GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Application Procedure for Integrated MS/PhD Programs
September 2019/April 2020 Entry

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Important notice

1. Timeline of Application

[Schedule A]

Applications Open July 2nd, 2019

This is the day to start the acceptance of the application form, not to start contacting the professor. Please contact the potential supervisor as soon as possible if you want to apply.

Application Deadline July 11th, 2019
Entrance Examination August 26th - 28th, 2019
Notification of Results September 5th, 2019

[Schedule B]

Special Admission Examination will be held in late January, 2020.
Please ask your expected supervisor for details, including schedules and required documents.

2. Entrance Examinations and Eligibility Criteria

Entrance examination procedures vary depending on the eligibility criteria fulfilled by each applicant. Most applicants will proceed through the general examination process consisting of a written examination and an interview during the entrance examination period outlined in the timeline of application. Special admissions are also available for qualifying applicants in late January 2020.

  • General Examination [Schedule A]: General examination is for applicants who have an undergraduate certificate (or expect to receive it by March 31st, 2020) from a university (Japanese or overseas).
  • Special Admissions Examination [Schedule B]: Special admissions are for applicants without a Japanese citizenship. Also the applicants must have an undergraduate certificate (or expect to receive it by March 31st, 2020) from an overseas university.

3. Subjects of Entrance Examination

(1) Written Examination

Sections Additional notes
1) English(TOEFL ITP®) [Schedule A only] You can submit an official score of TOEFL PBT® or TOEFL iBT® instead of taking TOEFL ITP®. For Special Admission Examination [Schedule B], you MUST submit an official TOEFL® score. For more information see Notes on submitting official TOEFL® scores
2) “Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology III”
Examination on specialized knowledge in chemistry and/or biotechnology

All the examinations take place in Japan. Travel costs must be covered by the applicant.

(2) Interview

During the interview, applicants will be asked general questions in the field of chemistry and/or biotechnology. Applicants will also be asked to describe their current or past research experiences. This would normally be your bachelor’s thesis project. Applicants who received an undergraduate degree without a research component (lab-based or library-based) will also be considered.

Application Procedure for Master’s Program
September 2019/April 2020 Entry

Important notice

1. Timeline of Application

[Schedule A]

Applications Open July 2nd, 2019
Application Deadline July 11th, 2019
Entrance Examination August 26th - 28th, 2019
Notification of Results September 5th, 2019

2. Entrance Examination and Eligibility Criteria

General Examination: General examination is for applicants who have an undergraduate certificate (or expect to receive it by March 31st, 2020) from a university (Japanese or overseas).

3. Entrance Examination Structure

(1) Written Examination

The written examination will test:

  • Proficiency in the English language
  • Proficiency in scientific academic writing
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry and/or biotechnology

The written examination consists of 3 sections as outlined below:

Sections Additional notes
1) English(TOEFL ITP®) Official score reports of TOEFL PBT® or TOEFL iBT® are also accepted. For more information see Notes on submitting official TOEFL® scores
2) “Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology I”
5 questions on Scientific English
3) “Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology II”
A selection of 25 questions on chemistry and biotechnology consisting of:
  • Physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry (5 questions)
  • Organic chemistry (5 questions)
  • Polymer chemistry (5 questions)
  • Biochemistry (5 questions)
  • Biotechnology (5 questions)
Keywords
Applicants must select and answer 10 out of 25 questions.

All the examinations take place in Japan. Travel costs must be covered by the applicant.
Past written examination papers are available here.

(2) Interview

During the interview, applicants will be asked general questions in the field of chemistry and/or biotechnology. Applicants will also be asked to describe their current or past research experiences. This would normally be your bachelor’s thesis topic. Applicants who received an undergraduate degree without a research component will also be considered.

Application Procedure for Doctoral (PhD) Program
September 2019/April 2020 Entry

Important notice

1. Timeline of Application

Applications Open July 2nd, 2019

This is the day to start the acceptance of the application form, not to start contacting the professor. Please contact the potential supervisor as soon as possible if you want to apply.

Application Deadline July 11th, 2019
Entrance Examination August 26th and 28th, 2019
Notification of Results September 5th, 2019

2. Entrance Examinations and Eligibility Criteria

  • General Examination [Schedule A]: for all students who received (or expect to receive it by March 31, 2020) a master's or professional degree in any country including Japan.
  • Special Admission Examination[Schedule B]: for non-Japanese students who received (or expect to receive it by March 31, 2020) a master's or professional degree from a university outside of Japan.

3. Schedules

<Schedule A>

Entrance September 2019 April 2020
Application Period July 2nd - 11th, 2019
Examination
Date(s)
Stage one August 26th and 28th, 2019
Stage two Will be conducted
with Stage one
February, 2020 [1]
Application
Notifications
Stage one September 5th,
2019, 4:00 PM
September 5th,
2019, 4:00 PM
Stage two

February 13th,
2020, 4:00 PM

[1] Details to be determined.

<Schedule B>

Special Admission Examination will be held in late January 2020 for entrance in April 2020.
Please ask your expected supervisor for details, including schedule and prerequisites.

4. Subjects of Entrance Examination

I. Stage One

(1) Written Examination

Sections Additional notes
1) English(TOEFL ITP®) [Schedule A only] You can submit an official score of TOEFL PBT® or TOEFL iBT® instead of taking TOEFL ITP®.
For Special Admission Examination [Schedule B], You MUST submit an official TOEFL® score. For more information see Notes on submitting official TOEFL® scores
2) “Specialized subjects”
Examination on specialized subjects

(2) Interview

During the interview, applicants will be asked to present and discuss master's thesis research with examiners.

II. Stage Two

Successful candidates from Stage One are to take an examination on topics related to their master's thesis. The time and place will be announced at a later date.

Exam Dates and Notes

1. Test venue and date

(1) Refer to the table below. You will receive information of the venue and gathering place along with the examination ticket.
(2) You will receive the date of oral examination for master's program and integrated MS/PhD program along with the admission ticket. The gathering time for oral examinations will be notified during “Description of the oral examination” session on Aug 26th.

Date Gathering time Test time Subjects of examination etc.
Integrated MS/PhD program
Aug. 26 (Mon) 8:30 (Doors open) 9:00-11:30 TOEFL ITP
13:15 13:30-15:00 Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology III
15:00 15:00-15:30 (Planned) Description of the oral examination
Aug. 27 (Tue)
or
Aug. 28 (Wed)
Will be notified during “Description of the oral examination” session on Aug. 26 Will be notified during “Description of the oral examination” session on Aug. 26 Oral examination
Master's program
Aug. 26 (Mon) 8:30 (Doors open) 9:00-11:30 TOEFL ITP
13:15 13:30-14:00 Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology I
14:15 14:30-16:30 Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology II
16:30 16:30-17:00 (Planned) Description of the oral examination
Aug. 27 (Tue)
or
Aug. 28 (Wed)
Will be notified during “Description of the oral examination” session on Aug. 26 Will be notified during “Description of the oral examination” session on Aug. 26 Oral examination
Doctoral (PhD) Program
Aug. 26 (Mon) 8:30 (Doors open) 9:00-11:30 TOEFL ITP
13:15 13:30-15:00 Specialized subjects
Aug. 28 (Wed) 30 minutes before the test start time 13:00- Oral examination
(Bring materials required for presentation and discussion e.g. master's thesis etc.)

2. Notes on personal items

(1) What to bring: Examination ticket, black pencils (or mechanical pencils), erasers, pencil sharpener (desktop type is not allowed), watch (with only timekeeping functionality)
(2) Turn off your mobile phone and communication equipment and put them in your bag before entering the examination room. You are not allowed to use these as a clock.
(3) During the exam, use of calculators is not permitted.

3. Notes during examination

(1) Candidates who are late for the gathering time may lose their qualifications. In case of emergency during the examination (from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28), please call 03-5841-7370.
(2) Once the exam has started, you are not allowed to leave the room, even if you finished answering, or if you give up the exam.
(3) Always keep the exam ticket on your desk during the exam time.
(4) Answer sheets and problem booklets should not be taken home.

4. Oral examination for Doctoral (PhD) Program (Stage one)

(1) Candidates present their master's thesis (20 minutes), followed by discussion (20 minutes). For presentation, use a projector prepared in the exam room. Bring your own laptop. The connection between the projector and your laptop computer is D-sub 15 pin. Some laptops may require an adapter, so be sure to bring it with you. For those who wish to enter the school in September, the oral exam will be also counted as the Stage two exam.
(2) Those who intend to complete their master's degree in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo will use (intermediate or final) examination of their master's thesis for oral examination.

Notes on submitting official TOEFL® scores

Applicants taking the General Examinations [Schedule A] can submit an official TOEFL® (TOEFL iBT® or TOEFL PBT®) score report instead of taking the English examination (TOEFL ITP®). TOEFL® scores are only accepted from tests taken from September 2017 onwards. Please note that applicants submitting an official TOEFL score report cannot sit the “1) English (TOEFL ITP®)” section of the written examination.

Applicants taking the Special Admissions Examination [Schedule B], MUST submit an official TOEFL® (TOEFL iBT® or TOEFL PBT®) score report. TOEFL scores are only accepted from tests taken from February 2018 onwards.

Applicants submitting a TOEFL® score must follow the steps below:

  • 1. Submit a copy of “Examinee Score Report” from TOEFL iBT® or TOEFL PBT® sent from ETS (Educational Testing Service) together with your application form to The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8656, Japan.

  • 2. Request ETS to send a copy of “Official Score Report” to “U Tokyo Engineering: DI (Designated Institution) code 8596 (Department code 99)”.
    • Do NOT use “University of Tokyo: DI code 9259”. The report will not be received by the Graduate School of Engineering.
    • We do NOT accept TOEFL ITP® scores as applicants must take the ITP as part of their entrance examination.
    • The “Official Score Report” should be received by the school before the examination. Be sure to take the TOEFL® examination well before you apply.
    • Scores other than TOEFL® cannot be accepted as a substitute for the foreign language (English) examination.
    • If you sit the entrance examination in the winter [Schedule B], you MUST submit an official TOEFL® score.

For details, see also the website of Graduate School of Engineering

Reform of the entrance examination procedure (from 2018 onwards)

1. Application Procedure to the Doctoral (PhD) Program

“Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology I” and “Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology II” have been eliminated from the Doctoral (PhD) Program written examinations.

2. Application Procedure for Master's Program and Integrated MS/PhD program

The“Integrated MS/PhD program” has been set up for students who wish to obtain a PhD degree after Master's (MS) program. The entrance examination of the “Integrated MS/PhD program”, is intended to evaluate the applicant's research capabilities (“Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology III”). “Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology I” or “Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology II” are not included in the examination. The applicants are advised to discuss further details, such as application timelines and require documents, with expected supervisors before applying.

General examination for entry into Master's programs will be conducted as before. In “Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology II”, applicants must select and answer ten out of the twenty-five questions (changed from twenty out of forty-five problems) about Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Inorganic/Analytical/Physical Chemistry.

Any questions regarding application procedures should be addressed to Prof. Okamoto (e-mail: ). .

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