Nurturing the five abilities in the comprehensive five-year program:
Materials Science Frontier Curriculum


Cooperation with the School’s Human Resource Development Support Organizations: Global leader development is supported by the Communication in Science and Technology Education and Research Program (CoSTEP), Center for Engineering Education Development (CEED), Front Office for Human Resource Education and Development, Office of International Affairs, and the Frontier Chemistry Center (FCC). Interdisciplinary Exchange Education with a Small Number of Students: Five students with different areas of concentration form a group and train, conduct evaluations, and perform cooperative research to solve difficult problems in contemporary society while being advised by a mentor.

Cooperation with Overseas Universities: Through cooperation with more than ten overseas universities, the school holds overseas training, summer camps, and symposiums to enhance students’ ability to work globally.

Cooperation with Corporations: Through cooperation with more than ten Japanese companies, program participants engage in corporate internships and consortiums.


Education system oriented toward global leaders, centering around the “Education and Research Unit Activities”

Relevant Skills

A Knowledge and Intellectual abilities, B Personal effectiveness, C Research governance and organization, D Engagement, influence and impact (especially D-1 Working with others)


To learn to manage not only one small group but also large groups by building teamwork with various members and acquiring leadership and followership traits.

Qualified Students

From the time of acceptance (M1 second semester) until the start of the last year (D3)

Students who pass QE1 will become members of the “Education and Research Unit” consisting of five program students in different disciplines. Focusing on activities in the units, students work on mutually related course subjects and events of the leading program curriculums. These curriculums are designed so that students can learn how to work in a small group and manage multiple groups within a large framework according to a natural progression.

Education system

Curriculum Emphasizing SpecializationRobust professional abilities

  • Specialized Research

    Extending the cutting-edge chemistry education combining science and engineering with the fields of materials science and life sciences.

  • QE(Qualifying Examination)

    QE1(September of 2nd year)

    Cross-disciplinary research proposal
    Level of completion for coursework
    Research for master's thesis

    QE2(Janauary of 4th year)

    Level of completion for research work
    Research proposal

  • Independent Research

    After pass the QE2, final year doctoral students will select one of the following.

    ・Administration of an Independent Laboratory
    ・Cutting-Edge Collaborative Research
    ・Industry-Collaborative Research
    ・Overseas Collaborative Research


Cross-disciplinary CurriculumComprehensive perspectives

Associated Research Institutes:

Research Center for Integrative Mathematics / Graduate School of Science / Graduate School of Engineering / Graduate School of Life Science / Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Graduate School of Environmental Science / Institute for Catalysis / Research Institute for Electronic Science / Institute for Genetic Medicine / National Institute for Materials Science(NIMS) / High Energy Accelerator Research Organization(KEK)

  • Visits to Laboratories of Diverse Fields

    Research experience in a research group of a different field and acquisition of new techniques and concepts.

  • Active Learning

    Cross-disciplinary discussion and PBL (Problem Based Learning) in education and research unit comprising five members from different academic fields.

  • Frontier Mathematical Sciences I,II,III

    Lectures on the investigative approaches that promote cross-disciplinary fusion of materials science, based on the viewpoint of mathematics and physics, cooperated with the department of Mathematics.


Curriculum Emphasizing Industry-Academia CollaborationPioneering sprit across new frontiers

Company Consortium:

Hitachi / Teijin / Fuji Electric Systems / Toshiba / Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal / JFE Steel / Bridgestone / Showa Denko / ADEKA / Kyowa Hakko Bio

  • Interaction in Companies

    Discussion with companies’ research managers to understand the expected doctors’ abilities.

  • Career Management Seminar

    Active learning as Problem-Based Learning to improve the abilities of industry leaders.

  • Company Internships

    Staying at research laboratory of Japanese Materials Science companies as internship trainee for 3 weeks to 3 months.

  • Company Consortium

    Implementation of idea competitions to solve difficult problems within companies.

  • Ambitious Leadership Theory

    Two Leadership theory class. One is held by the graduate school of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, another is held by CEED.

  • Science and Technology Policy

    Introduce to governmental policies of Science and Technology fields lectured by Governmental officers and Research managers.


Curriculum Emphasizing International CollaborationGlobalized practical skills

Expanding Network of Associated Universities:

Peking University / Seoul National University / National Taiwan University / Tsinghua University / Nanjing University / University of Manchester / ETH Zurich / University of Strasbourg / UC Berkeley / Delft University of Technology / Rice University / Queensland University of Technology / TAMK

  • Overseas Training

    Travel fund to Academic Conferences to present students’ research.

  • Overseas Network

    Travel fund to Overseas Universities and Research Laboratories to make network with overseas researchers.

  • International Symposium

    Organization Activities of International Symposium and workshop inviting top overseas researchers and young graduate students to improve English abilities and to make friendly relationship with foreigners.

  • Overseas Internships

    Staying at Overseas Universities or Research Laboratories as Internship trainee for 1 or 2 months.

  • Overseas Summer Camps

    Academic Conference at overseas universities or research laboratories held by Leading Program Students.

  • English Proofreading Support in Academic Paper

    Proofreading Support Fund to improve Scientific English in Academic papers.

  • Brush-UP English

    Training in practical scientific English and in presentation and debating abilities in English.

  • Language Training

    Overseas travel fund for short-time English study program.


Communication in Science and TechnologyAn introspective intelligence

Fostering Communicative Abilities in Science and Technology:

Practice in presenting one’s research results to people in diverse fields and engaging in intensive debates on issues.

  • Public Caravan of Outreach

    Public Events delivering research’s significance, attractiveness, results planned and held by students own.

  • Lecture of Self Promotion

    Lecture class to get the effective methods of Public Engagement of Science and Technology,, cooperated with the Communication in Science and Technology Education and Research Program (CoSTEP,) .

  • Exercise of Outreach

    Exercise class to practice the methods of Public Engagement of  Science and Technology, based on getting knowledge  in the its lecture class.

  • Ethics Seminars of Business, Science and Technology

    Seminars to foster High level Reserch Ethics including business, Science and Technology.


Rest of Events

  • Short-Term Domestic Training Support

    Travel fund to participate in short-term training program inside Japan.

  • Long-Term Domestic Training Support

    Travel fund to stay at Universities, Laboratories and Companies inside Japan within 3 months.

  • Ambitious Seminar of Materials Science

    Seminars inviting top researchers and professionals to acquire various knowledge of materials science, liberal arts and ethics.