At the Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu University, we train students to make new materials or molecules that enrich human lives. In so doing, we believe it is essential to make society safer, more secure, and sustainable.
The training for this goal follows a relevant bachelor’s degree with a two-year master’s degree course. The principal focus of the master’s course is research conducted in one of our many world-class laboratories. In the Department of applied chemistry, there are two courses of academic study. The academic curriculum is subdivided into two broad disciplines of Functional Material Chemistry, focused on novel materials, and Molecular Biotechnology, which is focused on molecular applications. Which of these disciplines a student follows will depend on which laboratory a student joins, though some course topics are common to both. The curriculum has been designed to be flexible and allow students to study the subjects of most relevance to their research.
Following successful attainment of a master’s degree, students may enroll in a Ph.D. course. At this point, students focus solely on their research, though they may choose to take part in postgraduate academic courses of particular interest to them.
These degrees are about more than research and academic performance, however. Personal skills are also fostered to allow researchers to solve problems from new perspectives and to set their own research agendas. Our overall aim is to produce creative, responsible researchers and original, cutting-edge ideas that influence the world for the better.
Successful applicants for the master’s course will need at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in chemistry or related materials science. They will further need to pass the relevant entrance exam for either the Functional Material Chemistry or Molecular Biotechnology course. As part of the overall application process, students should also demonstrate:
(1) A knowledge of professional ethics for researchers and engineers.
(2) The motivation to study independently.
(3) The necessary learning skills to support the international community (principally, but not necessarily, English).
Successful applicants for the Ph.D. course will need a master’s degree in chemistry or a related materials science subject. In addition to the qualities required for the master's program, students should demonstrate they have the ability to independently explore topics and promote their own research activities.
In the Department of applied chemistry, we provide high-level education and research on the creation and control of new materials. Studies in this Department are based on the chemistry-based understanding of materials at the atomic and molecular levels. Students will be provided with a fulfilling education, which fosters the ability to make proposals and creativity to solve problems while accumulating a wide range of knowledge beyond specialized fields for cutting-edge basic research and technology development. Thus, we develop researchers and engineers who can contribute to the science and happiness of human society.