Requirements for completing the ALPS course

Coursework requirements*1

All ALPS students are required to obtain one credit*2 for a Laboratory Course of Advanced Optical Science I or II by the end of their Master's years.
In addition, they must obtain six credits*3/*4 for courses belonging to Lectures on Advanced Photon Science by the end of their first Doctoral year.

Required activities for the Doctoral years

To complete the ALPS course, students must take part in one of the three activities listed below:

  • An assignment abroad
  • A corporate internship
  • Joint research at another university or research institution
Note that all of these activities require prior application. You may only participate once your plan has been reviewed and approved.

Attending scientific meetings hosted or co-hosted by ALPS

Students are encouraged to attend photon science meetings hosted or co-hosted by ALPS, including seminars and forums. Some of the scientific meetings of particular significance in fostering young researchers will require the attendance of all ALPS course students.

(*1) When a student has obtained credits for some of the classes listed in the coursework requirements prior to becoming an ALPS course student, they should apply for them to be counted after they become an ALPS student. If approved, these credits will be counted as part of their required coursework credits.

(*2) Students entering the ALPS course in March 2012 as second-year Master's students are required to obtain one credit for a Laboratory Course of Advanced Optical Science I or II by the end of their first Doctoral year.

(*3) For students entering the ALPS course in the academic year of 2011, the following courses to be given during academic years 2012 and 2013 will be counted as Lectures on Advanced Photon Science. They must obtain at least two credits for courses given by a department other than their own.

From the Department of Physics "Subatomic Physics," "Non-equilibrium Physics," "Optical Properties and Spectroscopy of Solids"
From the Department of Chemistry "Basic Physical Chemistry I and II," " Basic Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry I and II"
From the Department of Applied Physics "Physics in Quantum Information Technology," "Optical Physics"
Note that "Optical Physics" is a biennial course, and will not be given in the academic year of 2013.

(*4) Students entering the ALPS course in October 2012 or later must obtain at least 6 credits for Lectures on Advanced Photon Science I - XIV, including at least 2 credits for courses given by a department other than their own (ALPS common lectures cannot be counted in this number). For the purpose of this rule, Physics in Quantum Information Technology, which is offered both by the Department of Physics and by the Department of Applied Physics, will be counted as belonging to the Department of Applied Physics. Courses which can be counted as Lectures on Advanced Photon Science are listed in the table below, with a corresponding course name given for each of them. Also, credits from Special Topics in Physics AXIV (offered in the academic year of 2012) will be counted as equivalent to Lecture on Advanced Photon Science IV and V.

Courses Credits Corresponding Courses listed in Appendix 2* Credits
ALPS Common Lectures Lecture on Advanced Photon Science I
(starting in the academic year of 2013)
2 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science I 2
Lecture on Advanced Photon Science II (same as above)
(not given in the academic year of 2018)
2 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science II 2
Lecture on Advanced Photon Science III (same as above) 2 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science III 2
Lecture on Advanced Photon Science IV (same as above) 1 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science IV 1
Lecture on Advanced Photon Science V (same as above) 1 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science V 1
Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XV (starting in the academic year of 2016)*5 1 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XV*5 1
Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XVI (same as above) 1 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XVI 1
Courses offered by the Department of Chemistry Basic Physical Chemistry I 1 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science VI 1
Basic Physical Chemistry II 1 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science VII 1
Basic Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry I 1 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science VIII 1
Basic Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry II 1 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science IX 1
Courses offered by the Department of Physics Subatomic Physics 2 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science X 2
Non-equilibrium Physics 2 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XI 2
Optical Properties and Spectroscopy of Solids 2 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XII 2
Courses offered by the Department of Applied Physics Physics in Quantum Information Technology 2 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XIII 2
Optical Physics 2 Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XIV 2
(*5) Students who have already taken Lecture on Advanced Photon Science II are not allowed to take Lecture on Advanced Photon Science XV as one of ALPS course requirements.

You can search for a course and its descriptions by entering the course title into the University of Tokyo Online Course Catalogue.

* Appendix 2 of the rules on the Advanced Leading Graduate Course for Photon Science Program (established on March 29th, 2012)