supervisors. Based in an inter-university research institute, our department is fortunately endowed with opportunities to come into contact with various experts and companies nationwide. Please refer here to find the recent employment results.
[Finding employment at universities, colleges, or research organizations]
With personnel becoming more mobile, it has become common for research staff to be hired for a fixed term of several years. Consequently, most post-doctoral researchers apply for several full-time positions while advancing with their research achievements.
It must be noted that employment for researchers has become increasingly competitive. However, by taking full advantage of these world-advancing institutional resources, SOKENDAI students have important advantages to accomplish remarkable achievements which will certainly help them in gaining employment.
[Finding employment in companies or corporations]
Since our university has a relatively short history, its popularity among companies is not as high as traditional universities. However, graduate students are gaining a wider variety of employment by fully utilizing their unique research careers.
Typical companies have no set number of positions for hiring doctoral degree holders. Therefore, please note that job hunting activities must be undertaken by oneself.
Q8. Can business persons enter the school to receive a degree?
Yes. It is possible to take the entrance examination if the applicant satisfies the specified requirements, such as the scholastic ability of a university graduate, a master’s degree, or an equivalent degree.
Business staff students can apply for the long-term completion plan, which may be extended for a certain period of time beyond the standard term for graduation from the doctor course. When granted, the total course fee must be paid in installments over the years of the course.
Some business people have succeeded in completing the course and received the degree. It is strongly recommended that one negotiate with the work supervisor beforehand.
Q9. Are there opportunities to study abroad?
The School of Physical Sciences is now promoting the “Course-by-Course Education Program” to cultivate researchers in physical sciences with broad perspectives, and studying abroad is substantially supported.
Students can present their research achievements at international conferences held overseas, and can also participate in summer/winter schools.
It is also possible for a certain period to study in an overseas research institute by receiving supporting funds or scholarship for the research and travel expenses.
Q10. I cannot find my research subject and an appropriate supervisor.
For the first half-year of the five-year doctor course, every student will study various fields and have sufficient time for searching for one’s own research subject and professorial supervisor.
For the three-year doctor course students, it is strongly recommended before entering the graduate school to determine the professorial supervisor and consult that supervisor for determining one’s research subject.
It is also possible to search for your most interesting subject and for your supervisor candidate from the list of professors. If there are unclear matters, please feel free to ask the Graduate Student Affairs Section, such as through the query form.
Q11. Can I receive a Master’s Degree?
Yes. The master’s degree will be issued if one fulfills the specific requirements and submits the application. For more information, please see here.
Q12. I would like to ask further questions.
Please inquire to the Graduate Student Affairs Section “Daigakuin Renkei Kakari.” This office can provide overall services for the SOKENDAI graduate students and candidates, such as regarding educational affairs, student welfare, scholarship, and event information. Please make a request to the liaison office for the examination and admission information materials.
One may also directly contact the professorial staff for the specific research field. By making an appointment beforehand, one can visit the department and receive individual guidance or consultation.
Please feel free to ask any questions to us.