Graduate School Features・Graduate School Divisions・Departments
Focus on the Graduate School
The Graduate School of Engineering aims to develop creative researchers and advanced engineers with specialized knowledge of a very high level. This graduate school was started in 1953 under the new university system as the new graduate school for Master’s and Doctoral courses. It was created as an organization for advanced education and research that further expands upon the mission of the graduate school under the old system. Initially it offered 11 degree fields: mechanical engineering, applied chemistry, fermentation engineering, metallurgy, naval architecture, electrical engineering, precision mechanics, applied physics, communication systems engineering, welding engineering, and structural engineering. In response to advances in science and technology and the demands of society, the school grew substantially and in 1993 had expanded to 22 degree fields.
The majority of these degree fields were established in connection with a department of the School of Engineering. However as one part of reforms which shifted the focus to the graduate school, a complete reorganization was carried out in 1995. This reorganization included interdisciplinary expansion of science and technologies, the construction of an education and research system for cutting-edge scientific technologies, and a shift in the focus of education from application-oriented engineering education to the development of creative research abilities and technical development abilities.
The Applied Science Division degrees (6 degrees: Material and Life Science, Molecular Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Biotechnology, Precision Science and Technology, Applied Physics) were established in 1995. The Electronic and Information Engineering Division degrees (6 degrees: Electronic, Information and Energy Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Communications Systems Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Information Systems Engineering; and Nuclear Engineering) were established in 1996. The Applied Physics Division degrees (7 degrees: Adaptive Machine Systems, Mechanophysical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Systems, Computer-Controlled Mechanical Systems, Materials Science and Processing, Materials Science and Engineering, and Manufacturing Science) were established in 1997. The Global Architecture Division degrees (5 degrees: Global Architecture, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, and Environmental Engineering) were established in 1998. A Business Engineering degree was established as a separate major field in 2004. For the purpose of creating new academic areas in order to adapt to the rapid development and diversification of science and technology and to meet the demands of society, the degree fields were reorganized in 2005 to 10 degree fields and in 2020 to the current 9 degree fields at present.
The Graduate School of Engineering carries on the free and creative research environment that is a tradition of Osaka University, and has produced a great many outstanding world-recognized research results. In order to develop top-class and highly creative researchers and engineers, research is not limited to the instructors in Graduate School of Engineering. We also welcome excellent instructors from the other departments within the university and outside the university, including from The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR), Joining and Welding Research Institute, Institute of Laser Engineering, Cybermedia Center, Research Center for Ultra-High Voltage Electron Microscopy, and other institutions to provide enthusiastic instruction and conduct active research. At present, the number of enrollees in the Graduate School of Engineering is limited to 811 persons for the Master’s course, and 184 persons for the Doctoral course. Since the launch of the new university system in 1953, a total of 30,705 persons have received Master’s degrees and 7,644 persons have received Doctoral degrees (4,690 degrees awarded by completion of the course and 2,954 degrees awarded on merit of dissertation) (as of March 2019). Together with the 47,135 graduates from the undergraduate School of Engineering (as of March 2019), these persons are playing important roles in industry, government, and academia.
The standard number of years for course completion in the graduate school is 2 years for the Master’s course and 3 years for the Doctoral course, however some exceptional students are able to complete early the course. We wholeheartedly encourage such exceptional students to enter the Graduate School of Engineering.
Department of Biotechnology has history of more than 120 years, starting from brewery and fermentation technology. Based on our advanced biotechnology, we are working on providing solution for problems in our society and industry.
In particular, through learning physics, chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, and information technology, as well as understanding biological systems at genetical and organism levels, we are performing biotechnology researches under collaboration with industrial sectors. International collaboration with Universities outside Japan has been established.
The Division of Applied Chemistry offers two core areas, consisting of sixteen research areas and five cooperative areas. This division aims at educating students to develop their ability to cultivate creativity and originality. Students are also expected to gain broad knowledge in chemistry and related fields, and novel methods of creating molecules and materials through lectures and thesis works.
The division includes two departments, Precision Engineering and Applied Physics. Fundamental and applied physics form the core of the subjects, based on the idea that an engineer who deals with advanced technology must also be a scientist who can lead the world. The division covers various and interdisciplinary fields of advanced science and technology, such as surface science and technology, nanomaterials, device physics, applied optics, first principle simulation, spectroscopy and nanobiotechnology.
Mechanical Engineering provides technologies that make our lives more convenient and safer, and contributes to such technologies as robotics, micromachinery, low-emission vehicles, aerospace engineering, structural safety, transportation, design methodology and bio/medical innovation. Department of Mechanical Engineering of Osaka University consists of the following four areas, covering the abovementioned fields: the Complex Mechanics Area, the Micromechanical Science Area, the Intelligent Machines Area and the Design and Integration Area, and is challenging to expand the cutting edge of related technologies, on basis of “Mechanics” and “Control”.
The division of Materials and Manufacturing Science offers both basic education and field leading research into the physical and chemical properties of materials, the development of new structural/smart materials, and their processing and recycling, and into advanced design/manufacturing systems that respond to various social requirements. The division fosters engineers and scientists who have a clear perception of the engineering flow, from materials development to product manufacturing.
This Division provides three departments: the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the Department of Electronic Engineering, offering six courses: Course of Electrical Engineering, Course of Information and Communications Technology, Course of Electronic Engineering, Course of Innovation Design, Course of Global Science and Engineering, and Course of Erasmus Mundus.
The Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering deals systematically and coherently with the subjects of environment deterioration and the drainage of energy and resources, which are the most important issues for human beings in this century. Our division provides two courses for graduate students: Environmental Engineering course and Nuclear Science and Energy Engineering course. We conduct research and educational activities toward resolving these global and regional issues and establishing a sustainable, recycling-based society that can harmonize with nature.
The division of Global Architecture offers graduate student programs leading to M. Eng. and Ph. D. (Eng.) degrees in the fields of naval architecture and ocean engineering, civil engineering, and architectural engineering. We seek the technology, planning and design concepts for sustainable development, national land conservation, development of marine resources and marine transportation. Research activities by the faculty have produced distinguished outcomes in the technology, planning and design of social infrastructures.
The department aims to nurture human resources who can facilitate the development of technological knowledge into a business. Extensive introduction of On-the-Job Education (OJE) exercise into the educational program fosters, management ability as well as technical skills. By the collaboration with the graduate school of economics, a special course to take double major master degrees of engineering (ME) and business administration (MBA) for 3 school years.
（Recruitment of new students has been closed）