System of the Program

System of the Program

Besides the foundations of heavy ion therapeutics and engineering, this Program provides lectures and training related to a wide range of related scientific fields. In addition, the students have opportunities of internships at companies and related medical institutions to establish a career path after graduation. Furthermore, in order to develop a broad perspective on heavy ion medical science, the graduate students attend to international conferences and join research activities in foreign research institutions (international educational training) to develop young researchers internationally playing an active role.

This Program develops international leaders in radiation oncology, physical engineering, and medical biology, and provides high-quality researchers and developers to radiation and heavy ion research centers and heavy ion radiation therapy facilities in Japan and overseas. The curriculum allows highly capable students to complete graduate school in three years.

Program outline

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Enrollment

For this program, we select highly capable students from clinical residency, schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutics, veterinary, as well as from other master courses.

First year

Students learn through training in basic medical technologies and basic lecture courses. Additionally, students participate as necessary in the rotation of seminars for discussing research results.

Second and third year

Students study major subjects and major specialist subjects in medical science and therapeutics/engineering leading graduate school. In addition, basic research ability is tested through Qualifying Examinations (seminars for the research presentation and discussions). Students also participate in public seminars in bioethics, and workshops led by graduate students as part of the Research Activity Promotion Program. Internships in the advanced medical equipment development industry, Cancer Centers in the Kanto region and particle therapy facilities are also available, as well as short term training at education and research related facilities in Japan and overseas, and at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Forth year (or third year)

Students write a thesis of the research results. The Ph.D. degree is given when completing the required credits and passing the thesis defense. Students have possible opportunities to have research supervision from an international advisory board of internationally prominent researchers.