Educational Policy

Education Policies of the Graduate School of Engineering

The Graduate School of Engineering is committed to educating its students the specialized knowledge in basic science while fostering innovative and creative minds required for promoting environmentally benign advancements in science and technology by maintaining the high standards of morality and integrity for its academic and research conduct.

Our master’s program aims to educate students to acquire broad knowledge, which is built upon the fundamental knowledge and international awareness, to be professional engineers and researchers who can take the initiative in problem-solving in both academia and society. Through research oriented education and training, the doctoral program aims to prepare students to be best and brightest professional engineers and researchers who can cultivate new research fields and demonstrate the global leader in the fields. For this purpose, our Graduate School takes the following approaches to education:

 

Master’s Program:

  1. Enable students to expand and advance the fundamental knowledge and research capabilities acquired through their undergraduate education and develop greater expertise.
  2. Organize and implement a curriculum that allows students to learn across a variety of fields and develop well-rounded knowledge, and acquire broad-based specialist knowledge in their chosen research fields.
  3. Through research-oriented education and training, cultivate students’ abilities of carrying their researches forward with ethical integrity and explaining their research findings and results logically, and taking the initiative of challenging and solving several problems in research and industrial activities as a professional engineer or a researcher.
  4. Equip students with the ability to accurately identify their research position within the context of their research fields, discuss and debate their achievements in an international setting, and build the structures for collaboration as needed.

 

Doctoral Program:

  1. Provide students with advanced and broad-based specialist knowledge in their chosen research fields, and use research-oriented education and training to foster researchers with the ability to plan and implement research and explain their research findings and results logcially, demonstrate strong ethical integrity in the arena of academic research, organize innovative research teams, and demonstrate leadership at the international level in new research fields.
  2. Equip students with the ability to position and organize their own research from a broad-based perspective, which is free from the pitfalls of overspecialization, and lay a groundwork that enables students to harness their spirit of initiative and pioneer new research domains in unknown fields.
  3. Enable students to intensify their levels of research, and cultivate their ability to reflect on their research with a strong sense of responsibility and ethical integrity, and adopt a critical attitude that continually questions whether that research is consistent with the goal of harmonious coexistence of humanity and nature.

 

In order to implement these education policies, in addition to its traditional master’s program, the Graduate School of Engineering offers a coordinated master’s and doctoral degree program (Integrated Master’s-Doctoral Program) with the aim of cultivating engineers and researchers equipped with doctoral degrees. Both the traditional master’s program and the Integrated Master’s-Doctoral Program include courses designed to deepen and advance academic knowledge in fields of the specialty (core courses/major courses), courses in areas other than the specialization offered with the aim of imparting broad-ranging knowledge (minor courses), and courses designed to foster practical abilities (on-the-research training, internships). International internships and classes conducted in an English language medium are also offered in order to foster international outlooks.

Students are assigned to a laboratory in their field of specialization and work on a specific research project under the guidance of faculty members. They compile the findings and results of their research into a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, as well as completing a tailor-made curriculum that matches their abilities and career paths and is constructed by selecting from among the courses offered in their curricular program in consultation with their supervisors. Through these activities, students are able to develop the knowledge and skills envisaged by the education policies stated above.

 

Diploma Conferral Policies of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering

 

Master’s Program (Engineering)

Eligibility for the master’s degree in engineering requires that candidates be enrolled for a designated number of years, complete master’s program coursework established in accordance with the Graduate School’s curriculum policies, acquire a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework, and pass a master’s thesis review and examination. The master’s thesis review and examination are conducted with the objectives of evaluating each thesis for academic significance in the field of engineering, novelty, creativity, and applied value and determining whether degree candidates have the ability to carry their research forward and explain their research findings in theoretical terms, demonstrate ethical integrity in their academic research, and possess broad specialist knowledge in their respective fields of specialization.

Candidates that demonstrate exceptional progress in their studies and research will be eligible to complete the master’s program during a shortened period of enrollment.

 

Doctoral Program (Engineering)

Eligibility for the doctoral degree in engineering requires that candidates be enrolled for a designated number of years, complete doctoral program coursework established in accordance with the Graduate School’s curriculum policies, acquire a minimum of 10 credit hours of coursework, and pass a doctoral dissertation review and examination. The doctoral dissertation review and examination are conducted with the objectives of evaluating each dissertation for academic significance, novelty, creativity, and applied value and determining whether degree candidates have the ability to plan and implement research, as well as explain their research findings in theoretical terms, demonstrate strong ethical integrity in their academic research, and possess advanced and broad specialist knowledge in their respective fields of study.

Candidates that demonstrate exceptional progress in their studies and research will be eligible to complete the doctoral program during a shortened period of enrollment.

 

Screening Standards for Degree Conferral in the Master’s Program

Completion of the master’s program is determined by reference to matters including whether or not the thesis submitted by the master’s degree candidate has academic significance, novelty, creativity, and applied value, and whether or not the candidate has the ability to carry his/her research forward and explain his/her research findings in theoretical terms, demonstrates ethical integrity in their academic research, and possesses broad specialist knowledge in his/her field of study.

The above matters are evaluated through oral examination at master’s thesis presentation sessions and assessment of the candidate’s activities while undergoing research guidance (laboratory seminars, on-the-research training, internships, etc.).

Candidates for award of the master’s degree apply to the Dean of the Graduate School for a review of their master’s thesis. The Chairperson of the candidate’s department organizes a presentation on the content of the thesis, conducts investigations into said content and whether or not the candidate possesses the knowledge and skills sufficient for completion of the master’s program, and reports the findings and results of this investigation to the Council of the Graduate School of Engineering. At a meeting with at least two-thirds of members in attendance, the Council makes a determination in accordance with these findings.

Some departments have established their own rules concerning matters such as screenings for progression in research guidance and interim reporting and review in relation to submission of theses. Candidates should check the details of the screening processes on their departmental website.

 

Screening Standards for Degree Conferral in the Doctoral Program

Completion of the doctoral program is determined by reference to matters including whether or not the dissertation submitted by the doctoral degree candidate has academic significance, novelty, creativity, and applied value, and whether or not the candidate has the ability to plan and implement research and explain his/her findings in theoretical terms, demonstrates strong ethical integrity in their academic research, and possesses advanced and broad specialist knowledge in his/her field of study.

The above matters are evaluated through oral examination in the doctoral dissertation preliminary review committee, evaluation committee, and defense, together with the candidate’s activities while undergoing research guidance (presentation of papers at related academic societies and scholarly journals, presentation at domestic and international conferences, laboratory seminars, on-the-research training, internships, etc.).

Candidates for award of the doctoral degree apply to the Chairperson of their department for a preliminary review of their doctoral dissertation. The Chairperson establishes a preliminary review committee to determine whether or not the dissertation is worthy of a request for a dissertation review. If the dissertation is considered worthy, the Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering establishes a dissertation evaluation committee. This committee organizes a defense for the dissertation, conducts investigations into said dissertation and whether or not the candidate possesses the knowledge and skills sufficient for completion of the doctoral program, and reports the findings of these investigations to the Council of the Graduate School of Engineering. At a meeting with at least two-thirds of members in attendance, the Council makes a determination in accordance with these findings.

Some departments have established their own rules concerning matters such as screenings for progression in research guidance and interim reporting and review in relation to submission of dissertations. Candidates should check the details of the screening processes on their departmental website.

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