### Requirements for Awarding Degrees

(1) Must satisfy the Decision Criteria for Awarding Degrees and Evaluation Standards for Degree Theses of the Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering of Hiroshima University

(2) For doctoral degrees earned by completing courses, must be enrolled for at least the period designated for the completion of the courses, earn the required credits, receive research guidance, submit a doctoral thesis, and pass the thesis screening and the final examination

(3) For doctoral degrees earned mainly by writing a thesis, must submit a doctoral thesis and pass the thesis screening and the final examination

(4) A degree applicant must submit a doctoral thesis of single authorship newly written to apply for an academic degree, and the main part of the thesis needs to have been published as a peer-reviewed thesis or to have been decided to be published as such. The criteria of such publication shall be set by each diploma program.

Student doctoral candidates whose research achievements are recognized by the Graduate School Council as exceptionally outstanding may be enrolled in the Graduate School for a period of at least one year (for early program completion).

### Criteria for Applying for Degrees

For (i) and (ii) below, must satisfy the criteria set by each diploma program.

(i) Peer-reviewed academic theses published in journals of related academic associations, etc. (including those that have been decided to be published)

(ii) International conference theses (including those that have been decided to be published)

Diploma program | Doctoral Degree by Completing Course | Doctoral Degree Mainly by Writing Thesis | |

Mathematics | In principle, at least one (i) of single authorship, or at least two (i) of joint authorship | In principle, at least two (i) (including at least one (i) of single authorship), or at least three (i) of joint authorship | |

Physics | In principle, at least one (i) (of first authorship or equivalent) | In principle, at least one (i) (of first authorship or equivalent) | |

Earth and Planetary Systems Science | At least one (i) (of first authorship). In principle, the thesis shall be an SCI thesis. |
At least two (i) (both of which need to be theses of first authorship). In principle, they shall be an SCI thesis. | |

Basic Chemistry | In principle, at least two (i). In the case of those who have joined the program without taking the master’s course, at least one (i) | In principle, at least five (i) | |

Applied Chemistry | In principle, at least three (i) (including at least one (i) of first authorship) | In principle, at least five (i) (including one (i) of first authorship) | |

Chemical Engineering | At least three (i), or two (i) and at least one (ii). In either case, at least one (i) of first authorship |
At least five (i) (including at least two (i) of first authorship) | |

Electrical, Systems, and Control Engineering | In principle, at least two (i) and at least one (ii) | In principle, at least five (i) and at least one (ii) | |

Mechanical Engineering | At least three (i), or two (i) and at least one (ii). In either case, at least one (i) of first authorship |
At least five (i) (including at least two (i) of first authorship) | |

Transportation and Environmental Systems |
At least two (i) (including at least one (i) of first authorship), or one (i) of first authorship and at least one (ii) of first authorship | At least three (i) (including at least one (i) of first authorship) | |

Architecture | At least two (i) (including at least one (i) of first authorship) | At least three (i) (including at least one (i) of first authorship) | |

Civil and Environmental Engineering |
At least two (i) (both of which need to be theses of first authorship), including at least one SCI thesis | At least three (i) (all of which need to be theses of first authorship), including at least one SCI thesis | |

Informatics and Data Science | In principle, at least two (i) (including one (i) of first authorship) and at least one (ii) of first authorship | In principle, at least four (i) (including at least one (i) of first authorship) and at least one (ii) of first authorship | |

Smart Innovation | Applied Chemistry | In principle, at least three (i) (including at least one (i) of first authorship) | In principle, at least five (i) (including one (i) of first authorship) |

Electrical, Systems, and Control Engineering | In principle, at least two (i) and at least one (ii) | In principle, at least five (i) and at least one (ii) | |

Quantum Matter | At least one (i) | At least one (i) | |

Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering | Environmental natural science | In principle, at least one (i) of first authorship or a writing work equivalent to that | In principle, at least three (i) of first authorship or writing works equivalent to them |

Development science | At least two (i) (both of which need to be theses of first authorship), including at least one thesis with impact factors | At least three (i) (all of which need to be theses of first authorship or corresponding authorship), including at least one thesis with impact factors |

(Note) In the case of the Applied Chemistry Program, the Chemical Engineering Program, the Electrical, Systems, and Control Engineering Program, the Mechanical Engineering Program, the Transportation and Environmental Systems Program, the Architecture Program, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program, and the Informatics and Data Science Program, degree application is available not only based on the above criteria but also on the criteria designed to foster generalists. For details, please contact the support office in charge of the relevant program.