Ph.D. On Campus

Japanese Humanities

Kyushu University

36 months
5164 USD/year
5164 USD/year
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The International Master’s Program (IMAP) in Japanese Humanities (founded 2011) and the International Doctorate (IDOC) in Japanese Humanities (founded 2017) are the only two graduate programs conducted in English within Kyushu University’s Graduate School of Humanities.


All students have full access to the educational strengths and facilities of a world-class Japanese university and benefit from the rich array of academic resources it offers.

The PhD candidates at Kyushu University study with specialists in Japanese history, art history and visual culture, literature, premodern languages, religion, geography, and other facets of the humanities. Students enroll in rigorous seminars on general and specialist topics—many of which incorporate study at cultural and historical sites within Japan.

About the program 

The IMAP and IDOC in Japanese Humanities are characterized by closely supervised instruction and small seminars customized to meet the long-term academic goals of each student. Seminars taught by primary faculty generally emphasize premodern japan and its relationship to East Asia; these are supplemented by courses offered by affiliated and guest faculty in topics ranging from Japanese film to archaeology. There are also courses in field-specific methodologies, research methods, and premodern Japanese (kobun and kanbun).

Among other requirements, all IMAP and IDOC students are required to write a thesis in English under the guidance of primary and secondary academic advisors. Depending on their Japanese-language proficiency, MA candidates may select additional courses from the Graduate School of Humanities or other graduate schools within the university; PhD candidates are required to enroll in graduate courses taught in Japanese.

The IMAP and IDOC in Japanese Humanities offer many activities and opportunities to their students such as research excursions and interactions with scholars from around the world. Visiting faculty give intensive courses or special lectures as part of the IMAP/IDOC Distinguished Lecture Series or the Symposium on Premodern Japanese Culture. These visiting scholars from institutions in the US, Europe, Oceania, and Asia rank among world experts in their fields; they are chosen to enhance the curriculum or to support the research pursued by a particular student or students. Students also assist in planning and implementing these important gatherings and benefit from the vast expertise, curricular variety, and the network of introductions to the world of Japan Studies that these visitors provide.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Doctoral Dissertation Guidance
  • Research and Professional Development 
  • Upper-level Graduate Seminar: History 
  • Upper-level Graduate Seminar: Visual Culture and Art History 
  • Upper-level Graduate Seminar: Literature 
  • Upper-level Graduate Seminar: Buddhist Studies or Japanese Religions 
  • Upper-level Graduate Seminar: Text and Material Culture 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




14 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for the IDOC in Japanese Humanities must have received an MA degree (or equivalent) within the humanities from an accredited institution.
  • Students must have strong skills in English and Japanese (minimum JLPT N3 level or proof of equivalent skill).

Required Documents

  • Application Form 
  • Academic Essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Submit an official graduation certificate issued by the last university attended. Photocopies with an official seal or imprint are acceptable.
  • Submit official academic transcripts from all universities or equivalent institutions attended. Photocopies with an official seal or imprint are acceptable.
  • Submit JLPT certification or other proof of Japanese language ability.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5164 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2582 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    5164 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2582 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • JPY 267,900  per semester

Living costs for Fukuoka

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.


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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