Graduate Program

Graduate Program

The University of Tsukuba is one of the leading research universities in Japan, a member of RU-11 University Association. Two of the three group leaders in the Research Center for Magnetic and Spintronic Materials have professorship at the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, the University of Tsukuba, and the center accepts graduate students for the Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering, which is operated jointly by NIMS and the University of Tsukuba. Students can start from a master course (typically two years) or a Ph.D. course (typically three years after completion of a M.S. degree). NIMS Junior Research Assistantship will be awarded to all admitted graduate students. The education and research in the center are conducted in English. The program offers courses in English, so no Japanese language ability is required. For general application procedure, see how to apply.
  • Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering Call for Applications for AY2018 (PDF)
  • Call for Applications to the Graduate Program

    Application for NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship
    (April and October 2018 admission) is open now.
    The application closing date is Wednesday, 1st November 2017.
     Students who are expecting a BS degree or a MS (or its equivalent) degree in Materials Science/Engineering, Applied Physcs, Physics or Solid State Chemistry by the end of March or September are eligible to apply, the starting dates of which are April or October. Students with a BS degree must enroll to the two years master course before getting into the Ph.D. course. The starting date for the MS course for international students is October only. The students with a MS degree can apply for the Ph.D. program (3 years course) directly for the starting dates of April or October.

    No Japanese speaking ability is required, but candidates must have a good command of English. All applicants must submit either official TOEFL or TOEIC score to the admission office to prove their English ability (note that Institutional TOEFL or TOEIC score reports are not acceptable). Accepted students will be awarded the NIMS Junior Research Assistantship which will cover the tuition and stipend for their two year master course and three year Ph.D. course in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tsukuba. The students who are interested in the following three areas are welcome to apply. MS course students must take classes at the University of Tsukuba, and the English program for international students will start from August. Therefore, the international students with a BS degree are also encouraged to apply to the MS course.

    Magnetic materials and spintronics (Prof. K. Hono)
     Development of materials for magnetic recording media and read sensors of ultrahigh density hard disk drives. Improvement of hard magnetic materials for energy and environmental conservations. Nanostructure characterization for understanding the structure-property relationships of the magnetic and spintronics materials and devices. Students finding future career in world wide recording industries are encouraged to apply.

    Development of spintronic devices (Prof. S. Mitani)
     Development of spintronic devices and magnetic nanostructures for new phenomena and functionalities in magnetics and electronics. The underlying physics on spin-dependent transport and magnetization dynamics is also studied. Background in solid state physics or materials science is required.

    Nanostructure characterization by 3DAP and TEM (Prof. K. Hono)
     Students who are interested in the methodology of three-dimensional atom probe (3DAP) as well as analytical work with electron microscopy can dedicate in nanostructure characterization of various materials to become professional in nanoanalysis. Those who select this subject are expected to work with the instrumentation of laser-assisted atom probe and its applications to the characterization of all ranges of materials including nanostructured metals, magnetic materials, spintronics devices, semiconductors, functional ceramics and their devices. At the same time, they will learn advanced analytical TEM techniques such as high resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy filtered imaging and aberration corrected STEM/HAADF.

     For application, apply to the NIMS Junior Research Assistantship first following the instruction in the program home page or directly go to the application guide for the NIMS Junior Research Assistantship.

    Internship Program

     The objective of this program is to provide undergraduate and graduate students attending courses at domestic or overseas universities and graduate schools with technical experience in the field of materials and science in NIMS and also to publicize NIMS itself and NIMS Joint/Cooperative Graduate Programs.
     We accept a few internship students to give an opportunity to consider future applications to the graduate program at NIMS. Applicants must be in the third or final year of undergraduate. Many applications come for summer internship, so the applicants must demonstrate their strong interest in future application to the graduate program at NIMS as a career path to be a professional scientists. To be considered for summer internship, applications with trascripts must be sent to us in the application period from December 1 to the end of Jaunary each year.We prefer students majoring one of the following areas: materials science, applied physics, engineering physics, electrical engineering or metallurgical engineering. For more information, contact prospective host scientists in Research Center for Magnetic and Spintronic Materials.
    Application for NIMS Internship Program 2017 has been closed.
     Application for NIMS Internship Program 2018 will open in January 2018.


     For general application procedure, see the following URL.

    Special Selection for "Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program"(高水平特別選抜)

     Application procedure for admission to the 3-year second term doctoral program at the University of Tsukuba: Special selection for international students to be enrolled in the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, School Year 2016 [Special selection of the international graduate students to be dispatched will be conducted on the basis of the “Implementation Method for Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program” (CGGSOS Program) established by the Government of China]. Please see following PDF for further information.

  • Special Selection for “Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program”(高水平特別選抜)
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