In this page:
- Features of Doctoral Dissertations
- Submission Requirements and Deadlines
- Procedures for the Conferral of Doctoral Degree
- The Handling of Dissertations after Program Completion
Features of Doctoral Dissertations
1. Dissertations should be the result of original investigation and / or should embody a critical appraisal or analysis of a primary or secondary source.
2. Dissertations should be deemed a contribution to a body of knowledge and be worthy of publication.
Information regarding dissertation format may be found on the Graduate School webpage. Please also see Clause 6 of the “Procedures for the Conferral of Doctoral Degree in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies”.
For formatting of the dissertation, please also refer to the APU guidelines for formatting the Master’s Thesis.
Submission Requirements and Deadlines
Doctoral candidates who have obtained candidacy and are expected to complete their final 30 credits in that semester may apply for Doctoral Dissertation. Screening of dissertations usually takes at least 6 months and candidates are encouraged to submit at the beginning of the semester in which they wish to graduate and before the submission deadlines below. In principle, the submission deadlines are strictly adhered to and submissions after the deadline may not be allowed.
N.B. Please note that submission before these deadlines does not guarantee completion within that semester.
● First Friday after the beginning of classes in April (for screening during the Spring Semester).
● First Friday after the beginning of classes in October (for screening during the Fall Semester).
Documents to Submit
Candidates should submit the following documents to the designated class on manaba.
1) Completed Dissertation
2) Dissertation Abstract - may be the same content as that inside the dissertation, but must be submitted as a separate file.
3) Dissertation Register
4) Curriculum Vitae (candidates may use the designated format or any other format of their choice)
5) Doctoral Dissertation Screening Application and Certificate of Authority (signed by both the candidate and their supervisor)
6) Declaration Form Regarding Making My Doctoral Dissertation Available Online” (signed by both the candidate and supervisor)
All graduate students are provided with Turnitin accounts and login information is sent from "Turnitin HelpDesk" to students' APU email addresses at the beginning of every semester. Please follow the provided instructions from that email and set up your account. We encourage all graduate students to take advantage of this free software.
Procedures for the Conferral of Doctoral Degree
For information on the process of Doctoral Dissertation submission and evaluation, please refer to the "Procedures for the Conferral of Doctoral Degree in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (revised April 2019)" available at the following links.
Procedures for the Conferral of Doctoral Degree in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (revised April 2019) (English version) (PDF)
Procedures for the Conferral of Doctoral Degree in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (revised April 2019) (Japanese version) (PDF)
The Handling of Dissertations after Program Completion
Once candidates have successfully completed their oral defense, they are asked to submit the final version of their dissertation to the Academic Office for preservation. A hard copy of the dissertation will be printed and stored in the APU library. The soft copy will be uploaded to the APU Library / R-cube and the National Diet Library in accordance with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) requirements that all doctoral dissertations to be made publicly available online.
Candidates are asked to submit a consent form confirming that they agree to make their dissertation available via the APU Library / R-Cube and the National Diet Library of Japan. If the candidate does not agree to immediate uploading, they can request a deferral of the date of making the dissertation publicly available online for up to 5 years (see the application form).
Points to be aware of:
1) Candidates retain the copyrights of their dissertation even after they are made publicly available online.
2) If the copyright of the candidate’s work is held by a third party (e.g. a publisher or academic society), the candidate must obtain permission to upload the dissertation by the copyright holder.
3) If information from interviews or surveys is included in the dissertation, candidates should make sure they handle all personal information appropriately and gain informed consent in writing regarding information used.
4) APU does not prepare hard copies of dissertations. Please contact the Co-op or other company to discuss printing options.
Last Update: October 2019