In April 2003, Kumamoto University established the “Faculty of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences” integrating the research fields of medical and pharmaceutical sciences, and has promoted a number of cutting-edge research projects. With the establishment of a doctoral program in the Graduate School of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences was reorganized into the “Faculty of Life Sciences” in January 2010, integrating the three fields of medical, pharmaceutical, and health sciences to further develop interdisciplinary research.

The Faculty of Life Sciences is a research-focused faculty organization and consists of three divisions with 15 great departments and 72 departments.

The “Division of Integrated Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences” conducts research aimed at deepening the basic academic system of medical, pharmaceutical and health sciences.

The “Division of Advanced Biomedical Sciences” engages in cutting-edge research in medical technology science as well as transplantation medicine and genomic drug discovery.

The “Division of Environmental and Sociomedical Sciences” promotes pioneering research on bioethics and health and society through nursing science on the relationships between “medicine/pharmacy and society”h and “disease and environment.

Basic Aims

Research and Education

Though creative research in medical and pharmaceutical sciences, we search for answers to how the human body works and introduce the results into practices in medical treatment and prediction and into the prevention of disease. We constantly challenge the fields that are not yet known to medical sciences, medical treatment, and pharmaceutics, and we contribute to the development of medical treatment and pharmaceutical sciences.

WIth education that places importance on independence, we convey our research results to the next generation and nurture researchers in medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, bioethics, and also leading medical workers.

Social Contributions

We return the intellectual property gained from the research activities to society and thus contribute to the development of the health and welfare of mankind.

We conduct training for leading human resources experts inside and outside the country in the fields of medical treatment and medical pharmaceutical sciences, and through this we contribute to the development of society.

Basic Principles

Research and Education

We promote fundamental and advanced research in life sciences, medical treatment, and medical pharmaceutical sciences; thus we arrange and fulfill a structure that can deal with the various tasks that medical treatment has or will have in the future.

We accurately pass on the knowledge gained through the history of the medical and pharmaceutical sciences and create an educational system that can challenge advanced intelligence as well as promote advanced graduate school education.


We base our administration and operation on fairness and honesty. We also support academic research which is based on the autonomy and spontaneity of our constituent members and on the secure freedom of academic disciplines.

We ask our constituent members to participate in the drawing up of our operation principles and their realization from the standpoint of each of the members.

We aim at an open postgraduate faculty which conducts self-inspection and self-evaluation of its research activities and educational operation, and also actively seeks critical evaluation from outside.