The discipline of science is a field of pure science that aims to uncover the universal truths of nature and to discover the laws and fundamental principles that are at work in the natural world. The Graduate School of Science has five departments (the Department of Physics, the Department of Astronomy, the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences). Ten centers and research facilities are also affiliated with the Graduate School of Science: the botanical gardens at Koishikawa and Nikko, the Misaki Marine Biological Station (MMBS), the Research Center for Spectrochemistry (RCS), the Geochemical Research Center (GRC), the Institute of Astronomy, the Center for Nuclear Study (CNS), the Research Center for the Early Universe (RESCEU), the Center for Ultrafast Intense Laser Science (CUILS), the Molecular Genetics Research Laboratory (MGRL) and the International Center for Elementary Particle Physics (ICEPP). The Graduate School of Science covers a wide variety of fields due to the cooperation it receives from not only academic staff teaching the Graduate School’s core lectures, but also academic staff from other graduate schools and institutes both inside and outside the University. This cooperation enables the Graduate School to carry out world-class educational and research activities leading toward a fundamental understanding of the truths of the natural world.
Students in the Graduate School of Science are generally divided into groups and assigned to laboratories, where they conduct their research on their own topics under the supervision of an academic staff member. At the same time, these students deepen their understanding of their fields and related areas of study through attending lectures and seminars. The Graduate School of Science actively encourages global educational initiatives by promoting internships and other programs implemented at universities overseas as well as research activities at foreign institutes.
Approximately 330 Master’s degree students and 200 Doctoral degree students enter the Graduate School of Science each year, out of which about 25 are international students. Those who receive their Master’s degrees from here go on to a wide range of career paths: some make use of their skills as researchers or engineers at companies or government ministries, while others become specialists at organizations such as research institutes and think tanks. The majority of students who receive their Doctoral degrees from here continue on to the forefront of their research fields, mainly as academic staff members and postdoctoral fellows at universities and research institutions both within Japan and abroad. The Graduate School of Science instructs the next generation of young people on the principles and methods used in the study of science, cultivating talented people who have attained the skills and knowledge to solve heretofore unknown issues. The School’s graduates are thus able to contribute to the sustainable and peaceful development of human society.