Education

Flexible Study - Majors, Minors, and Other Education Programs

Tokyo Tech provides an education system in which students can choose their field of study, academic path, and career goals on their own initiative.

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.

Find the Right Department
- Choosing a Specialized Field in Bachelor's Degree Program

Upon enrollment, students do not need to choose one specific field of study to pursue.1

First year

  • In the first year of the bachelor's program, students take a wide variety of science, engineering, and liberal arts courses, and study a broad range of specialized courses offered by each school.

  • Towards the end of the fourth quarter, students choose a department for the second year of the bachelor's program based on the first year of their study.2

Second–third year

  • 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.

Flexible Study3
- Special learning outside the
department

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

  • Overseas Cooperation

  • Research on Living Spaces

  • Scientific Technology and Intellectual Property

  • Technology and Management

  • General Arts and Sciences

  • Medical Engineering

  • 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.

Fourth year

  • Students carry out their bachelor's independent research project in the laboratory of a faculty member (assigned to the department) of their choice.

Find the Right Graduate Major
- Choosing a Specialized Field for the Graduate Program

Choosing a Graduate Major5

* Common to the Master's Program and
Doctoral Program
  • Choosing a Graduate Major

    In the graduate program, students are affiliated with 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.

List of Graduate Majors

  • 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.

Interdisciplinary Majors

Taking in a Graduate Major

  • In the graduate program, students study specialized courses, conduct research in the laboratory, and compose a thesis in the graduate major of their choice.

Flexible Study6
- Choosing a Learning Method for
one's Graduate Major

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 - Graduate Minors
(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 - Progressive Graduate Minors
(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
progression for students from admission to
graduation/completion

Interdisciplinary Graduate Majors

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.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Majors

Energy Science and Engineering

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.

Schools and Departments with Graduate Major in Energy Science and Engineering

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Engineering Sciences and Design

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.

Schools and Departments with Graduate Major in Engineering Sciences and Design

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Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering

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.

Schools and Departments with Graduate Major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering

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Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear 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.

Schools and Departments with Graduate Major in Nuclear Engineering

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

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 that will contribute to the development of society.

Schools and Departments with Graduate Major in Artificial Intelligence

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Urban Design and Built Environment

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.

Schools and Departments with Graduate Major in Urban Design and Built Environment

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