Master's Program

Last updated: June 17, 2014

Master's Program
* Master's classes are given in Japanese.
The master's program offers students the opportunity to refine their choice of specialization in order to work towards an advanced professional identity. The master's program is designed to cultivate the skills required to work in the field, from knowledge of basic principles to skills in advanced technology, all from a macrocosmic perspective. As well, students will acquire the ability to perceive potential needs of society and to form and implement strategies for meeting those needs. The corresponding practical skills for achieving such goals are also necessary, so creativity, self-expression and flexibility in the face of diversity will be cultivated.

In the master's program, students choose a main area of study and are also encouraged to study others. This provides them with a specialty and also maintains a breadth of background.
6 Master's Courses
Material and Life Systems Engineering Course
For the continuing advancement of mankind, we should establish materials cycles and energy flows that harmonize with nature. In this course, students study the design, synthesis, and practical use of environment-conscious materials which require less energy for production and which can safely enter the earth's ecosystem. Aiming at fostering distinguished researchers and engineers to create and manage the next generation fundamental material technology, this course provides education for the creation of new materials and the methods and technologies required to assess such new materials' characteristics.
Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering Course
In the field of mechanical engineering, there is now a need for innovative technological development which harmonizes with issues such as globalization, informatization, the aging society and environmental problems. This course focuses on education and research/development of technology whose importance will increase in the future, and that will lead change in the social structure. Such technology includes robotics and mechatronics, intelligent information technology, and human-related technology. We foster engineers who can value the interface among research fields, and are not confined to the single field of ordinary mechanical engineering.
Electronic and Photonic Systems Engineering Course
Electronic-photonic technology is the most important technology for the infrastructure of modern society and it has even been said that the degree of development of this technology could control the fate of a nation. With the objective of the realization of new systems using the world's most advanced electronic and photonic technology, this course pursues research in areas such as properties, materials, device fabrication processes, and their application, as well as fostering futuristic leading professionals who have advanced knowledge and understanding of this field, and abundant creativity.
Information Systems Engineering Course
In accordance with the explosive increase in the number of information system users in this information-oriented age, there is a pressing need to construct environments where people can securely enjoy the benefit of informatization. In order to create such a system, it is necessary to develop the concept of a flexible and human-friendly information system, based on an innovative perspective beyond the usual concept of information system. This course focuses on fostering human resources who can take flexible and daring approaches and who will play leading roles in new information systems.
Infrastructure Systems Engineering Course
For planning, management and control of the maintenance of social infrastructure (such as roads, bridges, water supply, sewer systems, transport systems, information communications, energy, public buildings, and parks) in the future, it is essential to have a view of facilities as organic systems related to each other and to reconstruct them in harmony with the environment so that people can feel morally and materially content. This course focuses on advanced education and research related to technology for realizing a spiritually rich society and to the construction management necessary for Japan with the aging society.
Entrepreneur Engineering Course
The knowledge based society needs core human resources who have new knowledge aligned with abundant scholarship, who can create value and who can take active roles in various arenas in society. The Entrepreneur Engineering Course aims at the cultivation of mid-career individuals who can establish themselves actively in such an era. This course is provided for
- mid-career professionals such as engineers who are taking leadership in enterprises;
- mainstay employees who are aspiring to work in management;
- management executives who intend to create or establish new companies; and
- human resources who are contributing to regional activation and to regional management and administration.
We offer these people management related knowledge in a global perspective that ensures its usefulness in the real world.
1. Lectures in the Entrepreneur Engineering Course are given on Saturdays and Sundays via remote TV broadcast. Students take the lectures in classrooms located on the KUT (Kami city) and Eikokuji campus (Kochi City), in Osaka and Tokyo.
2. Meeting seminars are held twice a year. One of the seminars (sleepover seminar from Saturday to Sunday) is held in the spring at the KUT campus in Kochi.
Completion Requirements
To complete the master's program, students need a) two or more years' enrolment in the school, b) 30 or more credits including 8 of individual work (compulsory), and c) successful completion of the master's thesis defense after receiving necessary guidance from the faculty. When it is considered appropriate in light of the program's objectives, the results of research on a specific theme can be assessed instead of a thesis.

Students who have been approved by the president as having achieved good results can complete the program if they have been enrolled in the school for more than one year.