Frequently Asked Questions


What do we need to start with in preparing the application?

First, read the application guidelines on our website carefully, then decide whom you want to work with, and contact him/her.

Is there an age limit for students?

No, we have no age limit for the applicants.

Must we already have extensive research experience?

You need not have any research experience. We, however, are limited in the number of candidates that we can accept, and so research experience is a bonus.

What do we need in preparation for the examination?

The examination includes a written test in basic biology as well as one in the applicants' research area. The tests are time limited. The basic biology test contains multiple questions from various subjects and the applicants are asked to choose some of them which they want to answer. The applicants are also required to be interviewed by a member of the PRI/WRC.

What kinds of questions are asked during the exams?

Please consult the example past General Biology and Field of Specialty exams by clicking HERE.

As a Report on Research Interest for International Course application, are title and citations included in the word count (500-1000 words)?

No. We exclude references, the title page, key words, from the word count.

What courses are offered in the graduate program?

Students enrolled in the MSc program undertake a full course schedule between April and June (in their first full year of study only) during which students are introduced to all disciplines of research being undertaken at PRI (if based at PRI) or a smaller set of courses related to wildlife research (if based at WRC). Coursework includes both lectures and practicals such as laboratory training (including genomics) and field courses (e.g. at Yakushima and Koshima in southern Japan). Aside from this period, students are expected to devote their time to their Master's research projects until completion of the degree program.


Students enrolled at either the PRI or WRC will also have the special opportunity of applying to the newly created Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS) offered by Kyoto University. This program aims to extend students' skill sets beyond basic research and thereby produce professionals in conservation, welfare, and outreach development. To achieve this goal, the PWS Program emphasizes education in wildlife conservation, animal welfare, and skills for outreach programs. In addition to offering various extra educational components, inclusive of field- and laboratory-based training practicums, students enrolled in the PWS program benefit from strong financial support for travel- and research-related expenses. For more information on the program, please visit the PWS website.