Study in Kobe

Degree Awarding Policy of the Graduate School of Science

Master's Program

The educational and research objective of Graduate School of Science, Kobe University is to contribute to the formation of the social intellectual infrastructure by deepening understanding of nature through the study of various fundamental areas in natural science.

The Graduate School of Science consists of five departments: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Planetology. In the Master's Program, each department sets its own educational and research goals, to nurture creative individuals who have extensive knowledge in their respective fields of specialty, and to promote their development of problem-solving skills and an interdisciplinary perspective.

In view of these goals for education/research as well as the university-wide degree conferral policy, the Graduate School of Science has formulated the following requirements to be met by students to complete the program and receive a degree.

  • Students shall study in the Master's Program for two years or more and earn the required number of credits from among the subjects specified by each department. Also, after receiving the required research guidance, students shall make presentations at a research progress presentation meeting, and pass the master's degree thesis review and the final examination. However, students who have achieved outstanding results are eligible to complete the Master's Program after attending the program for at least one year.
  • The Graduate School of Science awards master's degrees to students who have successfully completed the curriculum of the Master's Program.

The educational and research objectives of each department and the applicable rules of the Graduate School of Science are described in the Student Handbook published in the year of enrollment.

Doctoral Program

The educational and research objective of Graduate School of Science, Kobe University is to contribute to the formation of the social intellectual infrastructure by deepening understanding of nature through the study of various fundamental areas in natural science.

The Graduate School of Science consists of five departments: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Planetology. In the Doctoral Program, each department sets its own educational and research goals, to nurture individuals who have extensive knowledge in their respective fields of specialty and an interdisciplinary perspective, and who combine originality and creativity.

In view of these goals for education/research as well as the Degree Awarding policy of Kobe University, the Graduate School of Science has formulated the following requirements to be met by students to complete the program and receive a degree.

  • Students shall study in the Doctoral Program for three years or more and earn at least the required number of credits from among the subjects specified by each department. Also, after receiving the required research guidance, students shall make presentations at research progress/result presentation meetings, and pass the doctoral degree thesis review and the final examination. Regarding the period of attendance, however, students who have achieved outstanding research results are eligible to complete the Doctoral Program after studying in the Doctoral Program for at least one year (or, at least three years in the Graduate School, including the period of the Master's Program or the equivalent program).
  • The Graduate School of Science awards doctoral degrees to students who have successfully completed the curriculum of the Doctoral Program.

The educational and research objectives of each department and the applicable rules of the Graduate School of Science are described in the Student Handbook published in the year of enrollment.