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117Subsidiary specialized coursesIn addition to the “main specialized” fields, with their strong connection to Master’s thesis research, these courses are set by each center to further broaden the range of academic knowledge and to encourage study of a fixed number of courses in different fields. When a preliminary course is required, instruction in a fixed number of undergraduate specialized courses is given, so that entry-level specialized knowledge is acquired in undergraduate course study after advancement to graduate school (the completion requirements may include credits up to a fixed number). In the curriculum of each center, subsidiary specialized courses are often set as part of the main specialized course, covering the basic academic areas. Main specialized courses are overlaid on top of these so that they reach the most advanced scientific fields.Subsidiary specialized courses may be completed by acquiring the minimum designated number of credits, based on the method of study instructed by the academic advisor’s center from the subsidiary specialized courses set outside that center. These generally comprise 3 courses and 6 credits. For further details, be sure to check the curriculum of each center. Since subsidiary specialized courses are in different fields from main specialized courses, credits acquired early during the 4th undergraduate year may be included in the Master’s program completion requirements up to a fixed number, but may not be included in subsidiary specialized course completion requirements.Master’s programThis course is designed to provide students with opportunities to perform individual research projects leading to the completion of their Master’s and Ph.D. theses. Every student is expected to select a research topic of his/her own, based not on his/her faculty member’ s interests but on his/her individual interests and future goals. The level of these Master’s and Ph.D. theses is expected to be very high; and the contents should be presentable at internationally recognized scientific journals and meetings. It is possible to acquire a doctoral degree in philosophy if the research topic of the student’s interest does not fall within the categories of science and engineering.This course is designed to impart a deep understanding of a specific specialized field, with a view to preparing the content and methodology of Master’s thesis research, on themes set by the academic advisor. Credits will be given based on the evaluation by each center. The advisor, together with other members of the teaching staff, rigorously check whether suitable targets have been set, methodology established, and sufficient knowledge obtained for starting Master’s thesis research. Obtaining credits in this course is a prerequisite for studying in Graduate Research course.●Independent Study Course●Graduate Research Course

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