The International Undergraduate–Education Program for Medical Scientists is offered to international students by the University of Tsukuba’s School of Medical Sciences. In this program, transferees enter the university as 3rd-year students and study for 2 years towards a Bachelor’s degree in medical sciences. Eligible students should have some basic knowledge of the medical or life sciences and wish to pursue a career in medical research. The program is highly research oriented and emphasizes hands-on teaching in laboratories. For this reason, the program requires prospective students to have credits corresponding to approximately 2 years of study at a college that offers courses in the medical or life sciences.
In addition to a broad range of courses covering basic experimental medicine as well as social and environmental medicine, students will conduct research and write a graduation thesis; areas of research offered include biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, human genetics, physiology, animal models, anatomy and embryology, pathology, oncology, infection biology, immunology, epidemiology, environmental medicine, and public health. All courses required for graduation are offered in English; however, students can also learn Japanese and enjoy studies and discussion with Japanese students.
Graduates of the course are expected to go on to enroll in international research courses in the Graduate School of Medical Sciences or other graduate schools and become leading researchers in the medical sciences.