From Admission to Graduation / Graduate School / Careers

From Admission to Graduation

New students in the School of Engineering will study for one year at the Toyonaka Campus as they attend general education courses. During this year, many instructors from the School of Engineering are sent to Toyonaka to conduct courses which serve as an introduction to learning in the field of engineering. Students can use what they learn in these courses to decide which field and department they would like to join.

Second-year students move to the Suita Campus, where the School of Engineering is located. Beginning from this time, engineering-related courses will occupy a larger proportion of the students’ learning. Students join a department beginning from the third semester (first half of the second year). (Note: The Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering is not divided into departments.) The courses which the students choose beginning from the third semester will mostly determine the major field which they should enter. From the third year, students study more specialized courses.

When the students reach the fourth year, each student joins a research group and begins his or her graduation thesis. With guidance and advice from the instructor, in the research laboratory the students engage in research related to new themes in their areas of specialization, and organize the results into a graduation thesis. The graduation thesis is a valuable chance for students to gain their first experience with creative research, work closely with instructors and graduate school students, and discover a path for the future.

After acquiring the designated course credits and completing the graduation thesis, the students graduate and are presented with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. The number of credits which are required is approximately 130 – 140. These include approximately 50 credits of general education courses and basic engineering courses, and approximately 80 – 90 credits of specialized courses (excluding basic courses in the field).

The above is the path to ordinary graduation. There are also systems for exceptional students, including a system for advanced placement in graduate school, and a system for early graduation after three years. Both of these systems allow a student to go straight from the third undergraduate year to the graduate school, however students who take advantage of the advanced placement program withdraw from the undergraduate program after their third year and therefore do not receive a Bachelor of Engineering degree. The system for early graduation after three years has been established for the Division of Electronic and Information Engineering. This system is different from advanced placement in that the students receive the Bachelor of Engineering degree if they have acquired the required credits. Students in this system also must complete their graduation research within this limited time, and naturally face a demanding academic schedule.

Graduate School (Master’s Course)
Graduate School (Doctoral Course)

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Graduate School

The graduate school entrance examination is held at the end of August. At this time, students may choose whatever field they would like to major in. However the students must have acquired the necessary basic specialized academic skills to enter that field. In order to open the doors to a broader range of students, many major fields utilize a variety of test sections and allow the students to select the ones to answer. Some major fields also use a system of recommended admission for students with outstanding academic records. In particular as described before, outstanding students can graduate and advance to graduate school after three years.

The years required to complete a graduate school course are two years for the Master’s course and three years for the Doctoral course. However there are ways to complete the Master’s course in one year and the Doctoral course in two years, or to complete the Master’s course in two years and the Doctoral course in one year or more, allowing exceptional students a way to extend their abilities without waiting. By taking the school’s shortest course, it is possible to obtain a Doctoral degree at the age of 24.

At present, about 85% of the students in the Osaka University School of Engineering advance to graduate school, Where they acquire more advanced knowledge and engage in dynamic and creative research activities. Many graduate school students are active in presenting at and attending international conferences.

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Primary Career Paths taken by Graduates (including employment after graduate school) The career paths of School of Engineering graduates are diverse, including those who advance to graduate school, who are employed in businesses, by the government, and by junior and senior high schools.
The percentage of total graduates from the School of Engineering who advance to graduate school is approximately 85%, though this number varies somewhat yearly and depends on the division the students’ have enrolled in.
The School of Engineering receives recruiting offers from approximately 2,000 companies each year, and, among all students who apply, approximately 97% are employed. The graphs below show the career paths of Master’s degree graduates for the past three years.