Subject Classes

Subject Class Categories

Subject classes offered in the Master's Course Program and Integrated Programs are categorized as Core subject, Major subject, Minor subject, ORT subject, and Other subjects.

Students should earn the number of credits specified in each subject category to fulfil the completion requirements of each program. Please refer to the completion requirements of each program for the details.

The following is a list of subject categories and their contents.

Subject CategoryContents
Core subjects Basic subjects required to complete the program that shape the core of the curriculum. Compulsory subjects in principle.
Major subjects Specialized basic subjects or practical subjects required to complete the program and that constitute the main specialized research area. Subjects can be selected. The titles of the subjects may be called basic subjects or development subjects, reflecting the specialized academic area.
Minor subjects Subjects to support the sub-specialized areas in addition to the specialized research curriculum consisting of Core subject and Major subject, etc. Subjects to be selected, in principle, from specialized areas/departments outside the main specialized research area. Specific subjects may be suggested, including basic subjects and development subjects, reflecting the specialized academic area.
On-the-research (ORT) training ORT subjects are offered through research at the specialized labs in the departments, national/international partner research institutes, and the Katsura Int’tech Center in addition to seminars and experiments. Master’s and doctoral dissertation are ORT subjects. Although these are compulsory subjects to complete Master’s or Doctoral Programs, credits will not be given for these.
Other subjects Subjects approved to be taken as the supervisor agrees as necessary. These include subjects offered at other departments/universities as well as international training subjects. Students should follow the rules set out by the Integrated Program (Interdisciplinary Engineering Course and Advanced Engineering Course) or departments/labs of Master's Program in order to count the earned credits as required credits.

Some subjects overlap with other subject categories. Students should decide which subject category to take the subjects from. Each department/lab may specify its own subject categories.

Curriculum Structure

Students should structure their own curriculum (tailor-made curriculum) and register the subjects with the approval of their supervisor.

Students can take class subjects allocated to the Master’s and Doctoral Programs as well as Common Subjects offered by the Graduate School of Engineering. However, if students wish to take classes offered by other courses outside the registered course, some classes may not be available or the credits may not be counted as credits required for the completion of the program. Also, some classes may overlap depending on timetable of each department/course and may not be possible to take due to traveling time between buildings inside the University campus. Please contact each department for details.

Students may also take class subjects of other graduate schools and faculties (including Faculty of Engineering ); however, please check with each registered department if the credits can be counted as credits required for the completion of the program.

The credits of the class subjects available for both Master's Program and the Doctoral Program can be counted only for either of the programs.

Registration of Classes

Students should register their selection of classes available at the Graduate School of Engineering on KULASIS (*) at the beginning of the semester within a specified period. Credits will not be given for unregistered classes.

*KULASIS— university-wide academic affairs information system of Kyoto University

(Website for reference)

Out-of-class study (preparation and review)

One credit is composed of contents to take 45 hours to study. For example, 2-credit lecture class is composed of contents to take 90 hours to study. Students are required to carry out out-of-class study (preparation and review) following instructor’s guidance of each class.