Doctoral Program
Guide to entrance exams
for master's degree holders)

Applicants wishing to enroll in the Department of Polar Science should carefully check the outline of the department, offered subjects and details of the education and research conducted by the academic staff of the department, as presented in student application guidelines and in the pamphlets and web sites of the department. In addition, before submitting an application, make sure to consult with the supervising academics you are interested in working with regarding the research you wish to pursue after enrolment.

※Student application guidelines will be published after late August 2022

Application acceptance period

(1) April 2023 admission - round 1
Mid-September to early October, 2022

(2) April 2023 admission - round 2
Early to mid-December, 2022

(3) October 2023 admission - round 1
Early to mid-December, 2022

※The above dates are subject to change

Exam dates

(1) April 2023 admission - round 1
Late October to early November, 2022

(2) April 2023 admission - round 2
Mid to late January, 2023

(3) October 2023 admission - round 1
Mid to late January, 2023

※The above dates are subject to change

Required application documents

Admission application, examination fee (30,000 yen), academic records, photos (2), certificate of master’s course completion (or anticipated completion), abstracts of papers conducted to date, copy of master’s thesis, details of planned research, etc.

Selection process

Selection for admission is based on assessment of submitted documents and a personal interview.

(1) Document screening

This assessment is done by evaluating academic records and submitted documents (attached form 3: Abstracts of research conducted to date, attached form 4: Outline of research and presentation activities, attached form 5: Details of planned research, as well as master’s thesis, scientific papers, etc.)

(2) Personal interview

The interview is focused on an outline of the research conducted to date and the details of planned research. In some cases, English ability is also assessed. In the case of presentations, PC and PC-compatible projector are available for use.

Criteria for assessing entrance exams

(1) Marking and assessment criteria

In document screening, we evaluate academic records, master’s thesis and other evidence of research performance and plans for research. In the interview, we evaluate the presentation and responses to questions, in terms of originality, potential and logic. Performance in the personal interview is given particular importance in assessments.

(2) Selection decision criteria

The decision on whether an applicant is admitted or not is based on a comprehensive assessment of the results of the document screening and personal interview.

Inquiries on the above matters and requests for student application guidelines

Graduate Student Affairs Team General Affairs Division (NIPR)
National Institute of Polar Research10-3,Midoricho,Tachikawa,Tokyo 190-8518,Japan
E-MAIL:sokendai-kyokuiki@t.rois.ac.jp