Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University


Entrance Examinations

Entrance Examination Outline

The Graduate School of Biosciences 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 masters degree after two years of study. The entrance exam takes place annually in late July or early August. For students already holding a masters, the program is truncated to three years. For these students, the entrance exam is available in February. 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.

List of Laboratories:

Osaka University Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences utilize TOEIC and TOEFL scores as part of the entrance examination into their 5-year doctoral program and Third-year of Doctoral Program. Therefore it is recommended that those who are considering application take the TOEIC or TOEFL as early as possible. TOEIC/TOEFL scores differs depending on the year, type of entrance examination, please be sure to check the entrance examination guidelines for the year that you are applying. Please note that :

  • The deadline for submitting scores is when you apply for 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 the TOEFL, you must have TOEFL registration center send an Official Score Report directly to the university. For details, please refer to the entrance examination check lists.

5 year Ph.D. program

Detailed information about the exam is normally available April of the previous year. The entrance exam is broken into two an English and oral component. For the English component, applicants are responsible for arranging and taking the TOEIC or TOEFL. This is to be done before the day of the entrance exam. Please note that the TOEIC IP test is not recognized by the school. We recommend applicants register for either test early, as locations or dates may be unavailable otherwise. Again, this is the applicant’s responsibility. For 2017 applications, only scores dated during June 2014 - May 2016 are accepted. For people living abroad, the oral exam will be done or preferably by Skype.

April 2018 Admission

Application period:
26 June - 30 June 2017 (Summer)
13 Nov - 17 Nov 2017 (Winter)

Examination date:
Examination on campus 25 July 2017
Examination by Skype will announce applicants later on.
Examination on campus: December 5, 2017
Examination by Skype: December 5, 2017

3 year Ph.D. program

For applicants already holding a master’s and looking to graduate in three years, there are two annual matriculation periods, April and October. In both cases, information is distributed about six months before the enrolment date. For these applicants, the exam consists of the oral component and the applicant is required to give a presentation on their master’s degree thesis.

October 2017 Admission (For transfer to the 3rd year)
Application period: 26 June - 30 June 2017
Examination date: July 31, 2017

Application Fee

Application fee: 30,000 yen.

[How to pay the admission fee students living outside Japan]
Applicants are encouraged to check the details and pay the application fee by credit card or via China Pay.

Successful Applicants

Only successful applicants examination numbers are listed.

  • For verification of your acceptance, please check the Notification of Acceptance as well as successful applicants examination number on this homepage.
  • If you are living outside of Japan at the time of examination application, your Notification of Acceptance is to be sent to your supervisorʼs laboratory.
  • For details concerning enrollment procedures, please check the documents you will be received later on.
  • If you wish to decline admission, please submit the Admission Declination form to the Student Services Office.

Research Students and Non-Degree 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