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24 Top PhDs in Japan 2021

Japan is an attractive location for thousands of international students from all over the world seeking to earn a postgraduate degree. It is a country that has something for everyone, including countless opportunities to experience traditional Japanese culture, modern and cosmopolitan cities that will stimulate your senses, absolutely beautiful natural landscapes and scenery, and plenty of outdoor… Read more

Japan is an attractive location for thousands of international students from all over the world seeking to earn a postgraduate degree. It is a country that has something for everyone, including countless opportunities to experience traditional Japanese culture, modern and cosmopolitan cities that will stimulate your senses, absolutely beautiful natural landscapes and scenery, and plenty of outdoor adventures. A PhD in Japan is a unique opportunity for cultural and intellectual growth as well as valuable international experience.

PhD in Japan programs are world-class with modern and innovative facilities and technologies. Students earning a PhD in Japan are guided through their independent research under the supervision of expert faculty. Graduates of PhD in Japan programs are expected to have the skills necessary to analyze and think critically, conduct quality and respected research, and to be leaders in their field.

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European College for Liberal Studies
Tokyo, Japan +5 More

Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies (60 credits)

Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies (60 credits) -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
United International Business Schools
Tokyo, Japan +8 More

Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international private Doctor of Philosophy in Management (Ph.D.) degree awarded by the school's headquarter ... +

Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international private Doctor of Philosophy in Management (Ph.D.) degree awarded by the school's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, based on the recommendation of the faculty of the local campuses where credits were earned. -
PhD
Part-time
2 years
English
Online
 
Osaka University
Toyonaka, Japan

The Management Program admits five students annually in preparation for research and teaching careers in the management sciences and related fields of business administration. ... +

The Management Program admits five students annually in preparation for research and teaching careers in the management sciences and related fields of business administration. The program equips future leaders with the conceptual framework and specific skills needed to be successful in business administration. Students take the required courses of Accounting, Finance, Operations Research, Marketing Science, Management Information, Risk Management, Corporate Investment, Financial Engineering, and Statistics. -
PhD
Japanese
Campus
 

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Tokyo Christian University
Inzai, Japan

The doctoral candidates will be engaged in advanced creative theological research with integrated methods in theology. This program aims to train theological researchers and e ... +

The doctoral candidates will be engaged in advanced creative theological research with integrated methods in theology. This program aims to train theological researchers and educators who are able to contribute to an increasingly complex church and society concerning theological issues at TCU and other universities and theological institutions inside and outside of Japan and to train leaders who possess high levels of theological expertise and research abilities who can serve in churches, mission organizations, and Christian NPO/NGOs. -
PhD
Japanese
Campus
 
Toyo Eiwa University
Yokohama, Japan

The Program in Human Science focuses on interdisciplinary research in two areas: education, and thanatology. The relatively new discipline of thanatology is one of the unique ... +

The Program in Human Science focuses on interdisciplinary research in two areas: education, and thanatology. The relatively new discipline of thanatology is one of the unique features of this department. The Program in Clinical Psychology focuses on practical research and education designed to train professional psychologists and clinical psychologists. -
PhD
English, Japanese
 
Kyoto City University Of Arts
Kyoto, Japan

Students are expected to acquire either advanced composition or advanced conducting techniques by composing works or by conducting, and studying theory. In order to achieve th ... +

Students are expected to acquire either advanced composition or advanced conducting techniques by composing works or by conducting, and studying theory. In order to achieve this, students have to do practical and theoretical research in both areas, because these areas are closely related to each other. -
PhD
English, Japanese
 
Takushoku University
Bunkyo City, Japan +1 More

As standard, at least three extra years. Foreign language proficiency tests. Research presentation. Publication of peer-reviewed papers. Doctoral thesis.

As standard, at least three extra years. Foreign language proficiency tests. Research presentation. Publication of peer-reviewed papers. Doctoral thesis. -
PhD
Japanese
Campus
 
Ochanomizu University
Bunkyo City, Japan

The Division of Advanced Sciences gives students a deeper understanding of the specialized disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry/biochemistry, and computer science, a ... +

The Division of Advanced Sciences gives students a deeper understanding of the specialized disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry/biochemistry, and computer science, and equips them with well-grounded scientific analysis and rational processing skills based on the basic sciences. Students in the doctoral program will work on certification for researchers who will internationally excel. -
PhD
Japanese
Campus
 
Hirosaki University
Hirosaki, Japan

"The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University. (Ph.D.)" is organized on 
the basis of three Master Courses (Agriculture or Agriculture and Life Scienc ... +

"The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University. (Ph.D.)" is organized on 
the basis of three Master Courses (Agriculture or Agriculture and Life Science) of Hirosaki University, 
Iwate University, Yamagata University, the Master's Course (Animal Husbandry) of Obihiro University 
of Agricultural and Veterinary Medicine, and the research facilities of each university. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Kyoto University - Graduate School Of Global Environmental Studies
Kyoto, Japan

This program aims to foster graduates capable of functioning in an international setting by equipping them with comprehensive knowledge and skills for resolving conflicts and ... +

This program aims to foster graduates capable of functioning in an international setting by equipping them with comprehensive knowledge and skills for resolving conflicts and managing global environmental issues. Internship study (domestic or overseas) and the preparation of a doctoral thesis help students develop the skills required for environment-related work after graduation. Graduates of the doctoral program are expected to find employment in government or municipal institutions, environment-related international NGOs and universities, environment-related industries, environmental positions in various industries, and government and private-sector research organizations with an environmental focus. -
PhD
Japanese
Apr 2022
Campus
 
Gifu College Of Nursing
Hashima, Japan

We will train nurses who can take on the education that gives them the research ability of nursing practice. Specifically, first of all, as faculty members at universities and ... +

We will train nurses who can take on the education that gives them the research ability of nursing practice. Specifically, first of all, as faculty members at universities and graduate schools, we will develop people who can carry out educational and research activities based on the characteristics of nursing practice. Next is the training of practical research instructors who can systematically guide the reform of nursing practice involving complex factors as human resources required in the field of nursing practice. -
PhD
Japanese
Apr 2022
Campus
 
Tezukayama University
Nara, Japan

The Graduate School of Humanities aims to help students explore traditional Japanese culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. By investigating the tangible and intangibl ... +

The Graduate School of Humanities aims to help students explore traditional Japanese culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. By investigating the tangible and intangible aspects of the national culture, students can become highly qualified experts in their chosen field and effective interdisciplinary researchers. -
PhD
Japanese
Apr 2022
Campus
 
Fukuoka Institute Of Technology
Fukuoka, Japan

This department offers four Doctor's programs. Solid-State Electronics gives special courses on the fundamentals of electronic devices/materials and optical devices/materials. ... +

This department offers four Doctor's programs. Solid-State Electronics gives special courses on the fundamentals of electronic devices/materials and optical devices/materials. Applied Advanced Materials Engineering gives special courses on applications of magnetic materials and bio-materials to electrical and chemical engineering. Energy System Engineering gives special courses on generation, conversion, storage, and transportation of electric and heat energy. System Design and Production Engineering gives special studies on the fundamentals and application of machine design and ultra-precise machining technology. -
PhD
Japanese
Apr 2022
Campus
 
Aichi Prefectural University Of Fine Arts And Music
Nagakute, Japan

The Graduate School of Fine Arts has a single doctoral degree program, the Fine Art program that enables interdisciplinary and multimedia researches in five areas of study. Th ... +

The Graduate School of Fine Arts has a single doctoral degree program, the Fine Art program that enables interdisciplinary and multimedia researches in five areas of study. The program revolves around creating works and writing theses to receive a doctorate. During the three-year program, students will be instructed for their studies by the Doctoral Program Committee, an organization consisting of faculty members in charge of the program. The Graduate School of Fine Arts will make a continuous effort to strengthen its system to cope with advanced and interdisciplinary researches and actively contribute to the local community and society. -
PhD
Japanese
Apr 2022
Campus
 
Kyoto University Of Advanced Science
Kameoka, Japan

In the Doctor of Engineering program, students expand their sophisticated knowledge of materials, energy, information, and systems engineering. They improve their problem-find ... +

In the Doctor of Engineering program, students expand their sophisticated knowledge of materials, energy, information, and systems engineering. They improve their problem-finding and -solving skills based on a broad foundation of technical knowledge, guided by academic trends and demands from society. Our doctoral graduates will have a natural ability to look ahead to the future and will understand how to connect various fields to create new, globally significant paradigms. -
PhD
Japanese
Apr 2022
Campus