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
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
|Total credit units of elective courses per semester necessary for completion
(Tohoku University credits)
- 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
- 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.
|Pharmaceutical Sciences||Molecular Pharmaceutical Science|
|Life and Pharmaceutical Science|
|Engineering||Mechanical Systems Engineering|
|Quantum Science and Energy Engineering|
|Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering|
|Architecture and Building Science|
|Management Science and Technology|
|Agricultural Science||Biological Resource Science|
|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.