GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Graduate admissions

The Master's program in Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology consists of two programs. Please choose one of them for your application.
Master's Course (Integrated MS/PhD Program) has been set up for students who wish to obtain a Doctor degree after Master's program. Program students are given special opportunities to focus on cutting-edge research and they will receive preferential treatment in the process of acquiring scholarships. Program students will be required to sit a Qualifying Examination (QE) one year after admission. The QE will determine which students will be offered a place on the Integrated MS/PhD Program as doctoral students (Students need procedures to step up to the doctoral program). The applicants are advised to discuss further details, such as application timelines and require documents, with expected supervisors before applying.
Master's Course (Master's Program) is a program aimed at obtaining a Master's degree through two years of graduate study and research activities. Graduates who have completed the Master's Program go on to a doctoral course or find a job in chemical companies or government offices.

Application Procedure for Integrated MS/PhD Programs
September 2020/April 2021 Entry

Important notice

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online.

1. Timeline of Application

[Schedule A]

Applications Open July 1st, 2020

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 8th, 2020
Entrance Examination August 23rd - 26th, 2020
Notification of Results September 10th, 2020

[Schedule B]

Special Admission Examination will be held in late January, 2021.
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 oral examination during the entrance examination period outlined in the timeline of application. Special admissions are also available for qualifying applicants in late January 2021.

  • General Examination [Schedule A]: General examination is for applicants who have an undergraduate certificate (or expect to receive it by March 31st, 2021) 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, 2021) from an overseas university.

3. Subjects of Entrance Examination

(1) Written Examination

Sections Additional notes
“Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology III”
Examination on specialized knowledge in chemistry and/or biotechnology
Answer time: 1 hour

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online. In this case, the applicant must have a quiet examination environment, PC, webcam and microphone. The applicant should also prepare an environment where you can scan and send the answer sheet immediately after the exam. If the applicant is unable to connect to the website, he/she should contact the Examination Headquarter. The examination environment will be inspected by the reviewers prior to the presentation.

(2) Oral Examination

During the oral examination, 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.

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online. In this case, the applicant must have a quiet examination environment, PC, webcam and microphone. The applicant must connect to the designated website at least 15 minutes before the examination start time. If the applicant is unable to connect to the website, he/she should contact the Examination Headquarter. The examination environment will be inspected by the reviewers prior to the presentation.

Application Procedure for Master’s Program
September 2020/April 2021 Entry

Important notice

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online.

1. Timeline of Application

[Schedule A]

Applications Open July 1st, 2020
Application Deadline July 8th, 2020
Entrance Examination August 24th - 26th, 2020
Notification of Results (tentative)
September 10th, 2020

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, 2021) 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 2 sections as outlined below:

Sections Additional notes
“Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology I” Scientific English test
Answer time: 30 minutes
“Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology II” Applicants must select 2 subjects from the following 5 subjects:

  • Physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
Answer time: 1 hour

Keywords

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online. In this case, the applicant must have a quiet examination environment, PC, webcam and microphone. The applicant should also prepare an environment where you can scan and send the answer sheet immediately after the exam. If the applicant is unable to connect to the website, he/she should contact the Examination Headquarter. The examination environment will be inspected by the reviewers prior to the presentation.

Past written examination papers are available here.

(2) Oral Examination

During the oral examination, 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.

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online. In this case, the applicant must have a quiet examination environment, PC, webcam and microphone. The applicant must connect to the designated website at least 15 minutes before the examination start time. If the applicant is unable to connect to the website, he/she should contact the Examination Headquarter. The examination environment will be inspected by the reviewers prior to the presentation.

Application Procedure for Doctoral (PhD) Program
September 2020/April 2021 Entry

Important notice

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online.

1. Timeline of Application

Applications Open July 1st, 2020

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 8th, 2020
Entrance Examination August 23rd - 26th, 2020
Notification of Results (tentative)
September 10th, 2020

2. Entrance Examinations and Eligibility Criteria

  • General Examination [Schedule A]: for all students who received (or expect to receive it by March 31, 2021) 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, 2021) a master's or professional degree from a university outside of Japan.

3. Schedules

[Schedule A]

Entrance September 2020 April 2021
Application Period July 1st - 8th, 2020
Examination
Date(s)
Stage one August 23rd - 26th, 2020
Stage two Will be conducted
with Stage one
February, 2021 [1]
Application
Notifications
Stage one (tentative)
September 10th, 2020, 4:00 PM
(tentative)
September 10th, 2020, 4:00 PM
Stage two

February 12th, 2021, 4:00 PM
(Graduate School website : February 15th)

[1] Details to be determined.

[Schedule B]

Special Admission Examination will be held in late January 2021 for entrance in April 2021.
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
“Specialized subjects”
Examination on specialized subjects
Answer time: 1 hour

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online. In this case, the applicant must have a quiet examination environment, PC, webcam and microphone. The applicant should also prepare an environment where you can scan and send the answer sheet immediately after the exam. If the applicant is unable to connect to the website, he/she should contact the Examination Headquarter. The examination environment will be inspected by the reviewers prior to the presentation.

(2) Oral Examination

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

Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online. In this case, the applicant must have a quiet examination environment, PC, webcam and microphone. The applicant must connect to the designated website at least 15 minutes before the examination start time. If the applicant is unable to connect to the website, he/she should contact the Examination Headquarter. The examination environment will be inspected by the reviewers prior to the presentation.

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

The test room will be notified later. It will also be posted on the Department website (http://www.chembio.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/) around August 20.
The date and time of the oral examination for the master's program will be posted on the website of the Department after the written examination.

Date Gathering time Test time Subjects of examination etc.
Integrated MS/PhD program
Aug. 23 (Sun) 13:00 (Rooms open) about 30 minutes Inspection of examination environment
This will only be done if the written test is conducted via the web.
1 hour Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology III
Aug. 24 (Mon), Aug. 25 (Tue)
or
Aug. 26 (Wed)
To be announced in advance To be announced in advance Oral examination
Master's program
Aug. 24 (Mon) 13:00 (Rooms open) About 30 minutes Inspection of examination environment
This will only be done if the written test is conducted via the web.
30 minutes Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology I
1 hour Basic problems on Chemistry and Biotechnology II
Aug. 25 (Tue)
or
Aug. 26 (Wed)
Will be notified after the written examination on Aug. 24 Will be notified after the written examination on Aug. 24 Oral examination
Doctoral (PhD) Program
Aug. 23 (Sun) 13:00 (Rooms open) About 30 minutes Inspection of examination environment
This will only be done if the written test is conducted via the web.
1 hour Specialized subjects
Aug. 24 (Mon), Aug. 25 (Tue)
or
Aug. 26 (Wed)
To be announced in advance To be announced in advance Oral examination
(Bring materials required for presentation and discussion e.g. master's thesis etc.)

Japan Standard Time (JST), UTC +9; No daylight saving time, same UTC offset all year.

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.
(4) Please check our website for the latest information, as we are considering changing all exams this summer to be conducted online. In this case, the applicant must have a quiet examination environment, PC, webcam and microphone. The applicant should also prepare an environment where you can scan and send the answer sheet immediately after the exam. If the applicant is unable to connect to the website, he/she should contact the Examination Headquarter. The examination environment will be inspected by the reviewers prior to the presentation.

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. 23 to Aug. 26), 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. 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.

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. Kudo (e-mail: ).



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