Master's Degree Program in English
We offer the Master's program in English, where no Japanese proficiency is required at the time of admission. This breaks down the language barrier which was one of the obstacles preventing international students from studying in Japan.
Specially Designed CurriculumAt the Department of Integrated Biosciences, faculty members gather from diverse study fields including fundamental, agriclutural, pharmaceutical, and medical sciences. With the goal of producing "Frontier" students who can exploit new fields over existing boundaries, the following lectures/seminars are held as a part of our education that cultivates "logical thinking skills", "communication skills" and "emboldened curiosity". Lectures indicated by ** are held in English and those by * are held both in English and Japanese (selective). By taking these lectures, students can earn credits required for the completion of the Master’s Program without taking a lecture given in Japane.
1. Breakthrough Now and Then I (Pre-School)/ **Breakthrough Now and Then II (compulsory elective, 2 credits)
2. Debate on Ethics in Science and Technology/ **Debate on Topics in Science and Technology (compulsory elective, 2 credits)For the purpose of developing researchers who can act appropriately on their opinions and uphold a proper sense of ethics, a lecture on student participation will be carried out. Debate on Topics in Science and Technology is carried out in English for students who cannot understand Japanese.
3. *Frontiers in Molecular Biology I (compulsory, 1 credit), Frontiers in Molecular Biology II (semi-compulsory, 1 credit)Invited lecturers introduce and discuss the diverse field of life science to help students acquire a wide range of knowledge and develop their view on life and inter-relation with society. A credit for I (compulsory) is granted for eight or more attendances, and a credit for II (semi-compulsory) is granted for 16 or more attendances.
4. *Research Project Planning (Mid-Term Presentation of Master Thesis) (compulsory, 2 credits)As a mid-term presentation of master thesis research, students will create research achievement reports/plans, create posters, and perform oral presentation to be reviewed/examined by faculty members from other laboratories. In addition, poster presentation must be performed in front of other students. Participating in the panel discussion during the entrance guidance is also a part of the requirement to obtain credits.
5. *Seminar in Integrated Biosciences (compulsory, 4 credits)In preparation for master thesis, faculty members of each laboratory will take charge in laboratory seminars and instruct poster/oral presentations and manuscript preparation for publication.
6. *Research of Integrated Biosciences I (compulsory, 12 credits)In preparation for master thesis, faculty members of each laboratory will take charge in the selection of theme and conducting experiments.
7. Lessons in Writing Scientific Papers in English (semi-compulsory, 1 credits)Basic skills required for writing scientfic papers in English is lectured.
8. *Practice in Oral Presentation in English (semi-compulsory, 1 credits)The purpose of this practice is to develop poster/oral presentation skills in English at academic meetings. Through practicing actual English presentations of a poster, points are insttucted to make the presentation understandable and attractive.
9. Basic Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (non-compulsory, 1 credit)For those who did not major in biochemistry or molecular biology during their undergraduate course, we teach the basics of biochemistry and molecular biology which are required for a comprehensive understanding of the wide range of biological phenomena covered in the Department of Integrated Biosciences.
10. Statistical Analysis for Biosciences (non-compulsory, 1 credit)Understand the statistics which is the base of life science research, and learn an objective method of data analysis. Also learn how to use different types of database.
11. *Lectures on Specialized Research by Laboratories (non-compulsory, 1 credit)
Bio-Medicine, Drug Discovery
Biochemistry of Cell Responsiveness
Molecular Mechanisms of Adaptation
While genome variation can cause mutation, developmental anomaly or cancer, it can also be a major driving force behind the evolution of species. Although these types of variation are passed onto the next generation via reproductive cells, living things have managed to maintain its diversity through strategies of adapting to the environment. This lecture provides an overview on DNA repair as the most conservative mechanism of life form and mutagenesis as the most creative mechanism of life form, and outlines the biological significance and the analysis methods. Furthermore, the lecture touches on sexual differentiation, gametogenesis, and fertilization as the mechanism for passing the variations to the next generation, by mainly looking at vertebrates.
Eucaryotic Cell Biology
Control of Biological FunctionThis lecture is about the basics of animal reproduction and development (mainly insects and mammals), and developmental engineering as its application. Students are to learn the basic principles in the regulation mechanism of life activity, as well as the methods of artificial manipulation.
Microbe vs Non-Microbe Interactions
Human Evolutionary Specificity
Basic, translational and clinical oncology
In each lecture, students will understand (1) various biological findings at the cancer tissue and cellular level, (2) characteristics of cancer omics and imaging analysis data that are under development and in clinical application, and (3) the latest therapies developed based on the biological characteristics of cancer cells and tissues, including molecular-targeted therapies, tumor immunotherapies, and drug delivery systems.
Students will learn strategies for development of innovative drugs and medical devices, as well as the importance of integrating and utilizing various types of omics information necessary for such development.
12. Laboratory Course for Broadened Bioscience Skills (non-compulsory, 1 credit)
13. *Advanced Seminar in Integrated Biosciences (compulsory, 8 credit)In preparation for doctor thesis, faculty members of each laboratory will take charge in laboratory seminars and instruct poster/oral presentations and manuscript preparation for publication.
14. *Research of Integrated Biosciences II (compulsory, 12 credits)In preparation for doctor thesis, faculty members of each laboratory will take charge in the selection of theme and conducting experiments.
15. Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Common Subjects (non-compulsory, 1 credit)
- Special Lecture on Frontier Science I, II, III, IV, V, VI
- Special Lecture on Frontier Science VII, VIII, IX (Joint seminar I, II, III)
- Special Lecture on Frontier Science X, XI (Science/Technical English A, B)
- Overseas Researches on Frontier Science I, II, III, IV
- Advanced Seminar in Frontier Science I, II
- Stress Management - to enjoy your student life and social life
16. Archive Lectures University-Wide Open Courses: Life Science Archive Seminar for Graduate Course (non-compulsory, 1 credit),Life Science Archive Common Lecture (non-compulsory, 1 credit)
In order to make a contribution to the field of life science which is rapidly becoming more diverse and complex, researchers will need to acquire a broader knowledge and vision. Therefore, the departments and institutes of life sciences at the University of Tokyo have decided to work together to propose cross-disciplinary subjects that are not bound by existing academic fields, as well as new learning methods.