Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University


Curriculum Details

About Subject Groups

Years 1 and 2

Group A core subjects

Group A core subjects include lecture subjects, practical experimentation subjects, and introductory research subjects, most of which are taught in the first semester as intensive courses. To acquire a broad bioscience background, students are expected to select subjects in a discipline different from the one that they previously studied as an undergraduate.

Group B elective subjects

For Group B elective subjects other than "Special Lectures", the requirements for receiving credit include participation in journal article study sessions, research progress report sessions, and seminars, etc. held in the student's home lab, as well as the submission of seminar reports. Special Lectures held in the second semester last about two days each.

Seminar Reports for Group B Subject Credit Requirements In order to receive credit for subjects other than Special Intensive Courses I-VIII among Group B elective subjects (year 1 and 2), students must attend five seminars held on- or off-campus and submit a Seminar Report for each using the format below; does not include participation in seminars held in one's home lab, etc.) The intent behind this requirement is that students learn about research disciplines other than their own. Accordingly, students are encouraged to be proactive in participating in a variety of seminars, which may take place on- or off-campus. Information on seminars to be held at this School will be posted on the School website's message board and on campus posters. In addition, there are many seminars given in English by foreign as well as Japanese scholars. Please consult your supervisor for help in deciding which seminars to attend. However, please note that although multiple seminars may be conducted on one day, a maximum of three seminars per day may be used for Seminar Reports.

Group C research subjects

Group C research subjects consist of master's level research activities conducted in the home lab.

Years 3 to 5

*prerequisite: passing of the interim examination (presentation of master's thesis)

Group D project research subjects

Project Research enables students to acquire a broad background of knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines by conducting research in labs other than their home lab.

-Details of Project Research

  • Philosophy
    To promote interdisciplinary research and arm students with different bioscientific perspectives, students spend set periods conducting research in a (host) lab other than their home lab during the start of the third year.

  • Format
    Project Research will typically be of type A described below; however, type B is optional depending on the particular needs of each lab and individual student.

    Type A. The student participates in research in a different lab, and credit is approved by the host academic staff.
    1. Participation in regular daily research in a different lab
    2. Participation in research activities such as seminars, colloquiums, journal clubs, etc. in a different lab

    1. In the case of No. 1 above, participation is for roughly two weeks (in total).
    2. In the case of No. 2 above, participation is generally once per week, for a period of roughly eight weeks. Preferably the student will also be given an opportunity to give a presentation.

    Type B. Other: Approval of credit by the student's supervisor Credit may be approved by the supervisor if he or she agrees that the student in question has participated in research in a different lab.
    Some acceptable examples are
    3. Participation in a practical experimentation course or short-term intensive course in Japan or overseas.
    4. Lectures or journal clubs led by foreign academic staff
    a. Special intensive courses taught by foreign academic staff: the student, who has already taken a special intensive course taught by a foreign academic staff member, takes a different intensive course by a foreign academic staff member.
    b. Journal clubs led by foreign academic staff: a foreign academic staff member not conducting a special intensive course leads a journal club at the student's request, and the student participates in the said journal club (course).
    c. Other
    5. Research participation in a lab in Japan or overseas
    6. Internship at a company

  • Period
    Preferably, Project Research is to begin early in April during the third year; nonetheless, the schedule of each lab will be considered.
  • Student Limit
    Each lab may simultaneously admit a maximum of about five students; nonetheless, the circumstances at each host lab will be considered.
  • Host Lab Selection
    Host labs are to be chosen individually through consultation between the student and academic staff of the lab. Preferably, the student's supervisor should also be consulted.

Group E research subjects

Group E research subjects consist of the doctor's level research activities conducted in the home lab and elsewhere. These should be completed during the third, fourth, or fifth year.