Humans have long been fascinated by how nature has evolved, and have always wanted to know how it works. The Graduate School of Science is dedicated to academic pursuit originating from our desire to learn more about nature.
In order to gain entry into a Master’s or Doctoral Program applicants must:
For information on entry requirements into graduate programs, please go to the Graduate School of Science’s website.
Find a Supervisor
Graduate and research students conduct research under the guidance of a supervisor. To enter Hokkaido University as a research or graduate student, you need to find a faculty member who is willing to give you instruction on your research. Find a prospective supervisor from our website:
If you run into difficulties searching for faculty members, please contact the Office for International Academic Support, Faculty of Science via email at
Apply to the Graduate School
Application guidelines can be found on the Graduate School of Science’s website.
Take the entrance examination
Screening procedures for research students are conducted on the basis of documentation submitted whilst screening procedures for graduate level students differ between each school. Please check the website of the school you wish to enter. In the event that you are required to come to Japan for the entrance examination, you will need to obtain a temporary stay visa at your local Japanese Embassy.
Commence enrolment procedures
After passing the screening process, you will be required to submit necessary documentation, pay the entrance fee, and complete other necessary procedures to become enrolled. Once you are issued with a Letter of Acceptance from Hokkaido University, you can apply for a student visa at your local Japanese Embassy.
|Graduate School of Science||MASTER||DOCTORAL|
|Semester commencement||April √||October √||April √||October √|
|Condensed-Matter Physics||Quantum Solid State Physics, Condensed Matter Physics|
|Cosmosciences||Fundamental Physics, Cosmos and Planets|
|Natural History Sciences||Earth and Planetary Dynamics, Earth and Planetary System Science, Biodiversity, Science Communication, Seismology and Volcanology|
For more information, visit the Graduate School of Science homepage.