Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University


Entrance Examinations

Entrance Examination Outline

The Graduate School of Biosciences (FBS) is ideal for students looking to do high level research in fields that combine the life and natural sciences. The doctorate program is designed to normally take five years with students being eligible to receive a master's degree after two years of study. The entrance exam takes place annually in July and December. Students who already hold a master’s degree can start the program from the third year of the five-year program. For these students, the entrance exam is available in July (for admission in Oct) and February (for admission in April). There is also an annual information session that runs in April or May. Before filling application, please refer to the page of Laboratories and contact the prospective supervisor to discuss potential research activities and availability.

Osaka University FBS utilizes TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS scores as a part of the entrance examination into the 5-year doctoral program and the third-year of the doctoral program. Therefore, we ask those who are considering application for the entrance examination to take the TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS as early as possible. TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS scores differ depending on the year, please be sure to check the entrance examination guidelines for the year that you are applying. Please note that

  • TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS scores should be submitted by the deadline for the application of the entrance examination.
  • Scores from special institutional program tests (TOEIC-IP, TOEFL-ITP) are not accepted.
  • The original document showing your score is required (copies are not accepted). For details, please refer to the check list of each examination.

5 year Ph.D. program

Detailed information about the exam is usually available in April of the previous year. The entrance exam consists of English and oral components. For the English component, applicants should arrange and take the TOEIC, TOEFL or IELTS. This is to be done before the day of the entrance exam. Please note that the TOEIC IP or TOEFL-ITP test is not valid. We recommend applicants to register for either test as early as possible because of limited locations and dates of the examination. Again, this is the applicant’s responsibility. For those who live abroad, the oral exam may be done by Skype.

October 2020 Admission
Application period:
22 June - 26 June 2020
(9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 17:00)
Examination date:
Exam 29 July 2020
(9:00 - 12:00 13:00 - )
Examination by Skype will announce applicants later

April 2021 Admission
Application period:
22 June - 26 June 2020 (Summer)
9 Nov - 13 Nov 2020 (Winter)
(9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 17:00)
Examination date:
Summer Exam 29 July 2020
Winter Exam 1 Dec 2020
(9:00 - 12:00 13:00 - )
Examination by Skype will announce applicants later

Matriculation examination for transfer student

Applicants who already hold a master’s degree are eligible to finish the graduate program in three years. Matriculation exams are held twice a year, in January or February and July or August, Information on the exams is disclosed about six months before the enrollment date. The exam is based on interview, presentation on master’s degree thesis.

October 2020 Admission (For transfer to the 3rd year)
Application period: 22 June - 26 June 2020
(9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 17:00)
Examination date: Monday, 3 August, 2020

Application Fee

Application fee: 30,000 yen.

Successful Applicants

Examinees numbers of successful applicants will be shown on our website.

  • For verification of your acceptance, please check the Notification of Acceptance as well as successful applicants examination number on this website.
  • For details concerning enrollment procedures, please check the documents you will receive later.
  • If you wish to decline admission, please submit the Admission Declination form to the Admission Office.

Non-Degree Research Students

Research students are eligible to take non-credit classes that are related to their research. A similar policy exists for non-degree students.

Contact Us

Questions regarding admission matters should be addressed to:

Post code 565-0871
1-3 Yamadaoka Suita, Osaka, Japan