Entrance Examination Schedule

Master's Course

1st Exam for Spring 2023
2nd Exam for Fall 2022
Examination Dates
2022
July 4-9
Application Period
June 6-8
2nd Exam for Spring 2023
 
Examination Dates
2022
October 25-27
Application Period
September 26-28
3rd Exam for Spring 2023
1st Exam for Fall 2023
Examination Dates
2023
March 8
Application Period
February 6-8

Doctoral Course

1st Exam for Spring 2023
2nd Exam for Fall 2022
Examination Dates
2022
August 22-25
Application Period
July 25-27
2nd Exam for Spring 2023
1st Exam for Fall 2023
Examination Dates
2023
February 20-21
Application Period
January 23-25

Q&A

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In addition to basic knowledge questions, we ask some questions along the essays submitted on your application. For English examination, you are supposed to submit an external test score, such as TOEIC. We set no expiration date or minimum score of TOEIC or other test scores.

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No. We accept students from various fields of study, regardless of their undergraduate major. In the entrance examination, you will not be disadvantaged because of your undergraduate educational background. In the interview, please briefly explain the important points about your research (background, purpose and significance, methods, results and expected outcomes, prospects, etc.) so that people outside your major (especially bioscience majors) can understand. We will also ask you about your basic knowledge of bioscience, to see your motivation and preparation for graduate studies.

The Division of Bioscience area has accepted students from a variety of fields in the past. The curriculum offers lectures and practical subjects that are suitable for those from other fields. For example, lectures such as Basic Subjects and Introduction (those names are subject to change) review basic knowledge at the undergraduate level. In addition to biology-related fields such as agriculture, bioengineering, and medical science, students from diverse fields such as natural product chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and even law have successfully completed their studies at our university, and have obtained new jobs in a variety of fields.

Please write about the research field(s) or subject(s) that you would like to work on if you are admitted to our university. (See our websites for the ongoing researches.) Please explain the circumstances and reasons that led you to the conclusions. If your entrance exam scores are outstanding, you are given the privilege for “priority laboratory assignment” at the time of the acceptance. In this case, as well as in the formal laboratory assignment after the enrollment, you may consider all labs for your selection, regardless of the lab(s) you mention in the essay.

If you have any queries on how to write this essay, you may consult with a professor(s) from the laboratory of your interest or with “Ask Admission Counselors”. We will also explain some tips for the entrance examination preparation at the student recruitment briefing. Please refer to them.

The interview will be based on the two essays submitted ("What you have studied so far" and "What research field or subject you would like to work on at our university"). It is important that you have a good understanding of the background and objectives (what is known and what are the important issues), methods (principles and validity), expected results and their interpretation, and expected results when the research is completed. Based on the contents of your essay and discussions during the interview, we will evaluate your ability to explain and discuss things scientifically, your motivation and enthusiasm for biological sciences and your potential for growth after entering our university.

In the master’s program, students take English classes according to their level of proficiency. We also have an online continuous self-study English system that students can access at any time. In the doctoral program, there are several opportunities to give presentations in English and to receive individual guidance from foreign faculty members. We conduct TOEIC examinations on a regular basis to continuously check the English proficiency of our students. There are many international students from various countries, and you can improve your practical English skills by interacting with them. In addition, if you advance to the doctoral course, all D1 students spend several weeks overseas for practical training at the university's expense (credit is granted). Depending on your preference and TOEIC score, either a research-based lab stay or English training at a language school will be arranged.

Japanese language classes for international students are offered as part of the master’s program curriculum. In addition to the classes, supplementary Japanese language classes are offered by volunteer groups. Classes are held twice a week on our campus with six class levels ranging from beginner to advanced.

Past questions

Essay Templates

This is a sample essay. Please use it as a reference. Essay Templates(docx)

Interview

The interview will be based on the two essays submitted ("What you have studied so far" and "What research field or subject you would like to work on at our university"). It is important that you have a good understanding of the background and objectives (what is known and what are the important issues), methods (principles and validity), prospective results and their interpretation, and expected outcomes when the research is completed. Based on the contents of your essay, we will evaluate your ability to explain and discuss scientifically, your motivation and enthusiasm for biological sciences and your potential for growth after entering our university.

Basic academic skills (oral)

  • Please tell us what you know about the central dogma of biology.
  • Can you explain RNA splicing?
  • List the differences between eukaryotes and prokaryotes at the cellular level.
  • List the differences between plant cells and animal cells.

The interview will be based on basic content in Essential Cell Biology and the applicant's thesis research (the research provided in the essay), similar to the questions above and below. For example,

  • What is the principle of PCR? What reagents do you add in when carrying out the reaction?
  • What should you pay attention to in order to do X in Y experiment?

Although we will ask you about your basic knowledge of biological sciences, the number of points allotted to those questions is not high. You can take high scores at the examination, even if you do not answer all the questions. The interview will primarily focus on whether you have the ability to engage in scientific discussion for the topic you could answer.

English

There is no English test on the day of the entrance exam, as you are required to submit your TOEIC or other similar English proficiency test score(s) in advance. There is no minimum score set for evaluation for English test. If you do not submit an English score such as TOEIC, you will receive a score of zero for English, but you can still pass the exam if you receive a high score on the other tests. If it is difficult to enclose the TOEIC score with the application form, or if you obtain a new score after submitting the application form, please send the original and a photocopy of the score by postal mail during the period designated for each test session. Please note that it must arrive by the deadline, which is indicated on the TOEIC score submission form (NAIST designated form). The final score submitted will be used for the evaluation of entrance examination results.

Admission Information and Application Guide

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Student recruitment briefing

Currently, due to the status of COVID-19, it is being held online.
Online introduction

※*A recording of the meeting held in May 2022.

Student Comments

Y.F.
Why did you choose Division of Biological Science at NAIST?

My background study in Biotechnology has firstly driven me to deepen my knowledge in Molecular Biology field. As this division offers integrated program where students could take part in integrated subjects, it allows me to explore my interest not only in Molecular Biology but also Bio-nanotechnology as well as Bioinformatics.

Y.F.
Applied Stress Microbiology

P.H.
What do you like about Division of Biological Science at NAIST?

There is a wide range of cutting edge facilities and equipment, available for students to craft and pursue their own high quality research in the biological sciences under the guidance and mentorship of masterful professors.

P.H.
Organ Developmental Engineering

R.T.さん
Why did you choose Division of Biological Science at NAIST?

I came here because I thought that I could inspire and be inspired by students from various backgrounds due to the high level of research ability and the large number of faculty members and international students. I thought there was no better environment than here to spend two years on research.

R.T.
Systems Neurobiology and Medicine

T.U. さん
What do you like about Division of Biological Science at NAIST?

I found it exciting that the teachers taught classes that involved their own research and that we could hear stories from the past. There are many classes that include group discussions, and I think it's interesting to listen to the stories of different people.

T.U.
Plant Growth Regulation

N.S. さん
What do you like about Division of Biological Science at NAIST?

I think it’s good that there are many professors with international experience who carefully guide us through the basics via lectures and research activities. My seniors and other classmateolleagues come from various fields, so it's fun to talk with them.

N.S.
Plant Secondary Metabolism

A.O さん
What do you like about Division of Biological Science at NAIST?

The research environment here is excellent. I especially admire the positive atmosphere in the entire Biological Science division to nurture students and that the students themselves are willing to learn.

A.O.
Plant Growth Regulation