Graduate School of Contemporary Psychology

Niiza Campus


Pioneering new horizons in the study of human psychology by combining science with practice, and empirical research with theory


Graduate School of Contemporary Psychology

Pursuing the creation of comprehensive psychology and artistic creativity

After half a century as a part of the Graduate School of Arts, the Graduate School of Contemporary Psychology relocated to Rikkyo University’s Niiza Campus in April 2006. Initially, the graduate school offered two programs: the Graduate Program in Psychology, which allowed students to learn and conduct research in areas of experimental psychology (perception, learning, cognition, etc.) or applied psychology (society, industry, etc.); and the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology, which allowed students to graduate as certified clinical psychologists and other highly-specialized professionals (the school is recognized as a Category 1 Graduate School by the Foundation of the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists), or conduct research into areas of clinical psychology.

In April 2008, an additional program was launched: the Graduate Program in Body Expression and Cinematic Arts. This new program involves the novel concept of investigating the meaning of corporeality, and logics of mechanical image. Although the Graduate Program in Psychology and Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology maintains the tradition of the former Graduate School of Arts’ psychology program by allowing students to gain knowledge of and conduct research in many areas of psychology without being constrained to a particular field of the study, the Graduate Program in Body Expression and Cinematic Arts aims to promote a new kind of study through artistic creativity. The College of Contemporary Psychology, which administers all three programs, provides a research and instructional structure that meets the diverse needs of our graduate students by integrating the broad research areas and subject matter within each of these programs.


  • Graduate Program in Psychology

    Coursework and research in experimental and applied psychology—The Graduate Program in Psychology involves both lecture style learning and research in experimental and applied areas of psychology. The program allows graduate students to tackle modern psychological challenges from various angles, while covering a range of educational and research areas under the tutelage of our faculty members from a variety of specialized fields.

    Studying cutting-edge fields of psychology
    This program allows students to study various areas of psychology, from experimental psychology such as perception, cognition, learning, and experimental analysis of behavior, to more applied areas of psychology such as society, industry/organization, personality, development, and applied behavior analysis. By offering instructional sessions by visiting scholars outside Rikkyo University, the program encourages students to learn various topics in cutting-edge fields of psychology.

    Training students to conduct research from various perspectives
    Our programs rigorously encourage students to gain specialized knowledge concerning human behavior. By providing and demonstrating state-of-the-art techniques needed for scientific research, students will then be asked to carry out novel research in areas of experimental and applied psychology. After completing the program, the students will be qualified to work in organizations such as research institutes and companies.
    A wealth of topics for further research

    The ability to discover problems, plan research, analyze data, and communicate results are qualities necessary when conducting empirical research. To further these abilities, the Graduate Program in Psychology requires all students to attend the Psychology Research Methods and Applied Psychology Research Methods courses. Apart from coursework, our faculty members also provide regular research guidance for students, thus fostering various skills needed to carry out scientific research. In the Contemporary Psychology Special Seminar, our full-time faculty members also offer joint research guidance for each student. The program also offers courses to facilitate students’ academic thesis writing, including Guidance Seminars for Master’s Theses, and Seminars for Academic Writing in English. All of these courses will help increase students’ professional skills to succeed as a scholar.

    Eventually, our department aims to train broad-minded independent scholars by exposing students to many different areas of psychology. We therefore encourage students not to focus on a single and narrow field of psychological science. To achieve this goal, the department offers courses in a variety of subjects, including Contemporary Psychology Special Research, where scholars from outside the University are invited to give lectures on the latest research in experimental, applied and clinical psychology. This latter series of lectures is provided in collaboration with the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology.
  • Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology

    Cultivating highly-specialized professionals and promoting research in clinical psychology—The Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology is currently a Category 1 Graduate School as accredited by the Foundation of the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists. The program is also recognized by the government as an accredited training program after which graduates may become licensed psychologists. To this end, the program is fully engaged with cultivating highly-specialized professionals, and promoting cutting-edge research in clinical psychology. This ability to produce cutting-edge research will involve jointly working with students in the Graduate Program in Psychology so that students in the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology can learn how empirical research methods can be applied to solve issues in clinical psychology.

    Multifaceted research from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective
    Our program ensures a broad and interdisciplinary approach to clinical psychology. Students will learn and explore various ways to study clinical psychology, from theories and research in cognition, learning and development, to their clinical applications in practice.

    Diverse approaches to clinical psychology
    Our department focuses on theory and methodology that will be most effective with different clinical populations. This education and research will help students understand the intricacies of our human mind, and provide relevant psychological support in people’s everyday lives.

    Equipped with systems for education and training
    The College of Contemporary Psychology is a Category 1 Graduate School where students can become a certified clinical psychologist. Simultaneously, the College of Contemporary Psychology also offers a government accredited training program where students can become a licensed psychologist. This program features a comprehensive education and training system that focuses on clinical training in psychology. From this program, graduates will become highly professional scholars and practitioners in clinical psychology.
    Internal practicum
    Under the supervision of faculty members, graduate students in the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology will meet patients with various psychological problems, including children who refuse to go to school or have developmental disorders. They will also meet parents or young adults with interpersonal relationship problems, or adults with marital problems.

    Research in clinical psychology
    Many types of therapies are available for people needing psychological help. Some are tailored to support children and adolescents, while others work best for people struggling with issues that occur in families, schools and workplaces. Our faculty members specialize in the following approaches to clinical psychology: psychoanalysis, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, community approach and applied behavior analysis. All of these approaches work together synergistically to promote research in clinical psychology while resolving practical problems in modern society. In the clinical program, graduate students will immerse themselves in this exciting learning environment. In addition to coursework, students will also receive hands-on training on the road to becoming professional clinical psychologists. This training will involve participation in community activities, practicum experience at hospitals and treatment facilities, and support for students at schools. All of these experiences will become valuable learning resources for the prospective student. Aside from practical experience, students are also encouraged to conduct innovative research in clinical psychology under close supervision from their advisors. They will also be expected to attend and actively participate in academic conferences and study groups in order to gain the latest knowledge in the field.
  • Graduate Program in Body Expression and Cinematic Arts

    Multifaceted study of bodily expression and cinematic arts through theory and practice—This is a new program constructed around a novel concept unique to the College of Contemporary Psychology, Rikkyo University. Specifically, students of this program will be required to link theories and practices concerning the mechanical image and the body. Therefore our curriculum offers multifaceted study of the theory and practice surrounding bodily expression and cinematic arts.

    Honing knowledge and techniques in specialist fields
    The Graduate Program in Body Expression and Cinematic Arts comprises three new areas of research: Basic Research (Theoretical Studies), Work Expression Studies (Practical Studies), and Production Studies (Art Production Management Studies). Through these new areas of study, students will refine their knowledge and techniques in this novel domain.

    An intellectual space where faculty and students generate insights for each other
    Professionals with practical experience in the arts and media, and faculty members active in research on eastern and western philosophy and cultural studies often collaborate with students to create a space of lively, mutually enlightening discussion.

    A future in the field of arts and media
    After completing this course, students may consider a career in the arts, media, production management, or academia.

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