The goal of the Graduate School of Medical Life Science is to establish biomedical science at the atomic and molecular level as a new field in biology. The aim of this is to equip students with research and development capabilities befitting the post-genome era. As such, the focus of the school’s postgraduate education is on giving students a foundation in “quantitative and technical thought processes at atomic and molecular level” and the “capacity for application and development to medical sciences”.
Degree awarded Master of Science (MSc); Doctor of Philosophy (Science)

Duration 2 Years (MA); 3 Years (PhD)

Medium of instruction Mainly in Japanese

Study in English Depends on supervisor
Language requirements JLPT N2 or higher

Non-degree program Available (Research only)

Admission capacity Master's program: less than 15, Doctoral program: 10

Course Structure


Completion requirements

You will receive 8 credits for special research, 4 credits for seminars, 8 credits for required subjects, 10 credits for elective subjects, a total of 30 credits, and submission of a master's thesis. Those who complete the program will be awarded a master's degree in science.

Special research

We provide guidance (research guidance) for the completion of a master's thesis. Students select their supervisors according to their research themes, receive research guidance throughout the entire period, and receive research guidance from their assistant supervisors to promote research activities from a variety of perspectives.

Required subjects

Lectures on "General Theory of Biomedical Sciences," "Biomedical Science Literacy," "Introduction to Biomedical Sciences," and "Introduction to Neuroscience" are compulsory. In the "Seminar on Biomedical Sciences," students develop presentations and foreign language skills by reviewing and reading English science journals, as well as understanding trends and progress in research from an international perspective, and broadening their horizons as researchers.


Students will take general explanations and introductions about each research field as required. In addition, special subjects in each research field will be selected.
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Applied microbiology, Bacteriology, Biodiversity, Biological physics, Biological Science, Biomolecular chemistry, Biophysics, Cell biology, Chemical physics, Developmental biology, Endocrinology, Functional biochemistry, General medical chemistry, Metabolomics, Molecular biology, Molecular evolution, Mycology, Neurochemistry, Neuropharmacology, Neurophysiology, Nuclear magnetic resonance, Physical pharmacy, Physics, Post-translational modification, Protein structure, Proteomics, Soft matter physics, Spermatogenesis, Structural biochemistry, Structural biology, Systematics, Urology, etc.


Message from the Dean

In order to develop human resources with research and development capabilities capable of responding to the post-genome era, the Graduate School of Medical Life Science aims to establish biomedical science at the atomic and molecular levels as a new field of biology that makes full use of innovative measurement technologies. Based on structural biology that elucidates the principle of life at the atomic level based on matter, we provide education to understand the hierarchy of life consisting of biomolecules → biological macromolecular assembly → intracellular organelles → cells → organs → individuals. In addition, we understand at the molecular and atomic level, such as cell polarity and cell-cell communication, epigenomes related to differentiation and cell initialization, uniqueness of germ cells leading to regenerative medicine, and neuroscience as higher-order life phenomena, at the molecular and atomic level. We also provide rational drug discovery and other education about various diseases. In addition, we provide education from a global perspective through collaboration with independent administrative agencies in Japan (RIKEN, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, etc.) and networks with overseas educational institutions.

Based on the knowledge and experience gained at the Graduate School, we will develop human resources who can play an active role in healthcare, environment, hygiene, medical care, and other issues facing humanity in Japan and overseas. We also provide education on venture entrepreneurship and intellectual property theory necessary for this purpose.

Professor Ikeguchi Mitsunori, dean of Graduate School of Medical Life Science


Research Groups

Please click on the link below to view the full list of Research Groups in the Graduate School of Medical Life Science.