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This is a guide to the Department of Astronomical Science entrance examination for prospective students. Every effort has been made to avoid errors, but be sure to consult the Application Guidelines to confirm dates and other details.

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Entrance examination for the 2021 academic year (April 2021 - March 2022)

Application for admission to the five-year doctoral program

For admission to the master's course or first half of the doctoral program

*The questions and the answers of the English test are all in English starting from this fiscal year, but the language used in the physics and physical mathematics tests is Japanese. Applicants who are not able to read or write in Japanese must go through a special admissions procedure. For more details, please refer to Japanese Government Scholarship Students or Privately Financed Students.

Qualifications Completion of a bachelor's degree by the month prior to the date of admission.
For details of qualifications, see the Application Guidelines.
Admissions quota The five-year doctoral program accepts two students annually
Application period July 2 through July 8, 2020
Examination schedule Written examination: August 26, 2020
Oral examination: August 28, 2020
Place of Examination National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588
* From the South Exit of JR Musashi-sakai station (JR Chuo Line), take Odakyu bus No.91 at the No.3 bus stop and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
* From the North Exit of Keio Chofu station, take Odakyu bus (91 or 51) at the No.11 bus stop, and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
Access Information
Notification of results Mid-September 2020
Examination fee \30,000
Written examination Time Subject Score Allocation
90 min Foreign language: English 150
180 min Physics (3 questions), physical mathematics (2 questions)
(written in Japanese only)
400
Applying to more than one department Applicants can apply to more than one department in the School of Physical Sciences. Examinations can be taken if the respective examination dates are different.
Selecting a research supervisor Before selecting a research field and supervisor, consult the Application Guidelines and details about research fields on the SOKENDAI website. In addition, when possible we strongly recommend contacting a researcher you want as a supervisor and arranging an interview in advance. You can obtain details about the research and education activities of each instructor by contacting the academic guidance instructor.
For details about academic guidance instructors, click here.

Admission to the three-year doctoral program

Application for admission to the second half of the doctoral program

Qualifications

Completion of a master's degree by the month prior to the date of admission

For details of qualifications, see the Application Guidelines.
Admissions quota The three-year doctoral program accepts three students annually.
October 2019 / April 2020 admission
(first application)
Application period July 2 through July 8, 2020
Examination date August 24, 2020
Place of Examination National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588
* From the South Exit of JR Musashi-sakai station (JR Chuo Line), take Odakyu bus No. 91 at the No. 3 bus stop and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
* From the North Exit of Keio Chofu station, take Odakyu bus (91 or 51) at the No. 11 bus stop, and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
Access Information
Notification of results Mid-September 2020
April 2020 admission
(second application)
Application period November 26 through December 2, 2020
Examination date January 21, 2021
Place of Examination National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka-city, Tokyo 181-8588
* From the South Exit of JR Musashi-sakai station (JR Chuo Line), take Odakyu bus No. 91 at the No. 3 bus stop and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
* From the North Exit of Keio Chofu station, take Odakyu bus (91 or 51) at the No. 11 bus stop, and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
Access Information
Notification of results Mid-February 2021
Examination fee\30,000
 
Selection process Applicants are selected based on a review of written materials, an oral examination and a written examination in English.
Oral examination Details
The applicant makes a presentation about his or her past research followed by an oral examination and an interview about the applicant's future plans and other interests as well as other general topics.
Written examination Details
Foreign language: English (30 minutes)
Applying to more than one department Applicants can apply to more than one department in the School of Physical Sciences. Examinations can be taken if the respective examination dates are different.
Selecting a research supervisor Before selecting a research subject, thoroughly consult with the researcher you want as a supervisor. In addition, we strongly recommend taking a seminar in the course led by the researcher you are interested in having as a supervisor.

Application Guidelines

School of Physical Sciences

Send Application Guidelines related inquries by E-mail to the SOKENDAI International Affairs Section (kokusai[at]ml.soken.ac.jp). You can also look at the Application Guidelines at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Graduate Education Support Office.
(In the mailing address, replace [at] with @)

Past Entrance Examinations

[Examinations for the five-year doctoral program (except for Foreign Language :English)]
The following link contains written examinations from past admissions. [Jump to Japanese site]
*The language used in written examinations for physics and physical mathematics is Japanese only. Applicants who are not able to read or write in Japanese must go through a special admissions procedure. For more details, please refer to Japanese Government Scholarship Students or Privately Financed Students.

[Examinations for the three-year doctoral program]
Due to copyright issues, past examinations shall be accessed only in person at our Graduate Education Support Office.
  [Accessible exams]
    Oral examinations and Written examinations (last 3 times)
  [Location and open hours]
    Graduate Education Support Office
    National Institutes of Natural Sciences, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588  Access Map
    Weekdays(except year-end and New Year's holidays) 10:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00
  [Required ID]
    Student's identification card or Certificate of Status of Residence
    We will hold your ID until you return the exams. You can keep the exams for up to one hour.


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