The master’s program in the Department of Chemical Engineering is composed of the following subjects. Students in the Department may be enrolled in one of the designated Interdisciplinary Field Program.
Core subjects (at least 4 subjects, 8 credits)
Pivotal subjects in Chemical Engineering, these include Advanced Equilibrium and Transport Properties, Polymer Technology, Green Process Engineering, Fine Particle Technology, Advanced Mass Transfer, Advanced Heat Transfer Engineering and Fluid Dynamics Analysis, from which students are required to select.
● Instruction in Research (2 subjects, 4 credits, required)
Students pursue research to be presented in their master’s dissertations, mainly under their research directors’ instruction.
● Seminar (3 subjects, 4 credits, required)
Students work on their research and presentation abilities in small seminars including students from other research groups.
Common and fundamental subjects that cover the entire spectrum of Chemical Engineering.
Common subjects (at least 4 credits including 2 credits in 1 required subject)
English Communication is required; other common subjects include Overseas Internship and Exercise in Technological Transfer.
Interdisciplinary Field Program (master’s program)
The Interdisciplinary Programs enable students to acquire knowledge and expertise beyond the conventional boundaries of academic specialization, while anchored in their original area of specialization, so as to be highly responsive to scientific advances resulting from the fusion of different domains. Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Programs are required to obtain at least 8 credits in subjects designated according to their respective Interdisciplinary Program, while at the same time pursuing studies to complete the required curriculum of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Credits obtained in the Interdisciplinary Programs may be included in the number of credits required for completing a master’s program. Students in the Department of Chemical Engineering may be enrolled in the following Interdisciplinary Field Program.
● Biomass Program
In this program focusing on biomass, whose societal introduction and technological development are becoming increasingly important in view of renewable and carbon-neutral properties, students will obtain a basic knowledge of effective biomass utilization technologies and systems, based on mechanical and chemical engineering knowledge, and of the status of research and development concerning biomass. Students will also learn methods for practical application of mechanical and chemical engineering techniques to effective biomass utilization. The program’s ultimate objective is to develop human resources for the development of biomass utilization technologies and systems that are strongly needed in society.
● Hyper Human Technology Program
Hyper Human Technology represents the field of research concerned with measurement, information processing and control technologies that largely surpass the level of human ability. Based on achievements in such engineering fields as robotics, bioengineering and image engineering, Hyper Human Technology aims at developing innovative technologies and realizing their practical application, not only in engineering, but also in medical care and welfare, biological production and other transverse sectors. Drawing on research achievements realized in the framework of Hiroshima University’s Century Center of Excellence (COE) program “Hyper Human Technology toward the 21st Century Industrial Revolution,” The Hyper Human Technology program aims at developing future specialists armed with the comprehensive and interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and expertise required for effective problem-solving in response to societal needs.
● Green Chemistry Program
To maintain technological advances in society while protecting the global environment, it is essential to expand the use of high-performance chemicals while ensuring their safety. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly important to take chemical approaches to environmental problems. In view of the situation, this program aims at developing specialists who, armed with necessary knowledge and expertise, are capable of research aimed at fundamentally resolving environmental problems through developing “green manufacturing” (that is, designing environmentally safe molecules and reactions, developing high-efficiency chemical conversion methods, environment-friendly chemical processes etc.).
Requirements for completing master’s program:
To complete a master’s program, students must be enrolled in a master’s program for at least 2 years; obtain at least 34 credits in (1) core subjects (8 credits), (2) specialized subjects (8 credits), (3) common subjects (at least 4 credits), (4) core subjects other than (1) and selected specialized subjects (at least 12 credits), (5) subjects offered by other Departments of the Graduate School of Engineering and subjects offered by other Graduate Schools of Hiroshima University, other than their Special Lectures; submit within the period of enrollment a master’s dissertation completed with designated instruction, successfully defend the dissertation and pass the final examination. The minimum period of enrollment in a master’s program may be shortened to 1 year for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements as recognized by the Graduate School Faculty Committee.