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Department of Physics Q & A

The following is a list of questions that were received at University Information Sessions and their answers. Please contact the Admission Division if you have any questions that do not appear here. Please also refer to the Admission Information web page.

What kinds of research are conducted?

The research fields addressed by the Department of Physics cover a broad spectrum, ranging from ultra-microscopic elementary particles to materials in the sizes we encounter every day, and even beyond to the ultra-macroscopic universe. Research is organized into 16 laboratories that can be broadly divided into theoretical and experimental areas. Each laboratory engages in research and education on a specific theme. This web page contains website links and brief introductory PDF files for all of the department’s laboratories. If you are interested in a specific topic, please feel free to send an email to the instructors in charge on this list.

What kinds of career path do graduates take?

Modern natural science is advancing at a remarkable pace, and the amount of knowledge that must be acquired to keep up is rapidly increasing. Because of this, about 70% of our undergraduates go on to graduate school. A list of the companies and other organizations with which undergraduate graduates found employment is provided here. The standard length of study needed to complete the Master’s Program is two years and three years for the Doctoral Program. Students who completed the Master’s Program make use of their expertise in a variety of occupations. About 20% go on to a doctoral program. Those who completed the Doctoral Program are active as research leaders in universities and other public institutions as well as the private sector. A list of the employers of graduate school graduates is provided here. Please also refer to the Department of Physics’ pamphlet and this web page.

Specifically, what kinds of experiment to students do in their coursework?

Student-led experiments are conducted in courses called Physics Experiments I to IV. A broad spectrum of topics―totaling about 40―are covered. They range from basic topics, such as gravitational acceleration and specific charge measurement, to microwave diffraction, checking transistor functions, creating superconductors, and experiencing the physics of quantum mechanics. Eventually, students are also given opportunities to do experiments on topics of their choice. A general description of Physics Experiments I can be found here.

What qualifications and certifications can be obtained through the Department of Physics?

A variety of qualifications can be obtained through the department. They include teacher training course qualifications (junior high school science and high school science) as well as those needed to become a curator or social education supervisor. Please click here for more information.

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Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University