Curriculum

  • The course work consists of “Group of Core Courses” and “Group of Courses for Career Development and Improvement of Skills”.
  • In the research work, students conduct pre-research and then research for a master’s thesis in the laboratory to which they belong during their master’s studies. During the 4-year doctoral studies/latter doctoral studies, students conduct research for their doctoral thesis and participate in a multidisciplinary collaborative research project.
  • In addition, they can participate in various programs including overseas/domestic internships and networking events to partner with organizations that wish to recruit excellent researchers as well as the Reiwa Konoe Juku*.

*Reiwa Konoe Juku: Lectures are provided by internationally recognized researchers who have graduated from or have a deep relationship with Kyoto University. Although this is a program for students outside of the university, MIP students also can participate.

Completion Requirement

Number of credits required to complete

Group of core courses

Graduate Courses for Integrated Research Training

6 credits in minimum

Core Medical Education Courses*

4 credits in minimum

Group of courses for career development and improvement of skills

2 credits in minimum

* Student who have taken classes in “Core Medical Education Courses” or their equivalent may be exempt from “Core Medical Education Courses”.

Other requirements for program completion

  • Students are required to continue to participate in Graduate Courses for Integrated Research Training after they have obtained the credits required for completion of the Course.
  • Students are required to participate in either an Interdisciplinary Joint Research project or an overseas or domestic internship.

For students who fulfill the requirements for completion of the program in addition to fulfill the requirements for completing their department, a statement certifying the completion of the Graduate Program for Medical Innovation will be added to the student’s diploma.

Available courses

Group of Core Courses

The Group of Core Courses consists of the Graduate Courses for Integrated Research Training and the Core Medical Education Courses.
The Graduate Courses for Integrated Research Training provide colloquium-style lectures and seminars in English in different fields. All MIP students can participate in these classes regardless of the Graduate School to which they belong. 
In the Core Medical Education Courses, students aim to acquire the systematic knowledge and ideas of basic medicine. Students can choose classes depending on their academic background.

Group of Courses for Career Development and Improvement of Skills

These courses show students various career paths that have not been covered by conventional medical education. To help students acquire the knowledge and ideas required for becoming next-generation innovators, lecturers are invited from external partner organizations and companies. The four courses available are listed below.

Frontier type Human Resource Development in Medical Science

  • Second Semester(October-January)
  • Lecture+Group Work
  • 2credits
  • Language of instruction:Japanese

Syllabus (in Japanese)

More information (in Japanese)

Introduction to Drug Discovery and Development

  • Full-Year (Irregular)
  • Lecture
  • 2credits
  • Language of instruction:Japanese

*Students who take this course will take a class provided by the Department of Drug Discovery Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine.

Syllabus (in Japanese)

Medical Engineering for Society

  • Second Semester(October-November)
  • Lecture+Discussion
  • 2credits
  • Language of instruction:Japanese

Syllabus (in Japanese)

Healthcare Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Program(HiDEP)

  • Intensive
    Some classes may be held on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
    (These courses were held from July to December in 2019. They were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There may be changes made to this program in 2021 and later years).
  • Lecture+workshop
  • 6 credits
  • Language of instruction:Japanese

Syllabus (in Japanese)

Innovation Hub Kyoto (in Japanese)

Other Programs

Interdisciplinary Joint Research project

This is a joint research project with a laboratory in a different field. Students who take this joint research course will plan and proceed with the project in consultation with their academic supervisor. Proposed research plans are reviewed for eligibility for research funding.

Overseas/domestic internship

Students who take the overseas or domestic internship will participate in an internship program at an overseas or domestic university, a research institute, or a company. Proposed internship plans are reviewed for eligibility for subsidy for travel expenses including accommodations.

Reiwa Konoe Juku

Lectures are provided by internationally recognized researchers who have graduated from or have a deep relationship with Kyoto University. Although this is a program for students outside of the university, MIP students also can participate.

Graduate Courses for Integrated Research Training

Students who take these courses will choose classes provided by the Graduate School of Medicine.
Each course consists of a seminar (4 credits) and a practicum (2 credits), and students will choose from the courses listed below. They are required to continue participating in the course activities after obtaining the credits required for completion of the course.
The faculty staff in the course you participate will be your supervisor for this program.

  • Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology
    Michiyuki Matsuda
  • Immunology, Allergy and Infection
    Koichi Ikuta
  • Cancer
    Seishi Ogawa
  • Genome and Omics Statistical Analysis
    Ryo Yamada
  • Neuroscience
    Dai Watanabe
  • Metabolic Syndrome, Aging and Metabolic Medicine
    Nobuya Inagaki
  • Regeneration Medicine and Organ Reconstruction
    Junya Toguchida
  • Pathology and Pathophysiology
    Hironori Haga
    *Only for doctorate course or latter doctoral course students.
  • Clinical Research
    Koji Kawakami
  • Public Health
    Yuichi Imanaka
  • Medical Engineering and Physics
    Takashi Mizowaki

The following three courses will be established in the Department of Human Health Sciences from the year 2021.

  • caring sciences
    Marie Furuta
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
    Tomoki Aoyama
  • Artificial intelligence in medicine
    Yasufumi Okuno

Further information on the Graduate Courses for Integrated Research Training is available on the website of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine.

Core Medical Education Courses

Students who take these courses will choose classes provided by the Master’s Course in Medical Science depending on their academic background.

* Student who have taken classes in “Core Medical Education Courses” or their equivalent may be exempt from “Core Medical Education Courses”.
*In principle, students are required to take these courses in the first year (or in the third year for students who transferred to the latter doctoral course).
*The detailed course schedule will be available on the website of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine before the beginning of each semester.  

Course title Precautions on registration Number of lectures MIP students must attend Target year Semester Semester Number
of credits
Language in Instruction
Essential Anatomy Anatomy” offered from Undergraduate Human Health Sciences’ program.

*Students who graduated from the Department of Human Health Sciences of Kyoto University cannot take this course.
15 1 First semester April-July 2 Japanese
Essential Physiology I Physiology I” offered from Undergraduate Human Health Sciences’ program.

*Students who graduated from the Department of Human Health Sciences of Kyoto University cannot take this course.
Students who take this course cannot take ” Physiology I”  and “Physiology II”.
16 1 First semester April-May 2 Japanese
Essential Physiology II  Physiology II ” offered from Undergraduate Human Health Sciences’ program.

*Students who graduated from the Department of Human Health Sciences of Kyoto University cannot take this course.
Students who take this course cannot take ” Physiology I”  and “Physiology II”.
16 1 First semester June-July 2 Japanese
Essential General Pathology  General Pathology” offered from Undergraduate Human Health Sciences’ program.

*Students who graduated from the Department of Human Health Sciences of Kyoto University cannot take this course. 
15 1 First semester June-July 2 Japanese
Histology  B4a Histology from 2nd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine  15 1 Second semester September-November 2 Japanese
Embryology and Developmental Biology B3 Embryology and Developmental Biology from
2nd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine 
15 1 Second semester October-November 2 Japanese
Physiology I  B5a Physiology from 2nd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine

*Students can take only one of either “Physiology I” or “Physiology II”.
Students who take this course cannot take ” Essential Physiology I”  and “Essential Physiology II”.
15 1 Second semester September-October 2 Japanese
Physiology II B5a Physiology from 2nd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine

*Students can take only one of either “Physiology I” or “Physiology II”.
Students who take this course cannot take ” Essential Physiology I”  and “Essential Physiology II”.
30 1 Second semester September-November 4 Japanese
Neuroscience B6a Neuroscience from 2nd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine  42 1 Second semester November-December 6 Japanese
Brain dissection training  B6b Brain Dissection from 2nd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine  17 1 Second semester November-December 1 Japanese
Microbiology I  B7a Microbiology Lecture from 2nd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine

*Students can take only one of either “Microbiology I” or “Microbiology II”. 
16 1 Second semester January 2 Japanese
Microbiology II B7a Microbiology Lecture from 2nd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine

*Students can take only one of either “Microbiology I” or “Microbiology II”. 
30 1 Second semester January 4 Japanese
Immunology B8 Immunology from 3rd Year Undergraduate Program in
Medicine
28 1 First semester April 4 Japanese
General Pathology II  B9 General Pathology from 3rd Year Undergraduate Program
in Medicine 
32 1 First semester April-May月 4 Japanese
Pharmacology I  B11a Pharmacology and its Practice from 3rd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine

*Students can take only one of either “Pharmacology I” or “Pharmacology II”. 
15 1 First semester April-May 2 Japanese
Pharmacology II  B11a Pharmacology and its Practice from 3rd Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine

*Students can take only one of either “Pharmacology I” or “Pharmacology II”. 
30 1 First semester April-May 4 Japanese
Legal Medicine I  B12a Legal Medicine from 3rd
Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine

*Students can take only one of either “Legal Medicine I” or “Legal Medicine II”. 
15 1 First semester June-July 2 Japanese
Legal Medicine II  B12a Legal Medicine from 3rd
Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine

*Students can take only one of either “Legal Medicine I” or “Legal Medicine II”. 
25 1 First semester June-July 4 Japanese
Medical Genetics C13 Medical Genetics/Medical Ethics from 4th Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine  16 1 First semester April-May 2 Japanese
Social, Environmental and Preventive Medicine B13 Social, Environmental and Preventive Medicine from 4th Year Undergraduate Program in Medicine  15 1 First semester April 2 Japanese
Fundamentals of Biostatistics Fundamentals of Biostatistics from Program on Public Health  14 1 First semester April-July 2 Japanese
Legal system in medical information   14 1 Second semester October-January 2 Japanese
Courses in English
provided by
Liberal Arts and
General Education 
See the table below            English

Courses in English provided by Liberal Arts and General Education]
The courses below are undergraduate elective courses. The course details and schedule must be confirmed with the Syllabus of “Liberal Arts and General Education” on KULASIS.

Course title Target year Semester Day/Period Number
of credits
Principles of Genetics-E2 1 First semester Tue.2 2
Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology-E2  1 First semester Tue.3 2

Introduction to Biochemistry-E2

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

1 Second semester Tue.2 or Tue.3  2
Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience A-E2  1 First semester Fri.5 2
Introductory Statistics-E2  1 First semester Fri.3 2
Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience B-E2  1 Second semester Fri.5 2
Introduction to Medical Psychology-E2 1 Second semester Fri.3 2
Nutrition and Health-E2 1 Second semester Fri.5 2
Biology and Sociology of Chronic Diseases-E2  1 First semester Fri.5 2