Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Course

  • Chemical Engineering Course
  • Applied Chemistry Course
  • Materials Engineering Course

Outline of the Department

The predecessors to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering were the Department of Metallurgy and the Department of Applied Chemistry, which were established at the same time as Kyushu Imperial University in 1911. In 1997 three departments related to materials science were merged, resulting in the creation of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

We live our lives surrounded by materials. The understanding of the properties of these materials and the creation of materials with new properties can thus be seen to be tremendously important for knowledge and technologies that contribute to all aspects of human life. Materials science thus has the power to enrich people's lives.

Students at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering acquire basic scientific knowledge about all kinds of organic and inorganic materials and also learn about the latest knowledge and technologies required to create new materials. Once they have acquired the basics, students can then engage in a wide range of research and development activities, including in the areas of production processes, nano-materials, life and environmental sciences, and new energy development.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Upon entering university the first year and a half is dedicated mainly to basic courses common to all departments of the university. The remaining two and a half years are when students can acquire more advanced, specialist knowledge, through elective courses (Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, and Materials Engineering, which are selected at the end of the first year). In the fourth year students also embark upon research for their graduation thesis. After graduating, more than 80% of students progress into graduate school (masters programs and doctorates) and acquire even more specialized knowledge. Alumni of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are active in many industrial sectors, including polymers, metals, ceramics, chemical agents, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, electrics, computers and information, machinery, energy, resources, automobiles, aviation and astronautics.

The fields related to materials science are incredibly wide-ranging and varied, from materials development through to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is the gateway to this vast field of opportunity. We seek to nurture able scientists who can contribute to the future by creating new materials.
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