COLABS Curriculum

1. Course Offered in Academic Year

The COLABS program consists of two courses, Core course (Individual Research Training in Lab*) and Elective courses, which are thoroughly offered in English. *IRTLab

- IRTLab 4 or 3 is strongly advised for COLABS students.
- Some elective courses may be unavailable during an enrolled semester. Its detailed information can be confirmed at each graduate school when a new semester starts. (The past course schedules can be reference information.)

CORE COURSE (Required)

・Individual Research Training in Lab (12-30 ECTS equivalent)

IRTLab offers four categories in each semester and COLABS students will be awarded 12-30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) equivalent after successful performances approved by the committees. (It is not a requirement for COLABS students to complete their own thesis.) *ECTS equivalents will be awarded based on "Total School Hours" accordingly to the ECTS-compliant School Hours as shown the table for IRTLab.

Students are to consult with an assigned academic advisor including following topics before the semester begins:
- IRTLab category (1, 2, 3, or 4)
- IRTLab (Research) Theme


Mandatory IRTLab Assignments: (as of September 2018)
- IRTLab Presentation (poster and/or oral) at the end of every semester
- Assignment Submission (summary and a research-paper) by the prescribed deadlines
Discussing updates, progress, results, and so on with an academic advisor on a daily basis are essential in order to get the best outcome from IRTLab.


Past Theme Titles of IRTLab



A) Graduate School:
Graduate School of Science  
*Courses of International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) offers graduate-level classes in English.
Graduate School of Engineering 
Graduate School of Information Sciences 
Graduate School of Life Sciences 
Graduate School of Environmental Studies 
Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering  
Graduate School of Agricultural Science 
Graduate School of Medicine 
Graduate School of Dentistry  
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

B) Courses in the Junior Year Program in English (JYPE): *Undergraduate Program
It is possible for COLABS students to take JYPE courses, although, JYPE is designed for undergraduates. ‘Nuclear Physics,’ ‘Solid State Physics & Statistical Physics,’ and ‘Material Science’ are graduate-level courses.
More information about the JYPE course descriptions can be found here.

2. Course Description of Individual Research Training in Lab

Course categories:
The IRTLab offers COLABS Students four categories in each semester as shown in the table below. IRTLab 4 requires full school hours (750 hours per semester / 50 hours per week) to achieve 30 ECTS equivalents. Choosing IRTLab 1, 2, or 3 must earn designated TU credits by taking elective courses.

Note: - IRTLab 4 or 3 is strongly advised.
- Course information is available at the beginning of each semester.
- It is important to discuss/consult the IRTLab category (1, 2, 3, or 4) and selections of elective courses with an academic advisor before semester begins.

Mandatory IRTLab Assignments: (as of September 2018)
- Summary - Poster Presentation (one-year participating students only) - Oral Presentation (at the end of an enrolled semester only) - Research Paper (at the end of an enrolled semester only) *The program orientation provides with more details.


Category Name IRTLab 1 IRTLab 2 IRTLab 3 IRTLab 4
School hours for Indivisual Research Training in Lab (IRTLab)
Implementation Hours (Research time) 150 240 300 420
Participation Hours in laboratory activities 150 210 250 330
Total School hours (hours) 300 450 550 750
ECTS Equivalent of School hours
12 18 22 30
Total credit units of elective courses per semester necessary for completion
(Tohoku University credits)
9 6 4 0


Workload Table:
- School Hours: a total workload (hours) per semester (15 weeks)
- Implementation Hours: 2.0, 3.2, 4.0 and 5.6 hours per day on the average for each category
- Above the ECTS-compliant table can be referred to facilitate credit transfer between partner institutions and Tohoku University.

- ECTS equivalents will be awarded based on the 'Total School Hours,' when performances get approved by the committee members.
- COLABS students are not required to complete a thesis, however, the IRTLab activities could be a part* of a master/doctoral thesis.
(*permission needed from an academic advisor)
- The above 'School Hours' are standard numbers which can be variable depending on each laboratory, graduate school, and department as those sections have their own rules.

Mandatory IRTLab Assignments: (as of September 2018) - Summary - Poster Presentation (one-year participating students only) - Final Presentation - Research Paper *The program orientation provides with more details.

Description of the School hours for IRTLab

1. Implementation Hours
This is the minimum amount of time frame for each category (1-4) to conduct IRTLab (research projects) at an assigned laboratory. Themes and goals are to be discussed with an assigned academic advisor before the semester begins. COLABS students can expect to acquire basic knowledge and techniques by conducting varieties of research activities with the support from professors and the laboratory. Those high-quality research experiences can be a part of a master / doctor thesis.

2. Participation Hours:
Various activities at an assigned laboratory for COLABS students:
- Oral Presentation
- Seminars
- Meetings
- Tutorials
- Independent Study
- Other activities
*Detailed information/schedules of an assigned laboratory can be provided by an assigned academic advisor.


3. Related Graduate Schools and Research Activities for IRTLab

Students will be enrolled at an assigned graduate school as a special research student.

Graduate School Department
Science Mathematics
Earth Science
Medicine Medical Sciences
Disability Sciences
Health Sciences
Public Health
Dentistry Dental Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences Molecular Pharmaceutical Science
Life and Pharmaceutical Science
Engineering Mechanical Systems Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Quantum Science and Energy Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Communications Engineering
Electronic Engineering
Applied Physics
Applied Chemistry
Chemical Engineering
Bimolecular Engineering
Materials Science
Materials Processing
Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering
Architecture and Building Science
Management Science and Technology
Agricultural Science Biological Resource Science
Life Sciences
Bioscience and Biotechnology for Future Bioindustries
Information Sciences Computer and Mathematical Sciences
System Information Sciences
Human-Social Information Sciences
Applied Information Sciences
Life Sciences Integrative Life Sciences
Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences
Molecular and Chemical Life Sciences
Environmental Studies Environmental Studies for Advanced Society
Frontier Sciences for Advanced Environment
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering


You can also find other related information from ACADEMIC RESEARCH STAFF AT TOHOKU UNIVERSITY.

4. Academic Calendar for COLABS  (updated July 19, 2019)

Fall Semester (Oct. 2019 - Mar. 2020)★Mandatory

Orientation Sep. 30, 2019
Class begins Oct. 1, 2019
Winter Holiday Dec. 26 - Jan. 3, 2020
Class ends Feb. 4, 2020
Presentation Feb. 6, 2020
Supplementary Class Period Feb. 5 - Feb. 20, 2020
Self-Education Period* Feb. 21 - Apr. 7

*applicable to one-year (Fall and Spring) enrolled students only


Spring Semester (Apr. 2020 - Sep. 2020)★Mandatory

Orientation Early Apr., 2020
Class begins Apr. 8, 2020
Class ends Aug. 5, 2020
Presentation Aug. 5-6, 2020

NOTE: Dates are subject to change.