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IGSES Doctoral Program(Enrollment: April 1st)

✔Program Outline

Degrees awarded:

▶ Doctor of Engineering(Eng.D.) 
▶ Doctor of Science(Sc.D.) 
▶ Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.)

Duration: 3 years
Enrollment: April 1st

This course is which most Japanese students belong to, thus, officially classified as a course taught in Japanese. However, it is possible to earn the required credit from modules taught in English only. Applicants who want to enroll in this course are recommended to consult with a prospective supervisor prior to the submission.

A student has to earn at least 10 credits among designated modules as well as complete a doctor thesis approved by faculty committee.


✔Important dates

Schedule for the next enrollment

Opening date for the receipt of documents January-5, 2024
Closing date for the receipt of documents 17:00, January-11, 2024
Screening Written examination and verbal interview from February-13 to February-15, 2024
Notification of the result of screening February-26, 2024
Registration Beginning of March, 2024
Applicants MUST pay an enrollment fee of 282,000 JPY.
Students may be allowed to postpone the payment of enrollment fee by
submitting a petition of extension.
Enrollment April-1, 2024


✔Application and Screening

How to Apply

Documents to be submitted via post

TO: IGSES Student Affairs Division
Kyushu University Chikushi Campus,
6-1 Kasuga –koen, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580, Japan

If you have any questions, please contact the IGSES Student Affairs Division.
Phone: (country code 81)-92-583-7512

▶ Students of IGSES cannot enroll in two doctoral programs concurrently; however, one can apply for both Intellectual Exchange and Innovation Program (IEI Program) and IGSES Doctoral Program concurrently for insurance in case he/she fails in the screening of one of the programs.

▶ If you want to apply for both IEI Program and IGSES Doctoral Program concurrently, you MUST carefully read the guidelines of these programs and follow all the instructions about matters such as the schedule, application documents, and the payment of admission fee.

▶ If you succeed in the screening of these two programs, you MUST decline the enrollment in one of two programs at an appropriate time.



Required documents

Application form, Master’s degree certificate or statement that confirms expected graduation, a certified copy of the applicant’s Master’s degree thesis, academic record (Master’s course), letter of recommendation



The screening will be carried out on the basis of writing tests and an interview held in IGSES, Fukuoka, Japan as well as the documents submitted.


✔ Entry Requirements

An example of eligibility requirements is as follows:

1)  Those who hold a Master’s degree from a university, or who expect to earn a Master’s degree (or equivalent) from a university by March 31, 2024.

2)  Those who hold a degree equivalent to a Master’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in countries other than Japan, or who expect to earn it by March 31, 2024.

3)  Those who have completed their formal education nominally in countries other than Japan by taking a correspondence course in Japan and  hold a degree equivalent to a Master’s degree, or will obtain it by March 31, 2024.

※Be sure to check the application guidelines for details on eligibility requirements

Applicants who are unsure of their eligibility MUST contact with IGSES Student Affairs Division at as soon as possible.

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