Policies for Master's Program

Admission policy

*students entering in 2025 academic year or later

Kochi University of Technology's goal is "Making KUT a world class university through the pursuit of unique excellence". We seek individuals who support this goal and are motivated to learn with a strong will and passion to become Advanced Engineers and Advanced Researchers capable of succeeding in the society of the future.

KUT Graduate School of Engineering's Masters program provides opportunities to gain specialized knowledge with the aim of training individuals with a high level of expertise while fostering originality and the ability to express oneself as well as flexibility and tolerance for diversity with an emphasis on applications and the practical capacity to achieve one's own goals. The program has eight courses of study, and we are seeking to enroll individuals who understand the educational principles and aims of their respective course of study while also having a strong interest, ambition, and sense of purpose toward the relevant technical areas, and who are recognized for possessing an academic foundation and research capabilities that will enable them to complete a master's degree.

In selecting applicants for admission, we will comprehensively evaluate their academic foundation in the specialization that they wish to study as well as their logical thinking capacity, sense of purpose, research capabilities, and the like, based on interviews with oral examinations and submitted documents.

Curriculum policy

*students entering in 2025 academic year or later

The curriculum in the KUT's Masters program is designed to expand on undergraduate education by conferring a higher degree of specialized knowledge, logical thinking ability, and objective insight.

In order to cultivate individuals with a broad perspective who can see things from diverse viewpoints without bias toward a particular field, the Master's program is only offered through a single Department of Engineering in a single Graduate School of Engineering.

Students will join courses of study that have been created for each specialization and take courses and engage in research according to a curriculum organized as follows by degree.

〇Master of Engineering

Students will take courses mainly in the educational program of their course of study and conduct research utilizing specialized knowledge acquired in their major area of engineering/engineering sciences/informatics study.

〇 Master of Arts and Sciences

Students will acquire a wide range of specialized knowledge based on the program provided by their course of study and utilize this knowledge to conduct research in academic and interdisciplinary fields grounded in engineering including their major area of study.

Each student will work with one main supervisor and one co-supervisor who will supervise the student's coursework and research. Students will also develop a strong sense of ethics through research guidance and research ethics education via our E-learning program.

〇Curriculum organization

Courses are categorized into the Core studies course, Specialized area courses, and Research area courses.

(1) Core studies course

Provides a set of courses such as mathematics and English that foster knowledge acquisition in the mathematical sciences that are the basis for studying a specialized field, as well as knowledge and communication skills necessary to succeed in the international community.

(2) Specialized area courses

Provides a set of courses that systematically expand on students' undergraduate education with advanced specialized knowledge in their respective fields while teaching cutting-edge technology and research results.

(3) Research area courses

Provides a set of courses to develop practical and applied skills necessary for problem-solving, centered around seminars and exercises including the required "special research" course.

〇Evaluation of learning outcomes

We ensure fairness and rigor for degree theses by providing clear examination criteria as well as by conducting a public thesis examination by multiple examiners.

Intelligent Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course

・Provides courses in which students can acquire advanced mechanical and aerospace knowledge, enabling them to build intelligent systems.

・Through research activity, students will acquire highly specialized and applied skills and develop their capacity for logical thinking and ability to set and resolve challenges.

Electronic and Photonic Engineering Course

・Provides a careful selection of specialized courses where students will learn about cutting-edge research results and technological issues regarding electronic and optical devices, telecommunications, and next-generation energy.

・In special research, students will learn in-depth about electronics/optical technology or energy technology in the field of electrical engineering as well as acquire applied and problem-solving skills.

Architecture and Infrastructure Design Course

・Students will learn about advanced underlying technologies and design for the planning, development, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure and living environments.

・Students will improve their discussion skills not only in the fields of architecture and civil engineering but also in related fields and develop their capacity to detect and resolve complex systemic problems in the real world in order to enable safe, fulfilling lives.

Engineering Sciences Course

・Provides specialized courses where students will acquire advanced, cutting-edge knowledge in the field of engineering sciences, centered on applied physics, functional chemistry, and bioinformatics

・In special research and seminars, students will gain the capacity to facilitate advanced engineering science research through research activities such as experiments, data analysis, and discussions.

Informatics Course

・Consists of a set of courses emphasizing both theory and practice.

・Incorporates project-based learning to enable students' systematic acquisition of fundamental knowledge while cultivating their capacity to apply it to the latest technology.

Digital Innovation Course

・Consists of a set of courses analyzing existing systems and business models from a broad perspective and necessary for design thinking enabling system creation and social innovation.

・Develops students' ability to integrate academic fields with digital technology as well as their management and communication skills, which are important for creating value and generating solutions in a wide range of social sectors.

Entrepreneur Engineering Management Course

・Takes a cross-disciplinary approach leveraging diverse specialized domains studied from a global perspective.

・Students will learn problem-solving methodologies through classes taught by faculty with practical experience and achievements in business and government.

・Students will learn methodologies for problem-solving by way of materials from the real world of business creation, entrepreneurship, organizational management, and local government.

Advanced Educational Practice Course

・Students will acquire advanced knowledge, skills, and research capabilities in relation to science and engineering subjects through in-depth study of academic fields related to science and engineering.

・Through practical and research activities centered on science and engineering subjects in school classrooms, students will develop comprehensive practical skills as teachers and the ability to identify and resolve challenges.

Diploma policy

*students entering in 2024 academic year or later

Our goal at the KUT Graduate School of Engineering is to train talented individuals capable of contributing to scientific and technological development through comprehensive education and research integrating a wide range of engineering fields. On that basis, the Master's or Doctoral degree will be awarded to students who have acquired the abilities indicated below and fulfilled the degree requirements stipulated by university regulations.

Moreover, each degree will be denoted either "Master of Engineering" or "Master of Arts and Sciences", depending on the area of study.

〇Master of Engineering

  1. Ability to utilize specialized knowledge acquired in major area of engineering/engineering sciences/informatics study
  2. Ability to correctly and logically express original and creative ideas and own thoughts
  3. International awareness and flexible thinking that allows for diversity
  4. Ethics as an engineer
  5. Ability to learn and explore independently

〇Master of Arts and Sciences

  1. Ability to utilize specialized knowledge acquired in academic and interdisciplinary fields grounded in engineering including major area of study
  2. Ability to correctly and logically express original and creative ideas and own thoughts
  3. International awareness and flexible thinking that allows for diversity
  4. Ethics as an engineer
  5. Ability to learn and explore independently