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World Standard Innovative Education Research of ‘Biomedical Science and Engineering’

The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering offers a unique educational opportunity that integrates different fields: medicine, engineering, health science, biology, and science. The faculty is comprised of specialists in these research fields and the study will endow students with innovative skills and knowledge of ‘Biomedical Science and Engineering’ of a world standard, and enable achievement of future goals.

Particulars of Master’s Program

Refer to "What is a medical physicist?" for Medical Physics Education Program.

  • Quantum Biomedical Science and Engineering Course

    This course will enable students to acquire a thorough knowledge of quantum biomedical science and engineering, in an academic framework to apply basic radiation physics knowledge developed from quantum mechanics to medical science, and also acquire specialized knowledge and skills in radiation therapy, particle therapy, and novel medical equipment related to these therapies

  • Molecular Biomedical Science and Engineering Course

    This course will enable students to acquire a thorough knowledge of molecular biomedical science and engineering, an academic framework to apply science and engineering for in vivo molecules to medical science. Students will also be expected to acquire specialized knowledge and skills in molecular imaging diagnostics, molecular biology, and radiation biology.


Acquire both basic and specialized knowledge

  • Introduction for Cooperation in Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Research and Development of Medical Devices
  • Advanced Course of Medical Device Clinical Research

 

    • Radiation Physics for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Particle Beam Medical Physics
    • Physics and Engineering for Radiation Therapy
    • Diagnostic Radiology for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Functional Diagnostic Radiology for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Radiodiagnosis and Nuclear Medicine Physics

 

    • Imaging Anatomy for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Introduction to Biomedical Science and Engineering Research
    • Research Planning for Biomedical Science and Engineering Research
    • Statistics for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Radiation Protection for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • International Standards, Laws, and Risk Analysis for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Radiation Oncology for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Introduction to Biomedical Science and Engineering Research
    • Research Planning for Biomedical Science and Engineering Research
    • Statistics for Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Molecular Tumor Pathology
    • Molecular Tumor Therapeutics

Training in Practical Professional Skills for Problem Solving

  • Integrated Research for Biomedical Science and Engineering I
  • Integrated Research for Biomedical Science and Engineering II
  • Master's Thesis Assignment (Examples)
    • Research into radiation efficiency affected by changes in tumor position during real-time tumor tracking proton beam therapy
    • Research into simulation to increase the precision of irradiation delivered to organs that move due to respiration during spot scanning proton beam therapy
  • Master's Thesis Assignment (Example)
    • Elucidation of carcinogenesis mechanisms of new cells through RNA analysis of tumor cells

Career Models for Graduates

Employment Possibilities
  • Medical institutions and university hospitals
  • Facilities for particle therapy
  • Dosimetrists and clinical radiological technologists equipped with the most advanced knowledge
  • Medical related / Private enterprises (development / technical)
Further Academic Training
  • Doctoral Program

Particulars of Doctoral Programs (Examples)

  • Quantum Biomedical Science and Engineering Course

    This course will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills required for international research in the ‘quantum biomedical science and engineering’ field, and for act in leading roles in the development of new medical equipment and technologies related to radiation therapy and particle therapy.

  • Molecular Biomedical Science and Engineering Course

    This course will enable students to acquire the ability to conduct international research in the ‘quantum biomedical science and engineering’ field, and to act in internationally leading roles in research and development of new molecular image diagnostic equipment and drugs, oncolytic virotherapy, and radiation sensitizers.


Furthering Practical Skills

  • Clinical Medical Physics Training (Quality Assurance)
  • Clinical Medical Physics Training (Proton/Image-guided Radiation Therapy)
  • Clinical Medical Physics Training (Treatment Planning)

Development of practical professional skills

  • Advanced Research on Biomedical Science and Engineering I
  • Advanced Research on Biomedical Science and Engineering II

Research Activities

  • Doctoral Dissertation Assignments (Examples)
    • Research into the efficiency of radiation in real-time tumor tracking proton beam therapy and efficiency in treatment by spot-scanning beam therapy
    • Development of irradiation equipment to increase precision of irradiation delivered to organs that move due to respiration during spot scanning proton beam therapy
  • Doctoral Dissertation Assignments (Examples)
    • Development of new diagnostic drugs for radiotherapy that apply RNA analysis of tumor cells

Career Models for Graduates

Medical institutions and facilities for particle therapy

Medical physicists

University hospitals

Therapeutic medical physicists, Diagnostic medical physicists, Educational research

Universities and research institutions

Faculty, researcher

Medical related / Private enterprises (development / technical)

development / technical

Degrees to be earned (planned)
Master (biomedical science and engineering), Doctor (biomedical science and engineering)
Qualification (examination required)
Medical physicists

Start of a New,
Unique Graduate School leading an International Interdisciplinary Research Field

One feature of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering is that the education here enables students to obtain skills in an interdisciplinary research field that attracts worldwide attention as well as provides unique course programs. In a sophisticated environment that promotes world-class research, students participate in joint research projects with world renowned graduate schools in other countries. Lectures are scheduled with consideration of the convenience for working part-time students.

Collaboration with Stanford and other Universities
We aim to provide a graduate school education in English that graduates medical physicists who are internationally compatible with qualified ‘Medical Physicists’ in the USA in the future.
Support for working part-time students
The curriculum is designed to help working part-time students to be able to continue the job and conduct research activities.

Career Plans and Support Arrangements after Completion of Graduate Studies
Features Exclusive to the University

We actively consider prospects for the future of students and provide support arrangements that meet their career plans after graduation, making full use of the strengths of the university.

Prospective careers after completion of graduate education
Medical physicists who are in high demand at hospitals providing advanced radiotherapy in Japan.
We have already received numerous requests to recommend researchers trained in medicine, science, and engineering courses.