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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

Regarding Thesis / 研究論文について October 11, 2016

Thesis schedule (5150021 course code)

Six credit points will be conferred upon passing the final oral examination.

Thesis can only be written during the second year of study at GraSPP.

The paper must be written under the academic supervision of a faculty member. Faculty members from the following faculties can become academic supervisors:
* Professors, associate professors, who teach course at GraSPP in the same academic year.

* The GraSPP Education Council member of visiting professors.
* Research lecturers, lecturers of endowed subjects, and part-time lecturers cannot be academic advisors.
Please refer to the Thesis academic supervisors for a complete list.


List of Academic Advisors in charge of Thesis to be submitted in AY2017 S semester


Thesis Registration Period: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Students who wish to write Thesis must first gain a consent of the Thesis academic supervisor from the list to become their Thesis academic advisor. Upon gaining consent, students must send email to the Graduate School Office as below. The Graduate School Office will send a message to acknowledge the receipt of email to students. Following the email, students may begin to work on their Thesis under the supervision of their academic advisor.


send (Graduate School Office at GraSPP

(※ Approval from the faculty must be obtained in advance to become academic supervisor and include him/her in “cc” when sending the email.


titleThesis Registrationstudent ID No.

Student ID No.


Language Japanese / English

Academic Advisor’s name

Applying for PhD Program of the Graduate school of Public Policy (for September in AY2017 entry)  Yes / No

Applying for PhD Program of the Graduate school of Law and Politics (for April in AY2018  entry)  Yes / No


If you do not receive a reply email within a few days, please contact Graduate School Office.

The Thesis will be registered as a six credit point class upon enrollment. Please be aware that these six credit points will still count as part of student’s annual credit point limit (maximum 38 per annum) even if the student does not submit a Thesis (please refer to the Graduate School of Public Policy regulations, Article 11, Section 2). No registration on UT-mate is required.


Title Report Submission Period: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 – Fri, Mar 24, 2017

With approval of the academic supervisor on the title, send email as below during Title Report Submission period.


send to (Graduate School Office at GraSPP

(※Approval from the faculty must be obtained in advance on the title and include him/her in “cc” when sending the email.


titleTitle report of Thesisstudent ID No.

Student ID No.


Thesis Title


Please inform the Graduate School Office before the Thesis submission deadline if you cannot submit your Thesis or have decided to change your title after the submission of the Title Report.


Thesis Submission Period: Mon, May 15, 2017 – Thu, May 18, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

All documents are to be submitted to the Graduate School Office.

Thesis can only be accepted during the submission period. Submission by email is not accepted. When in unavoidable circumstances, please ask a proxy to submit the Thesis during the submission period.



Thesis 4 copies

As a general measure, the Thesis must be written within 100,000 characters (Japanese) and 35,000 words (English). You must gain permission from your academic advisor if the Thesis will greatly exceed these limits.

To be written using word processing software. It must be written on A4 size paper with each page containing no more than 1,400 characters (Japanese) or 490 words (English).

Thesis must include a contents page that specifies page numbers.

Submission must include a cover page with Student ID No. and Name.

Each separate copy of the Thesis must have a cover page with Student ID No. and Name.

Each separate copy of the Thesis must be binded. Bulldog and other clips are not to be used. Simple binding is permitted. Please refer to the PDF.

ref) Simple bookbinding


Thesis Outline 4 copies

The Thesis Outline is to be no longer than 3,000 characters (Japanese) or 1,050 words (English).

The same guidelines apply in regards to drafting as written in before and .



Students who have gained the prior approval of their academic advisor may not be required to follow the aforementioned format for the Thesis and the Thesis Outline.

Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Plagiarism is a serious offence. If it is discovered that it has occurred, students may have credits cancelled or their degree revoked; this also applies to degrees that have already been conferred.

For those students who will be applying for entry into a PhD program, please be aware that entry is by no means guaranteed just because you gained credits for your Thesis.


Oral Examination Period: Wed, Aug 2, 2017 – Fri, Aug 4, 2017

Detailed oral examination dates will be announced via email to students.

Due to the schedule of examination judges and other inevitable factors, oral examination will be scheduled outside of the period mentioned above.