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International Undergraduate Program in Chemistry ADVANCED MOLECULAR CHEMISTRY COURSE


The AMC course is an international undergraduate course in chemistry. It was established in 2011 under Global 30 Future Global Leadership program of Tohoku University. It is a fundamental chemistry course with an emphasis on materials science. The curriculum of the course offers students education and research training in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry, and materials chemistry. The AMC course is designed to train future leaders in the field of materials science, which is playing an increasing role in the development of new technologies. In particular, the AMC course gives skills needed for identifying and solving research problems within science and technology. Lectures and laboratory classes are taught by faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and affiliated materials research institutes (IMR, IMRAM, WPI-AIMR). The international character of the AMC course and its comprehensive curriculum will prepare students for global leadership roles in both academia and industry.

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Program Features

Lectures in English University tuition waived Pre and postenrollment support Tutor support Housing support High quality Japanese language training Career support Presidential Fellowships
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The AMC course is a 4-year bachelor course. It offers students training in the fundamental areas of chemistry, i.e., organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. In the first year, students are taught general science subjects and Japanese language. In the second year, general chemistry courses and general science laboratory classes are provided. In the third year, students can take electives on advanced topics in chemistry, start chemistry laboratory classes and engage in research projects under the direction of a faculty member by joining one of the research laboratories. In the fourth year, students continue work on their research project and prepare their graduation thesis.

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What you can learn

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Educational Pathways

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IGPAS (International Graduate Program for Advanced Science) is the graduate program taught in English offered by Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University.

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Employment Examples

Studying chemistry and materials science prepares students for a variety of careers in industry, government, and academia. Chemists are employed by petrochemical firms, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, consumer chemical firms, environmental control laboratories, automotive companies and many other related firms. Students who earn M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees attain higher level positions and salaries. Examples of career paths include but are not limited to the following:

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Electronics Manufactures
  • Sharp Corporation
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Fujitsu Tohoku Systems Ltd.
  • Canon Inc
  • Jusco International
Chemical Industry
  • FUJIFILM Corporation
  • Bridgestone Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Kao Corporation
  • Dow Corning Toray, Japan
  • Cheil Industry, Korea
Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.
Academic Careers of International Students
  • Tohoku University, Japan
  • Osaka University, Japan
  • Harvard University, USA
  • Xian Technological University, China
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Haluoleo University, Indonesia
Career Opportunities in Japan

There is a recent trend for companies in Japan to recruit more motivated graduates, which provides good opportunities for international students looking for work experience in Japan, despite the trend towards a more intensely competitive job market. Japanese companies are actively recruiting at job fairs overseas to attract talented youngsters from competitive countries.

Employment of International Students in Japan on the Rise

Increasingly, Japanese companies are recruiting recently graduated international students. Every year, career fairs are held in major cities, such as Tokyo and Osaka (both easily reachable from Sendai) to help new or soon-to-be graduates connect with employers. At the recent Top Career 2015 forum in Tokyo, some 51 Japanese companies, including Mitsui Chemicals, Toray Industries, Sony and Mitsubishi Electric, held briefings for international students. This marks a steady increase since the forum began in 2008. Recent polls also indicate that the percentage of major companies that plan to hire international students is nearly 50 percent. Although global economic conditions may not be ideal, there are many opportunities for motivated, talented graduates in Japan. Source: AOKI Mizuho "Firms look to hire foreign students", The Japan Times 15 Jan. 2012

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Extended Collaborations of the AMC Faculty Members

Collaboration of our faculty members provides various jobs opportunities for our graduates. Our Faculty Members have extended collaboration with domestic/international universities, research institutions; and world-wide renowned Japanese companies.

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