Tokyo Tech provides an education system in which students can choose their field of study, academic path, and career themselves.
From the Bachelor's Program through to the Doctoral Program, students have many opportunities to choose or change the field they wish to study.
Tokyo Tech is very proud of its curriculum that enables students to not only deeply study their specialized field, but also broadly study other fields if they wish.
Upon enrollment students do not need to decide one specific field of study to pursue. They can choose from a broad range of 7 academic groups.
In the first year of the Bachelor's Program, students take a wide variety of science, engineering, and humanities courses, and study a broad range of specialized courses offered in each academic group.
Towards the end of the fourth quarter, students choose a department of his/her interest (undergraduate major education program) from multiple departments that correspond to their academic group for the second year of the Bachelor's Program.
While studying specialized courses in the fields of their choice in their department, students narrow down in which laboratories they might work on their research topic.
Four University Alliance's Multidisciplinary Program
Tokyo Institute of Technology has joined with Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Hitotsubashi University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies to form the Confederation of The Four Universities. Based on this confederation, the following multidisciplinary majors are provided.
Comprehensive Life Sciences
Research on Living Spaces
Scientific Technology and Intellectual Property
Technology and Management
General Arts and Sciences
International Technical Writing
Students of these courses can study a specialized field at one of the other universities in the alliance while learning specialized knowledge and technology at Tokyo Tech. If students earn the necessary number of credits from courses designated by the major and pass, completion of the course will be certified.
Global Scientists and Engineers Course
This course uses Tokyo Tech's education objectives and features to train talented global individuals.
Experts in advanced science and technology play an active role not only in industrialized countries but also in various fields in emerging countries. In addition to high expertise, individuals with advanced science and technology skills who play a globally active role are expected to have an inquiring mind and a daring spirit, the abilities to exhibit leadership to solve problems while understanding other cultures, and the skills to cooperate with people from other cultures and specialized backgrounds.
Because about 90% of graduates from the Bachelor's Program continue on to graduate school at Tokyo Tech, we provide the "Global Scientists and Engineers Course" with the goal of producing graduates who can exhibit leadership around the world including in emerging countries.
Students perform their bachelor's independent research project in the laboratory of a faculty member (assigned to the department) of their choice.
Choosing a Graduate Major
In the graduate program, students enter a school and department, and select a graduate major. A professional Master's Program is also available. In the Master's Program, students are free to choose whether to take the entrance examination for the same department in which they studied their Bachelor's Program, or for another department.
Majors comprised of multiple disciplines
In order to solve the problems in our global society, we cannot limit ourselves to one field of expertise, but must utilize knowledge from a variety of fields. Tokyo Tech offers interdisciplinary graduate majors that span multiple schools or departments and fuse different fields into a newly established discipline.
In the Graduate Program, students study specialized courses, perform research in the laboratory, and compose a thesis in the graduate major of their choice.
In the Master's Program, there are two main learning methods, and students can choose whichever they like.
Focused Option (Common to the Master's Program and Doctoral Program)
This is the most common practice at Tokyo Tech, where students concentrate on their major studies.
Interdisciplinary Option (Master's Program)
Students systematically learn fields outside of their major studies. All major fields of study have minor curriculum intended for students in other majors. Students who obtain the required credits for the minor will receive a certificate of completion.
Interdisciplinary Option Study of Interdisciplinary Minor
(Common to the Master's Program and Doctoral Program)
The curriculum spans multiple departments and majors and deals with issues in cutting-edge fields and society. Students who obtain the required credits for the minor will receive a certificate of completion.
Note: the above is the standard academic
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In the 21st century, the role of sci-tech universities has become increasingly important. Today we face various issues on a global scale. These issues are all topics for research at science and engineering universities, and we will be at the forefront of resolving these problems. In order to do so, we cannot limit ourselves to one field of expertise, but must utilize knowledge from a variety of areas.
To develop individuals with these skills, we offer interdisciplinary graduate majors that span multiple schools or departments and fuse different fields into a newly established discipline.
Energy Science and Engineering
Become a valued expert in the field of Energy Science and Engineering
There is a demand for the development of multidimensional energy theory - a discipline developed through specializing and deepening expertise, and fusing and restructuring complex learning related to energy, which makes it possible to gain an effective, comprehensive overview. Experts in this field are also in demand. In the Graduate Major in Energy Science and Engineering we cultivate individuals to lead innovation and contribute to society with advanced expertise based on the disciplines of physics, chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. Such individuals possess the comprehensive skills to handle ever-changing energy problems from a multidimensional energy theory perspective, with independent problem extracting/solving skills and international leadership skills.
Engineering Sciences and Design
Solve various problems in society through engineering design
Our goal is to produce individuals with engineering design abilities - the abilities to solve the various problems that confront humankind and to contribute to the creation of new technologies, values, and concepts sought by society. Along with this, these individuals will be cultivated to possess comprehensive understanding of science and technology and to work persistently to push back existing constraints.
Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering
Contribute to the development of science and technology to protect human health and achieve a human-friendly sustainable society
Through research and development in Life Engineering, a field of engineering concerned with areas such as human health, medicine and the environment, we aim to enrich the lives of people. We are working to build a foundation for human life that allows for sustainable development as well as to create new academic fields by blending natural science related to people, bioethics, the fundamentals of health and medicine, and the fundamentals of environment with various specialized technologies of science and engineering.
Effectively using nuclear energy and radiation to benefit society
How should nuclear power be used in the future? How can radiation, which is already used for cancer treatments, be used more effectively? In order to answer this question, the Graduate Major in Nuclear Engineering teaches students to systematically learn and conduct research on nuclear engineering, its use, radiation, and the science involved.
Ultra-smart society ushered in by next-generation artificial intelligence
The Graduate Major in Artificial Intelligence aims to cultivate individuals who have the ability to look at the field of computing from a higher perspective and see the direction of new developments. We want students to strive to find appropriate solutions to complicated real-world problems by applying multiple disciplines, then build advanced artificial intelligence systems and services which will contribute to the development of society.
Urban Design and Built Environment
Designing flexible cities and environments to support our future
In the Graduate Major in Urban Design and Built Environment it is our goal to unravel the various complex problems faced by the cities and environments of today using rich imagination and cutting-edge technology. We conduct research for the creation of cities and environments which are resilient (are able to recover by themselves and are flexible), encompassing many facets such as its safety, comfort, and culture. We also aim to develop individuals who will be able to undertake the work of building such future cities and environments.