The aim of this program is to expose graduate students to state-of-the-art research skills and in-depth knowledge of advanced biology,
chemistry and physics to harness the potential of biotechnology.
Important Program Features
- English will be used in all lectures, instructions, and research related activities. In the Basic Courses, students will acquire a solid background in advanced biotechnology. In the Project-based Training Course, students will acquire the ability to design and execute research in a critical manner. In the Frontier Research Proposal Course, students will acquire the ability to propose original research plans independently as a scientist. Through immersion in Special Research, students will have ample time during the remaining four years to attain their Master's and Doctor's Degrees in Engineering.
- The Basic Courses, which will be held in the first semester of master's program, will deal with a wide range of subjects: advanced biotechnology, and basics and application s in the files of "Biotechnology," "Life Science," and "Biochemistry."
- In the first semester of the master's program, students will take the Project-based Training Course. This course is designed to prepare students as research engineers with the ability to conceive innovative ideas, by synthesizing knowledge from different disciplines and the techniques for devising research plans towards realizing the ideas. In this course, each student will choose one laboratory different from their own, and will produce a short term research work under the supervision of the professor of that lab.
- All students will conduct their Special Research in the second, third, and fourth semester of the master's program, under the supervision and instruction of his/her professor.
- In the first semester of the doctor's program, students will take the Frontier Research Proposal Course. This course is designed to prepare students as a research scientist with the ability to propose original research plans independently, so that they can complete their doctoral theses. In this course, each student will propose a research plan in a field different from their own, make a presentation, and have discussions with professors, associated professors, assistant professors, and doctor's program students of the related field with diversified/multiple perspectives. During the period of the doctor program, student will devote themselves to Special Research while expanding their knowledge by taking the Frontier Biotechnology Exercise and Frontier Biotechnology Seminar courses.
- For Special Research in the master's and doctor's programs, each student will choose one laboratory among Bioenvironmental Science (Watanabe Lab.), Cell Technology (Muranaka Lab.), BioProcess Systems Engineering (Kino-oka Lab.), Bioresource Engineering (Fukusaki Lab.), Biomolecular Science and Engineering (Nagai Lab.), and Applied Microbiology (Fujiyama Lab.). Students can change their laboratory after completion of the master's program, if they wish to do so.
- Improving Japanese skill is required during the course. N4 level Japanese Language Proficiency Test is required for obtaining a master degree and N3 level is required for obtaining a doctoral degree.