Welcome to Advanced Human Resource Education Program for Emerging Materials Innovations to Solve Social Issues (eMAT-SOC)

Last update: June 17, 2024

About eMAT-SOC

 1. IGP(A) Outline

Program for “Advanced Human Resource Education Program for Emerging Materials Innovations to Solve Social Issues” (eMAT-SOC) aims to train highly educated engineers who have both data science knowledge and materials research/development capabilities to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Program graduates will have a wide spectrum of technical knowledge ranging from fundamentals to applications in the fields of advanced materials and chemical technology of the Graduate Major they belong to.

IGP(A) Outline

In addition to coursework, they will gain extensive knowledge and experience in Japanese companies' globalization, data science and materials research and development, and group work skills. They are expected to take roles as leaders in international projects, such as overseas deployments by Japanese companies or development projects by international organizations, and show high degree of creativity and innovative thinking in their respective fields. eMAT-SOC consists of six Graduate Majors in fundamental engineering disciplines aiming at SDGs. The students will be enrolled in one of the Graduate Major and educated under the Integrated Doctoral Education Program, in which they are expected to study from Master to Doctoral programs continuously to obtain both degrees. Outlines of each Graduate Major are given below.

Graduate Major(s) available to IGP(A) Students

Graduate Major in Materials Science and Engineering:
Major of Materials Science and Engineering aims at nurturing research scientists and engineers who have deep insight into materials properties and function, and ability to develop highly innovative materials. The education is aimed towards developing creative and practical minds, and in addition to nurture excellent understanding of social problems and modern society requirements. Through the advanced educational system, the students are expected to thrive in the global competence to contribute towards human welfare and sustainability.
Graduate Major in Chemical Science and Engineering:
Major in Chemical Science and Engineering aims at fostering human resources, who have basic academic skills and logical thinking ability in chemical science and engineering and related fields, and can contribute to developing environmentally-benign society by applying their science and engineering wisdom. Program aims at training international engineers and leading scientists, who can understand the relationship between “Science and Technology”, “Industrials”, and “Environment”, acquire advanced expert knowledge in chemistry, well-rounded accomplishment, and international communication skills.
Graduate Major in Energy Science and Informatics:
This program takes a holistic approach to graduate education in the Interdisciplinary field of Energy Science and Informatics. It aims to develop individuals highly specialized in physics, chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or information science, capable of solving energy problems based on information science from a multidimensional energy theory perspective. The Program teaches students highly technical knowledge based on fundamental disciplines. In addition, this major provides students with various skills for discerning the underlying nature and universality of energy/information-related phenomena based on systematized, broad, and deep knowledge in the field and information science skills; set and solve new challenges; and demonstrate global leadership.
Graduate Major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering:
In this major, all research and development of engineering and technology regarding human healthcare, medicine and environment conservation, which has been conducted in each disciplinary field, were defined as “Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering” and the education and research to consider the correlation between human characteristics and artifact ones comprehensively are provided as based on the in-depth understanding of people and society. The major’s goal is to foster talents who have a deep understanding of human being by acquiring the knowledge of natural sciences, bioethics, the foundation of health, medical and environmental sciences and also learn several disciplinary fields such as Materials and Chemical Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information Technology, Life Science & Technology. That means to foster scientists and engineers who can contribute to the development of science & technology to protect people's health and realize a sustainable society.
Graduate Major in Nuclear Engineering:
This graduate major provides with core curriculum for nuclear reactor engineering and fuel cycle technologies and also covers extended nuclear energy, such as beam, accelerator, plasma sciences, nuclear fusion, energy and environment, and social relations.
Graduate Major in Earth-Life Science:
We will foster students who wish to tackle fundamental questions in natural science such as the origin and evolution of living planets and solve global issues such as the environment, climate, water, and resources that are essential to our long-term survival. The interdisciplinary and international research capabilities of the Earth and Life Science Institute (ELSI) — a World Premiere International Research Center (WPI) — will benefit the education of graduate students.

 2. Competencies Developed

In this program, students will acquire the following skills:
- Ability to resolve problems using broad engineering knowledge and skills
- Ability to develop a diverse view of things with well-rounded education and engineering ethics
- Ability to see the social trends, and find and solve current problems
- Ability to perform a project with understating of future trends from a global view by collaborating with others
- Ability to have communication and presentation abilities with logical explanation

 3. Learning Goals

The goals of student learning as follows:
A) Fundamental knowledge in the field of advanced materials and chemical technology
B) Specialized and advanced subjects in the field of advanced materials and chemical technology for SDGs
C) Interdisciplinary view of science and engineering in international perspective for SDGs
D) Creative and practical research ability
E) Logical communication skills

 4. IGP (A) Completion Requirements and Courses

【For Master's degree】

IGP (A) Completion Requirements

(1) Credits

a. 4 credits must be acquired.
  Modern Japan (2 credits) and Industrial Design (2 credits)
b. More than 1 credit from restricted elective courses must be acquired.
  Basic Materials Informatics (1 credit), Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (1 credit)
c. The seminar must be acquired in each semester.

(2) Thesis

The student must complete a special research, submit a thesis for the degree and take the final examination given after the submission of her/his thesis for the qualification. The students qualified by the examination committee can go onto the Doctoral program with some formalities.

Completion Requirement and Courses

【For Doctoral degree】

IGP (A) Completion Requirements

(1) The seminar must be acquired in each semester.
(2) The candidate must complete and upload a thesis for the degree, and take and pass the final examination and evaluation of his/her thesis.
The candidate who satisfies the above requirements and passes the final examination is awarded a Doctoral degree.

The minimum period of study is three years in total, which include the Master’s and Doctoral program for the both degrees. Under this program, in addition to the above requirements, students must also fulfill the Graduate Major requirements of their departments (degree completion requirements). For completion requirements of your Graduate Major, please refer to the relevant Graduate Major pages in “Guide to Graduate Majors (for IGP)”. All students should consult with their own supervisors and program/special course coordinators about the study plan.

IGP (A) Courses

4 credits (0-0-4) of Off-Campus Project of the Graduate Major are recommended.

Under this program, in addition to the above-mentioned requirements, students must also fulfill the Graduate Major completion requirements of their departments (degree completion requirements). For core courses of your Graduate Major, please refer to the relevant Graduate Major pages in “Guide to Graduate Majors (for IGP)”.

How to Apply

Almost all faculty member belonging to the School of Engineering participate this program. Because their research area is very broad, the applicants should carefully consult with the faculty member who will be the supervisor in advance about the consistency of his/her research theme to the purpose of this program.
Official applications guide for 2024 admission, including eligibility, procedures, required documents etc., is available at
"http://www.titech.ac.jp/english/graduate_school/international/graduate_program_a/."別窓 "http://www.titech.ac.jp/english/graduate_school/

Before sending the application to the Admission Division (Due date: December 6, 2023), the applicant should obtain the consent of a faculty member who will agree to become her/his academic advisor, in the event that she/he passes the entrance examination. To obtain the consent, the applicant is strongly suggested to send the preliminary application form (MS Word / PDF) and required documents to the prospective advisor and the program coordinator (see "Contact") as soon as possible.
If you want to search a faculty member who might be suitable to your wish, you can lookup it through the "Tokyo Tech STAR Search."


Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

Inquiry: Prof. Hidetoshi MATSUMOTO

Email: matsumoto.h.ac"_at_"m.titech.ac.jp

Dept. of Chemical Science and Engineering

Inquiry: Prof. Teruoki TAGO,

Email: tago.t.aa"_at_"m.titech.ac.jp

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