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Admissions Policy

Policy on Graduate Student Education

The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (IMSUT), is prominent as an institution for graduate education. It provides an ideal environment for young people interested in pursuing a career in scientific research. Drawing upon a wide range of graduate schools such as medicine, science, agricultural and life science, pharmaceutical science, engineering, information science and technology, frontier sciences and interdisciplinary information studies, the faculties of the various divisions teach a wide range of courses to a similarly diverse array of elite graduate students. In order to pursue transdisciplinary approaches within the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo has now established the new Department of Computational Biology and Medical Science. Through IMSUT’s strenuous efforts, this department was established in fiscal year 2015, with the Shirokanedai campus housing many participating laboratories as well as some courses that make up the department’s core curriculum. Thus, through strong links to IMSUT, cross-disciplinary education and research are expanding. The distinguishing features of our educational program are that it targets mainly graduate students aiming to become researchers, and that the professors and staff members can concentrate on guiding students in their laboratory research. The departments and divisions frequently collaborate and interact closely with each other, making interdisciplinary research yet one more of our distinguishing features.
  The programs provided by the institute include a graduate seminar series and clinical courses for non-physician graduate students at IMSUT Hospital. The graduate seminar series consists of weekly seminars, provided by first-class researchers from around Japan, on a theme freshly chosen each year. Those courses are deemed to be credits for the graduate school of medicine. Our Institute's affiliated hospital provides clinical courses for non-physician graduate students, which include in-depth consideration of ethical issues and translational research.
  IMSUT also has a rich educational environment for information science. At the Human Genome Center, there are faculty members with deep computing expertise, and workshops are frequently held there. Lectures offered by the Department of Computational Biology and Medical Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, are open to IMSUT students outside this research area. Further, many other seminars are given by researchers from inside and outside Japan, providing a window onto the latest research progress.
  Our library is open weekdays from 9 am to 11 pm.
  IMSUT encourages students to conduct research enthusiastically, and works to motivate them. We honor exceptional graduate students every year with our Outstanding Student Publication Awards.

Applying to Graduate School

The Institute of Medical Science has no distinct graduate school of its own, and so to accept students, individual faculty members within the institute must be affiliated with one or more graduate school programs of the University of Tokyo. Therefore, it is necessary to find out the graduate school affiliation of the professor under whom a prospective applicant hopes to study in order to apply to the correct graduate school program and take the correct entrance examination. The graduate school affiliations of the individual faculty members can be checked here (Japanese). Furthermore, prospective applicants would be highly advised to ascertain the graduate school affiliation of the professor in whom they have interest by contacting that professor directly by e-mail. The graduate schools also hold informational events (Japanese) for prospective applicants at which it is possible to speak with many of the faculty members directly. It is also possible to arrange to visit the laboratory of interest.