Osaka University, also known as Handai, is one of Japan’s seven national universities. Located in the heart of the Kansai Region – a region famous for Takoyaki, friendly locals, and the unique Kansai-dialect – Osaka University has 16 graduate schools and 11 undergraduate schools and houses over 25,000 students. Handai is particularly renowned for its STEM-related research and offers five English graduate programs in this field. Read on to find out how you can obtain a graduate degree, completely in English, at Osaka University!

Osaka University

As one of the seven national universities of Japan, Osaka University is highly renowned both nationally and globally as one of Japan’s top academic institutions. Founded in 1724 as Kaitokudo, an Edo-period school for the local citizens, Osaka University has roots traced back to cultivating scientific truth and creating social-culture awareness. Osaka University ranked third overall among Japanese Universities (after the University of Tokyo and the University of Kyoto) and 71st worldwide in the 2020 QS University Rankings. It also ranks rather well in the STEM field, placing fourth among Japanese Universities in Engineerings and Technology, third among Japanese Universities in Life Science and Medicine, and fourth among Japanese Universities in the Natural Sciences.

Osaka University is part of the Global 30 program – a group of 30 selected Universities throughout Japan offering English-degree programs. Continue reading to find out more about the Global 30 initiative and how you can obtain a Master’s or Doctoral Degree in English!

Global 30 Program

The Global 30 Program was established in 2009 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) in order to promote the internationalization of Japanese Universities. 30 select universities throughout Japan were chosen as candidates to develop degree-programs conducted entirely in English. Following the establishment of the Global 30 program, Osaka University started five new English-degree graduate-level courses. These will be explored below. 

A note to all readers: all five graduate courses offered at Osaka University are in the STEM field. There is, however, a humanities undergraduate program offered in English at Osaka University -> Click here to find out more!

1. Special Integrated Science Course 

The Special Integrated Science Course (SISC) is a program combining three academic disciplines: Chemistry, Biology, and Macromolecular Science. The aim of the program is to cultivate young scientists by exposing them to state-of-the-art research skills. SISC places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary knowledge and international communication skills so that students have the capability to work in a broad range of fields after graduation. 

SISC offers both a Master’s and Doctorate program. For the Master’s program, students must take a paper-based test in chemistry and/or biology, followed by an interview. For the Ph.D. program, only an interview is necessary. SISC typically admits 15 to 20 applicants each year combined between Master’s and Doctorate every year.

For more information, see the official website below: http://www.bio.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp/global30/SISC/index.html

2. International Physics Course 

Also offered by the Graduate School of Science, the International Physics Course (IPC) provides students with research opportunities in particle and nuclear physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, condensed matter, statistical and interdisciplinary physics. Students will be able to take full advantage of Osaka University’s advanced research facilities such as the largest cyclotron accelerator in Japan, along with a high-power laser and a high-energy accelerator laboratory. There are two tracks in the IPC program – the Master’s and the Doctorates program. In the M.S. course, students will join a research group to pursue supervised research on an approved subject. A total of 68 people are enrolled in the Master’s program each year. For the Ph.D. course, students will conduct independent, original research with the help of a research supervisor. Only a select number of students are chosen as Ph.D. candidates. 

For both programs, students must first pass a written examination in Physics followed by an Interview.

For more information, see the official website below: http://www.rcnp.osaka-u.ac.jp/~ipc/index.html

3. Biotechnology Global Human Resource Development Program

The Biotechnology Global Human Resource Development Program is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on a broad range of topics in Biotechnology, Life Science, and Biochemistry. The course is programmed to be five years in duration, where students would spend the first 3 years researching for their Master’s thesis, followed by another two years in order to develop and defend their Ph.D. thesis. Students will receive a Master of Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering upon completing the Master’s program and Doctoral program respectively. 

The application procedure consists of a statement of purpose, letter of recommendation, an abstract of the student’s graduation thesis, followed by an interview. 

For more information, see the official website below:
https://www-bio.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/gh_resour_prog/index.html

4. Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Course

The Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering course is another 5-year special Doctoral course (combined Master’s and Doctorate program) where students gain an in-depth understanding of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. Research topics include Ship design, Ship structural integrity, Ocean material engineering, Ocean space development, Marine mechanical system engineering, and Mathematical modeling and computation analysis. Students who have already obtained a Master’s in Engineering are allowed to enroll straight into the 3-year doctoral course. In addition to conducting numerous lab experiments, students will be able to take Free Japanese lessons. 

The application procedure consists of a statement of purpose, letter of recommendation, an abstract of the student’s graduation thesis, followed by an interview. 

For more information, see the official website below:
http://www.naoe.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/eng/index.html

5. Quantum Engineering Design Course 

The last English Graduate Course offered by Osaka University is the International Priority Graduate Program in Quantum Engineering Design (QED). The QED allows students to realize quantum engineering and design in response to global, technological and environmental issues. The program consists of a 5-year Master and Doctorate degree. Select students who have already completed a Master’s of Engineering from overseas universities will be able to apply directly into the three-year Doctorate program. 

Similar to the Biotechnology Global Human Resource Development Program and the Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Course, students are required to submit a statement of purpose, letter of recommendation, an abstract of the student’s graduation thesis, followed by an interview. The number of students to be admitted is quoted to be “a few”. 

For more information, see the official website below:
http://www.dyn.ap.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/QEDC/home.html

Conclusion 

Hopefully, you all now have a better understanding of the five Master’s and Doctorate English-degree programs offered at Osaka University! Although all programs are concentrated in the STEM field, they conduct industry-leading research in their respective fields. Therefore, if you are an aspiring scientist, there is bound to be a course that best suits your interests and passions! I encourage you all to apply and study in Osaka, one of the coolest cities in Japan!

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