Welcome to International Graduate Program in Science for Innovative Leaders (PSIL) Web Page 2021
- "International Graduate Program in Science for Innovative Leaders (PSIL)" Outline
The International Graduate Program in Science for Innovative Leaders (PSIL) at Tokyo Institute of Technology aims to educate students from abroad through graduate degree programs in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and Earth and planetary sciences. Those who obtain a degree through this program are expected to become leaders in scientific/application research; who can uncover previously unknown or unresolved issues; and who can generate real and lasting innovations for the benefit of society. The work of these highly talented scientific professionals will be built on the knowledge, skills, and viewpoints obtained from each course and cutting-edge scientific research done in PSIL.
Figure 1: Concept of PSIL
The students will be enrolled in one of the Graduate Majors listed below and educated under the Integrated Doctoral Education Program; students will be required to continuously study for up to five years in order to obtain both degrees. Outlines of each Graduate Major are given below.
Graduate Major(s) Available to PSIL Students
- Graduate Major in Mathematics:
In the Major in Mathematics, cutting-edge research in algebra, geometry, and analysis is being vigorously pursued, and a variety of research results have been obtained, such as the explanation of previously unsolved problems, the creation of new mathematical concepts, and the formulation of new predictions. Thus, this Major cultivates pioneers of cutting-edge mathematics and individuals who will pursue successful careers in the public and private sectors.
- Graduate Major in Physics:
In the natural world, there are countless mysterious phenomena that are still not completely understood, including familiar objects, microscopic objects at an elementary particle/atomic level, and large-scale astrophysical objects. Those who do a Major in Physics will conduct world-leading research with the goals of discovering the fundamental principles and laws hidden in these phenomena, deepening our understanding of the natural world, and developing basic knowledge and technology that will contribute to society.
- Graduate Major in Chemistry:
The Major in Chemistry aims to help students acquire fundamental knowledge of matter-related phenomena and advanced specialized skills. Students in this Major will work independently on new challenges and develop their inquisitive talents, enabling them to explore the deep truths of chemistry, such as the creation of new materials and discovering the nature of various matter-related phenomena. Students will thereby be able to fully contribute to achieving a prosperous society.
- Graduate Major in Earth and Planetary Sciences:
In the Major in Earth and Planetary Sciences, scientific research related to the Earth, planets, and space is carried out, and new research fields, such as the study of the physical and chemical conditions involved in the formation and evolution of life on Earth, are established. This Major aims to cultivate individuals who research complex natural phenomena related to the Earth, planets, and space, have insight into the essential processes involved, and quantitatively explain them.
PSIL focuses on the academic development of the following competencies:
- A wide range of specialized abilities required for a multi-faceted understanding of the fundamental principles in the natural sciences and mathematics.
- A thorough utilization of the fundamental principles underpinning the natural sciences and mathematics in order to approach and solve new problems hidden in nature and society.
- The ability to conduct creative research with a strong ethical compass and to initiate international leadership in a chosen field of study.
The PSIL curriculum will help students develop the above competencies by acquiring the following skills:
- Fundamental knowledge in their chosen field of natural science or mathematics.
- The ability for integrating different fields of knowledge into new systems.
- Logical communication skills.
PSIL Completion Requirements
Figure 2: Curriculum concept of PSIL
The student enrolled in PSIL should complete both the Master and Doctoral Courses. The standard period of study is five years (two years for the Master Course and three years for the Doctoral Course). But the period could be shortened, depending on his/her achievements during the course. The student should fulfill the Graduate Major requirements of their department (degree completion requirements for both the Master and Doctoral Courses) as well as those specific requirements from IGP(A). The latter requirements are indicated below.
Specific Requirements/Recommendations for the PSIL
- Degree requirements:
- Science Colloquium I is required during the Master Course period. (1 credit)
- Science Colloquium II is required during the Doctoral Course period. (1 credit)
- Recommended subjects:
- Internship-I/Internal (Project research in another laboratory within Tokyo Tech.) (4 credits)
- Internship-II/External (Project research at a leading research facility in Japan, such as RIKEN/KEK/JAMSTEC/IMS/JASRI/JAEA/NAOJ, or overseas, such as CERN in Switzerland/Caltech in US/CNRS in France.) (4 credits)
For core courses in your Graduate Major, please refer to the relevant Graduate Major pages in "Guide to Graduate Majors (for IGP)."
How to Apply
Almost all the department members belonging to the School of Science participate in this program. Because their research areas are very broad, the applicants should carefully consult with the department member who will be the supervisor in advance about the consistency of his/her research theme to the purpose of this program.
Official application guide for 2021 admission, including eligibility, procedures, required documents etc., is available at
Before sending the application to the Admission Division (Due date: December 10, 2020 [Japan Standard Time]), the applicant should obtain the consent of a department 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 department member who might be suitable to your wish, you can lookup it through the "Tokyo Tech STAR Search."
Last Updated: September 11, 2020