The graduate programs of the International Materials Science and Engineering Master course (IMSE) are established as of October 2009. This course is one of the courses offered under the Global 30 programs of Tohoku University, and is organized by the Graduate School of Engineering. The main aim of IMSE is to cultivate global-minded engineers and leaders who can take up active roles in the development of cutting-edge technologies based on materials science and engineering.
IMSE is supported by the "Global 30" project. "Global 30" is a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) program to further promote internationalization of core Japanese higher education institutions and to turn them into world-class international education and research centers. Tohoku University is one of the institutions selected for the Global 30 program and it is in the process of launching the Future Global Leadership at Tohoku University (FGL) programme, which will put the aims of Global 30 into practice, during Fall 2009.
As one of the FGL courses, IMSE is aimed at enthusiastic global-minded international students who aspire to take on key international leadership roles in their futures. All lectures in IMSE can be taken in English.
The following three departments are participating in IMSE. Candidates choose a department for enrollment from these three departments:Metallurgy, Materials Science and Materials Processing. Institutes related to IMSE include the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM) and New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe). Graduate students can choose from a wide range of course subjects offered by departmental and research institute staff. Students select a thesis supervisor from either departmental or research institute staff. Details of scientific activities and graduate programs will be shown in the following website http://www.material.tohoku.ac.jp/english/. Students initially enroll in the IMSE masters program, but many will wish to take a longer perspective on their research, conducting cutting-edge research throughout the graduate program. An International Doctoral Program is also provided in the departments.
The IMSE academic calendar starts in October. Students are screened by the entrance examination held in the enrollment year. The examination is held not only in Japan but also in a number of overseas locations. This will make the application process simpler for students outside of Japan. The number of students accepted annually is approximately 10.
IMSE, as one of the Global 30educational programs supported by MEXT, has been assigned priority positions for the reciept of Japanese government scholarships, or MEXT scholarships, by University recommendation. Furthermore, foreign students with excellent grades have opportunities to receive a scholarship provided by the president of Tohoku University. There are also opportunities for the students in the master’s program to be employed as teaching assistants (TAs).
IMSE is one of the FGL programs aimed at enthusiastic global-minded international students who aspire to take on key international leadership roles in their futures. All lectures in the IMSE program can be learned in English.
The following five departments are participating in IMSE. Candidates choose a department for enrollment from the three departments listed below:
- Materials Science
- Materials Processing
- Bachelor's degree to apply for Master's program
- Undergraduate transcript
- Certificate of (expected) completion or of degree conferral
- 1 Photo ID and examination admission ticket
- Written recommendation
- Basic academic ability: Grade point average (GPA) 2.30 or higher out of 3.0
- English proficiency: TOEFL (iBT: 79), IELTS (6.0), etc.
- Entrance examination Fee JPY 30,000
- Entrance Fee JPY 282,000
- Presidential Scholarship in Tohoku University
- Employment as a teaching assistant (TA)