Doctoral Program in Media and Governance, Ph. D.

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The Keio University International Center, Doctoral Program in Media and Governance focuses on research and thesis writing. Students pursuing the Doctoral Program are expected to draft a workable research plan which they develop with the help of an Advisory Group.


Keio University International Center, Doctoral Program in Media and Governance

The Advisory Group primarily consists of faculty members of the Graduate School of Media and Governance who teach research methodology to students and direct their thesis writing. In principle, students pursuing their Doctoral Program must complete all the required lecture courses while they are in the Master's Program.

This implies that when students are still in the Master's Program, they participate in research projects and are trained to become career professionals, and when such students enter the Doctoral Program, they are ready to write their own research proposals and conduct independent research. The study and research of the Doctoral Program actually take place within research projects.

By using the three guiding principles - namely "new conceptual frameworks", "new methodologies" and "specialized research activities" - students discover innovative ideas in the integrated fields of media and governance.

Once students become Doctoral candidates, they can interact with the community of international scholars and participate in relevant postgraduate projects.

Doctoral candidates can also have the opportunity to work on contractual research programs/consortia formed between business organizations, local governments and the Keio Research Institute at SFC. In recent years, a number of students have been able to use their research skills in social development while pursuing their Doctoral studies at the Graduate School.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In order to resolve complex and global problems, our society needs disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in specialized areas, which would cross-fertilize ideas and create a new methodology.

The Graduate School of Media and Governance offers eight Programs to allow researchers to use the new methodology, stimulate specialized research and expertise. All graduate students are expected to belong to a Program and then pursue research consistent with the guidelines set by the Program they opt for.
  • Global Governance and Regional Strategy (GR)
  • Human Security and Communications (HC)
  • Policy Making and Social Innovation (PS)
  • Cognition, Sense-Making and Biophysical Skills (CB)
  • Environmental Design and Governance (EG)
  • X-Design (XD)
  • Cyber Informatics (CI)
  • System Biology (BI)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to fulfill the requirements mentioned in sections 1 and 2 below:

1. Regardless of nationality, they must reside outside Japan either for study or work at the time of application and continue to do so until the announcement of the result

2. They should discuss their research plan with a graduate school committee member they wish to be their Research Supervisor and must obtain an informal consent from him/her to become a Research Supervisor of the applicant prior to the commencement of the application period

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Tokyo

  • 140000 - 200000 JPY/month
    Living Costs

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


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