Graduate program

Graduate admissions
Guideline for applicants
screening procedure
admissions guide

2022/2023 Graduate school admissions guide

The Department of Life Sciences of POSTECH is committed to becoming a world-leading science department based on flexibility, diversity and excellence. We invite new students who are ready to lead the life science community with their creativity and passion.
[1] 2022-2023 Life Sciences Department Graduate admissions guideline
- Applicants must fill out the first, second and third-choice academic advisors with explaining the reason of selection on ‘Research Plan’ of the application form.
- Check the instruction of ‘choosing an academic advisor’ beforehand.
- It is recommended to contact one’s desired academic advisor before the application.

Admissions procedure

First step : Document Appraisal
[1] Evaluation elements and method
Decisions from document appraisal are made by overall evaluation of applicant’s personal statement, study plan, research performance, etc., based on academic achievements (Grade Point Average, GPA) by the graduate school committee of the department.
[2] Evaluation criteria
- Considering applicant’s superiority of academic achievements, diverse experience and career of research participation from undergraduate course,
- Applicant who has research accomplishments during undergraduate course is assessed as an outstanding candidate.
- Applicant who has published a paper in a journal registered in SCI(E) (defined by the department) is assessed as a successful applicant.
Second step : Oral test (interview)
[1] Evaluation elements and method
- Overall evaluation of applicant’s expertise of the major, capability and attitude by oral test (15min per person) by examiners from each section
- In case of Ph.D. program, overall evaluation is made by a presentation of applicant’s research achievements from the master’s course and research plan for the Ph.D. course including a question and answer session.
- Outstanding applicant from the document appraisal will be assessed only by personality interview
[2] Evaluation criteria
- Expertise (knowledge, research experience) 40%, capability (logical thinking, reasoning power, creativity, presentation skill) 40%, attitude (diligence, willingness) 20%.
- In case of Ph.D. program, three elements including expertise, capability, and attitude are evaluated by the oral interview
1. MS-Ph.D. integrated program
Oral test : oral interview for life science major
Subjects for interview
① Choose 1 among Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and choose 1 life science-related subject among Genetics, Physiology, Biophysics, Plant Biology, Immunology, Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, Bioinformatics, etc. considering one’s previous and desired major. Applicant’s basic knowledge of total 2 subjects are evaluated
② It is allowed to choose 2 subjects among Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. (optional)

2. Ph.D. program
Oral test
Applicant’s basic knowledge is evaluated by questions of the research content and one’s specialty within an hour-interview including 20 minute-presentation of the research paper.
Evaluation criteria
Three elements including expertise, capability, and attitude are evaluated

Admissions office : Life Sciences department administration

Person in charge E-mail contact
Administrative manager 054-279-8181
Admissions officer 054-279-2997