The Graduate School of Medical Sciences was remodeled and established in April 2003 as a graduate school educational institution with the aim of cultivating medical researchers, educators, and advanced medical staff.
The graduate school consists of a four-year doctoral course and a two-year master’s course that was established in 2002. The master’s course (in Medical Sciences) was created in response to the upsurge in medical and biological research, as well as societal needs. The course is designed for graduates of 4-year undergraduate programs. Each academic year sees 20 students enrolled, for a total of 40 students. Graduates of the master’s course are encouraged to continue their education by enrolling in the doctoral course. The doctoral course (Medical Sciences specialty) contains 88 students per academic grade, for a total of 352 students. Personalized education with research guidance is supplemented by courses in experimental medicine and graduate school seminars. Students complete the course by publishing their original research results in an international academic journal and writing a comprehensive thesis.
The graduate school has many special courses and programs such as an educational course for researchers on translational research for eradication of AIDS, an educational course for research frontiers on AIDS, a course for researchers of developmental biology and regenerative medicine, a cancer professional training program, a program for experts of metabolism, circulation and related informatics, a HIGO program, Kumamoto University program for Leading Graduate School, and Shibasaburo program, a unique MD/PhD course.
All courses are taught by instructors who belong to 91 diverse research areas and medical care fields from the following: the Faculty of Life Sciences, Kumamoto University Hospital, the Health Care Center, the Institute of Resource Development and Analysis, the Center for AIDS Research, the Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics, and the International Research Center for Medical Sciences.