Doctoral Program in Human Care Science. Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

About Human Care Science Doctoral Degree Program

Degree to be awarded

Ph.D. in Human Care Science


This program aims to develop future University faculty members, researchers, highly specialized professionals, educator, who have multidisciplinary skills for solving issues related to human care and support, the ability to new innovation and creatively from the viewpoint of an academic integration of specialized fields such as education, psychology, welfare, medicine, nursing, health science, etc.

Desired human resources development

This program focuses on the development and generation of future human resources personnel who have advanced specialized knowledge about people’s problems and issues, and who have acquired research efficiency, skills for solving problems, required methods and skills related to human care and support, and advanced specialized knowledge and proficiency in concern to guidance and supervision.

Career after completion

There are possibilities to be engaged as professional education researchers, researchers at international organizations, leaders, and practitioners of specialized organizations involved in support in the field of human care science at universities and research institutions both in Japan and overseas.

Diploma policy
  1. Proficiency in new knowledge creation: Capable to create new knowledge that can contribute to the future society
  2. Management skill: Ability to discover issues from a bird’s-eye view (from a comprehensive perspective), plan and implement solutions
  3. Communication ability: Proficiency to deliberate the essence of academic results positively and concretely
  4. Leadership skills: Expertise to demonstrate leadership and achieve target objectives
  5. Internationality: High-level awareness and willingness to work internationally and contribute to the international community
  6. Research competence: Ability to set up a state of the art and future research topics based on the latest expertise in the field of human care science and to independently carry out the research plan
  7. Specialization related expertise: Advanced knowledge in the field of human care science, and interdisciplinary expertise in related sciences
  8. Knowledge of ethical issues: Sound and appropriate knowledge on ethics for researchers in the field of human care science, and in-depth and extensive ethical knowledge about a particular field of study
  9. Applicability skill of multidisciplinary knowledge: The ability to practically apply and implement the multidisciplinary knowledge and technology related to human care science to solving contemporary and future issues
Curriculum policy

Our primary curriculum policy is to actively collaborate with public health degree program to develop integrated multidisciplinary expertise, advanced research skills, ethics, and problem-solving capability related to human care sciences under the concomitant and simultaneous education and research guidance from the faculty members in the human science, health and sports sciences, and medicine.

Admission policy

Desired applicants

Holding a deep interest and attention in human care-related sciences and problems and willingness to work on scientific elucidation and problem- solving from a multidisciplinary perspective. In addition, our program wishes to select the potential candidates interested in aiming to solve various global issues through advanced specialized knowledge and technology, and finally serves and contributes to Japan and overseas.

Admission selection policy

The selection will be conducted based on the comprehensive evaluation through written tests related to specialization area and English proficiency, and the oral examinations based on research plans, focusing on the ability of research, practice, and international cooperation.