MERIT

Japanese/English

Requirements for Course Completion

  • 1. Pass the final examinations for the doctoral degree as required by the relevant department
  • 2. Pass the MERIT Course final examination

The following requirements must also be met in order to complete the MERIT Course:

Coursework to be completed by MERIT Course completion (see note 1)

  • 1. Two credits required from Global Focus on Materials Science I and II
  • 2. Four credits required from the list of class courses given below: students enrolled in physics-related courses require four credits from chemistry-related subjects, students enrolled in chemistry-related courses require four credits from physics-related subjects (see note 2, note 3).
  • Note 1: Students who have already acquired credits from classes deemed equivalent to coursework may apply to have those credits recognized as part of the requirements for MERIT Course completion.
  • Note 2: Coursework credits must be acquired from classes other than those run by the department in which the student is enrolled. However, students who are enrolled in the Advanced Materials Science department (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences) may take subjects run by the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences as part of MERIT Course completion requirements.
  • Note 3: All the students on the MERIT Course may include credits acquired from the subjects in the category 'Physics / Chemistry' as part of their of MERIT Course completion requirements even when the subjects are offered by the department in which they are enrolled.
MERIT Curriculum design for integrated materials science
MERIT Course: Available Classes
Graduate School Department Class Name
(※3)
No. of credits FY2017 Open Class Semester Type Category Learning Level
(※4)
Language
(※5)
Notes
Graduate School of Engineering All Global Focus on Materials Science I S1S2 Mandatory       At least two credits from at least one Global Focus course
Global Focus on Materials Science II   S1S2    
Focused Lecture on Materials Science Ⅰ     Elective Physics     Note 1, 2
Focused Lecture on Materials Science Ⅱ     Physics    
Focused Lecture on Materials Science Ⅲ     Physics    
Focused Lecture on Materials Science Ⅳ     Chemistry    
Focused Lecture on Materials Science Ⅴ     Chemistry    
Focused Lecture on Materials Science Ⅵ     Chemistry    
Science and Technology Studies   A1 Physics/
Chemistry
   
Engineering Ethics S1S2 Physics/
Chemistry
   
Engineering Competency Ⅱ-Research Internship- Year-long Physics/
Chemistry
   
Applied Physics Materials Science S1S2 Physics   E
Advanced Lectures on Quantum Mechanics◎ A1A2 Physics *  
Fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance   S1S2 Physics    
Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics◎ S1S2 Physics    
Computics for Material Science I S1S2 Physics *  
Computics for Material Science II A1A2 Physics *  
Experimental Methods in Applied Physics (B)   S1S2 Physics    
Soft Matter Science◎ intensive Physics    
Surface Physics◎ S1S2 Physics    
Electrical Engineering and Information Systems Quantum Nanostructures S1 Physics    
Solid State Electronics I S1S2 Physics    
Environmental Issues and Energy Technology S1S2 Physics    
Nano Quantum Information Electronics I S1S2 Physics    
Organic Electronics   S1S2 Physics   E
Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices A1A2 Physics   E
Physics and Technology of Solar Cells   A1 Physics   E
Nano Quantum Information Electronics II A1A2 Physics    
Bio Electronic and Information Engineering A1A2 Physics    
Integrated Device Engineering S1S2 Physics    
Integrated Circuits Engineering   S1S2 Physics *  
Low-power,
High-speed VLSI Design
    Physics *  
Materials Engineering Advanced Lecture on Solid State Physics S1 Physics    
Advanced Lecture and Exercise on Transport Phenomena S1 Chemistry    
Advanced Lecture on Materials Chemistry I A1 Chemistry    
Advanced Lecture on Materials Chemistry II   A1 Chemistry    
Advanced Lecture and Exercise on Thermodynamics A1 Chemistry    
Advanced Lecture and Exercise on Elasticity A1 Physics    
Advanced Lecture and Exercise on Structural Analysis S1 Physics    
Advanced Lecture on Medical Materials   S1S2 Chemistry *  
Advanced Lecture on Material Modeling S1 Physics * E
Applied Chemistry Advanced Lectures on Frontier Chemistry◎ S1S2 Chemistry    
Advanced Lectures on Chemistry and Energy◎ A1A2 Chemistry    
Chemical System Engineering Chemical Engineering of Catalysis◎ S1S2 Chemistry    
Molecular Physical Chemistry◎ A1A2 Chemistry    
Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering◎ S1S2 Chemistry   E
Environmental System Engineering◎ A1A2 Chemistry    
Chemistry and Biotechnology Polymer and Functional Materials Chemistry I S1 Chemistry    
Polymer and Functional Materials Chemistry II S1S2 Chemistry    
Polymer and Functional Materials Chemistry III S2 Chemistry    
Basics for Functional Chemistry I S2 Chemistry    
Graduate School of Science All Theory of Science Communication S intensive Physics/
Chemistry
   
Practice in Science Communication S intensive Physics/
Chemistry
   
Physics Condensed Matter Physics I◎ S Physics    
Condensed Matter Physics Ⅱ◎ A Physics    
Chemical Physics I◎ A Physics    
Surface Physics◎ S Physics    
Optical Properties and Spectroscopy of Solids S Physics * E
Computational Physics A Physics * E
Semiconductors   S Physics * E
Chemistry Basic Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry I S Chemistry   E
Basic Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry II S Chemistry   E
Basic Organic Chemistry I S Chemistry   E
Basic Organic Chemistry II S Chemistry   E
Frontiers in Advanced Technology I     Chemistry    
Frontiers in Advanced Technology II S Chemistry    
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Advanced Materials Science Introduction to Advanced Materials Science I S1 Physics    
Introduction to Advanced Materials Science II S2 Physics    
Introduction to Advanced Materials Science III S1 Physics    
Introduction to Advanced Materials Science IV S2 Chemistry    
Introduction to Advanced Materials Science V S1 Physics    
Introduction to Advanced Materials Science VI S2 Chemistry    
Introduction to Advanced Materials Science VII S1 Chemistry    
Physical Chemistry of Soft Condensed Matter Ⅰ S1 Chemistry *  
Optical Properties of Solids A   A1,A2 Physics *  
Synchrotron Radiation Research   A1 Physics *  
Physics of transition metal oxides S1 Physics * E
Cluster Function Design   A1 Physics *  
Optical Properties of Solids B A1,A2 Physics *  
Magnetism I A1 Physics *  
Physics of Quantum Matter S1 Physics *  
Introduction to superconductivity and superfluidity S2 Physics *  
Solid State Physics by Soft X-ray and Neutron Spectroscopy S1 Physics *  
Chemistry and Physics of Organic Functional Materials   S1,S2 Chemistry *  
Introduction to Surface Science S2 Chemistry *  
Environmental materials engineering   S2 Chemistry *  
Plasma Materials Science A1 Chemistry *  

※3: ◎: Lecture for both graduate and undergraduate students
※4: *: Lecture which has a rather specialized area of contents
※5: E: Lecture in English

Note 1:

Those students on the MERIT Course who are enrolled in the Physics Department of the Graduate School of Science or in the Applied Physics or Electrical Engineering and Information Systems Departments of the Graduate School of Engineering are classified as being on the Physics Track of the MERIT Course. Those students on the MERIT Course who are enrolled in the Chemistry Department of the Graduate School of Science or in the Applied Chemistry, Chemical Systems Engineering, or Chemistry and Biotechnology Departments of the Graduate School of Engineering are classified as being on the Chemistry Track. Finally, decisions as to whether MERIT Course students who are enrolled in the Materials Engineering Department of the Graduate School of Engineering and those who are enrolled in the Advanced Materials Science Department of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences are on the Physics or the Chemistry Track will be made on an individual basis according to students’ research plans upon acceptance as Course participants.

Note 2:

(1) Students on the Physics Track must earn at least four credits from subjects that fall into the chemistry category and that are not offered by the department in which those students are enrolled. However, students on the Physics Track who are enrolled in the Advanced Materials Science department of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences may include credits acquired from subjects falling into the chemistry category that are run by the Graduate School of Frontier Science as part of their of MERIT Course completion requirements.

(2) Students on the Chemistry Track must earn at least four credits from subjects that fall into the physics category and that are not offered by the department in which those students are enrolled. However, students on the Chemistry Track who are enrolled in the Advanced Materials Science department of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences may include credits acquired from subjects falling into the physics category that are run by the Graduate School of Frontier Science as part of their of MERIT Course completion requirements.

(3) All the students on the MERIT Course may include credits acquired from the subjects of the category 'Physics / Chemistry' as part of their of MERIT Course completion requirements even when the subjects are offered by the department in which they are enrolled.

(4) Students who, prior to enrollment on the MERIT Course, have already acquired credits from classes deemed equivalent to MERIT coursework may apply to have those credits recognized as part of the requirements for MERIT Course completion.

(5) Even where credits have been acquired from classes run jointly by two or more departments, they may be included in the total number of credits required for MERIT Course completion.


Mandatory Research Training

MERIT Course students are required to attend all of the following:

  • 1. MERIT Special Lectures
    Intensive lecture series held around four times a year (twice in each term). Students must attend at least three series by the end of their course.
  • 2. MERIT Colloquium
    1st and 2nd Year MERIT Course Students: Research presentations for a non-specialist audience 2nd and 3rd Year MERIT Course Students: Research projects run in small teams focused on self-determined themes. Presentation of findings and debate held in style of public hearing.
  • 3. MERIT Self-Directed Camp
    1st–3rd Year MERIT Course Students: Residential study camp focusing on research and discussion held once a year

Elective Research Training

MERIT Course students are also required to complete one of the following three options. Applications must be submitted for these opportunities; eligibility to participate is granted on application approval.

  • 1. Self-directed joint research
    MERIT Course students affiliated to different laboratories work together to design a joint research project, inspired by MERIT Course activities, which is then conducted in one of the laboratories. Funding may be granted to projects tackling groundbreaking themes.
  • 2. Long-term overseas dispatch (1–3 months)
    Students negotiate directly with institutions overseas to propose research projects that can be conducted by the students on location as temporary researchers.
  • 3. Corporate internship (1–3 months)
    Students negotiate directly with private companies to arrange internships that are focused on obtaining practical training in fields other than their own areas of expertise.

Other Research Training

The MERIT Course also allows students to take part in the following research training opportunities. Students are required to submit applications and eligibility to participate is granted on application approval.

  • 1. Overseas Training (approx. 1 week)
    After students have been selected to participate in the MERIT Course, they may visit research laboratories at universities overseas on this week-long training program.
  • 2. MERIT Errantry (approx. 1-3 weeks)
    2nd-5th Year MERIT Course Students: To visit more than one research groups and give seminars; attendance at international conferences permitted. (Students may not go on an errantry solely to attend a conference.)