Admission Policy

Admission Policy

Admissions Policy of the Faculty of Science

Science comprises disciplines that explore the natural principles and laws governing natural phenomena. Through the products of scientific endeavor, these disciplines have contributed to significant and immense cultural advancement as intellectual assets to humankind and to universal improvements in human welfare and standards of living.


Kyoto University's Faculty of Science values scholarly endeavor in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom above all, and has been instrumental in aiding the creation of entirely new academic disciplines. This commitment is exemplified in part by the six Nobel Prizes and two Fields Medals that have been earned by Faculty of Science alumni and former faculty members. The Faculty of Science has sustained this atmosphere of scholarship and is continuing to evolve as an educational institution known for the excellence of the many graduates it has turned out.

We welcome students who can assimilate the ability and knowledge to aid future scientific creations, advances, applications, and dissemination in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom, and look forward to the enrollment of students with the following attributes.


Desired Student Profile

  • Students who respect freedom, critically evaluate prevailing ideas, look for novel information, think for themselves and pursue creative endeavors.
  • Students who think logically and rationally, and try to solve problems persistently.
  • Students who have high scientific and linguistic ability.

Students can explore fields suitable for their ability and aptitude under our unique one department system for “gradual specialization”.

Applicants are required to take subject-specific entrance exam including math, sciences, Japanese and English and to submit scores of the National Center Test for University Admissions (NCTUA).

On the other hand, highly talented applicants in mathematical science can take a special admission assessment that is composed by an essay and an interview in addition to a written test and scores of NCTUA.

The prospective students are expected to have sufficient capabilities not only of basic mathematics and sciences that are the fundamentals for study after admission, but of logical thinking and English proficiency.


Admissions Policy of the Graduate School of Science

As a scholarly discipline, science explores the principles and laws that govern natural phenomena. Through its endeavors, this intellectual enterprise has contributed to profound cultural advances as an intellectual asset as well as to improved living standards and welfare for all of humankind.


From the earliest days of its establishment, the Graduate School of Science has operated within an atmosphere of academic freedom and continued to build on its extensive record of original research achievement in fields ranging from mathematics, physics, and astrophysics to Earth planetary science, chemistry, and the life sciences. While doing so, it has also produced many excellent researchers for valuable roles on the international stage. The Graduate School of Science has the academic mission of enabling each and every enrolled graduate student to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental systems of the natural sciences and, with that foundation, develop their ability to engage in original research, create new intellectual value through pooled knowledge, and excel in independent career roles as researchers or responsible professionals. In light of this mission, we welcome students that demonstrate an excellent grasp of science fundamentals and the willingness to persevere in their research activities. Additionally, for our master's and doctoral programs, we look forward to the enrollment of students with the following profile.


Desired Student Profile

  • Individuals that possess excellent knowledge of scientific fundamentals, logical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as language skills, and who show persistence in finding solutions to problems
  • Individuals that respect academic freedom, refuse to uncritically accept prevailing authority and ideas, think for themselves, and show a readiness to assimilate new ideas and pursue creative endeavors
  • Individuals that aspire to pursue future careers as researchers at the forefront of scientific progress and be involved in the dissemination of scientific advances and their benefits to society