The expected duration of the joint Ph.D. program is four years, with the possibility of extension. Students will spend a minimum of one year of the program period at the partner university and, in addition to completing the curriculum coursework, will conduct their research under the supervision of their supervisors (one from each of the two universities). Students will also be required to take a compulsory Joint Course, offered alternately at each of the two universities as short, intensive lecture courses. All students will take a Comprehensive Exam before entering the thesis preparation stage. The doctoral thesis must be written in English.
Admission to the Kyoto-McGill program is conditional on acceptance by both universities. Applications can be made through either university. However, Canadian students are expected to apply through the McGill Department of Human Genetics using the online application form.