Requirements for completion and credit acquisition
For students enrolled in the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences (after 2018)
|Group A||Core Subjects||1||2 credits||Total 16 credits or more||30 credits
*required for Master's Degree
*required for Doctor's Degree
(for 5-year intensive doctral course)
|Group B||Elective Subjects||1-2||12 credits|
|Group C||Research Subjects||1-2||14 credits|
|Group D||Project Research Subjects||3-5||2 credits||10 credits
*required for Doctor's Degree
(3rd year transfer students only)
|Group E||Research Subjects||3-5||8 credits|
5-year doctoral program students:
Students must take subjects and acquire a total of 40 credits or more. Please refer to the following for details:
1 ) A minimum of 2 credits from the core subjects in Group A, including 2 subjects and 1 credit from subjects designated as Advanced Liberal Arts Educational subjects (introductory courses from subjects offered in the spring semester), and 2 subjects and 1 credit from subjects designated as Advanced Global Literacy Educational subjects (introductory courses from subjects offered in the fall semester) must be acquired. However, for students who are undertaking their studies/research in English, Advanced Global Literacy Educational subjects can be accepted as Advanced Liberal Arts Educational subjects.
2) A minimum of 12 credits from elective subjects in Group B must be acquired.
3) A minimum of 16 credits combining core subjects in Group A and specialized subjects in Group B must be acquired.
4) A minimum of 14 credits from the research subjects in Group C must be acquired.
5) A minimum of 2 credits from project research subjects in Group D must be acquired.
6) A minimum of 8 credits from the research subjects in Group E must be acquired.
Third-year transfer students:
To complete the 3-year doctoral course, students will need to earn a minimum of 10 credits: 2 or more from Group D and 8 or more from Group E.
Japanese language skill is not required. For international students, lectures will be given in English.
Years 1 and 2
Group A - Core Subjects
These subjects include lectures, practical experiments, and introductory research, 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 they previously studied as an undergraduate.
Group B - Elective Subjects
The requirements for receiving credit for these subjects, other than "Special Lectures," include participation in journal article study sessions, research progress report sessions, and seminars, etc. held in the lab the student belongs to, as well as the submission of seminar reports. Special Lectures held in the second semester last about two days each.
Credit requirements regarding Seminar Reports for Group B Subjects
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 (this does not include participation in seminars held in the lab a student belongs to, etc). The intent behind this requirement is for students to 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 regarding seminars will be posted on FBS’ online BBS and on campus posters. In addition, there are many seminars given in English. Please consult your supervisor for help in deciding which seminars to attend. However, please note that although multiple seminars may be conducted in one day, only a maximum of three seminars per day may be used for Seminar Reports.
Group B - Biomechanics
To have the opportunity to review different research themes and participate in discussions in a lab other than your own during the 1st and 2nd year.
Discuss with your sub supervisor regarding your own research progress during the first year. In the second year, consult with your sub supervisor regarding your thesis presentation before the Interim Examination (held at the end of the academic year). (2 credits)
*Group B subject, Biomechanics, Progress Report
Held twice a year, at the beginning of the semester or at the end of the semester, following the decision of a sub supervisor (in August of the first year). If necessary, these can be held an additional two more times individually.
The student must first contact a sub supervisor for an interview. Bring the "Group B subject, Biomechanics, Progress Report" form to a sub supervisor. At the end of the academic year, the sub supervisor registers the evaluation in the KOAN system.
Group C - Research Subjects
These subjects consist of master's level research activities conducted in the lab the student belongs to.
Years 3 to 5
*Prerequisite: passing the Interim Examination (presentation of their 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 own.
To promote interdisciplinary research and arm students with different bioscientific perspectives, students spend set periods conducting research in a host lab other than their own during the start of their third year.
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
*Participation in daily research is for roughly two weeks in total.
*Participation in research activities is generally once per week for roughly eight weeks. Preferably, the student will also be given an opportunity to give a presentation.
Type B (other): Approval of credits by the student's supervisor
Credits may be approved by the supervisor if they agree that the student in question has participated in research in a different lab.
3. Participation in a practical experimentation course or short-term intensive course in Japan or overseas.
4. Lectures or journal clubs led by non-Japanese academic staff
a. Special intensive courses taught by non-Japanese academic staff
The student, who has already taken a special intensive course taught by a non-Japanese academic staff member, takes a different intensive course by a non-Japanese academic staff member.
b. Journal clubs led by non-Japanese academic staff
A non-Japanese 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).
5. Research participation in a lab in Japan or overseas
6. Internship at a company
Preferably, Project Research is to begin early in April during the third year, though the schedule of each lab will be considered.
- Student limit
Each lab may simultaneously admit a maximum of five students. However, 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 host lab’s academic staff. The student's supervisor should also be consulted.
Group E - Research Subjects
These subjects consist of doctoral level research activities conducted in the lab the student belongs to and elsewhere. These should be completed during the third, fourth, or fifth year.