Materials Science and Engineering

The objectives, philosophy and policy of educational research

Objectives in Education and Research

Materials have always played an important role in human society. In order to respond to social needs, the Materials Science and Engineering Course aims to nurture technological engineers and researchers who have the capabilities to: grasp the essence of problems; invent research methods to solve problems; and make use of specialized knowledge for actual development. The main research themes in this course are to build academic knowledge based on new scientific perspective on all the material creations, which is beyond the conventional material classification by scientifically understanding materials as well as actively using quantum mechanics and electronic theory, namely the creation of new materials and the investigation of new physical properties. In addition, to achieve this objective, this course will provide education and conduct research through the three-course system, which links the undergraduate school with the graduate school - that is, advanced materials science represented by superconducting material, material creation study using the ultimate environment representing the space environment, and nanotechnology/materials and molecular devices materials science, which will be one of the four top-priority fields within the 21st century Japan

Diploma Policy

Materials have always been playing an important role in human society. Going forward, the importance of materials in the social infrastructure technology continues to increase. In addition, along with the recent development of the advanced science field, the field of materials science and engineering is also becoming diversified and how we further enhance the high functionality of materials without creating any environmental load is considered a major issue. Materials Science and Engineering Course aims to nurture engineers and researchers who have the abilities and skills to grasp the essence of problems by responding to the needs of society and social backgrounds, to invent in research methods for problem-solving, and to utilize specialized knowledge for practical development. Setting up these educational and human resourced development goals, this course will require students to acquire the following knowledge and skills.

Students will:

  • Learn the advanced knowledge and skills of materials science and engineering, and acquire skills to appropriately select and identify problems based on an attitude to explore issues within a wide area.
  • Systematically understand the advanced level of materials science and engineering, and enhance their experiment skills regarding the research methods for measuring and processing as an ability to solve problems and issues.
  • Acquire the skills to find methods of solving social problems based on the advanced views of materials science and engineering as well as utilizing a range of insights and specialized knowledge in the actual society.
  • Understand the relationship between advanced technologies, society and the environment, and also to acquire ethical ideas including the overall contribution of materials science and engineering and flexible thinking.

Degree assessment criteria

In light of the educational philosophy of the Materials Science and Engineering Course and the human resources development goals, the degree of Master in Engineering will be conferred on candidates who have fulfilled the following criteria.

Criteria for the judgement of Master's thesis are as follows:

  1. Candidates have put all of their outcomes gained through the research guidance together to write a Master's thesis, which sufficiently meets the standard of the Master's degree in Engineering.
  2. Candidates have disseminated the contents and achievement of their Master's thesis to society by presenting it more than once through academic activities societies such as at academic societies and associations.

Curriculum Policy

The curriculum in the Materials Science and Engineering Course is positioned as an extension of the curriculum in the undergraduate education and has been specifically created to enable students on this course to acquire knowledge and experiences regarding more advanced materials science and engineering. Students in the Materials Science and Engineering Course will be able to deepen the knowledge relevant to their own research area by selecting and taking lectures, which explain basic perspectives regarding the physics and chemistry of materials, and theories etc., related to the application of materials science and engineering, as well as the ones based mainly on seminars and presentations. For the research for a Master's or Doctoral thesis, the students will be able to acquire experiences and obtain a wide view as engineers and researchers in engineering by inventing and implementing their research as well as by presenting research results.

Admission Policy

Materials have always played an important role in human society. It is one of the most important foundations in modern science and technology development to study "materials" or to pursue excellent "materials" from such a social background. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering requires the following image of students as an enrollment student.

  • Those who are sympathetic to the educational philosophy of the Materials Science and Engineering Course and motivated to improve their basic ability of natural science and social science, which is the background of Material Science and Engineering.
  • A person who has an interest in the basic theory and application development of the technology that constitutes the Material Science and Engineering, and who can show an imaginative power that is not obsessed with preconceived ideas with an inquiry and curiosity.
  • A person who have a broad understanding of the Materials Science and Engineering, and should be able to understand the conventional methods of materials creation, development, and evaluation, also should be able to pursue advanced materials engineering research.
  • A person who is interested in the relationship between humanity and materials, and who is capable of communicating and transferring conventional technologies and new knowledge about materials engineering.
  • Those who are willing to contribute to society from a global perspective, and who are willing to disseminate technology and science to society based on advanced materials engineering.