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Admissions Policy for the Graduate School of Engineering

(1) Diploma Policy
It is the mission of the engineering discipline to attempt to bridge science and technology, and to realize mankind's aspirations for a more prosperous social life. The Graduate School of Engineering thus pursues education and research with the aim of helping to create a sustainable society, and ensuring the further development of mankind, by cultivating human resources with advanced expertise, a broad range of knowledge, and a global perspective. Under Osaka University's motto "Live Locally, Grow Globally," we are committed to developing human resources who can be leaders in promoting science and technology in the broadest sense of the term. Ranging from collaboration with local industry to the pursuing of the world's most advanced technology and the exploration of frontier fields of engineering, our ideal is to cultivate leaders who can ultimately recompense the fruits of their research to society at large.

(2) Curriculum Policy
In addition to the curriculums offered by individual specialty Divisions/Departments, which aim at endowing students with advanced technical knowledge in their respective areas of specialization, our graduate school offers interdisciplinary education programs called the "Graduate Minor Program" and the "Graduate Program for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies," which are aimed at helping graduate students acquire a broad education and the ability to see things from more than one viewpoint, while at the same time attaining specialized knowledge in new fields.
Following Osaka University's academic tradition of encouraging free and creative research, we continue to produce many research results of high worldwide acclaim. With such world-leading research as our educational base, our highly qualified faculty members, in collaboration with experts from relevant research institutes both within and without the university, provide extensive education and research opportunities, and are dedicated to fostering researchers and engineers with cutting-edge knowledge and creativity.

(3) Admission Policy
In addition to advanced knowledge and practical skills in their specialized areas, researchers and engineers who aspire to become social leaders must possess the energy and frontier spirit required in breaking new ground in prospective industries; these future leaders must have unique perceptions, a broad range of knowledge, and creativity, so that they may reach beyond the existing engineering framework. The Graduate School of Engineering thus seeks domestic and international applicants who possess the enthusiasm and eagerness to contribute to the development of science and technology through the exertion of their talents, and to recompense the benefits thereof to the international community.

(4) Entrance Examination Outline
The Graduate School of Engineering is looking for highly motivated applicants who possess advanced knowledge in their specialized areas, who have a global perspective, and who are able to act in an ethical and socially responsible manner. To that end, we conduct a general entrance examination consisting of a written examination and an oral examination (interview). Additionally, in order to accept students with superior research capability from both Japan and abroad, and to foster excellent researchers and engineers, we also have a special student selection system by recommendation for the Master's Course, and a special selection system for international applicants.

Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology

The 21st century is often referred to as the "Century of Life." The Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology is a new major which synthesizes the resources of the natural sciences at large – physics, chemistry, and biology – in order to unravel the sophisticated functions of life at the atomic and molecular levels, and to apply the knowledge thereof to cutting-edge engineering. It is an area that aims to establish a completely new system of scientific technology by integrating the resources of engineering with those of physics, chemistry, and biology.

The Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology consists of two courses: the Material and Life Science Course and the Biotechnology Course. The Material and Life Science Course conducts research and education activities with the aim of combining the studies of physics and chemistry, which deal with materials, with the study of biology, which deals with life, and applying them to advanced engineering. The Biotechnology Course analyzes the diverse functions of living matter; and utilizes those features in the development of advanced biotechnology such that can be expanded through engineered methods to the end of producing useful materials, as well as of preserving and re-creating the global environment. The Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology as a whole aims at providing research and educational opportunities such that the two courses supplement each other, while at the same time taking advantage of their respective uniqueness. We also promote, through close collaboration with the Department of Bioinformatic Engineering at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and the Division of Biological and Molecular Sciences at the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (I.S.I.R), education and research that integrates the newest information science and nano-biotechnology into advanced biotechnology. Another major feature of the Division is that we work in cooperation with the globally renowned International Center for Biotechnology (IC Biotech) in order to provide education aimed at developing a global perspective at an early age, so as to enable our students to pursue international cooperation via biotechnology.

There is no doubt that bioscience – the youngest and most rapidly progressing area among the natural sciences – will continue to make drastic advancements far beyond our imagination. The Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology seeks applicants who have the dream and enthusiasm of applying such progress in bioscience to advanced engineering and advanced biotechnology. We seek those who aspire to become researchers and/or engineers with novel scientific minds that transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines and research; we seek those who sympathize with the Division's educational and research ideals and are willing to strive aggressively to pioneer new fields of research.

Division of Applied Chemistry

The Division of Applied Chemistry consists of the Molecular Chemistry Course and the Materials Chemistry Course. The Molecular Chemistry Course focuses on the design and composition of new molecules, the development of new routes of synthesis, and the sophistication of molecules. The Materials Chemistry Course deals with the development of new functional materials, the design and composition of materials that express new functions, and the structural-chemical explanation of functions. The two courses mutually cooperate in promoting, at the global level, the establishment of new methods for the transformation of matter such that may serve as new foundations for both further scientific research and industrial utilization; the development of new energy technology; the exploitation of environmental technology to promote reuse, recycling, and the advanced use of resources; and the development of new drugs and biotechnology-based medical products. Modern society is becoming increasingly reliant on cutting-edge technologies. Thus, fixing our eyes on social expectations and demands concerning chemistry, we focus our education and research on fostering human resources who are capable of displaying rich creativity and originality, and of establishing new bedrocks for science and technology for the coming generation. During the Master's Course, we offer a curriculum that will enable students to acquire extensive knowledge on chemistry through lectures and research activities. In addition to lectures by faculty members in the Division, students may attend lectures held by the Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology (Course of Material and Life Science), and also special lectures by external lecturers. Through these lectures, students are given access to firsthand knowledge from leading researchers on the basics of chemistry and advanced technologies in the field. Research activities under the instruction of academic advisors are conducted under an environment that will allow students to plan and pursue new projects at will rather than just handle assignments. During the Doctor's Course, each student is required to pursue his/her own research topic, by which we aim at nurturing human resources who possess the basic academic proficiency and leadership necessary to play an active role in many fields of society. In support of this effort, we offer many educational programs aimed at developing necessary skills, such as an advanced studies seminar of non-major fields, a seminar on planning advanced research projects, and a seminar on delivering better presentations.

Lastly, the Division of Applied Chemistry seeks motivated students who wish to dig deeply into chemistry, explore new academic fields with vigor, and contrive new chemical technologies based on original ideas such that may contribute to the further development of the global community.

Division of Precision Science & Technology and Applied Physics

The Division of Precision Science & Technology and Applied Physics aims, utilizing the resources of physics, to explain, control, and apply various natural phenomena at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels; and thereby to explore new areas of advanced production and leading engineering disciplines. Our ultimate goal is to foster human resources who will contribute to the creation of a prosperous society. To this end, the Division offers two courses: the Precision Science & Technology Course, and the Applied Physics Course.

At the Precision Science & Technology Course, we attempt to exploit, in line with physics, the "precision" of natural phenomena to the utmost limit, and to thereby establish highly creative, highly advanced "manufacturing" technologies. We are thus seeking applicants who have the following qualities:


Students who have a strong interest and passion in "manufacturing" at the atomic level


Students who have a strong interest and motivation in studying the following fields: functional materials, membrane and surface science, semiconductor devices, scientific hardware systems, ultra-precision machining, atomically controlled processes, quantum measurement and instrumentation, computational physics, and nuclear production technologies


Students who have an interest in the links among human society, nature, and technology, as well as in the demands of industries; and who are aspiring to explore novel technologies and new business opportunities, or to play an active role in broad fields of science and technology

The Applied Physics Course offers education in both the fundamentals and applications of physics-based technology. Our aim is to pioneer new fields of integrated science and technology that will lead to the formation of industrial foundations for the next generation. We are thus seeking applicants who have the following qualities:


Students who have a deep interest in both the fundamental theories of engineering and the advanced application thereof


Students who have a strong interest and passion in the following: explicating the basic properties of materials; creating new materials and performing property predictions; developing new measuring techniques; and studying broad fields of integrated science and technology such as nanotechnology, photon technology, and biomedical engineering


Students who aspire to discover new issues that have a bearing on the future of mankind, and to take up challenges with resolution in order to contribute to the development of new academic fields, industries, and unique technologies

Department of Adaptive Machine Systems

The Department of Adaptive Machine Systems offers an advanced education program aimed at fostering human resources who can take the lead in interdisciplinary research such that would lead to the further development of engineering. Engineering systems evolve via the constant integration and differentiation of diverse areas. Amid this cycle, our mission is to conduct cutting-edge research and education activities such that would contribute to the development of new fields of research.

Interdisciplinary research consists of three important aspects: conceptual design and the contrivance of new technological ideas, the research and development of those technologies, and empirical research in the real world. Focusing on these three aspects, the Department conducts research and development of technologies related to designing, materials, processing, devices, machines, system control, robots, intelligence, and manufacturing.

In terms of education, we were one of the first to introduce the new and globally acknowledged PBL (Project-Based Learning) educational program (an educational program based on projects for small numbers of people). In our PBL education program, students acquire, by actually participating in product development at companies, various skills such as the problem-finding skills necessary in detecting social needs, synthetic skills, creative problem setting/solving capabilities, teamwork ability, and global leadership skills. We thus play a leading role in engineering education in Japan, concentrating on the cultivation of human resources who can develop new fields of engineering.

Following these educational policies and ideals, the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems seeks students who have the potential and motivation not only of absorbing the fundamentals of engineering, such as mechanical engineering, material engineering, and industrial engineering, but also of pioneering, by making the best use of their expertise, new fields of engineering. We have admitted many students from other departments and universities through both recommendation and the general admission procedures, and we continue to seek, by way of these methods, qualified Japanese and international applicants.

Division of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is an academic discipline aimed at developing technologies that will make our lives safer and more comfortable. We deal with a wide array of machines and devices, such as microsystems, information equipment, home appliances, robots, automobiles, aircrafts, satellites, and large-scale plants. Such technologies are essential in overcoming the challenges in manufacturing, which are becoming increasingly complicated due to energy and environmental restrictions as well as ecological considerations.

Rather than merely focusing on machines in the narrow sense of the term, the Division of Mechanical Engineering takes a multidisciplinary and synthetic approach to various systems, in order to attain a basic understanding of their mutual interaction as well as their individual principles. Our objective is to nurture engineers and researchers who are capable of producing new theories and knowledge such that will make possible the design and development of innovative mechanical systems. During the Master's Course, we offer, in addition to research guidance, specialized subject courses which selectively deal with cutting-edge knowledge in respective fields, as well as courses in mathematics and dynamics. These courses are designed to provide a firm basis for advanced learning. There are also project courses offered in collaboration with the business community with the aim of nurturing synthetic and conceptual skills. During the Doctor's Course, we provide, in addition to research guidance, course work aimed at fostering qualified senior researchers who excel in planning, management, and guidance. Through this curriculum, we aim at nurturing human resources who can take initiative in producing new values, and contribute to the advancement of a sustainable society.

Following these policies, the Division of Mechanical Engineering seeks applicants possessing the following qualities:


Students who have sufficient academic proficiency in the basic subjects of mathematics, dynamics, and language; and in mechanical engineering or related specialized fields


Students who have the aspiration and aptitude of becoming engineers/researchers with extensive specialized knowledge and rich creativity, and of thereby contributing to society


Students who have a sense of morality, abilities in planning and execution, and wish to become leaders in their respective fields

We look forward to those willing to take up the challenge of becoming globally active engineers/researchers in the frontiers of science and technology. For details, please visit our website:

Division of Mechanical Engineering 

Division of Materials and Manufacturing Science

In today's world it is necessary to realize a sustainable recycling-based society such that will provide its members with safety and happiness, and will allow them to live an affluent yet environment-friendly life. To this end, it is incumbent upon us to develop advanced materials and systematic manufacturing processes for high-end products such that will support today's key industries. These include transportation equipment such as cars, trains, vessels, and airplanes; infrastructures such as buildings, bridges, and plants; and electronic products such as computers, mobile information terminals, and internet equipment. Since materials are transformed, by going through the various manufacturing processes, from raw substances to industrial and daily-use products, it is important to grasp the engineering process as a single flow.

Following an education/research policy that integrates the material sciences and manufacturing sciences, the Division of Materials and Manufacturing Science offers a systematic education in the basic properties of materials, function expression mechanisms, the processing and manufacturing procedures of materials, structure design and assessment, and the systemization thereof. The Division aims at fostering engineers and scientists who can integrate naturally the "flow of things" with the "flow of information," and thereby grasp the entire engineering process from a broad perspective.

The Division of Materials and Manufacturing Science consists of the following two courses:
< Materials Science and Engineering Course >

The Materials Science and Engineering Course offers education and research in wide areas of materials science and applied areas, with a focus on the basic properties of materials, the explication of function expression, the manufacturing process and advanced design of materials, and material engineering pertaining to the recycling of energy and resources.

< Manufacturing Science Course >

The Manufacturing Science Course offers education in the effective utilization of material properties, with a focus on the processing of materials, structure design and assessment, and integrated production systems.

The Division seeks applicants who are interested not only in material science, but also in the manufacturing process and the systemization thereof.

Division of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering

(1) Diploma Policy
Our mission at the Division of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering is to become a global leader in cutting-edge original research in a wide range of areas such as IT electronics, ubiquitous networking, nanotechnology, and electric power/energy. Our educational goal is to foster, by promoting research in these areas, researchers and engineers who can contribute, at a global level, to the future of human society. The Division also actively participates in industry-government-academia collaboration, with the aim of channeling to industries the "knowledge" produced at the university; and thereby developing technologies of direct social utility. Furthermore, by transgressing the boundaries of traditional academic research, we aim at pioneering interdisciplinary fields and developing new areas of technology. Through these educational and research activities, we seek to establish a safe and secure society, and an affluent, prosperous, sustainable, and human-friendly world.

(2) Curriculum Policy
The Division of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering provides a comprehensive, highly advanced, and extremely precise education dealing with basic graduate-level subjects, including quantum electronics, electrical and electronic materials, electronic physics, communication theory, network engineering, system theory, power electronics, plasma physics, and a full line of applied area subjects.

The Systems, Control, and Power Engineering Course offers education and research opportunities in the analysis and planning of earth-friendly electrical and energy systems, distributed autonomous systems, and large-scale complex systems. The Advanced Electromagnetic Energy Engineering Course offers education and research in the development of new energy sources (such as nuclear fusion), extreme materials, resources, and devices, which employ laser and plasma technologies. The Information and Communications Technology Course focuses on optical communications, wireless communication, and multimedia information networking; and offers education and research opportunities in both hardware and software, ranging from basic theories to cutting-edge applications. The Quantum Electronic Device Engineering Course focuses on nano-science, and provides education and research opportunities in subjects ranging from electrons, photons, and atoms to integrated circuits and brains.

(3) Admission Policy
We are seeking students, researchers, and engineers with a high level of basic academic proficiency, regardless of specialty; as well as students with a basic knowledge of electrical, electronic, and information engineering. Applicants should possess the following qualities:
・Those who have ambitions as engineers or researchers and wish to contribute to society through electrical, electronic, and information engineering
・Those interested in natural phenomena and who wish to take on the challenges of creative and advanced research
・Those eager to show initiative as researchers or engineers toward resolving, in an ethical and socially responsible manner, problems confronting humankind
・Those with a global perspective and the desire to play an active role in the international scene

(4) Entrance Examination Outline
For the Master's Course, applicants are required to undertake a written examination that tests their general knowledge in basic electrical, electronic, and information engineering subjects, as well as their basic academic abilities in specialized subjects relevant to individual courses. We offer many elective subjects so as to secure a wide range of excellent human resources from both within and without the university. We also hold a special entrance examination for recommended applicants, so as to admit undergraduate students with outstanding academic results into the Master's Course. For the Doctor's Course, we are actively accepting employed people, as well as students who have earned a Master's degree.

Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering

The most serious problems that the human race faces this century are the issues concerning environment, energy, and resources. The Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering carries out research in a diverse range of related fields to the end of coping with these problems in a systematic and synthetic manner, and offers education aimed at cultivating human resources capable of taking up the task. Our graduate program seeks open-minded students and employed people who wish to take up these challenges for the first time, as well as students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in fields pertaining to energy and the environment. As for the lectures in the Master's Course, we offer a unique double-major education system in which students select two majors from among various programs (Environmental Systems, Sustainable Environmental Design, Circulatory Materials and Resources, Sustainable Energy, and Quantum Energy), each of which consists of several courses. On the other hand, research guidance in the Master's and Doctor's Courses will deepen students' knowledge in their specialized fields, and will provide them with advanced research developing skills, through participation in cutting-edge research topics in their respective laboratories.

The Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering seeks applicants with the following qualities:
(1) Those who take a deep interest in the sustainability of the global environment, the preservation of natural environments, the development of a recycling-based society, urban and regional development/preservation, and the development of energy sources
(2) Those who have the flexibility and motivation to not only establish themselves in their field of specialization but also explore problem-solving methods beyond these fields, and who are capable of assuming responsibility towards resolution
(3) Those who have the ability to think and act proactively, the ability to cooperate, and who are able to exert a sense of leadership on the international scene as well as in Japan
(4) Those who are able to think logically and flexibly, and who possess sensitivity and a spirit of inquiry in issues concerning mankind and nature

Division of Global Architecture

In order for the human race to pass on a healthy global environment and develop in a sustainable manner, it is important to create and maintain, by applying accumulated scientific and technological expertise in an effective and cautious manner, a convenient, comfortable, and safe milieu. To this end, the various physical and social infrastructures which form the bedrock for human activities should not be self-contained. Rather, they should be designed as a highly integrated system within which each infrastructure is linked closely with one another, and should be utilized as a network. Japan, being an oceanic state surrounded in all directions by the sea, is expected to further contribute to the global society through the development of maritime transportation as well as marine and submarine resources.

In light of these ideals, the Division of Global Architecture seeks applicants who have the motivation to acquire both the overall basic knowledge and specialized expertise necessary in the preservation of natural environments; the development of a recycling-based society; urban and regional development; and the design, maintenance, preservation, and revitalization of structures and networks that comprise the environment in which we live, such as ships, buildings, roads, and ports. Students should have the ability to think and act proactively, a flexible mind, fine sensibility, strong communication ability, and a profound insight into nature.

The faculty members at the Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Course aim to provide world-class education and research such as to enable our students to develop ocean-related sciences and technologies from a global perspective; and to design, develop, and implement artificial products at sea with clear perceptions of effectiveness and safety. Because naval architecture and ocean engineering is a field that involves vessels and marine resources that cross national borders, we focus on nurturing engineers and researchers who can work in the global arena, by offering education and research in cooperation with the International Course of Maritime and Urban Engineering as well as a comprehensive educational program in maritime policies, transportation, and related areas.

In the Civil Engineering Course, students study and research technologies aimed at contributing to the development and preservation of social infrastructures that protect people and society from the threats of disaster and environmental change; and at maintaining a safe, secure, and comfortable society as well as a smooth economic environment. The goal of this Course is to create a country in harmony with the environment and to preserve the land. Students will conduct cutting-edge research and receive high-level education in the design, planning, and know-how of systems fundamental to society, such as lifelines and structures related to disaster prevention, urban and regional transportation systems, and environmental preservation/restoration systems.

Because architecture and cities have a highly public nature and are closely integrated into our lives, they should be understood from a broad perspective that takes not only the resources of the natural sciences and engineering, but also those of the humanities and social sciences into consideration. The Architectural Engineering Course provides research opportunities in collaboration with the community, aiming to achieve safety and security against storms, earthquakes, and other natural disturbances of urban life, and to develop comfortable and beautiful architectural and urban designs that support a healthy and cultural community. We also provide education in architectural/urban planning, know-how, and design, in hopes of passing research results on to the next generation.

Department of Management of Industry and Technology

The Department of Management of Industry and Technology aims at nurturing human resources who can contribute to the development of a sustainable society, by shifting from the present mass production/mass consumption producer-oriented manufacturing system towards a more consumer-oriented model by which we can provide a solution to pressing issues comprising the manufacturing process. We deal with a wide array of goods and services, from material goods that pertain directly to our everyday lives, to urban and regional environments as a whole. Our goal is to establish a new system of technology in line with the know-how of both developers and users, and which thereby embodies a diverse profusion of intellectual capital. To this end, in addition to the conventional, vertically divided engineering education programs that focus intensively on specific technical subjects, we collaborate with the Graduate School of Economics and other Divisions/Departments of the Graduate School of Engineering to provide education in inter-field integration and collaboration of technologies, and in intellectual property, such as managerial strategy development and patents. We also teach new ways of thinking and new forms of management aimed at utilizing the resources of engineering in the real world. For example, we offer programs on technology integration theory, intellectual capital and society, technology design theory, technical knowledge management theory, communication theory, urban and regional restoration, and intellectual property. Students may also attend lectures given by the Graduate School of Economics such as those on organization management and accounting. Through collaboration with industry and project research in small groups, we also offer the On-the-Job Education (OJE) program, in which students can actually experience technological developments in real world settings. Once assigned to a laboratory, students spend two years on a specific research thesis and thereby acquire the skills necessary to think and act with a sense of acuteness. After earning a Master's Degree in engineering, students have the option to advance to the MOT Course at the Graduate School of Economics to earn an MBA (Master of Business Administration) in one year, resulting in a double major Master's degree in a total of three years. The Department of Management of Industry and Technology seeks applicants who are capable of making the best use of engineering resources in the development of society and the economy, and who aspire to become leaders in R&D and business planning, entrepreneurs, opinion leaders, and policy makers.

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