Doctoral Program

This page contains information about the Doctoral Program at the Department of Computer Science, University of Tsukuba.

The slides "Introduction to the CS Curriculum - Doctoral Program" (presented in the Guidance on April 7, 2016) is here. The timetable for courses is [here][timetable] (in Japanese only).


The doctoral program offers the opportunities to do highly competitive, original research under supervision of academic advisers (faculties in the Department of Computer Science).


Since April 2015, the department launched the Computer Science Research Seminar (CS Research Seminar, for short) to provide a research forum for doctoral students and faculties. Although it is not a required subject, the department strongly recommends all the doctoral students to attend it and give a talk there. The expected audience are doctoral students (the first and second year students), master students who plan to enroll in the doctoral program, and faculties of the department.

A doctoral student who attend the seminar and gives a talk can get the credits for the course "Computer Science Seminar B" (2 credits).

The details of the CS Research Seminar can be found here.

Requirements to obtain the Doctoral Degree

  • Students must obtain 8 credits from the mandatory courses.
  • Students must obtain 2 credits (excluding the mandatory courses) from the courses below.
    • Courses offered by any program in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, including the courses for Master's programs.
  • Students must submit a Ph. D. thesis and succeed in the final defense.

How to choose your course

  • You need to consult your supervisor before registering courses.

  • Regarding the choice of elective subjects, the Department strongly recommends students to follow the following plan:

    • Attend and give a talk at the CS Research Seminar, then you get 2 credits for the course "Computer Science Seminar B".
    • Your academic adviser may recommends another plan for some reason. In this case, follow it.
  • Besides the requirements, you can take any courses offered by the department, including those in the Master's Program, depending on your research topics and your own interests, to widen and deepen your knowledge.

Course Catalogue

Course List

The course list of this program (with course overview, classroom information etc.) is here.

Group Course Remarks
Common Research in Computer Science mandatory
Computer Science Seminar A mandatory
Computer Science Seminar B elective(recommended)
Research Internship I elective
Research Internship II elective
Project Practice Research & Development Project Study I elective
Research & Development Project Study II elective
Research & Development Project Study III elective

The graduate school provides specialized courses for improving your English; see the web page.

The Curriculum Committee, Department of Computer Science (d-curri (at) cs . tsukuba . ac . jp)