Graduate School of Engineering(Doctoral Course)


Doctoral courses in engineering are expected to nurture human resources who will become, not only advanced researchers in academia, but also leading experts in industry. In accordance with our Diploma Policy as detailed below, we cultivate professional engineers and researchers who are equipped with in-depth expertise, research and development skills, and integrated abilities and qualifications that are indispensable in playing an active part in the broad field of engineering.

The degree of Doctor of Engineering is awarded to those who:

  1. Have in-depth expertise and research abilities in their own academic discipline, a wide range of basic knowledge in related disciplines, and the methodologies used to conduct research;
  2. Have the ability to identify problems from multiple perspectives, and to conduct research and development by their own initiative;
  3. Understand the professional ethics and responsibilities required for leading-edge engineers and researchers, and be able to lead the development of society through broad and critical thinking.

We have restructured the doctoral course, combining four majors in one, with ten divisions, creating an open and flexible organizational structure that allows faculty members and graduate students to experience more opportunities for interdisciplinary research activities. The restructured doctoral course started in the fiscal year 2013 with a thoroughly revised curriculum. The new curriculum places emphasis not only on high level knowledge and research ability in specialized fields but also on interdisciplinary experience and practical skills training. To complete the doctoral program, a student must complete 16 credits of coursework, receive the necessary research guidance from the supervisors, submit a dissertation, and pass a thesis review and final examination. Working students and foreign students are allowed to take some of the credits in a flexible format.

Curriculum Overview

The doctoral curriculum has two groups of subjects: DisciplineSpecific Subjects, which provide students with in-depth expertise in their discipline and train them in research skills, and Interdisciplinary/Practical Subjects, which help students acquire a wide viewpoint, skills, and methods beyond one’s own area of specialization.

[Discipline-Specific Subjects]

Advanced Courses (specialized field) and Research Seminar in Major Field

[Interdisciplinary/Practical Subjects]

Advanced Courses (non-specialized field), Practical Training/International Experience Courses, Debate Courses, and Research Seminar in Sub-Major Field

Objectives of Human Resources Development

Applied Physics

We offer an education that is based on theoretical and experimental research of various physical phenomena in which materials are involved. We provide a firm foundation of modern science and technology and nurture researchers rich with the creativity capable of responding flexibly to advanced technological innovation. We also play an active role for the future as a bridge which joins a physical basis with technological applications across various fields, such as companies, universities, and national and public research institutions.

Molecular Engineering

In the wide range of the field of materials, including inorganic, organic and polymeric, we aim to graduate creative researchers with outstanding R&D ability, capable of clarifying the structure-function relationship at a molecular level and promoting independent and ingenious research to design and synthesize high-performance materials.

Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology

We educate researchers and advanced professional engineers rich in creativity who are capable of undertaking advanced research at an international level by acquiring the latest in advanced expertise and uniquely developing new materials with high functionality. This is achieved by developing an ability to scientifically clarify at an atomic or molecular level the various phenomena, or their various functions, displayed by the wide range of materials or living organisms that are found in the earth’s environment.

Mechanical and System Engineering

We educate advanced professional engineers with internationally acceptable, highly specialized knowledge and capability, and researchers with creative research and development ability through practical education, by studying the creation of machinery and systems that support a safe and secure society with an approach combining mechanical engineering and robotics.

Intelligent Information Systems

The prime aim of IS studies is to turn out researchers with a high level of ethics and outstanding R&D abilities abundant in creativity, hoping to contribute to human happiness and development through the field of intelligence information systems Furthermore, we make an effort to educate both engineers with advanced expertise and abilities as well as university instructors equipped with credible teaching and research abilities.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

We produce advanced professional engineers who possess expertise of an international standard as well as R&D abilities steeped in creativity and are able to display independent leadership through R&D. We also offer advanced professional education in areas such as: electronics materials; optical electronics; semiconductor devices; energy conversion and transmission systems; control systems; information and communication systems; system engineering.

Architecture and Civil Engineering

We nurture advanced professional engineers, researchers, educators, etc., who have highly creative R&D abilities and who contribute to the progress of society through substantive ethics. This is achieved by understanding architecture, urban systems, and social infrastructures and the environment, covering a widespread area, using the methods of the natural or social sciences as well as by comprehensively creating and researching synthesis systems through design methods.

Frontier Fiber Technology and Science

We promote comprehensive education and research based on the creation of fiber/polymer materials with high functionality and/or high performance. We educate students who will be academic and industrial researchers with enthusiasms for science to pursue a comfortable lifestyle, and practical abilities capable of responding to social change through a sense of international ethics.

Nuclear Power and Energy Safety Engineering

We promote researchers capable of accomplishing richly creative and independent research with a keen ethical sense. This is accomplished through a comprehensive and practical education based on a variety of academic fields, using an interdisciplinary and academic approach from the safety and symbiotic perspective, which focuses on issues concerning nuclear power and energy.