List of subjects and teachers in charge at the Graduate School of Materials Science in 2016
Subjects studied in the Graduate School of Materials Science (GSMS) are wide and varied. We accept candidates with a broad range of backgrounds and knowledge, not limited to those who studied science or technology in their undergraduate programs. We offer a wide selection of introductory courses to allow students with different backgrounds to gain both basic and advanced knowledge of many subjects related to materials science research.
・In the first month (April), “Opto-Nano Science” classes offer a glance at research subjects currently under investigation in the laboratories at GSMS. To provide basic knowledge in a wide area of materials science, “Photonic Nanoscience Core” classes offer an introduction to subjects including quantum mechanics, quantum chemistry, photo-electronics devices and life science. From the middle of May, students receive lectures delivered by leading interdisciplinary researchers covering basics as well as up-to-date knowledge of specific subjects, ranging from solid state physics and information science to organic chemistry and biological science. For specialized courses, students can choose from 31 subjects and 4 special courses depending on their interests and needs.
・In “Experiments in Materials Science,” students get hands-on experience with the research conducted in each laboratory. Students carry out research training in assigned laboratories. Students also participate in “Safety Education and Training,” which provides practical training in chemical experiments, optical experiments, electrical engineering experiments, biological experiments and radioactive experiments.
・For researchers in the field of science and technology, international and interdisciplinary communication skills are indispensable. To improve those skills, we offer the following courses: “Materials Science English,”“Science & Technology Policy and Intellectual Property” and “Science Literacy.” TOEIC-IP tests in April and November are mandatory for first-year master’s course students. English proofreading, TOEIC preparation and conversation programs are offered by English teachers at GSMS.
・During seminars, students learn how to conduct and present their research. In addition to advice and criticism from their mentors, discussion with faculty and other students is integral to our program.
・NAIST employs a multiple instructor system. Students are mentored by a faculty member from their own laboratory and are also mentored by another faculty member from a different laboratory who is qualified to evaluate their research. Students benefit from this system by receiving appropriate and multilateral instruction and criticism on their research.
・A Master’s degree will be awarded based on each student’s research thesis, which should include unique, innovative and useful scientific results. To complete the thesis, students will receive feedback via a multiple instructor system, providing constructive criticism from a wide variety of viewpoints.
・The Graduate School of Materials Science established the International Program in the master’s course in April 2015.This program stimulates creative and internationally competitive research and development, and also facilitates an understanding of the history, culture and international role of Japan. All coursework and research leading up to graduation is carried out in English. A wide range of subjects are provided in materials science and in such interdisciplinary topics as intellectual property and ethics. In addition, students in the International Program are free to take most of the subjects that make up the Standard Program (usually given in Japanese).
・At GSMS, students who have achieved excellent research and obtained sufficient credits may be awarded a Master’s degree in less than the regular two-year period. A Doctorate degree may also be awarded in less than the regular period.
・Doctoral course students and selected master’s course students present their research in front of international supervisors at an annual symposium. The closed symposium includes a 2-day retreat outside of NAIST. GSMS also holds an annual joint symposium with Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, located in Korea.
・NAIST Best Student Awards are given to the best students graduating with a Master’s degree and Doctoral degree, respectively. The prize includes award money and a memento. They are also honored with an opportunity to present their theses in a public symposium held at NAIST in March.