Graduate School Outline


 The Graduate School of Science and Engineering builds on this country’s achievements in science and technology and forms the core of Kagoshima University’s postgraduate education. As such, we offer two programs: The Master’s Program gives students a more specialized education than the one they received during undergraduate study. The Doctoral Program offers cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive education and research opportunities that encourages innovation. We push the boundaries of engineering and science, fusing the two branches together to develop human resources who can compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world and form the foundation of this country’s competitive advantage.

 In other words, we nurture capable people with basic proficiency in natural science and engineering who can apply their capabilities in a wide range of fields at the same time. Professionals, who understand the necessity of scientific creation, will act proactively, see things from a long-term and comprehensive point of view, and professionals who will put theory into practice.

Educational Objective

 The philosophy of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering is to develop truth-loving, highly ethical, self-motivated individuals who can meet challenges and contribute to the development of the regional and international community through the creation of an education and research system and framework that responds to the demands of the times. In order to live up to this philosophy, we have set ourselves the objective of developing capable people who study and teach the most recent academic theories and findings in the fields of science and engineering. From foundational to practical application, we delve deeply into scientific inquiry and contribute to the development of human civilization. In order to achieve this objective, one further objective is necessary: To cultivate engineers, researchers, and highly specialized, next-generation professionals who possess the sound ethical judgment necessary to confront contemporary issues, who have comprehensive knowledge about the environment, and who can respond extensively and flexibly to the advancement and diversification of natural science.

Research Objective

 Based on our educational philosophy, our objective is to engage ourselves in research whose outcome helps us respond widely and flexibly to the advancement and diversification in the science and engineering fields, ushers in next-generation technology, provides us with advanced and comprehensive knowledge about the nature around us, and nurtures moral standards in students’minds so that they can cope effectively with contemporary issues.

As an educational institution, we train engineers who possess an international point of view and can create new technology that supports a wide range of natural science. Thus, we have the responsibility to conduct research and education in ways that will instill broader outlooks and problem-solving capabilities in students and to engage ourselves in the kinds of research activities that contribute to the development of technology. The following are descriptions of research activities the Graduate School of Science and Engineering puts into practice in accordance with our educational objectives.

  • Research to produce scientific and technological benefits that make the world a happier and better place for mankind.
  • Advanced research in order to use science and technology to support a knowledge-based society in many different ways.
  • Research to develop understanding about the necessity of scientific creation in natural science and to contribute to the solution of problems arising from a rapidly changing society.
  • Research conducted with high moral standards that allow the local community, the international community, and the nature around us to coexist and prosper together.

Admission Policy

○Master’s Courses


  •  A) Those who share the philosophy of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering and possess the enthusiasm to put that philosophy into practice, those who have basic scholastic ability, those who think in a scientific and rational manner, and those who can communicate effectively.
  •  B) Those who possess an intensely inquiring mind, are keenly interested in science and engineering issues, and will spare no effort in overcoming challenges.
  •  C) Those who are intent on acquiring the skills needed to plan a multifaceted scientific observation program and to conduct logical analysis with results to analyze a wide variety of phenomena in the science and engineering fields.
  •  D) Those who have the desire to apply the specialized knowledge acquired here for the betterment of the local and the international communities, who embrace diverse cultures and values, and those who possess high moral standards.


 2. Prerequisite Knowledge

 The successful candidate will have expert knowledge/skills in his/her science or engineering specialty and a good knowledge of and/or fluency in English or another foreign language.


 Selection Process [General Selection]

 Oral Examination: In addition to an interview, which includes an oral examination, the criteria include school records and statement of purpose.It is also important that the candidate has sufficient knowledge/skills in their specialization and the aptitude/motivation necessary to become the kind of researcher who can meet our Educational Goal.

 Written Examination: The candidate must also take a written examination in their specialization [the questions are from the candidate’s specialization in science or engineering] and English as these are necessary criteris for the candidate to meet the Educational Goal.The candidate also has to be interviewed. Other criteria include school records, the level of knowledge/skills in his/her specialization, reading comprehension [English] and aptitude/motivation.


○Doctoral Course

 1. Qualities

 The candidate

  •  A) shares the principle of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, has the basic ability and motivation to realize it, thinks logically and rationally, and has good communicative skills.
  •  B) is deeply interested in different issues in science and engineering, sparing no effort in grappling with a variety of problems who has a strong inquiring spirit.
  •  C) is willing to sharpen their skills, formulating scientific and multi-dimensional execution plans and analyzing their results logically in order to clarify different phenomena in science and engineering.
  •  D) appreciates the different values and cultures of the world, has high ethical standards and is keen to use the expertise acquired at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering to make contributions to local and global communities.
  •  E) is willing to become a scholar or highly qualified professional in science or engineering and is eager to take on the responsibilities of leadership.


 2. Prerequisite Knowledge

 The successful candidate will have advanced expert knowledge/skills in science and engineering, and advanced knowledge/fluency in a foreign language [English].


 Selection Process [General Selection]

 The selection criteria include the results of an oral examination, school records, master’s thesis and research proposal, and advanced knowledge/skills and aptitude/motivation in the specialization. These skills are necessary for the candidate to become the kind of researcher who can meet the Educational Goal.