Outline of Study at the Graduate School of Systems Information Science (First semester/Second semester)
The postgraduate course offers the opportunity to acquire specialized skills through extended study and research. Our students study Information Engineering, Complex Systems Science, Cognitive Science and Design from various perspectives and at a high level of expertise that subsequently develops their ability to succeed as researchers or as entrepreneurs.
The Systems and Information Science Course offers both a Master’s Degree Course and a Doctoral Degree (PhD) Course. Our study and research environment assists students to develop highly specialized skills over five years of endeavor in their chosen areas, which can be in Media Architecture, Advanced ICT, Media Design, Complex Information Science, Intelligent information Science, or in interdisciplinary fields.
A special feature of our courses is the organic cooperation between faculty and researchers beyond their respective fields of study. Students have the opportunity to study under the guidance of highly qualified professors who are involved in innovative projects in cooperation with industries and communities in and outside Japan.
Master’s Degree Course
In the Master’s Degree Course students receive a high level of education in their major subject, along with research guidance in the five fields of research established at the university. Specific lectures are offered in each field, but students are not restricted to study only in their primary research fields, and are encouraged to choose lectures in diverse areas. Further, it is possible for an internship activity whose primary object is research to be credited towards a Degree.
Our Graduate School education features a ‘Research Guidance’ subject in which students study one given subject collectively in a small group whilst individually pursuing their main research themes in Systems Information Science. In the study of a given subject, students master practical methods of research and development under the guidance of their professor, and give group presentations. They also receive fundamental basic training on research methods. For their concurrent Master’s thesis research, students receive extended guidance and regular feedback.
Doctoral Degree Course (PhD)
In the Doctoral Degree course (PhD), the aim is to train independent-minded engineers who can demonstrate leadership and create high-level information systems. These engineers go on to promote research and development in their new research field of expertise.
Seminars are held on subjects selected by students, with the purpose of assisting them in mastering research techniques. Research methods and implementations are monitored, with students being encouraged to think judiciously when conducting experiments to test and find solutions to problems.
Special Research in Systems Information Science
Each PhD student receives comprehensive personal guidance. Students are advised on how to set up the theme of their research, how to proceed, how to make a research plan, how to become skilled in self-evaluation and how to make a detailed presentation at an academic conference. The aim is to produce talented researchers with the skills and knowledge to demonstrate real ability in research and development, and with the self-awareness to display independent thinking.