Establishing theories in energy science.

Course Overview of IESC

The mission of the Graduate School of Energy Science is to equip students with the expertise to take the initiative in solving energy problems in innovative ways that contribute to global sustainable development. In order to help achieve a low carbon society, the graduate school provides postgraduate students and researchers with advanced learning and research opportunities on the development and practical utilization of new energy technology. This is backed-up with social, economic and environmental assessment of energy systems within the context of a sustainable future.

The International Energy Science Course (IESC) teaches students about energy systems from a broad, cross-disciplinary perspective, along with in-depth understanding of their own major. Energy and environmental problems are of utmost importance for our future society. Experts in energy who have both broad perspectives and strong expertise are the key to the solution. We are eager to see that those who study in the IESC contribute to building a sustainable society.

The overwhelming majority of degrees at Kyoto University have been offered in Japanese as the sole medium of instruction and so was the Master’s program at the Graduate School of Energy Science until recently. The IESC is a new offering taught in English by three departments of the GSES, which shall widen the horizon of opportunities for internationally qualified and self-motivated students with non-Japanese education backgrounds. In this course, proficiency in academic Japanese is not required. The International Energy Science Course and other English-taught degree programs have been vitally backed by the university’s initiatives for student mobility and internationalization “K.U.PROFILE” – Kyoto University Programs for Future International Leaders.

 

Master’s program

The IESC Master’s is two-year degree program which runs annually from the beginning of October. It emphasizes to provide broad-based introduction to the theory and experiments in energy science. The program is comprised of course works and dissertation. The IESC Master’s program is run by the following three departments in the Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University:

Department of Socio-Environmental Energy Science (SES)
Department of Fundamental Energy Science (FES)
Department of Energy Conversion Science (ECS)

Program title: International Energy Science Course, Master’s Program
Degree type: Master of Energy Science
Course duration: Standard two years, full-time
Instruction language: English
Enrollment: October (Cycle II)
Tuition fee: 535,800JPY per year
Other fees: Admission fee 282,000JPY; Application fee 10,000JPY
Entry requirements: Applicants must have both (1) and (2)

(1) a. A good bachelor’s or higher degree from a recognized higher education institution outside of Japan OR b. A good bachelor’s or higher degree from a university in Japan as an international student.

(2) Competitive proficiency in academic English.

Degree requirements: Minimum 45 units of credits by seminar and lectures, research and Master’s thesis under the academic adviser’s supervision.

 

Doctoral Program

The IESC doctoral provides international students and researchers who have a Master’s degree an opportunity to further their studies toward a doctoral degree. Senior faculty members in the following four departments in the Graduate School of Energy Science are available for IESC doctoral supervision:

Department of Socio-Environmental Energy Science (SES)
Department of Fundamental Energy Science (FES)
Department of Energy Conversion Science (ECS)
Department of Energy Science and Technology (EST)

Program title: International Energy Science Course, Doctoral Program
Degree type: Doctor of Energy Science
Course duration: Standard three years, full-time
Instruction language: English
Enrollment: April (Cycle I) and October (Cycle II)
Tuition fee: 535,800JPY per year
Other fees: Admission fee 282,000JPY; Application fee 10,000JPY
Entry requirements: Applicants must have both (1) and (2)

(1) a. A good master’s degree from a recognized higher education institution outside of Japan OR b. A good master’s/Bologna second-cycle degree from a university in Japan as an international student.

(2) Competitive proficiency in academic English.

Degree requirements: Minimum 4 units of credit by seminar/lecture; research and doctoral thesis under the academic adviser’s supervision.

as of April 2017.

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