Career after Graduation

Many graduates of the two former departments play active roles as key members in universities and other research institutions. The chart below shows the post-graduate career paths of 373 master's graduates and 157 doctoral graduates from the two former departments between 2010 and March 2014. It indicates that 45% of master’s degree holders went on to the doctoral program, and that more than 44% of PhD holders began careers in research and relevant positions.

Graduates of the master’s program Graduates of the doctoral program
A: Advanced to the doctoral program (Biological ciences): 170 (45%)
B: Advanced to other departments or other graduate schools: 6 (2%)
C: National research institutes, private-sector research institutes, and private-sector corporations, etc.: 167 (45%)
D: Research students, and others: 30 (8%)
E: Postdoctoral fellow (JSPS research fellowship and other domestic research organizations): 41 (26%)
F: Postdoctoral fellow (overseas universities and research organizations): 6 (4%)
G: National research institutes and private-sector research institutes: 22 (14%)
H: Universities (assistant professors), and government offices: 42 (27%)
L: Employed, research students, and others: 46 (29%)

As the need for experts with knowledge and research experience at the master’s level or higher is increasingly recognized in today's complicated society, the opportunities for graduates of the new Department of Biological Sciences to show their skills are expected to increase further. The entrance examination for the master’s program (the top 84 are accepted) is held in late August annually; about half of the successful applicants are from different departments or other universities. The entrance examination for the doctoral program for those from other institutions (only a few are accepted) is held in early February annually.