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Doctoral (PhD) Program in Medicine

Admission Information

Enrollment Capacity

Program in Medicine Enrollment Capacity180

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have met or expect to meet one of the requirements listed below by March 31, 2021.
  1. Applicants who have graduated from the department of medicine of a faculty of medicine or from a faculty of dentistry
  2. Applicants who have completed a six-year curriculum in the study of veterinary science or pharmacology at a university
  3. Applicants who have completed 18 years of formal education outside of Japan 
    [*1 Applicants must confirm they meet the requirements before applying]
  4. Applicants who have completed 18 years of formal education from a school outside of Japan by studying a distance learning course administered by that school while living in Japan 
    [*1 Applicants must confirm they meet the requirements before applying]
  5. Applicants who have graduated from an educational institution in Japan that is recognized by a country outside of Japan as corresponding to the university curriculum in that country’s educational system, and which has been approved by MEXT (restricted to graduates who have completed 18 years of school education in that country outside of Japan) [*1 Applicants must confirm they meet the requirements before applying]
  6. Applicants who have obtained a degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree by graduating from an academic program at least 5 years in lengthb) at a school or university outside of Japana). 
    [*1 Applicants must confirm they meet the requirements before applying]
    a) Applicants must have graduated from an institution certified by a government or accreditation institution outside of Japan that reviews academic and research activities, or that has been approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
    b) Applicants who have graduated from a distance learning course administered by a school outside of Japan while living in Japan or from an international school in Japan, whose curriculum corresponds to a country outside of Japan and has been approved by MEXT are qualified to apply.
  7. Applicants who have been approved by MEXT [Ministry of Education Notification No. 39 of April 8, 1955]
    This includes applicants who have completed a master’s program (or doctoral program) at a graduate school (in any discipline).
  8. Applicants to whom either (a) or (b) below applies and who have subsequently gained professional experience in research at a public-sector or private-sector research institution, hospital, or company, etc.
    [*2 Applicants must first request an assessment of application requirements]
    (a) Applicants who were enrolled for at least four years in a university course of study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, or veterinary science
    (b) Applicants who completed one of the following that included a course of study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, or veterinary science:
    • 16 years of formal education in a country outside of Japan
    • 16 years of formal education of a country outside of Japan by studying subjects in a distance learning course administered by a school outside of Japan while living in Japan
    • the curriculum of an educational institution in Japan that is recognized by a country outside of Japan as corresponding to the university curriculum in that country’s educational system, and which has been approved by MEXT
  9. Applicants whom the Graduate School has recognized through separate assessment of admission requirements as possessing the equivalent or greater academic ability than a person who has graduated from an undergraduate program in the department of medicine of a faculty of medicine or a faculty of dentistry
    [*2 Applicants must first request an assessment of application requirements]
    and who have reached the age of 24 years.

Entrance Examination for Working Adults

Applicants who meet the requirements mentioned above and who are currently working must submit a letter of consent from the head of their workplace.

Admission Requirements for International Applicants
(excludes special permanent residents)

In addition to the requirements mentioned above, it is preferable for international applicants to have passed Level N5 or above of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) (Level 4 or above in the old JLPT) held by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (in Japan) or the Japan Foundation (overseas) (certificate must be submitted).

Entrance Examination for International Applicants Living Abroad
(Pre-travel Acceptance Scheme)

In addition to meeting the above application requirements, applicants who meet all of conditions 1 to 3 below will take an oral examination over the internet, based on which decision on acceptance will be made, without the need for the applicant to travel to Japan.
  1. Persons who are currently living outside Japan and who do not hold Japanese citizenship;
  2. Persons who, after acceptance, will be able to obtain residence status (student) as an international student of Juntendo University;
  3. Persons who meet one of the following language requirements and who are able to submit the corresponding test certificates (in principle, such certificates must be dated on or after January 1, 2015).
(Security Export Control System in Japan)
In accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act, which seeks to protect both national and international peace and security, Juntendo University has established the Juntendo University Security Export Control Regulations to preserve academic and research activities. International students accepted into the graduate school program should consult with their supervising professor about their research prior to submitting the application because there are cases where students have to modify their application due to the research.  International students accepted into the graduate school program must sign a pledge indicating they will comply with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act at the time of their enrolment.

*1 Confirmation of Preliminary Requirements

Any applicant who does not hold Japanese citizenship and to whom the requirements in 3., 4., 5., or 6. above apply should consult JUIC prior to application to confirm their eligibility in advance.
JUIC (Juntendo University International Center):
Tel: 03-3813-3795
e-mail: juic★juntendo.ac.jp
*Please change the above "★" to "@" and send.

*2 Assessment of Application (Enrollment) Requirements

Applicants who are applying to the Graduate School based on the application requirements listed in 8. or 9. will be assessed by the Graduate School Committee as to whether they meet the application requirements before they apply.
Applicants seeking an assessment of their eligibility to apply must submit all of the following documents to the address listed below. An applicant will only be able to undertake the application procedures if their eligibility to apply is approved.
  1. Documents for Request for Assessment of Application (Enrollment) Requirements
    I.     Graduate School of Medicine Doctoral Program Application Requirements Assessment Request (Form 1)
    II.    Research Experience (Form 2)
    III.   Publication / Conference Record, etc. (Form 3)
  2. The request should be sent to the following address:
    Entrance Examination Section
    Academic Affairs Department (Graduate School Division)
    Juntendo University Hongo Ochanomizu Campus
    2-1-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8421, JAPAN
    TEL: 03-5802-1020; FAX: 03-3813-3622
    e-mail: LMS★juntendo.ac.jp
    *Please change the above "★" to "@" and send.
  3. Request Deadlines
    Schedule A: Friday, August 14, 2020
    Schedule B: Friday, November 13, 2020
    * There is a possibility that requests submitted after the deadline may still be accepted. Please consult with the admissions office.
  4. Assessment Fee
    Applicants who have their requirements confirmed will be charged the Entrance Examination Fee when they undertake the entrance application process.
  5. Notice of Results of Assessment
    The results of the assessment will be notified to the applicant.

Selection Process,
Application Period,
Entrance Examination Dates, etc.

Examination in Japan

ClassificationSchedule A ExaminationSchedule B Examination
Selection ProcessGeneral Entrance Examination
Entrance Examination for Working Adults
Entrance Examination for International Students
General Entrance Examination
Entrance Examination for Working Adults
Entrance Examination for International Students
Application PeriodMonday, July 20, 2020 -
Friday, August 28, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020 -
Friday, December 11, 2020
Entrance Examination DateThursday, September 10, 2020Thursday, January 7, 2021
 Language Examination10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(90 min.)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(90 min.)
Oral ExaminationFrom 13:00From 13:00
Notification of AcceptanceFriday, October 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
Enrollment DeadlineMonday, October 19, 2020 -
Monday, November 9, 2020
Monday, February 15, 2021 -
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 

Examination Outside Japan

ClassificationSchedule A ExaminationSchedule B Examination
Selection ProcessEntrance Examination for International Students Living Abroad (Pre-travel Acceptance Scheme)Entrance Examination for International Students Living Abroad (Pre-travel Acceptance Scheme)
Application PeriodMonday, July 20, 2020 -
Friday, August 28, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020 -
Friday, December 11, 2020
Entrance Examination DateThursday, September 10, 2020Thursday, January 7, 2021
Oral ExaminationFrom 13:00From 13:00
Notification of AcceptanceFriday, October 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
Enrollment DeadlineMonday, October 19, 2020 -
Monday, November 9, 2020
Monday, February 15, 2021 -
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 
* The oral examination will be conducted over the internet, so an internet connection test will be conducted beforehand. The timing and other details of the connection test will be decided after applications have been received and applicants will be advised thereafter.

Language Examination
(Applicants in Japan only)

Applicant CategoriesExamination Subjects
Applicants whose first language is JapaneseSelect (1) or (2) below in your application.
(1) English test
(translation from English to Japanese, and Japanese to English, etc.)
(2) English to English test
(answer in English to questions in English)
Applicants whose first language is not Japanese. (*1)
(*1) It is preferable for applicants to have passed Level N5 or above of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) (Level 4 or above in the old JLPT).
Select (1), (2), or (3) below in your application.
(1) English test
(translation from English to Japanese, and Japanese to English, etc.)
(2) English to English test
(answer in English to questions in English)
(3) Japanese to Japanese test
(answer in Japanese to questions in Japanese)
Note 1)   Select your preferred examination subject and state it in the relevant field of the Application Form.
Note 2)   Dictionaries may be brought into the Language Examination. However, electronic dictionaries and personal computers are not permitted.

[Conditions for Exemption from Language Examination]

Applicants who meet one of the following four conditions will be exempt from taking the Language Examination. Applicants must submit the corresponding test certificates along with their application forms. In principle, such examination records should be from no earlier than January 1, 2015. Currently enrolled students (graduates excluded) of the Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine may use their scores from the examination they sat in 1st Year.
  1. TOEFL
    iBT: 76 or above; Paper: 540 or above
  2. IELTS
    6.0 or above
  3. TOEIC
    700 or above
  4. JLPT
    N3 (2 in old JLPT)
*1   Applicants must submit a copy of the corresponding certificate or notification of pass.
*2   Applicants who have passed the language test that is regularly held by the Graduate School of Medicine of the University or who are recognized as obtaining excellent grades in the English-language examination of the Juntendo University Clinical Intern Examination will be exempted from the language examination.

Application Documents

Please download the application forms from the links below, enter the required information, and print the completed forms before submitting.
Please check the Graduate Student Recruitment Guidelines for the details such as other application documents.

Approval of a department professor

Applicants must receive the approval of a department professor before they may submit their application.
* Applicants who do not know how to contact their desired professor should contact the Hongo Ochanomizu Campus Academic Affairs Department (Graduate School Division).

Tuition and Expenses

Cost Item1st Year2nd Year and following yearsNotes
TuitionMatriculation FeeJPY 200,000At time of enrollment only
TuitionJPY 400,000JPY 400,000 
Experiment and Practicum CostsJPY 150,000JPY 150,000 
Sub-totalJPY 750,000JPY 550,000 
Subcontracted CostsAlumni Association Membership FeeJPY 100,000Lifetime Membership Fee(*)
TotalJPY 850,000JPY 550,000 
* Payment of the lifetime membership fee for the Juntendo University Alumni Association is voluntary, but your cooperation in paying the membership fee is requested.
  1. Tuition (annual) and expenses for each academic year are as follows.
  2. Reimbursement of enrolment fee for declining enrollees: Accepted applicants who later wish to decline their acceptance must submit a specified written notification of their intention by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 to have the fees paid, less the Matriculation Fee, reimbursed.
  3. Matriculation scholarships: Applicants who have graduated from a Juntendo University undergraduate or graduate program, have completed the Juntendo University Initial Clinical Training Program, or who work full time for Juntendo University (at the time of the entrance examination) may qualify for a JPY 100,000 matriculation scholarship, upon consideration of their academic performance, work experience, work performance, and other factors.
  4. Tuition installment payments: Enrolled students who are unable to pay their tuition and other costs by the deadline may apply to pay these expenses in up to two installments in principle, if they submit a letter of request for payment by installment, stating their reasons. (However, the Matriculation Fee must be paid by the deadline.)

Financial Support

  1. Graduate students who hold a medical license and who have engaged in clinical duties at a hospital affiliated with Juntendo University will be paid a salary (based on University regulations; day/night on-call allowances paid separately)
  2. Outstanding students who, in consideration of their educational and research activities, are recognized as achieving particularly excellent academic results, may be eligible for an exemption or reduction of their tuition fees.
  3. Self-funded international students may be eligible to receive a scholarship to mitigate their financial burden, pending a review of their financial circumstances.
  4. Self-funded international students who have enrolled through the Entrance Examination for International Students Living Abroad (Pre-travel Acceptance Scheme) and who meet certain other requirements, including separately established academic achievement and income levels, may apply for the grant scholarship, Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students.
  5. The Research Assistant (RA)* program is designed to enhance and strengthen research assistance frameworks and develop research pursuit capabilities in young researchers. It is a good opportunity for graduate students to raise the standard of their own research activities. If accepted, a salary will be paid based on hours worked, commensurate with performance. (As of March 31, 2020)
    (* RA employment decisions are subject to the formal approval of the University. Various conditions apply, including evaluations by lecturers and students during the period of employment.
  6. Juntendo University nominates international students for scholarships with JASSO.
  7. There are many research funding assistance programs available for the development of young researchers, including project research funding and the University President’s Special Joint Project Research Funds.
  8. Students attached to endowed chairs may be eligible for scholarships and other benefits at the discretion of the senior professor of that chair. However, as with the RA program, these are also subject to the formal approval of the University.
To request an application please contact the Juntendo University Hongo Ochanomizu Campus Academic Affairs Department (Graduate School Division) by phone (03-5802-1020) or email (LMS★juntendo.ac.jp).
*Please change the above "★" to "@" and send.