Research ethics education
Tokyo Tech launched a systematic framework for research ethics education in AY 2019. At each School, students will gain necessary knowledge and skills associated with their field of expertise. As they move progressively through three levels toward a deeper understanding of research ethics, they are expected to review outcomes using a checklist.
Levels and target students
- Level 1: 1st- to 3rd-year bachelor's students who have yet to start their Independent Research Project
- Level 2: 4th-year bachelor's students who have started their Independent Research Project, and master's students
- Level 3: Doctoral students
Note: Regardless of the above, students planning early graduation must complete level 1 before starting their Independent Research Project, then proceed to level 2 after starting the Project.
Completion of Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science) Courses and First-Year Courses in research ethics; participation in orientation or briefing sessions offered by Departments or research laboratories; completion of e-leaning courses specified by Schools or Departments
Receiving guidance from academic supervisors or doctoral students in laboratory settings; completion of relevant Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science) Courses and Career Development Courses; completion of e-learning courses
Receiving individual guidance from academic supervisors in laboratory settings; completion of relevant Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science) Courses and Career Development Courses; completion of e-learning courses
Research ethics education and level checklists for Majors
- Access to above site is internal only. Some content is bilingual.
The Institute for Liberal Arts and the Frontier Education Program offer courses in research ethics for AY 2019 as follows.
Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science) Courses
Tokyo Tech Visionary Project; Science and Technology for Society; Ethics in Engineering A; Seminar on Transdisciplinary Studies (Scientific studies on "well-being" and positive education) Introduction; Frontiers of Science and Technology*
Science and Technology for Society; Ethics in Engineering B; Seminar on Transdisciplinary Studies (Scientific studies on "well-being" and positive education)
Liberal Arts Final Report; Science and Technology for Society; Ethics in Engineering C (it's cancelled in fiscal year 2020); Seminar on Transdisciplinary Studies (Scientific studies on "well-being" and positive education)
Ethics in Engineering (Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences); Science and Technology for Society (Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Career Development Courses
Social and Business Rules and Ethics; Social Contributions through Research
Ethics of Scientists and Engineers
- Courses offered by the Frontier Education Program
Research ethics resources
1. Tokyo Tech SPOC
Tokyo Tech Science, Engineering, AI and Data Ethics 2021; start on April 12th, 2021. Enrollment stops on Jan. 31, 2022 and course ends on Feb. 28, 2022.
2. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
For the Sound Development of Science (handbook for research integrity)
3. Association for the Promotion of Research Integrity (APRIN)
List of eAPRIN courses and contents
4. Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
The Lab (visual education material distributed by JST)
- Tokyo Tech SPOC, el_CoRE, and The Lab courses are available free of charge. As there are two types of access, single-user and multi-user, students planning to take courses are advised to ask department chairs, academic supervisors, or relevant administrative office staff which option is suitable.
Tokyo Tech has a multi-user account for eAPRIN. User IDs and other required information will be provided to students as follows:
a. Undergraduate students not yet assigned to a laboratory
Faculty or administrative staff at the relevant School or Department will advise you at guidance or briefing sessions. For students who wish to start the course earlier, visit or contact us at the address below.
b. Students already assigned to a laboratory
Academic supervisors will notify you.