Program Outline and Requirements

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Degree Programs, Educational Objects and University Policies

The degree offered in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Doctoral Program is as follows.
Degree Type Major Degree Awarded on Completion
Ph.D. Asia Pacific Studies (APS) Doctor of Philosophy in Asia Pacific Studies

Educational Objectives
The educational objective in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Doctoral Program are outlined in the document below.

Educational objectives in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Doctoral Program (PDF)

University Policies

Curriculum Policy
The curriculum policy is the basic policy formulated to realize the diploma policy by defining how the curriculum is designed, how educational content and teaching methods are put into practice, and how learning outcomes are assessed. Please see the information in the document attached below for details.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Curriculum Policy (Doctoral Program) (PDF)

Diploma Policy
This is the basic policy that stipulates rules for assessing graduation and the conferral of degrees on students who have acquired the requisite skills in accordance with the mission (educational objectives) of the university. It also serves as the target for students’ academic performance. Please see the information in the document attached below for details.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Diploma Policy (Doctoral Program) (shortened version) (PDF)


Completion Requirements

Basic Requirements for Completion
Students will be qualified for the degree upon completion of the following requirements:

1. Period of Enrollment: In principle, a student must be enrolled as a regular, full-time student in the Doctoral Program for 3 years. However, the degree may also be granted to outstanding students who have completed credit requirements in less than 3 years. In this case, the minimum period of full-time enrollment is 2 years. The period of enrollment (2 or 3 years) must be decided upon entry to the Doctoral Program.
2. Credit Requirements: Students must obtain 30 credits to complete the program.
3. Doctoral Dissertation: Doctoral students must complete a Doctoral Dissertation presenting the findings and conclusions of their individual research. The Doctoral Dissertation may be submitted once candidacy is achieved. The Doctoral Dissertation will be approved in accordance with the University’s screening procedures. For further details of the screening procedures, see the information in the doctoral dissertation page.

Credit Requirements for Completion
Subject Category Subjects No. of Credits Notes
Lecture Subjects Perspectives on Asia Pacific Studies* 2 credits
Theories for Asia Pacific Studies* 2 credits
Seminar Subjects Advanced Research on Asia Pacific Studies I* 2 credits Conducted by students' individual supervisors
Advanced Research on Asia Pacific Studies II* 2 credits
Advanced Research on Asia Pacific Studies III* 2 credits
Advanced Research on Asia Pacific Studies IV* 2 credits
Advanced Research on Asia Pacific Studies V 2 credits
Advanced Research on Asia Pacific Studies VI 2 credits
Presentations Research Presentation* 2 credits
Research Papers Research Paper I* 4 credits
Research Paper II* 4 credits
Tutorials Tutorial I* 2 credits
Tutorial II 2 credits
Total: 30 credits

*required for Candidacy (24 credits in total)

Subject Registration
All students must register for subjects following the schedules below in accordance with their semester of enrollment. Seminars (subjects conducted by students’ supervisors) are designed to assist students in their individual research leading to the production and completion of a dissertation. These subjects also help students strengthen their research, and writing and presentation skills. Students will meet with their supervisor on an individual or small group basis and all meetings are scheduled individually between supervisors and students.

Spring Entry Registration Schedule
Standard 3-year Completion Semester 2-year Completion
(Perspectives on Asia Pacific Studies) Advanced Research I -- -- 1st Semester (Perspectives on Asia Pacific Studies) Advanced Research I/II Presentation Research Paper I
(Theories for Asia Pacific Studies) Advanced Research II Research Paper I -- 2nd Semester (Theories for Asia Pacific Studies) Advanced Research IV Tutorial I Research Paper II
-- -- -- -- -- Students have completed 24 credits and now eligible to apply for candidacy.
-- Advanced Research III Presentation -- 3rd Semester -- Advanced Research V Tutorial II --
-- Advanced Research IV Tutorial I Research Paper II 4th Semester -- Advanced Research VI -- --
Students have completed 24 credits and now eligible to apply for candidacy. -- Program Completion
-- Advanced Research V Tutorial II -- 5th Semester
-- Advanced Research VI -- -- 6th Semester


Fall Entry Registration Schedule
Standard 3-year Completion Semester 2-year Completion
(Theories for Asia Pacific Studies) Advanced Research I -- -- 1st Semester (Theories for Asia Pacific Studies) Advanced Research I/II Presentation Research Paper I
(Perspectives on Asia Pacific Studies) Advanced Research II Research Paper I -- 2nd Semester (Perspectives on Asia Pacific Studies) Advanced Research IV Tutorial I Research Paper II
-- -- -- -- -- Students have completed 24 credits and now eligible to apply for candidacy.
-- Advanced Research III Presentation -- 3rd Semester -- Advanced Research V Tutorial II --
-- Advanced Research IV Tutorial I Research Paper II 4th Semester -- Advanced Research VI -- --
Students have completed 24 credits and now eligible to apply for candidacy. -- Program Completion
-- Advanced Research V Tutorial II -- 5th Semester
-- Advanced Research VI -- -- 6th Semester

Subjects in ( ) indicate lecture subjects.
Note: “Advanced Research” is the shortened title of the subject “Advanced Research on Asia Pacific Studies”.


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