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2. Course Description

Core Course

Courses and course descriptions are subject to modification.

Individual Research Training (IRT)

Students in this program are required to enroll in Individual Research Training (IRT) course each semester, which is the core course of this program.

In the senior year, regular degree candidates are assigned to research groups to participate in their activities and to carry out their undergraduate thesis work. 

Though short-term international exchange students are not degree candidates at Tohoku University, a similar experience* is offered by special arrangement.

Students do research on a current topic that is related to their field of studies, with the support of research groups to which they are assigned.

The research group, called the Laboratory, to which a student is assigned, becomes his/her home base in the university life. Participation in research activities by belonging to a specific Laboratory is a very important part of his/her undergraduate experience. This is the arrangement where the students form life-long friendship and future close relations.

(*The IRT course does not take the place of a graduation thesis.)


There are 2 types of Individual Research Training (IRT):

Type Semester


per week

Total School Hours

per semester

IRT Course Credits

per semester

Credits* of

Elective Courses

per semester

IRT Senior A/B



20 550 10 3 or more


10 300 5 8 or more

*Necessary for completion (to make a total credits of 13 or more per semester, including the credits of the IRT course )


Individual Research Training Senior A/B (IRT Senior A/B)

The Individual Research Training Senior A/B (IRT Senior A/B) Course is an advanced course of the IRT A/B course.

Students are allowed to take the IRT Senior A/B course if they would rather concentrate on laboratory work, and their supervisors recommend they register for “IRT Senior A/B” to achieve satisfactory outcomes from their laboratory experience.

Students are thus required to consult with their supervisors prior to course registration, and discuss their requirements for IRT Senior A/B and for courses other than IRT Senior A/B.


The enrollment conditions for IRT Senior A/B are as follows:

 1. The student has finished the necessary courses for graduation and obtained excellent grades.

 2. The student’s academic advisor judges the student to have sufficient ability to take and understand graduate-level classes.

 3. The student has a strong desire to undergo research training (IRT Senior A/B).

 4. The student will obtain 3 or more Tohoku University credits (total 13 or more) in subjects other than research training (IRT Senior A/B), and will be able to complete the JYPE program.


IRT Senior A/B Students are required to submit:

 1. an abstract concerning the results of their IRT Senior A/B project,

 2. a paper (A4, 20-30 pages) on their research at the end of the exchange term, and

 3. a presentation on the results of their IRT Senior A/B project near the end of each semester.

[ Guideline* for Current Students]

(*Subject to change)



Individual Research Training A / B (IRT A / B)

Students are assigned to Laboratories with consent of the faculty member in charge, and will be encouraged to participate in various activities of the group.

Five credits will be given in each semester after successful performance as determined by the supervising faculty member, although the students are not required to complete an undergraduate thesis. 


IRT A/B Students are required to submit:

 1. an abstract concerning the results of their IRT A/B project, and

 2. a presentation on the results of their IRT A/B project near the end of each semester.

[ Guideline* for Current Students]

(*Subject to change)



Themes of Individual Research Training 2018-2019

Themes of Individual Research Training 2017-2018

Themes of Individual Research Training 2016-2017

Themes of Individual Research Training 2015-2016

Themes of Individual Research Training 2014-2015

Elective Courses

Courses and course descriptions are subject to modification.

Elective Courses taught in English (available to JYPE students)

Please refer to the links below for your information.

Note: Courses offered during your stay may differ from the courses currently or previously available.


-  JYPE Courses

Information on the courses currently offered (including some advanced-level courses) is available on this website.

-  Other Courses

Students in JYPE program can also take* courses from the Future Global Leadership (FGL).

-  Science: Advanced Molecular Chemistry Course (AMC) (Chemistry, Science)

-  Engineering: International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course Undergraduate (IMAC-U) (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Engineering)

-  Agriculture: Applied Marine Biology Course (AMB) (Applied Biosciences, Agriculture)

Also, some General Education Subjects for the FGL program are available* to JYPE students.

*Upon the approval of their academic advisors and course instructors.

JYPE courses:  2020 Fall - 2021 Spring (Tentative)

Updated: December 26, 2019

School /

Course Name

(Syllabus from previous semester)

IEHE* Fall/Spring Japanese Level 1/2/3/4/5

Sample: List of Credited Subjects Guide / Syllabus

(Level 1 & 2 = 4 credits each /
Level 3, 4 & 5 = Up to 4 credits)
A / C = Fall
B / D = Spring
Japanese Culture A / B / C / D 2 (each)
Science Fall Introductory Courses of Experimental Research in Physics Ⅲ 2 (each)
Organic Chemistry
Dynamic of the Earth
Ecology and Evolution
Elementary Particle Physics
Solid State Spectroscopy
Quantum Field Theory
Spring Mathematics B 2 (each)
Physical Chemistry
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Evolution of the Western Pacific Island Arcs and Their Environments
Engineering Fall Mechanics of Materials I 2 (each)
Mechanics of Materials II
Materials Science and Engineering A
Mechanical Vibrations I
Electricity and Magnetism A
Introductory Quantum Mechanics
Basic Computer Science
Spring Materials Science and Engineering B 2 (each)
Electricity and Magnetism B 
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering I
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering II
Fundamentals of Information Science I
Fundamentals of Information Science II
Geological Environment and Earthquake Disaster
Basic of Natural Disaster Science and Its Application for BOSAI
Agriculture Fall Introduction to Fisheries Science 2 (each)
Aquatic Plant Ecology
Spring Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics 2 (each)
Applied Biological Chemistry

*IEHE = Institute for Excellence in Higher Education

All courses mentioned above and its contents are subject to change; some courses may not be opened in case students taking lectures are very few.


Course Numbering Codes indicate various information including the correlation among courses and levels of difficulty (Find it in each course description above)