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Curriculum Outline

The curriculum of this program fosters the qualities of big-picture thinking and developing creativity regarding nanoscience in the students. It consists of a Basic Program Course and Expert Courses to develop an international outlook and high levels of expertise in the students.
The students enrolled in this course are required to earn 12 credits from the Basic Program Course and Expert Courses. They are also required to earn the credits prescribed by their affiliated research department, defend their doctoral theses, and pass the final examination.

Basic Program Course

Aftstudyer enrolling in this program, students will first the basic subjects of the Basic Program Course such as “Introduction to Nanoscience,” “Introduction to Mathematics and Data Science,” and “Innovation Management Theory” before selecting a specific expert course.
Next, a Nano-Qualifying Examination, which consists of a written test and an oral interview, is conducted to evaluate whether the students have acquired the basic knowledge about nano medicine and nano science/engineering. Only the students who pass the examination may proceed to the expert courses.

Expert Courses

Students may select one of four expert courses: “Preemptive Nano-medicine,” “Nano Neuroscience,” “Nano Environmental Science,” and “Development of Nano-Diagnostic method.” The courses are not conducted solely by the program leaders from the course-operating affiliated research departments, but also involve instruction by leaders from other research departments, other universities, and businesses, to provide a diverse education to students. Students are offered time and space to mature as “knowledge professionals,” while receiving guidance from a primary mentor from their affiliated research department and a secondary mentor from their affiliated expert course.

Curriculum Schedule

Specialized course  ”Each specialized subject (2 credits)”

Preemptive Nano-medicine Course  『Preemptive Nano-Medicine』

Course manager
Professor TAJIMA, Atsushi
Graduate School of Advanced Preventive Medical Sciences
【Learning Outcomes】
In addition to the knowledge about preemptive medicine, which aims to diagnose and predict human diseases before their onset and prevent the diseases, students will learn about cutting-edge technologies of nanoscale measurement and simulation sciences. Furthermore, students will learn about the development of diagnostic and predictive technologies based on the fundamental understanding of nanoscale dynamics and structures of pathogenic molecules that are associated with human diseases such as cancer and lifestyle-related diseases. Students will also learn about practical approaches for disease prevention and treatment through manipulation of the nanodynamics and nanostructures.



Nano Neuroscience  『Integrated Nano Neuroscience』

Course manager
Professor KIKUCHI, Mitsuru
Graduate School of Medical Sciences
【Learning Outcomes】
Students will learn the basics of neuroscience and the particulars of cerebral function both from macro and micro perspectives. In particular, from a macro perspective, students will learn genomic analysis, analytical techniques using super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy, electrophysiology, magnetoencephalography, and nanoprobe microscopy. With this foundation, the students will learn about neurocellular functioning.



Nano Environmental Science  『Control Methodologies for Nanomaterials in the Environment』

Course manager
Professor HASEGAWA, Hiroshi
Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology
【Learning Outcomes】
Students will acquire the skills of analyzing nanoscale dynamic structural information pertaining to the pathogenicity of fine particular matter (such as PM2.5), ultratrace elements, nanomaterials, and so on. Based on biological information at a cellular level and reaction control theory, which rests upon supramolecular chemistry, the students will pursue the exploration and design of functional materials that contribute to finding solutions to health issues and learn the methods of developing high-performance and safe novel nanomaterials.


Development of Nano-Diagnostic method  『Lecture on Development of Advanced Nano-Diagnostic Method』

Course manager
Professor KODERA, Noriyuki
Graduate School of Frontier Science Initiative
【Learning Outcomes】
Regarding the latest diagnostic technology such as light microscopy, electron microscopy, and nanoprobe microscopy, for example, students will learn about the needs that have served as the cause of their inventions, how the difficulties faced during their development were overcome, what kind of pathological diagnosis this technology enabled, and how this technology will be further developed, including latest trends.