From the 4th year of undergraduate study, the students will begin research in one of the research groups affiliated with the Faculty of Science. If the students proceed to their graduate study in the Master’s course, their studentships will be transferred to one of the graduate schools and continue the research in the same group. There are 3 graduate schools associated with Faculty of Science: Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering and Graduate School of Life Science.
The Graduate School of Science consists of four departments: Mathematics, Condensed Matter Physics, Cosmosciences, and Natural History Sciences. ISP students who choose physics as their major will join this school. The physics research ranges from particle to nuclear theory to condensed matter theory and astrophysics. There are also experimental physics groups such as nanostructure physics, electronic and optic of semiconductors. With over 170 teaching staff and 400 graduate students, it is one of the largest Schools at the Hokkaido University, and has the esteemed honour of having a recent Nobel Prize winner alumni (Prof. Akira Suzuki).
The Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering consists of three departments: Molecular Chemistry and Engineering, Materials Chemistry and Engineering, and Biological Chemistry and Engineering, which are organized jointly with the Faculty of Engineering. To support these courses, researchers from the National Institute for Materials Science, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, the RIKEN institute in Tokyo, and the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center serve as instructors for collaborative programs and chairs along with faculty members from Hokkaido University’s Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Institute for Catalysis, Research Institute for Electronic Science, and Institute for Genetic Medicine. The extensive support provided by these various prestigious organizations is another of the school’s defining characteristics.
The Graduate School of Life Science consists of three courses in Transdisciplinary Life Science, Biosystems Science, and Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science, which are organized jointly with the Faculty of Advanced Life Science and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The school is run by faculty members spanning four separate departments (Faculty of Science, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Faculty of Advanced Life Science and Research Faculty of Agriculture) and six research institutions (Institute of Low Temperature Science, Research Institute for Electric Science, Institute for Genetic Medicine, Catalytic Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, National Institute for Materials Science).