Department of Integrated Biosciences - Graduate School of Frontier Science, The university of Tokyo

Thesis Examination Rules

Doctor  Thesis Examinations

Pre-Examination

The minimum requirement for taking the preliminary pre-examination  is to have had at least one original article published or accepted in English academic journals, for which peer review is conducted, as the first author. All faculty members will grade the presentation and Q&A session. Then the average score is calculated, and at the departmental faculty meeting, the judgment is made on whether or not the examinee can proceed to the formal examination.

Formal Examination

As a general rule, the minimum requirement is to have passed the pre-examination within the last 6 months.
Doctor thesis and its presentation are evaluated comprehensively by the principal referee and other referees.

Student of the Year (the best doctor thesis prize)

This prize is awarded to outstanding doctor theses that are highly regarded academically. The candidate needs to have had at least three original articles related to doctor thesis published listed or accepted in English academic journals, for which peer review is conducted, as the first authour, and scored outstanding grades at the Pre- examination and the Formal examination. At the departmental faculty meeting, voting is conducted by all faculty members to pick the top 1 or 2 from the candidates to be awarded, with consideration of attitude towards research.  For June/September/December graduates, they will be included in the same selection as March graduates of the same academic year.

Excellent Doctoral Thesis Award

This is awarded as an encouragement to some of the excellent theses submitted in the target academic year. Candidates are those in the top scores from the Pre- examination and Formal examination. In addition, a thesis that can be evaluated highly from an interdisciplinary perspective etc may be a candidate. At the departmental faculty meeting, voting is conducted by all faculty members to pick some of the top candidates to be awarded, with consideration of attitude towards research.  For June/September/December graduates, they will be included in the same selection as March graduates of the same academic year.


Master Thesis Examinations

Mid-Term Presentation of Master Thesis

As part of the Research Project Planning, a mid-term presentation of master's thesis is held. It is basically conducted 1 year after enrollment, in the form of poster presentation. (April-May for those who enrolled in April and October-November for those who enrolled in October) When a low score is marked, another presentation will be required in approximately 3 months.

Formal Examination

The minimum requirement is to have passed the mid-term presentation. All faculty members will grade the presentation and Q&A session at the master thesis presentation. The submitted master thesis is evaluated by the principal referee and other referees separately. Base on the average score from all faculty members for the presentation and the average score for the thesis, an average value of resentation and thesis is calculated, and then the judgment is made. Depending on the score, a rewrite of the thesis may be required.

IB Award of Year (the best master thesis prize)

Base on the average score from all faculty members for the presentation and the average score for the thesis, an average value of presentation and thesis is calculated, and then the top 5 will be listed. At the departmental faculty meeting, voting is conducted by all faculty members to pick the top 1 or 2 from the candidates to be awarded, with consideration of attitude towards research. For September graduates, they will be included in the same selection as March graduates of the same academic year.

Excellent Master Thsis Award

Excellent Master Thesis Award was established as a secondary prize to the IB Award of Year, to award excellent master theses. For the Excellent Master Thesis Award, it is also required that a candidate has written an excellent thesis as and spend a fulfilled research life.