Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

Tokyo, Japan | Private


Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences was founded in 1880 as the Tokyo Pharmaceutical School, Japan’s first private Educational Institution to train Pharmaceutists. In over 130 years, the school has produced a countless number of graduates who have helped advanced Pharmaceutical Science, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and Education in Japan. The School of Life Sciences was founded in 1994, the first school of its kind in Japan, greatly expanding education and research in this field. A system was established for pursuing molecules and cellular level research in Biotechnology and Life Sciences that fully embodies the University’s original pioneering spirit and philosophy of humanistic education. The University aims to educate individuals to become rich in spirit, able to see the world with a broad-minded perspective and contribute to the welfare of humanity and world peace with the help of Pharmacy and the Life Sciences.

Globally, the University ranked 151+ according to Japan University Rankings 2017 and is at the 201-250th position according to QS WUR by subject ranking.



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The University is located in Hachioji, Japan. Hachioji is a city located in the western position of Tokyo metropolitan, Japan. Hachioji is located in the foothills of the Okutama Mountains of western Tokyo, about 40 kilometers west to the center of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. The city is surrounded on three sides by mountains, forming the Hachioji Basin which opens up towards the east in the direction of the Tokyo. The sister cities of Hachioji are – “Siheung, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea”, “Kaosiung, Taiwan”, and “Taian, Shandong, People’s Republic of China”. During the Meiji Period, Hachioji prospered as an important location for the production of silk and silk textiles. The industry faded away, however, in the 1960s.


The University’s Campus is approximately 27 hectares in size. Surrounded by abundant greenery, the campus includes educational and research facilities for students, sports facilities, and more everything a student could need. There are 70 classrooms and lecture halls of varying sizes, for small classes to full school assemblies. The center’s book collection contains 62,000 volumes in Japanese and 37,000 volumes in other languages in the fields of medicine, pharmaceutics, and Life Sciences. The facility for animal experiments is a two-story freestanding reinforced concrete structure finished with brick. It has one of the largest medicinal plant gardens in Japan at just over 4 hectares.

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Students are living in dormitories or apartment houses happily. Separate dormitories are available for girls and boys students. There are on-campus facilities to support student life includes lounges, cafeterias, a convenience store, student service counters, health clinic, and consulting rooms. On-campus sports facilities include a sports ground, gymnasium, tennis courts, and a Japanese Archery range.


The University has a faculty to staff ratio of about 1:25. The University has a total number of faculty staff of about 152 and a total number of students of University are 3,851 including 0.1% of International students. The number of students per staff is about 18.4. From 3,851 of total students, 6% are PG students and rest 94% are UG students.

Jobs and placements

Graduates of the School of Pharmacy (of the Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences) are not only hired by hospitals and Pharmacies; they are hired by companies to work in research and development, production engineering, or as a medical representative, using their knowledge and skills as Pharmaceutists. The University has set up a career center, the first kind for a Pharmacy School, to meet the diversifying needs of graduating students amidst a frequently changing environment for hiring new graduates.