Doctoral degree course
Our interdisciplinary doctoral program is organized into four academic fields: (1) Collaborative Course in Science and Engineering, (2) Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science Course, (3) Geoscience and Geoenvironmental Science Course, and (4) Mechanical/Electronic Engineering and Information Systems Course. Prospective doctoral students apply to one of these courses. Based on their application, and with the consent of their academic adviser, the degrees of Doctor of Science, Doctor of Engineering, or Ph.D. may be awarded, after completion of the credit requirements for the course concerned.
Special financial support exempting entrance and tuition fees is available to international private-expense students *.
*: A limited number of successful international applicants are entitled to exemption from entrance and tuition fees for up to three academic years. Doctoral candidates should submit the application for exemption together with other forms required for admission. Passing an annual evaluation of progress is required for continuation of exemption for the next year.
(1) Collaborative Course in Science and Engineering
– To the frontier of interdisciplinary research and education –
"Practical" and "pragmatic" are words that describe the mission of this course. Shimane University nanotechnology projects and the collaborative educational program in science, engineering, medicine and agriculture have developed new technologies in nano-medicine and printable electronics. In addition, special steels have been developed, based on the nanotechnology inherent in traditional manufacture of Japanese swords utilizing Tatara steel. Building on these achievements, this course promotes interdisciplinary research and education in science and engineering, to supply research scientists and advanced engineers to the globalized society.
(2) Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science Course
– Basis of science: studying the natures of phenomena and materials –
In the 21st century, science and engineering are expected to elucidate natural phenomena, create new industries, and develop a new technological civilization. Both disciplines are also important for the promotion of regional industries, by developing technologies appropriate for individual regions. For such purposes, collaboration of basic and applied sciences is essential. This course promotes research and education in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, and the materials science that is based on them.
(3) Geoscience and Geoenvironmental Science Course
– What are the problems of the earth and the geoenvironment? –
We offer education and research in both scientific and engineering disciplines: earth science, resource science; disaster engineering, architecture, and materials engineering. Trans-disciplinary issues are also examined, including shortages of underground resources, degradation of the geoenvironment, and increasing impacts of natural disasters at a global level. To understand these problems, studies of historical changes and the present status of the earth environment utilize many interleaved sub-disciplines such as geology, petrology, paleontology, geochemistry, volcanology, metallography, and quantitative modelling. Development of eco-friendly materials and refinement of cyclic processing technologies are also important parts of our architectural and process-planning engineering programs. These contribute to quality of life locally, for example, a healthy and safe residential environment for the elderly, and to the coexistence of human society with the environment at a global level.
Our “Special Program for Foreign Students,” mainly for students from Asia and the trans-Pacific, provides vigorous leading-edge academic training in fields including geoscience, development and conservation of the earth resources, solutions for the earth environment, prediction and prevention of natural disasters, and the sustainable long-term evolution of our society.
(4) Mechanical/Electronic Engineering and Information Systems Course
– To generate our next ICT systems –
This course offers research and education in the disciplines of mechanics, electronics, and information systems. Basic disciplines of electronics, communication devices, computers, metrology, and control engineering, and the integration and systemization of these disciplines are indispensable elements in sustaining this rapidly evolving technology as a united body. New highly-functional materials and electronic devices that achieve, constitute and integrate various technical operations, such as transmission, receiving, computation, memorization, and transfer of signals, are now in strong demand. This course therefore spans engineering areas including ICT systems, electronic mechanical systems, integrated semiconductor devices, spin function electronics, and optoelectronics. Offering opportunities for education and research covering a wide range from fundamentals to end applications, in a perspective of real operational integration, the course aims to train talented personnel who are competent in advanced electronics technology. Students are also expected to realize a high personal level of engineering ability, and to promote local industries seeking achievable industrial needs.