The Doctor's Program aims to further develop students/researchers who will have a high level of understanding and knowledge in their specialized fields so they can eventually go onto teaching. Environmental Informatics Design and Environment Planning on Livings are the courses available for specialist research and lectures. Each student will agree a research theme with their main tutor in order to start exploring the topic in their Doctor's dissertation. As a requirement for passing the degree, the dissertation will need to be published in a journal by educational societies after being read and judged by a third person. The student will be assisted by the guidance of their main tutor and a sub-tutor.
Interim presentations of the dissertation are held twice a year where the students will be provided with opportunities to receive advice from all the registered tutors at the school, enabling them to benefit from the inter-discipline nature of the program. There are additional support available other than scholarship, such as the temporary hiring of TA and RA within the department and a provision of financial assistance for trips arranged for international educational/presentation opportunities.
Employed students can extend their stay at the school to more than three years with the long-term learning program described above.
There are currently 13 graduates taking the Doctor's Program with focus on advanced specialist topics relating to design and architecture such as informatics engineering, product design, audio-design, architecture and environmental design.
Past completed research topics
- Research on planning methods of highway interchanges and their application
- Research on the western influence within architectural catalogues from the Meiji Period
- Planned research on sampling and structuring environmental presentation - exploring the potentials of environmental design through installations
- Planned research on revitalising worn down residential estates through analysis of transition/transformation in post-war residential development
- Research on visualisation of biological informatics integration aimed for application into human engineering/ergonomics
- Research on modernized tea rooms - forms and inheritance of Rikyu's 'spirit of tea ceremonies' influence
- Research on conservation methods of shrines in urban environment - rethinking from user/maintenance perspectives
- Research on systems and methods of user-participation in planning/designing primary and secondary schools