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Outline of Graduate Program

University Outline

The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) was founded on October 1, 1988 as one of the national universities of Japan. The basic idea of SOKENDAI is to develop a new system of postgraduate education in Japan. The characteristic features are as follows:

  • SOKENDAI offers a three-year and a five-year doctor program.
  • SOKENDAI consists of six schools with 20 departments operated by 17 Inter-University Research Institutes and Independent Administrative Institution ("parent institutes").
  • Research and education are carried out in close cooperation with the parent institutes.
  • A broad and international vision is fostered by enhanced interchange among the departments of our schools and other universities in Japan and abroad.


Graduate School at IMS

Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) is one of the leading research institutes for natural science. For graduate education, IMS has two departments of The Graduate University of Advanced Studies [SOKENDAI];

  • Department of Structural Molecular Science
  • Department of Functional Molecular Science


Molecular Science: Interdisciplinary Studies in Chemistry, Physics, Materials, and Bioscience

The graduate education at IMS focuses on the molecular sciences. For the interdisciplinary approach to the molecular sciences, IMS has strong faculty in broad fields, including chemical sciences, physical sciences, and biosciences. Each graduate student can study molecular science under guidance of those faculty members.

IMS is especially strong in the following areas:

  • Photochemistry and photophysics
  • Materials science
  • Coordination chemistry and catalysis
  • Biochemistry and biophysics
  • Theoretical and computational molecular science