• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #124 (QS) Fukuoka, Japan
Kyushu University’s LL.D. program offers students the unique opportunity of preparing a doctoral thesis on law in English whilst studying at a Japanese university. 
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The program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to complete high-level research in law.

Participants will pursue a closely supervised program of research for 6 consecutive semesters (3 years), prior to submitting a final dissertation.

The thesis may be on any law-related subject agreed in consultation with the academic supervisors and approved by the LL.D. Faculty Committee.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The doctoral thesis may be on any law-related subject agreed in consultation with the academic advisors and approved by the Faculty Committee. However, Kyushu University, Graduate School Of Law would particularly welcome doctoral research proposals in these fields:

Business and the Law

  • International Arbitration
  • and Private International Law
  • International Civil Litigation
  • Comparative Corporate Law
  • Contemporary Issues in Competition Law
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime

Globalization and the Law

  • International Business Law
  • Current Legal Issues and Roman Law
  • International Economic and Social Law
  • World Trade Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Maritime Law

Innovation and the Law

  • Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property Law
  • Nature, Business and the Law
  • Intellectual Property Law and Practice
  • Creative Economy, Innovation & the Law

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

For admission to the LL.D., students must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants are expected to have engaged in some form of legal study at graduate level.
  • A good command of English. A TOEFL score of 250+ (computer-based), 600+ (paper-based), or 100+ (Internet-based) or equivalent is required for non-native English speakers.
  • Sufficient financial support for the duration of the program. 

Please note that scholarships may have additional requirements. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Kyushu University Tuition Fee per Semester (2x per year): 270,000 yen.

Living costs for Fukuoka-shi

  • 111200 - 165260 JPY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Japanese Government Scholarship
  • Embassy Nominated Japanese Government Scholarship
  • Self-Financing (including scholarships from home country or other source)

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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