Doctoral Program


Comparative Studies of Societies and Cultures

This major targets a multifaceted range of research subjects, including society, culture, language, and the arts. Whereas some areas of research focus on Japan, others focus on various other countries and regions around the world. While emphasizing the knowledge humanity has accumulated over the course of its long history, this major also turns an eye towards changes in modern culture and society.

While fostering researchers who can play a leading role in academic research, the program also aims to cultivate people who can apply an advanced level of specialized knowledge and skills for the benefit of society.

The Doctoral Program is broadly organized into the following four areas designed to deepen specialized knowledge while also fostering creative skills across the curriculum.

Human Developmental Sciences

This program offers a wide range of courses that examine humans as social and individual beings as well as their development process in order to foster advanced female researchers and professionals with an interdisciplinary and practical approach. Division of Human Developmental Sciences offers a consistent style of education from the Master’s Program to the Doctoral Program, the latter of which is based on a stage system that provides systematic education aimed towards attaining a doctorate.

Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

This major was established in April 2005 to form a hub for gender research education. It was the first major in a Doctoral Program offered in Japan that established and emphasized gender research from an interdisciplinary perspective. The instructors provide classroom content that analyzes representative modern social issues based on each academic discipline. The doctoral dissertations produced by past graduates have been praised for presenting new outlooks about existing academic disciplines from a gender perspective, and have been awarded various prizes including the Japan Association of Gender and Law Prize, the Women’s History Prize, the Human Geographical Society of Japan’s Excellent Book/Paper Award, the Japan Association of Economic Geographers’ Economic Geography Prize, the Kikue Yamakawa Prize, the Population Association of Japan’s Best Paper Award, and others.

Life Sciences

The English word “life” has multiple meanings. Not only does it refer to living organisms, it also denotes the everyday lives we lead, as well as the overall life of a person. The Life Sciences Department provides an education in the broad meaning of the word “life.” Research in this program includes the science that pursues the basic mechanisms of living organisms as well as the science that makes use of these findings in actual everyday life, without any attempt to separate the two fields. In addition to the courses listed below, this major also offers minor programs in global science and engineering, core science teaching, and shokuiku (food and nutrition education).

Advanced Sciences

Major advances are being seen in boundary areas and interdisciplinary fields across modern science. The role of a Doctor of Science, which is to conduct research and development related to natural and applied sciences, has been increasing in importance even more than before. Due to the need to cultivate advanced professionals, this program fosters researchers with the broad knowledge necessary to enter new fields beyond their own previously limited areas of expertise through education aimed at cultivating advanced applied skills by combining a wide range of specialized knowledge. The program fosters the ability to cooperate with researchers in a large number of different fields in order to find targets for research with the goal of contributing in boundary and interdisciplinary areas. In addition, it also supports research activities based on the outlook of a woman’s lifestyle that balances work and the family.

Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering

At present, there are very few women who work in the field of science and technology, so the fostering of women with advanced science and technology knowledge has become an big issue. It can be said that the fostering of female researchers and engineers with the perspectives of the technologies for ordinary people may be a new source of vitality that can support the future of Japan's industry.

The Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering program seeks to cultivate women with the ability to conduct research based on a flexible grasp of the various challenges of everyday human life, along with a broad understanding of various engineering fields, from the basics to applications.
*This cooperative major is based on the joint implementation system for university curricula established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This system establishes a mechanism for forming joint educational programs that effectively utilize the education and research resources of multiple mutually collaborating universities.
The Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering is managed through the cooperation of Ochanomizu University and Nara Women's University. By effectively utilizing educational and research resources, the program provides high-quality education and research while seeking to take the lead in supporting cutting-edge interdisciplinary fields.  

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