Graduate School of Science
Gakushuin University

AdressF Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University, 1-5-1, Mejiro, Toshima, Tokyo, 171-8588 Japan

Phone F 81-3-3986-0221

fax: 81-3-5992-1029

DeanF Kawaji Shinji (Professor of Physics)


Graduate School of Science consisits of three graduate departments, each corresponding to three departments in the Faculty of Science: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

In our system, which follows a typical one in Japan, the graduate course is divided into two: the first two years for a Master's Degree (informally called the master course) and the following three years for a Doctor's Degree (the doctor course). A student who wishes to proceed to the doctor course is required to finish the master course and obtain a Master's Degree before applying for the admission to the doctor course. A student who obtained a Master's Degree from another university (or has an equivalent qualification) can apply for the admission to the doctor course. In the doctor course it takes normally three years for a student to complete his thesis, but a very good student can obtain a doctorate and finish the course in a shorter period.

Our graduate program aims at developing student's capability as scientists and researchers who can meet flexibily various demands of applied and basic research in industry and universities, and demands of education in schools and universities.

Upon admission to the master course, while advancing their basic knowledge and ability by attending courses, students start their graduate program under the guidance of their advisors. In the field of experimental research, students join the research groups of their advisors and begin to participate in the research activities of the group. These research group include those at Institute of Biomolecular Science in the Faculty of Science. Opportunities are also provided to do research under the guidance of some scientists in other research institutes, such as the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Kobayashi Institute of Physical Research and the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science. In some part of theoretical physics and mathematics contacts with advisors are mainly through seminars and discussions and students may pursue their own subjects.

To obtain a Master's Degree one has to submit a master's thesis which must demonstrates candidate's capability as a research worker. After an oral test a degree of Master of Science is conferred at the end of the second year. At this point many students leave the university and take their jobs in industry, in particular in research and development branches in large manufacturing firms, and in school education. In fact, it is one of our aims to train and supply these researchers to industry.

Those who are admitted to the doctor course engage in intensive research activities and will possibly become leading young members of their research group. Submission of a thesis based on a successful research achievement will lead to the conferment of a degree of Doctor of Science. Those who cannot complete a thesis within three years can stay up to two more years and submit a thesis after that period.

The members of the faculty of the Graduate School of Science, common to that of the Faculty of Science, will be listed below with the field of research of each member.

Last modified: April 26, 2001

Takahiko Akiyama
Department of Chemistry, Gakushuin Univeristy
Tokyo, Japan

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