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Graduate Programs

 

Graduate School of Humanities

  • International Master's Program in Japanese Humanities

Launched in 2011

The IMAP in Japanese Humanities is a two-year master’s program offered to a select group of international and local students. It features the study of Japan’s cultures. The concept of culture is defined broadly, with courses in the fields of art history, history, linguistics, premodern languages, religion, and other facets of the humanities. In keeping with the Graduate School’s general policy, students in the IMAP in Japanese Humanities undertake study in a wide range of subjects outside their major area of research interest. The program is further characterized by closely supervised instruction and small seminar format classes. Seminars are customized to meet the long-term academic goals of each student. We also offer advanced reading courses in selected fields and specialized Japanese (kanbun, bungo, sōrōbun).

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Graduate School of Intergated Sciences for Global Society

  • International Master’s Program in Integrated Science for Global Society
  • International Doctoral Program in Integrated Science for Global Society

Launched in 2011

International Master’s and International Doctoral Programs in Integrated Science for Global Society, taught entirely in English, cover a wide range of subjects of Earth and Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, each with strong interdisciplinary emphases. Our Graduate School consists of six different courses of (1) Comprehensive Earth Sciences, (2) Comprehensive Sciences of Biological Environment, (3) International Cooperation, Security and Safety, (4) Social Diversity and Coexistence, (5) Language, Media and Communication, and (6) Comprehensive East Asian Japanese Studies. The interdisciplinary course works across these courses provide students to improve the professional skills and to develop the advanced knowledge for understanding the Global Society and for finding the solution of Global Problems. Training classes for the fieldwork and the academic writing in foreign language will also make skill up for the students. Among the School’s points of pride is faculty and student participation in Polar Earth Science projects with the National Institute of Polar Research, and in nature conservation projects with the National Museum of Nature and Science.

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Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies

  • International Master's Course in Sustainable Architecture and Urban Systems
  • International Doctoral Course in Sustainable Architecture and Urban Systems

Launched in 2010

The development of low-carbon, resource-efficient buildings and urban centers is becoming extremely important against the background of the ever-increasing consumption of natural resources. Our Master’s and Doctoral courses provide students with opportunities to develop the advanced knowledge and skills required to find innovative solutions to these needs. Our courses consist of urban and architectural design workshops and construction training classes to improve the professional skills of our students. With our diverse resources, we offer unique research opportunities in architectural design, building environment, structural mechanics, urban design, regional planning and disaster management. These courses will collaborate with major universities in Asia and the UN-HABITAT Fukuoka office in developing a new curriculum. We believe that students of these courses will play an active role as leaders in global sustainability.

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Graduate School of Law

  • LL.D. Program

Launched in 1999

The LL.D. Program offers students the unique opportunity of preparing a doctoral thesis in English whilst studying at a Japanese university. The program is designed to provide students with the skills required to complete high-level research in law. A core part of the program is the Annual Law Conference. Initiated in 2006 and organized by LL.D. students, its reputation for thoughtfully addressing cutting edge legal issues has grown, and it will continue to serve as a valuable educational opportunity for our students.

  • IEBL Program (LL.M. in International Economic and Business Law)

Launched in 1994

In the fall of 1994, the Graduate School of Law established Japan’s first Master’s program taught entirely in English, the LL.M. in International Economic and Business Law. Drawing upon the support of a Faculty with particular strengths in the fields of economic and business law, the IEBL program is designed to provide international and Japanese students with the ability to confront the challenges of international economic affairs and commercial transactions.

  • YLP (Young Leaders' Program LL.M.)

Launched in 2001

The Young Leaders' Program was established in 2001 by the Japanese Government in the fields of Public Administration, Business Administration, and Law. In recognition of the success of the graduate programs, Kyushu University was entrusted with the responsibility of offering the Law YLP. The program has been designed to contribute to nurturing future national leaders in Asia, and is open to young legal professionals and government officials. In addition, it aims to create a network of national leaders who will play key roles in establishing friendly relationships and improved policy planning between Asian countries, including Japan.

  • BiP (Bilingual Master's Program in Laws LL.M.)

Launched in 2009

Launched in 2009, the Bilingual Master’s (LL.M.) degree program in Law offers students the unique opportunity of graduate level legal study in a bilingual environment at a Japanese law faculty. The program seeks to overcome one of the major obstacles to graduate legal education in Japan, namely that of the language, by providing students with the option of taking classes and writing a thesis in English or Japanese. As such, the program facilitates rapid improvement in Japanese ability whilst allowing students to engage in classroom study and supervised research across a wide range of legal subjects.

Launched in 1997

Asian countries have achieved significant economic development, and have become a central focus of global growth since the turn of the century. To achieve successful nation-building, greater attention is essential in analyzing Asian politics with regard to how a country is actually ruled and how policy is formulated. In recognition of the changing context of contemporary Asia, the program pioneered graduate studies focused on research into pressing contemporary issues through comparative studies.

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Graduate School of Economics

  • International Master's Program in Economics (IMPE)
  • International Doctoral Program in Economics (IDPE)

Launched in 2010

The programs revolve around the study of three areas: Economic System Analysis, Economic Analysis and Policy, and Mathematical and Computer Sciences. Our Master’s Program is characterized by small classes, a wide and well-balanced array of general and specialized subjects (e.g., Advanced Econometrics, Financial Economics, Public Finance, Environmental Economics, Public Economics, and Industrial Organization), and close supervision of thesis writing. In addition to taking specialized subjects at a more advanced level, our Doctoral students take part in research workshops organized by eminent specialists, both within and outside the University. They are also provided with opportunities to participate in research projects conducted by the Department. In addition, they have opportunities to present the outcomes of their research at academic conferences and publish them as discussion papers. After being awarded graduate degrees, students are expected to take up positions in universities, research institutes, private firms, etc.

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Graduate School of Sciences

  • International Master's Program in the Graduate School of Sciences
  • International Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Sciences

Launched in 2010

All three of our Departments – Physics, Chemistry, and Earth and Planetary Sciences – work closely together to provide graduate programs in English. The fields of research in the Department of Physics include elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, solid-state physics, and statistical physics. A tandem electrostatic accelerator is one of the more notable research facilities that is available to be used for your research. Research activities in the Department of Chemistry cover inorganic, organic, structural, physical, analytical, biological and computational chemistry, among others. Eighteen laboratories associated with the Department conduct cutting-edge research while maintaining close connections with one another. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences covers a variety of fields such as planetary sciences, geophysics, geochemistry, mineralogy, and geology. The Department also collaborates closely with the Kyushu University Museum and the Space Environment Research Center.

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Graduate School of Mathematics

  • International Master's Program in Mathematics

Launched in 2010

  • International Doctoral Program in Mathematics

Launched in 2009

In addition to providing close guidance on thesis writing, the programs offer a whole array of lectures in topics ranging from pure mathematics (e.g., algebra and geometry) to applied mathematics (e.g., probability, statistics, and computational mathematics). Whatever your research focus may be, your academic endeavors will be greatly facilitated by the intellectual resources we offer. These include high-performance computers, a high-speed network, a wide variety of software including computer-based algebra applications, and one of the most prominent libraries in Japan, through which an extensive selection of books and on-line journals is available. After completing the program, students are expected to proceed to the Doctoral Program (in the case of Master’s students) and/or obtain positions that require advanced mathematical specialization.

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Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences

  • International Doctoral Program in Systems Life Sciences

Launched in 2010

This Program encourages students from all nations to take on the future challenges of advanced life sciences in a five-year doctoral course. The Program is based on the innovative concept of Systems Life Sciences, which represents interdisciplinary education and research involving biology, agriculture, medicine, informatics and engineering, and positions itself at the forefront of the current era of rapidly developing life sciences. The Graduate School represents a single department comprised of the five divisions of Bioinformatics, Life Engineering, Medical Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Life Sciences and Biological Sciences. There is also the option of a two-year Master’s program. For applicants who have obtained or who will obtain the Master’s degree, another entrance examination is offered for entry as a third-year student.

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Graduate School of Medical Sciences

  • International Doctoral Program in Medical Science

Launched in 2011

This program is designed to offer qualified medical students a key opportunity to equip themselves with knowledge and skills in cutting-edge technologies and carry out specialized research in one of the most highly regarded medical schools in Asia. Students will be required to choose one laboratory from among over 50 laboratories that cover almost all areas of the medical sciences, both basic and clinical (please visit our website for more information). Students will also be provided with countless opportunities to attend international conferences presided over by leading researchers in various medical science fields. To ensure the quality of our graduates, who are highly respected and sought after, we also demand a great deal from our students. To be considered for eligibility to submit a Ph.D. dissertation, for instance, students are required to have published at least one first author article in a highly regarded international journal.

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Department of Health Sciences

  • International Master's Program in Asia Health Sciences

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Launched in 2011

  • International Doctoral Program in Health Sciences

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Launched in 2013

The international two-year Master’s and three-year Doctoral Programs are designed to train researchers as well as health, medical care and welfare leaders in Asia and the rest of the world. While this program was conceived primarily with students who had studied nursing, quantum radiation science (radiological technology) or medical technology in mind, we also urge students with degrees in other fields to consider applying. With opportunities to study basic subjects such as “Health Science Research” and “International Community and Multidisciplinary Medicine,” study specialized subjects at a more advanced level, and work on their research under the close supervision of their supervisors, the participants in this program are expected to develop into professional educators and researchers who are capable of carrying out creative, advanced research, as well as hands-on trainers and leaders of organizations in the practical healthcare field.

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Graduate School of Dental Science

  • International Doctoral Program in Dental Science

Launched in 2010

Taught exclusively in English, this 4-year program offers doctorates in Dental Science and Science. Doctorates in Dental Science are awarded to students equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills to carry out research in the field of dentistry, while Doctorates in Science are awarded to students engaged in advanced scientific research related to dental science with knowledge and skills applicable to other cutting-edge research. Two major research projects are currently underway in our School, namely “Dental and Craniofacial Morphogenesis and Tissue Regeneration” and “Oral Health Science.” Our students are expected to play a role in either or both of these projects to promote “Health Through Oral Health.” With the knowledge, experience, and technical expertise acquired in the four years of study, our graduates are expected to be a driving force behind new discoveries and innovations in dentistry.

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Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • International Course in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Launched in 2010

In addition to offering common and specialized lectures in advanced sciences and technologies related to drug discovery and development, this program provides opportunities for closely supervised research experiments and practice in fields such as medicinal chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, physical chemistry, pharmacokinetics, and pharmaceutics. Japan’s pharmaceutical industry is currently estimated to be worth 8 trillion yen, and is recognized as a prime knowledge-based industry with a growing export market. With their reputation for innovation, resourcefulness, and technical competence, our graduates are highly sought after by the industry. Typically, they proceed to a Ph.D. program to pursue more advanced research, or obtain a position with a research institute or pharmaceutical company.

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Graduate School of Engineering

  • International Master’s Program in Applied Chemistry
  • International Doctoral Program in Applied Chemistry

Launched in 2011

Our Department comprises the three research groups of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Material Physics and Chemistry, and Chemical Systems and Engineering, which are responsible for the research and education of graduate students. These three large research groups are broken into nineteen small research laboratories. Our program covers biofunctional, inorganic, organic, supramolecular, macromolecular, polymer, analytical, and environmental chemistry. We contribute to the development of novel nanofunctional materials, organic electroluminescence and photo-energy conversion devices, fuel cells, and other advanced functional materials. Through this program, we provide fundamental and advanced education in chemical technologies central to producing novel substances from the atomic and molecular levels.

  • International Master's Program in Materials Science and Engineering
  • International Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering

Launched in 2011

The study of materials science and engineering is fundamental for providing people with safety, security and reliability and it is essential for the broad range of technologies that exist in the 21st century. Constant innovations and rapid advancements in materials are required to achieve the ultimate performance when solving environmental problems. It is clear that to make these improvements, the design and fabrication of materials is the key to the future. The purpose of our program is to teach the fundamentals required for understanding the structures and properties of various materials such as metals, alloys, ceramics, semiconductors, and composites, and for developing advanced materials that are able to respond to future needs.

  • International Master's Program in Chemical Engineering
  • International Doctoral Program in Chemical Engineering

Launched in 2011

The Department of Chemical Engineering comprises the eight specialized fields of Physical Chemistry, Reaction Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Mass Transfer Engineering, Thermal Engineering, Fluid Engineering, Equipment Design Engineering, and Process Systems Engineering. The central focus of Chemical Engineering is developing and improving manufacturing processes. Chemical Engineering is also responsible for the development of new materials such as biomaterials, electronic materials, and new catalysts, as well as their production technologies and highly advanced separation technologies. The scope of Chemical Engineering is expanding to various fields including human health, energy and the global environment. Chemical engineers have achieved a high degree of success across many industries.

  • International Master’s Program in Civil and Structural Engineering
  • International Doctoral Program in Civil and Structural Engineering

Launched in 2011

The Civil and Structural Engineering Global Course studies restructuring social infrastructure systems beyond traditional technologies for the deployment of advanced structural design and construction technologies, as well as increasing prevention of natural disasters through technology.

  • International Master’s Program in Urban and Environmental Engineering
  • International Doctoral Program in Urban and Environmental Engineering

Launched in 2011

The Urban and Environmental Engineering Global Course is engaged in the study of analyzing urban and environmental issues and the prediction, reduction, and prevention of their effects as well as promoting the advancement of technology for originating a new type of urban environmental system.

  • International Master's Program in Marine Systems Engineering
  • International Doctoral Program in Marine Systems Engineering

Launched in 2011

Marine Systems Engineering is a growing field that studies and develops the technologies required to utilize the sea for purposes such as traffic and transportation, energy production, bio-resources, mineral resources and space for living and storage. The key educational objectives of this Department is to convey knowledge of naval architecture, marine engineering, industrial engineering and systems engineering, to train students so that they are able to make full use of this knowledge in an integrated manner, to propose a wide range of environmentally-friendly marine applications, and to develop associated technologies.

  • International Master's Program in Earth Resources Engineering
  • International Doctoral Program in Earth Resources Engineering

Launched in 2011

Our Department consists of seven specialized laboratories: Economic Geology; Engineering Geophysics; Geothermics; Resources Production and Safety Engineering; Rock Engineering and Mining Machinery; Mineral Processing and Recycling; and Energy Resources Engineering. This wide range of research fields covers the many technical and engineering issues that may arise at any stage of resource development, from exploration and production to remediation and recycling. Currently, our faculty members are engaged the following research areas, all of which are related to resource development: predicting natural disasters such as volcanoes; utilizing ground heat; recycling valuable resources extracted from products and waste (urban mining); remediating contaminated groundwater resources; CO2 sequestration and more.

  • International Master's Program in Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering
  • International Doctoral Program in Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Launched in 2011

The Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering was established in April 1998 within the Graduate School of Engineering for the purpose of developing competent scientists and engineers who are able to find solutions to the issues of energy depletion and environmental pollution. Special research activities in the Department are being undertaken in the following areas: 1) the development of high-performance nuclear reactors; 2) the development of materials that enable the effective use of nuclear energy; 3) principles determining the generation and measurement of quantum beams; and 4) the physics of condensed matter and complex systems.

  • International Master's Program in Mechanical Engineering
  • International Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering

Launched in 2010

The Department of Mechanical Engineering aims to provide students with an unsurpassed opportunity to gain broad, substantial expertise and comprehensive skills in mechanical engineering, and also a fundamental knowledge of interdisciplinary areas that meet up-to-date requirements, so that graduates are able to go on to work as leading engineers and researchers. The education and research fields cover several broad areas in mechanical engineering: the strength of materials and machine design; fluid engineering; thermal engineering; combustion; the dynamics of mechanical systems; the control of systems; manufacturing processes; and bioengineering. This program welcomes students from all over the world who wish to establish an international career in the field of mechanical engineering.

  • International Master's Program in Hydrogen Energy Systems
  • International Doctoral Program in Hydrogen Energy Systems

Launched in 2010

The Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems is the first graduate school department in the world with a focus on hydrogen energy. It aims to provide students with an unsurpassed opportunity to gain a fundamental knowledge of science and engineering in hydrogen energy technology and the relevant technologies for human and environmental symbiosis. The education and research fields extend from various fields in mechanical engineering to materials and process engineering related to hydrogen energy systems. The program welcomes not only mechanical engineering students, but also students from other relevant science and engineering fields who, as engineers and researchers, wish to lead the way in building a low-carbon society.

  • International Master's Program in Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • International Doctoral Program in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Launched in 2011

The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers four specialized fields: Thermophysics and Fluid Mechanics; Aerospace Structures and Structural Dynamics; Flight Dynamics and Controls; and Space Systems Engineering. In addition, there are three fields from the Research Institute for Applied Mechanics. The academic fields in Aeronautics and Astronautics have the noteworthy characteristics of synthetic integrity, an understanding of engineering theories based on mathematics and dynamics and realization based on natural science and scientific methodology. Education in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics pertains to these academic fields and has been successful in producing highly-capable, highly-committed, highly-specialized engineers and researchers in the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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Graduate School of Design

  • Doctoral Program of Human Science International Course

Launched in 2010

The Human Science Program aims to provide insight into human physiological and psychological characteristics to design an eco-friendly living environment in which we can comfortably interact with products, systems and equipment. Scientific measurement, engineering and computer-related techniques are studied to assess human physiology, perception and information processing. Students are trained to apply this knowledge to creative design, with an emphasis on design that improves the daily lives of populations with special needs, such as children, women during pregnancy, people with physical or mental disabilities, and the ever-growing population of elderly people. The Human Science Program is taught at Kyushu University’s Ohashi campus, which houses excellent, high-tech research facilities – an ideal environment for students seeking career paths as design professionals in the engineering, development, research or marketing industry, as well as academia.

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Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering

  • International Doctoral Program in Information Science and Electrical Engineering

Launched in 2011

The aim of this program is to provide a platform for international students seeking the knowledge and skills required for electronic engineering. Our approach is decidedly interdisciplinary, drawing freely on developments in information science and electrical engineering. The subjects students can focus on include VLSI engineering, radio frequency (RF) integrated circuit design, wireless communication systems and networks, and microwave engineering. We take pride in our individualized approach to education, establishing an advisory committee for each student made up of our faculty members and renowned experts from private firms, other universities, etc. The advisory committee, in consultation with the student, designs a curriculum in accordance with his/her research focus, regularly checks his/her progress, and offers guidance and supervision. The committee also offers advice on possible career paths in industry, research institutes and academia.

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Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences

  • International Master's Program in Applied Science for Electronics and Materials
  • International Master's Program in Molecular and Material Sciences
  • International Master's Program in Advanced Energy Engineering Science
  • International Master's Program in Energy and Environmental Engineering
  • International Master's Program in Earth System Science and Technology
  • Intellectual Exchange and Innovation Program (Ph.Ds)

Launched in 1999

These Programs, made possible through the collaboration of our five Departments – Applied Science for Electronics and Materials, Molecular and Material Sciences, Advanced Energy Engineering Science, Energy and Environmental Engineering, and Earth System Science and Technology – are specially designed for international students who wish to acquire an in-depth knowledge of symbiotic technology, and provides them with the know-how to further their ability to explore and resolve the world’s pressing energy and environmental problems. Students in the program are able to take advantage of the close guidance of a team of supervisors, along with state-of-the-art research facilities. Students also benefit from the opportunities we provide for direct communication and substantial collaborations with other research entities, both domestic and overseas, and a network of researchers, students, alumni and professors in Japan and abroad.

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Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences

  • International Development Research Course (M.Sc)
  • International Development Research Course (Ph.D.)

Launched in 1994

These Courses -first introduced in 1994- are among the first English language programs offered by Kyushu University. We have designed the curricula to be especially suited to the needs of students from developing countries who aspire to contribute to global sustainable development. All of our five Departments offer both Master's and Doctoral Programs, except Innovative Science & Technology for Bio-industry, which admits Doctoral candidates only. Upon admission, students are assigned to one of our Departments. One of our major strengths is the range of scholarship opportunities which we offer. For candidates interested in pursuing a Master's degree, government-funded Human Resource Development scholarship (JDS) is available, and currently more than ten JDS scholars (from Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Lao-PDR) study with us. Since 2010, we have also started offering Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarships (ADB-JSP). This financial aid, together with MEXT Scholarships, should enable talented students from developing countries to have privileged access to the high quality education and research that we offer.

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Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences

  • International Master's Program in Automotive Science

Start of the Program: October 2011

  • International Doctoral Program in Automotive Science

Start of the Program: October 2012

Developing comfortable, safe cars that are also energy and resource efficient is a goal of great urgency for the car industry. Instead of just manufacturing them, however, characteristics such as their relationship with people, society, and environment must also be considered. We also need to make use of knowledge and insights from both the humanities and social sciences, and integrate all these aspects to create a new body of knowledge. The AMS is the first knowledge hub designed for this purpose in Japan, and there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Through the integration of knowledge, the AMS seeks to create a new automotive society and educate highly capable experts who are able to innovatively resolve a variety of issues involving automobiles and frontier technologies.

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