Doctoral Course (MD-PhD Program)

The goal of the Department is to provide instructional and practical expertise enough to cultivate “professional researchers in immunology” on a global basis. Students have opportunities to learn how to proceed a research in stimulating and collaborative environments through joint researches with national and international institutes. The members of the departments have diverse backgrounds ranged from clinical doctors to a technician in chemistry, but share the same goals to promote translational researches on allergic disorders and cancers. We have been interested in the research field of “T cell memory.” Our department is perfect for the candidates with interests in both basic and clinical immunology, especially who wants to have career development in international settings.

The Doctoral Course at the Department of Immunology, Chiba University is a four-year program. Candidates should acquire at least 30 credits from course work within 4 years and submit a doctoral dissertation. Candidates should obtain at least 14 credits from the lectures of the Field including 6 credits from special research classes. After passing the dissertation defense and the final examination, a successful student will be given a degree of “Doctor of Philosophy.

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International Frontier Medical and Pharmaceutical Program

Besides the standard master program, Chiba University has the International Frontier Medical and Pharmaceutical Program for international students.

The program offers following support plans:

  1. Financial support through the hiring of RAs (research assistants)
  2. Housing lease system
  3. Enrollment fee and tuition waiver system
  4. Temporary loans from Chiba University
  5. Institutional guarantee (apartment guarantor) system of Chiba University

CHIBA Innovation Program for Therapeutics (CIPT)

Doctoral program enrollments can join CIPT, a human resource development program to cultivate personnel who forge the future of medical innovation. Prof. Nakayama of our department is in charge of the program.

Merits of the program

  • Curriculum developed from a standpoint of “therapeutics”, an integration of basic and clinical medicine.
  • Individually-targeted teaching: 3 mentors for 1 student.
  • Practical curriculum including training in national and international universities, research institutes, and companies.
  • Training of cooperativeness and coordination through training and discussion with students differing age and backgrounds
  • Postdoc areer support

Course Requirements: Requirements for the program are the following six courses (10 credits)

Translational Advanced Therapeutics(Applied)Compulsory

Seminar in a small group. Students and instructors discuss based on students’ oral presentation on advanced therapeutics.

Credit: 2

Medical Innovation (Applied)Compulsory

Lecture on medical engineering innovation by lecturers from Chiba University and Pharmaceutical Companies

Credit: 2

Presentation Debate Seminar(Intermediate)Compulsory

Presentation Debate Seminar(Advanced)Compulsory

Seminar to improve presentation and discussion skills by a native instructor

Credit: 1

Therapeutics Seminar for InnovationCompulsory

Seminar on advanced bioscience and clinical studies by weekly-rotated lecturers.

Credit: 2

Therapeutics Training for InnovationCompulsory

Training on advanced bioscience and clinical studies in national and international institutions.

Credit: 1

Selective Exam
The selective examination is held around mid-March every year.

Leading Graduate School (LGS)

Nurture of Creative Research Leaders in Immune System
We offer multidisciplinary education and well-funded support for the doctoral course students to become international leaders who can develop novel therapies of intractable immune-related diseases. Prof. Nakayama of our department serves as a program coordinator.
All new doctoral students are eligible for the selective test of the program with permission of regents professor. The selected members of 10 will have interdisciplinary special lectures by Japanese and international professors. They also have chance to have training in domestic and foreign institutes and companies. The program provides a research scholarship.

Selected members of 10 will have the following benefits.

  • Designed lectures by specialists from national and international institutes
  • Training at international research institutes and/or at national and international pharmaceutical companies
  • Research Grant (100,000 or 200,000 yen per month)

Requirement: Besides credits required for the standard doctoral program, students have to acquire at least 16 credits from the LGS curriculum.

Cross-disciplinary Subject

Credits: 9

Therapeudics Lecture

Credits: 4

Therapeudics Seminar

Credits: 2

Therapeudics Training

Credits: 1

Selective Exam
The selective examination is held around mid-March every year.