Education & research


The Department of Advanced Disciplinary Studies (AIS) is a venue for groundbreaking and trailblazing basic research and applied research in advanced fields of science and technology. It also provides education and research guidance on research relating to such research (research on research).

Specifically, the three years of study is based on seven omnibus courses*, which deal with the latest themes and frontline activities in various fields researched by RCAST teaching staff, and laboratory and practical subjects that equip students with the expertise to prepare their doctoral theses. From the 2010 academic year two new programs, the Barrier-Free Program and the Environment/Energy Program, were added as alternatives to the General Program.

* Seven omnibus courses
- Advanced Research Strategy and Social Systems (2 credits)
- Advanced Materials and Devices (2 credits)
- Advanced Information Systems (2 credits)
- Advanced Life Studies (2 credits)
- Advanced Intellectual Property Rights (2 credits, offered every other year)
- Advanced Environmental/Energy Studies (2 credits)
- Advanced Barrier-Free Studies (2 credits)

Syllabus (PDF: 227 KB) PDF
Timetable for This Academic Year (PDF: 558 KB) PDF

Requirements for Completion of Doctoral Program

The period of study is three years. You must obtain at least 20 credits (12 credits from subjects relating to thesis guidance, 4 credits from mandatory subjects (Advanced Science and Technology Innovator Development Course : 6 credits), and 4 credits from other lecture subjects (Advanced Science and Technology Innovator Development Course : 2 credits) ) and pass a final examination. Your doctoral degree thesis must also be accepted.

Schedule to Completion of Program

From first to third year Attend lectures and seminars and obtain the required credits
Under the guidance of your tutor, consider research topics, formulate research plans, determine research methods, and conduct research. Publish the results of your research in respected academic journals etc. either in Japan or overseas.
Third year
(For students enrolling in October, the dates are those contained in parentheses.)
Early August (early February)
Persons expected to graduate in three years are determined.
September-October (March-April)
Preliminary review
Mid-December (mid-June)
Deadline for submission of doctoral thesis etc.
Late January (late July)
Main review
Mid-March (mid-September)
Graduates are determined.
1/ End of March (end of September)
Degree ceremony