Completion Requirements

Completion of the degree program requires students to present and successfully defend a doctoral thesis following study at the doctoral level for at least three years, having completed the required number of credits and all research requirements.

At least 24 credits are required to complete the degree program. Through supervised instruction with their principal and secondary advisors, candidates must complete four or more credits from the common core subjects; four or more credits in required subjects and electives among the basic subjects; and 14 credits or more from the specialized subjects that include eight credits and two credits in required specialized research and specialized seminars, respectively.

Research Supervision

From their first year, program participants work under two supervisors, a principal advisor and a secondary advisor, one a faculty member at the university of the student’s registration but in a different department, one a faculty member in charge of the department of the student’s enrollment. The program adopts a multifaceted approach designed to ensure students are introduced to both medical and engineering perspectives, without an excessive emphasis on the area of research specialization, and exposed to both basic and applied approaches.

Course Structure

TypeRequired creditsDescription
Common core subjectsFour or more credits Research internships, in addition to lectures that acquaint medical photonics researchers with critical academic and technical fields broader than their areas of specialization—for example, lectures on relevant laws and regulations.
Basic subjectsFour credits Courses that present the background knowledge for taking specialized subjects; and courses that cultivate the ethical awareness required of all researchers in the field of medical engineering.
Note: Students must complete the required subject and either Introduction to Medical Photonics A or Introduction to Medical Photonics B.
Specialized subjectsPhotomedical sensing and imaging science14 credits or more Lecture-style courses aimed at imparting basic knowledge of opto-electronics and medicine and an understanding of needs in the medical field, as well as related specialized seminars and research.
Photomedical device and equipment engineering
Specialized Lecture and research
Total24 credits or more


syllabus(Shizuoka University)

syllabus(Hamamatsu University School of Medicine)