The Ph.D. Program in Human Biology is a 5 year doctoral program integrating biological science, medicine, computational science, and materials science.

Program Outline

Message from the Program Coordinator

プログラムコーディネーター 渋谷 彰

Welcome to the PhD Program in Human Biology
Nurturing global leaders towards future human society

Program Coordinator: Professor Akira Shibuya

The University of Tsukuba’s PhD Program in Human Biology (HBP) was chosen as one of the Leading Graduate School Doctoral Programs supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). In the 21st Century, humanity faces numerous global crises: environmental problems, dwindling natural resources, disasters, disease, and poverty. To solve these problems we have to transcend disciplinary and national borders, and work together towards a brighter future. We share the same destiny and are all passengers in the same boat: our planet Earth.

In the HBP, we aim to nurture leaders of the future, who will bring together expertise in various fields relating to human biology, to identify and work towards overcoming global issues. We call this the Shipmaster Program. An excellent captain has strong leadership skills and takes the responsibility of directing the ship’s crew, making good use of various technologies and resources, to navigate the ship through the roughest of seas towards the final destination. To nurture such leaders, we have brought together world-class academics from many research areas, not only biology, but also medicine, computational sciences, and materials sciences, to be faculty members of the HBP.

A competent captain needs more than just technical ability, and so we also aim to foster professional skills in our students, what we refer to as the ABC of Human Power, namely the power of accomplishment (A: Accomplishment), the power of breakthrough (B: Breakthrough), and the power of judgment (C: Cognoscente). In the HBP, we prepare various programs to cultivate these abilities. For example, students have the chance to actively study in other countries through three innovative courses: Appropriate Technology in Developing Countries, International Research Rotation, and Internship in Overseas Companies. Our graduates develop strong professional skills and wide-ranging research competency and are fully trained to play an active role in domestic and foreign enterprises, research, academia, or entrepreneurial ventures. We hope that our students use their talents and explore their creativity to soar high in the future and contribute to enriching human society.

The HBP is a fully-funded scholarship graduate school program. Students can concentrate on their studies without worrying about financial burdens for the five-year duration of the course. Moreover, the University of Tsukuba provides HBP students with the best-equipped student dormitories in Japan. Living in the same dormitories facilities foreign and Japanese students can enjoy their daily activities together making for a very exciting international environment.

This innovative program is pioneering a new educational strategy to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of a global society. We welcome applications from young people who have big dreams and high ambitions.




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Ph.D. Program in Human Biology

School of Integrative and Global Majors (SIGMA),
the University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 JAPAN
TEL: +81-29-853-7085,
FAX: +81-29-853-5967





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