Educational Policy(Doctoral Program)

Diploma Conferral Policies of Graduate School of Engineering

   The Graduate School of Engineering is committed to the development of science and technology with an emphasis on disciplinary fundamentals and basic principles while harmonizing the natural environment.  At the same time we aim to assist students in their pursuit of rich education with specialized knowledge, as well as the ability for its creative application, while nurturing high ethical standards and sense of responsibility.  Through research oriented education and training, the Doctoral Program aims to educate  students to be best and brightest professional engineers and researchers who can cultivate new research fields and demonstrate as the global leader in the fields.

   Under the above objectives of educating students, a doctoral degree in engineering will be awarded to students who complete the following requirements. 

   Eligibility for the doctoral degree in engineering requires that candidates be enrolled for a designated number of years, complete a designated coursework established in accordance with the objectives of the Graduate School of Engineering, acquire a minimum of 10 credit hours of coursework, and pass a doctoral dissertation review and examination.

   The completion of Doctoral Program is acknowledged based on the doctoral thesis submitted by the doctoral degree candidate with the academic significance, novelty, creativity, and applied value in the field of engineering and  whether the doctoral degree candidates have the ability to plan and implement research as well as explain their research findings in theoretical terms, acquire the advanced and broad expertise to contribute to human welfare and sustainable development of global society through such as the manufacturing and system creation, and possess high ethical standards and sense of responsibility in their academic field.

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

Education Policies of the Graduate School of Engineering

   In order to achieve the objectives of diploma conferral policies, The Graduate School of Engineering performs its education in accordance with the following policies.

1. Enable students to acquire the broad expertise to contribute to human welfare and sustainable development of global society through such as the manufacturing and system creation, furthermore, through research-oriented education and training, educate students to be researchers with the ability to plan and implement research and explain their research findings and results logically, who can possess high ethical standards and sense of responsibility 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, the Graduate School of Engineering offers a coordinated master’s and doctoral degree program (the Integrated Master’s-Doctoral Course Program) with the aim of cultivating engineers and researchers equipped with doctoral degrees. 3 year course of Doctoral Program, 5 year course and 4 year course(*) of the coordinated Master’s and Doctoral Programs are offered in this program (*in the 4 year course, students are transferred from Master’s Program's 2nd year). 

   As a course subject, the Integrated Master’s-Doctoral Course Program is 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. 

   As for implementing the above education policies more effectively, the Graduate School of Engineering designs the annual allocation, the core/other subjects by considering the contents of each subject and its importance, and clarifies its systematics and structure using study handbook, course model and course tree. In addition, the study achievement of each class subject shall be evaluated by Final examination, report, results of experiment/exercise, and grade on presentation during the class, and so on, and the contents of each class subject and evaluation methods of study achievement are indicated in study plan of each subject (syllabus).

   Students are assigned to a laboratory in their field of specialization and work on a specific research project under the guidance of faculty members. At the start of the research, they decide on its purpose, contents and plan under the sufficient discussion with their supervisors, in proceeding the research, they discuss on its progress and changing plan frequently through opportunities such as individual meeting, seminar, group reading for thesis, present the results at the conference in Japan and overseas and publish in academic journal, while receiving the third party evaluation, and they finally compile the results into a Doctoral thesis,  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.

   On a basis of the above education policies, in accordance with the diploma conferral policies, the doctoral thesis is evaluated through the preliminary review committee, evaluation committee, and oral examination at the doctoral thesis defense, together with the candidate’s activities while undergoing research guidance (publication of articles to relevant academic societies and journals, presentation at domestic and international conference, laboratory seminars, on-the-research training, internships, etc.)

   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.

●Education Outlines for each Department/Interdisciplinary Engineering CoursePDF File

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