AcademicsGraduate Schools

School of Medicine

  • Master's Program
  • Doctoral Program

An Open Model of Medicine Compatible with Globalization

Both the Doctoral Program and the Master's Program employ a single course structure. Postgraduate students can nominate a research supervisor without being constrained by area of specialization or a particular field of study. This more flexible approach avoids making an artificial distinction between pure and clinical medicine. The curriculum is similarly flexible and allows considerable freedom to move beyond traditional subject domains. For instance, a clinician can study pure theory efficiently. Compulsory subjects include Scientific English, Biostatistics, Molecular and Population Genetic and Ethics (comprising bioethics and science and medical ethics). Graduates acquire skills and knowledge in a wide range of specialist fields chosen to reflect the expectations of society at large. The course provides graduates with a wide range of career options in health care and bioscience, including medical and bioscience researchers and medical practitioners with a strong research focus.

Note: Details are subject to change.

Course of Advanced Medical Science

  • Doctoral Program
  • Future Prediction International Health Instructors Training Course

Pursuing Research Based on Freedom of Ideas Under the Single Major Structure


The course provides innovative research skills and high-level specialization in a wide range of fields ranging from basic medical sciences to clinical medical applications. 2009 saw the addition of a hybrid course that allowed graduates to acquire clinical skills by working as a clinical assistant at the Tokai University Hospital while simultaneously pursuing studies and research under the Doctoral Program. The Graduate School of Advanced Medical Science employs a single course structure, which allows a greater degree of freedom in the choice of anresearch supervisor. Graduates will be interviewed upon entrance to the program and will have the opportunity to receive research guidance from multiple supervisors. After completion, graduates can choose to pursue further medical research in the life sciences or use their medical qualifications to become a qualified clinician and pursue applications of medical science to contribute to the advancement of clinical medicine or join major international clinical research projects.
Other courses include the Future Prediction International Health Instructors Training Course, which teaches students how to formulate medical policies based on current data and the Cancer Specialist Course for those who wish to gain accreditation as a cancer specialist.

Admission Policy

The Advanced Medical Science course is seeking applicants with the ability to actively identify research topics that make a genuine contribution to progress in clinical medicine and have a demonstrated commitment to self-motivated study and research in order to become a researcher or a medical specialist. They should also have an appreciation for the learning objectives of the School, which is to develop researchers and medical specialists in the field of medicine and life sciences with a high level of specialization who have a strong desire to pursue research and hold a sound moral and ethical framework to become leaders in their communities.

Key Research Topics

  • MicroRNA-199a-3p, microRNA-193b affect the senescence of human chondrocytes and microRNA-320c is correlated to juvenile properties
  • The expression and role of PKC signaling in intervertebral disc cells
  • Tumor Budding of Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma and its Clinical Significance
  • Balance retainment and recovery for preventing elderly from falling
  • Association of Promyelocytic Leukemia Protein with Expression of IL-6 and Resistance to Treatment in Multiple Myeloma
  • Use of probiotics to prevent NSAID-induced gastric mucosal injury
  • Identifying the new Behçet's disease susceptibility gene TRIM39
  • Damage to hepatic cells caused by oxidized diacylglycerol
  • Using the Tet-mev-1 mouse mitochondrial oxidative stress load model to test corneal damage associated with the aging process

Course of Medical Science

  • Master's Program

For Those Wishing to Pursue a Career in Medicine and Health Care Related Fields


The Course of Medical Science offered at the Graduate School of Medicine provides a Master's level qualification in the field of medicine. It is one of only a handful of such courses available in Japan.
The Graduate School of Medicine also offers a four-year Doctoral Program, which requires a Master's or equivalent academic history. Tokai University has an integrated system whereby graduates from a four-year course of study can proceed directly to the Master's program and then the Doctoral program. This includes graduates from non-related faculties such as literature.

Research and education domains include molecular cell biology, human physiology, pathology, immunology and infectious disease, social medicine, clinical medicine, and ethics (comprising bioethics and science and medical ethics).

The Master's Program in medicine at Tokai University is designed to prepare graduates for the Doctoral Program, for participation in international joint research projects, and for rewarding careers as medical and health care professionals after completion of the Master's Program in medicine.

Admission Policy

The Medical Science course seeks applicants with the ability to actively identify research topics that make a genuine contribution to progress in clinical medicine, have a demonstrated commitment to self-motivated study for the purpose of acquiring a comprehensive grounding in the fundamentals of modern medicine and associated research methodologies together with a sound moral and ethical framework around bioethics and science ethics, global linguistic skills, as well as an appreciation of the learning objectives of the course around developing professionals and experts with a high level of specialization and a strong desire to pursue research who are capable of fulfilling a range of different roles in the fields of medicine, bioscience and interdisciplinary fields as required.

Key Research Topics

  • Superiority of D114 in T cell differentiation in the thymus gland
  • Identifying hematopoietic stem cell markers in the common marmoset
  • Role of Midkine growth and differentiation factor in the human feto-amniotic unit
  • Understanding the lifestyle-related causes of hepatic fibrosis
  • Establishment and reaction of iPS cells from rare disease carriers
  • Correlation between tissue damage and constancy metamorphism in Tet-mev-1 excess super oxide mouse

  • Study of how PKCδ splicing variant inhibits oxidation stress damage