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1. Overview

    The Kyushu University Graduate School of Dental Science emphasizes the cultivation of researchers, educators, and well-trained professional doctors, who will be capable of taking international leadership roles.

    The Graduate School of Dental Science offers students the opportunity to undertake doctoral studies in English whilst studying at a Japanese university. The program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to complete high-level research in dentistry.

    Degrees Offered: Doctor of Dental Science, Doctor of Clinical Medicine and Dental Science, and Doctor of Science (please consult with your chosen Professor to decide which degree is most appropriate for you).

    Program Duration: 4 years.

    Subject Areas for Doctorates: the research interests of faculty members are available here.

    Field of Specialization, Research Area and Supervisor

    The Graduate School currently has 155 Ph.D. students, including 27 overseas students from 5 countries (April 2015).

2. Admission Requirements

International students must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants are expected to have completed a Masters degree before entering the Ph.D. program.
  • Graduates who have completed an 18-year curriculum education in a foreign country (major in Dentistry, Medical Science or Veterinary Medicine).
  • Applicants who have completed a 16-year curriculum education and have 2 years of research experience at a university or research institution, and whose research is evaluated by the faculty as having the same qualifications as an applicant in Dentistry, Medical Science or Veterinary Medicine.
  • Those who have received, or are expected to receive a bachelor’s degree or a degree equivalent to the bachelor’s by September 30, 2017 by completing a 5-year course or longer (includes completing the course by taking classes in a correspondence course provided by a foreign university or an equivalent foreign facility in Japan, or completing the course at a scholastic organization admitted by the School Education System in the foreign country concerned) at a foreign university or other foreign schools(limited to the institution and its overall situation of educational research activities admitted by the person certified by the foreign government or relevant authorities, or the equivalent institution specially designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports,Science and Technology)

If the applicant cannot meet the above educational requirements, please contact the Student Affairs Office. It may be possible to register as a research student to make up the number of years required. Once the admission requirements have been met, the applicant can then apply to the Ph.D. program.


3. Advice for Potential Applicants
  • Professors receive many emails from prospective students who are seeking a supervisor to sponsor their doctoral research. Please do not be discouraged if you do not receive a response immediately. Professors welcome excellent applicants from overseas, but may take time to reply to emails.
  • In order to increase your chances of success, please ensure that you tailor your request to a specific professor’s research field. Most professors and their research groups have detailed websites and extensive publication lists.
  • Please contact the supervisor in your chosen research area before sending the admission documents.
4. Accommodation, Health Insurance & Support

Most Ph.D. students will be offered accommodation for their first semester in Kyushu University International Student House.

Health Insurance
International students must join the national health insurance scheme. For a small monthly charge, 70% of health costs are covered by insurance.

Student Support
All international Ph.D. students will be provided with assistance from the international student support team during their first three months at the University. The support service ensures that adjusting to life in Japan goes smoothly for all incoming international students.

5. Tuition, Other Fees & Living Costs

The various university fees and estimated living costs are as follows (please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis):

  • Kyushu University Registration Fee: 30,000 yen
  • Kyushu University Entrance Fee: 282,000 yen
  • Kyushu University Tuition Fee per Semester: 267,900 yen (Annual amount 535,800 yen)
  • Monthly living costs: 100,000-120,000 yen

*All fees are waived for Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship students

6. Financial Aid & Application Materials
  • Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Application Guidelines and the Application Form for the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships can be downloaded here.
  • Self-financing (including scholarships from home country or other international source) Students also have the option to self-finance their study. The tuition fee, other fees and living costs can be found in Section 5 above. Application Guidelines and the Application Form can be downloaded here.
      [See 3: Link to Application Guidelines and Application Form for FY2018 October]


      [See 3: Link to Application Guidelines and Application Form for FY2019 April]
7. FAQ
  • Where can I apply for a scholarship? There are several scholarship options available:

    (1) Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship.
    (2) Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarship.
    (3) Other scholarships.
    (4) Chinese students are advised to check the Kyushu University Beijing Office website.
  • Are there any opportunities for post-doctoral study? The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science offers a number of post-doctoral study opportunities.
8. Contact Details & Inquiries

Application materials should be submitted to: Student Affairs Office, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan.

Inquiries regarding this program should be addressed to:
E-mail: ijgsigaku@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp
Fax: +81-92-642-6263

Field of Specialization, Research Area and Supervisor

Please use the links below to obtain the e-mail of the supervisor in your chosen research area.
Kyushu University Academic Staff Educational and Research Activities Database

Field of Specialization Research Area Supervisor
Oral Biological Science
  • Molecular Cell Biology and Oral Anatomy
  • Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Aging Science and Pharmacology
  • Oral Neuroscience
  • Dental Education
Oral Health, Growth and Development
  • Preventive and Dental Public Health
  • Orthodontics and Dental Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Dentistry and Special Needs Dentistry
Oral Rehabilitation
  • Biomaterials
  • Implant and Rehabilitative Dentistry
  • Endodontology and Operative Dentistry
  • Periodontology
  • Fixed Prosthodontics
Maxillofacial Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology
  • Dental Anesthesiology
General Oral Clinic
  • General Oral Clinic
Research Subjects
Research Area Research Subject
Molecular Cell Biology and Oral Anatomy
  • Molecular mechanism of osteoclast differentiation and activation
  • Specific regulation of pathological bone destruction
  • Human mesenchymal stem cell-based translational research in regenerative medicine and dental medicine
  • Function of mesenchymal stem cells in bone and mineral metabolism
  • Pain perception mechanisms
  • Thermal and mechanical sensing mechanisms in the oral cavity
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Analysis of the functional interaction among bone, gut and energy metabolism with a special reference to gender difference
  • Studies on cellular signaling with a reference to inositol compounds
  • Ca2+ mobilization in response to cellular stimulation
Aging Science and Pharmacology
  • Pathologocal roles of microglia in the chronic pain
  • Impacts of chronic systemic inflammation on the brain function
  • Pathophysiological roles of cathepsins
Oral Neuroscience
  • Understanding of molecular mechanisms of taste signaling associated with various diseases (e.g.taste disorders, metabolic syndromes) and development of therapeutic methods for the diseases
  • Taste organ regeneration and functional analysis of taste related molecules by using new 3 dimensional organ culture system (organoid)
  • Analysis of taste signaling serving for different functions in multiple organ
  • Analysis of regulation of food intake and energy homeostasis via taste signaling in oral-brain-gut axis
Preventive and Public Health Dentistry
  • Molecular epidemiology on relationship between oral microbiome and oral and systemic health
  • Epidemiology on relationship between oral and systemic health
  • Clinical study of relationship between oral function and systemic health
  • Development of preventive measures of oral diseases utilizing molecular biology
Pediatric Dentistry and Special Needs Dentistry
  • Translational research of applying primary tooth to regenerative medicine
  • Study of the energy metabolism on cranisfacial growth and development
  • Molecular analysis of mitochondrial function during dento-craniofacial morphogenesis and development
  • Genetic analysis of congenital anomaly of craniofacial complex in children and special need children
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Profiling of microRNAs in embryonic craniofacial development
  • Analysis for the molecular mechanisms of tooth development
  • Molecular mechanism of the mechanical stress response during chondrogenesis and osteogenesis
  • Molecular and developmental biological analysis of the craniofacial region
  • Finite element analysis and biomechanics
  • An approach to evaluating the physiological and biochemical functions in masticatory muscle fatigue
  • Fabrication of carbonate apatite bone substitute
  • Development of three-dimensional calcium phosphate interconnected porous materials
  • Development of high performance apatite cement
  • Development of osteoconductive titanium alloy
  • Fabrication of nano-biomaterials
  • Analysis of the mechanism of osteoconductivity
Endodontology and Operative Dentistry
  • Studies on identification of factors and scaffolds indispensable for periodontal tissue regeneration
  • Studies on development of periodontal ligament cells derived from iPS cells
  • Development of novel pulp capping materials
  • Clinical application of laser for endodontic treatments
  • Studies on mechanism and the healing process in apical periodontitis
  • Studies on the development of new assessment and diagnostic tool for periodontal diseases
  • Studies on etiology and bio-regulatory mechanisms of periodontal disease
  • Studies on biological periodontal tissue regeneration
  • Basic and clinical studies on the interaction between periodontal disease and systemic disease
  • Studies on the mechanism of development of low-grade inflammation caused by periodontal disease, and its influence on other tissues
  • Studies on the pathogenesis of unique periodontal disease such as drug-induced gingival overgrowth
  • Clinical studies on supportive periodontal therapy
Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Studies on esthetic prosthesis
  • Studies on tooth regenerative therapy
  • Development of inhibitors to alveolar bone resorption
  • Analysis of pathogenic mechanisms in peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis
  • Development of dental implant navigation system using an infrared camera
Implant and Rehabilitative Dentistry
  • Development of biomaterials for prosthodontic treatment
  • Mechanobiology of dental implant and prosthodontics
  • Studies on bone regeneration therapy
  • Development of evaluation system for stomatognathic function
  • Development of evaluation system and treatment of bruxism
  • Epidemiological and physiological study on oral rehabilitation using removable dentures
  • Epidemiological and biomechanical study on oral rehabilitation using implants
  • Establishment of diagnosis and treatment system for temporomandibular disorders
  • Development of the treatment for patients with complaints related to occlusion
  • Mechanism of chronic masticatory muscles pain
  • Clinical and physiological study on maxillofacial rehabilitation
Oral Pathology
  • Molecular and genetic investigation on the development and regeneration of the tooth and periodontal tissues for regenerative therapy
  • Cellular and molecular biology of oral cancer
  • Age-dependent changes of the periodontal tissue
  • Pathophysiology of dental pulp
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Study on quantitative diagnosis
  • Computer-assisted diagnosis using dental images
  • Studies on direct digital introral imaging system
  • Analysis on patient radiation dose in dental radiography
  • Diagnostic image analysis for oral cancer
  • Image analysis on oral cancers
  • Studies on radiotherapy for oral cancers
  • Radiological analysis of cervical lymph node metastasis of malignant tumors
  • Image analysis on the structure and pathology of salivary glands
  • Application of ultrasonography to dentistry
  • Image analysis on the structure and pathology of the masticator muscles and related structures
  • Application of “interventional radiology” to dentistry
  • Development of the traning system for dental radiography using virtual reality technique
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Accurate 3 dimensional measurement on cleft lip and palate / jaw deformity
  • Development of surgical simulation / navigation system
  • A study on bone regeneration and compatible biomaterials
  • Development of artificial temporo-mandibular joint
  • Development of new treatment method in cleft lip and palate
  • Development and evaluation of treatments in jaw deformity
  • Molecularly targeted therapy for oral cancer
  • A study on the mechanism of invasion and metastasis of oral cancer
  • Molecular mechanisms of salivary gland development and regeneration
  • Immunological studies on the pathogenesis of oral mucosal diseases
  • Immunological studies on the pathogenesis of Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Experimental study on bone regeneration in jaw
Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology
  • A study on the novel treatment of oral cancer
  • A study on morphological and functional reconstruction in surgery of oral cancer
  • A study on host defense mechanism against oral cancerr
  • A study on the oncogenes of oral cancer
  • A study on the invasion and metastasis of oral cancer
  • A study on relationship between oral bacterial flora and treatment of oral cancer
  • A study on dysphagia after treatment of oral cancer
    (evaluation and rehabilitation)
  • An immunological study on the pathogenesis of oral mucosal diseases
  • Analysis of the cell differentiation and intracellular transduction of oral epithelial cells
  • An immunological study on the pathogenesis of Sjogren’s syndrome
  • An immunological study on the pathogenesis of IgG4-related disease
  • A study on the treatment of odontogenic tumors
  • Biological and cytological studies of odontogenic tumors
  • A study on the orthognathic surgery for jaw deformities
  • A study on the pathogenesis and treatment of cleft lip and or palate
Dental Anesthesiology
  • The study of nutrition and metabolism during perioperative period
  • The study of frequency characteristics of pressure transducer kit
  • The study of cuff pressure of tracheal tube
  • The study of life support for dental emergency
  • Effects of general anesthetics on the ion channels of central neurons
  • The study of the general anesthetic drugs and hearts (circulation) effects on central nerve system
  • Combination of drugs for intravenous sedation
  • The study of clinical pharmacokinetics of aspirin
Interdisciplinary Dentistry
  • Studies on oral tissue regeneration using stem cell populations and/or stem cell-inducing factors
  • Studies on oral care for the perioperative patients
  • Studies on the improvement of oral function for ADL elevation of the aged
  • Studies on etiology and bacteria of periodontal disease
  • Development of novel training programs and evaluation systems for dental trainees
  • Research on mental health status of dental trainees