Faculty of Science and EngineeringWaseda University

About the Faculty

School of Advanced Science and Engineering (Departments)

Undergraduate Schools

In line with Waseda University’s founding principles “the preservation of the independence of scholarship,” “the promotion of the practical application of scholarship,” and the “fostering of good citizens,” ASE invites a broad range of individuals from Japan and overseas who have a solid grounding in basic scholarship, a powerful intellectual curiosity, an enterprising spirit, and a strong motivation to study. ASE strives to select applicants who:

  1. Are motivated to study natural science and related fields in English
  2. Have sufficient command of English to study in that language or the potential to do so
  3. Have sufficient logical thinking skills and can engage in the study of applying basic scholarship
  4. Have the motivation to apply a general grounding in natural sciences and contribute to the international community
  5. Have international perspectives or the flexibility to acquire international perspectives
  6. Have sufficient grounding in basic scholarship at a high school (or equivalent thereof)

ASE provides a practice-oriented curriculum in which students gain the necessary grounding in science and engineering, including the applications thereof, by studying subjects such as physics, chemistry, bioscience, information science, and mathematics. In their major (Physics, Chemistry, or Bioscience), students master the fundamentals of the disciplines pertaining to said major. ASE also provides a Minor in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, in which students study the fundamentals of the engineering applications relevant to their major.

ASE provides an English language course whereby students will develop the English language proficiency necessary to act as global human resources. ASE also offers a Japanese language course to those students whose first language is not Japanese. Those students who need to improve their English language proficiency can take a first-year course in technical English. ASE has also organized the curriculum in such a way that those students who wish to improve their English may go overseas on a short-term overseas student exchange program, while foreign students may take an internship.

ASE offers general culture courses designed to teach a broad range of knowledge. Catering primarily to foreign students, these courses focus on Japanese and Asian society and culture. The global human resources fostering courses are designed to foster the necessary attributes of global human resources, including knowledge and methodological skills, and practical skills such as the ability to identify and solve problems.

In their final year, students take Graduation Thesis A/B, during which they deploy the foundational knowledge and skills they have accumulated and develop the ability to identify and solve problems as well as general analytical/judgment skills. They will also enhance other abilities such as presentation.

Utilizing Waseda University’s synthetic and creative approach, ASE facilitates diverse exchanges in scholarship, culture, language, and values in the university-wide educational environment and the students’ lifestyle, and thereby fosters global human resources who can contribute proactively to the global community.

ASE offers three majors: Physics Major, Chemistry Major, and Bioscience Major. The Physics Major focuses on physics, the foundational discipline underlining cutting-edge science and technology. In the Chemistry Major, students study the fundamentals of chemistry as a central science and the applications thereof. In the Bioscience Major, students learn the fundamentals of medical science and medical engineering knowledge as they relate to vital phenomena, and the technologies that apply such knowledge. Students will gain a basic grounding in their major and develop the ability to identify and solve problems as well as general analytical/judgment skills. They will also gain the international perspectives and practical skills necessary for acting as global human resources. In order to graduate, students must demonstrate their mastery of the program’s targeted knowledge, methodological skills, and international fluency by earning the minimum number of credits within the allotted time period as set forth in their major’s study guidelines and the criteria for advancement/graduation. ASE will confer on such graduates a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering degree.

English-based programs are offered at Departments with ◯ in the box of International Program as shown in the chart below.

Department International
Program
(English-based Program)
Japanese
-based Program
Major Subject Offered
Physics Understand natural phenomena at various levels ranging from the microscopic to the macroscopic through both theories and experiments
Applied Physics Innovate physics and next-generation technology by leveraging the fruits of physics and research methodologies
Chemistry and Biochemistry From the basics to the cutting-edge in physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. Academic knowledge and abilities demanded for researchers
Applied Chemistry “Chemistry that is useful and that can be put to use” pursues hands-on methods of manufacturing based on the study of chemistry
Life Science and Medical Bioscience Knowledge and technology to elucidate illnesses and develop new medicines, medical devices, and medical treatment methods
Electrical Engineering and Bioscience Cutting-edge research and technology that combines bioscience with electrical, electronic, and information engineering

Graduate Schools and Departments

Under its educational principle of the “Independence of Scholarship,” Waseda University would like to welcome many students, from both Japan and abroad, who have reached a certain level of basic academic skills and have a great deal of intellectual curiosity, that are filled with the Waseda spirit of enterprise and are highly motivated for learning. The Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering aims to build an education and research system that integrates basics and applications to meet the needs of a new era and become the world’s leading center of excellence (research-oriented graduate school) with an Enterprising Spirit that enables it to constantly pioneer new domains of scholarship. This is the reason that it implements the wide variety of student selection procedures described below to accept excellent students from both Japan and abroad with the goal of developing researchers and engineers who can play important roles as international leaders in a broad range of fields, including cutting-edge multi-disciplinary areas where science, engineering and medicine come together. For Master’s programs, “general entrance examination” (for applicants including mature students), which consists of scholastic ability tests and interviews, “advanced placement admission examination” for overachieving students, “entrance examination by commendation” for applicants from within the University and “special admission examination” (for mature students) for university graduates are implemented. Besides these, “English-based Graduate Program AO Admission,” “special admission examination” (for scholarship students) and “AO Admissions Examination of Special Scholarship Programs,” which are processed mainly through screening of application materials, are implemented for international students to promote internationalization. For Doctoral programs (three-year), “general entrance examination” (for applicants including mature students), “entrance examination by commendation” (for applicants including those who have completed their Master’s programs early <1/1.5 years>), “English-based Graduate Program AO Admission,” “Special Admission for Postgraduate Study Abroad Program by China Scholarship Council” and “AO Admissions Examination of Special Scholarship Programs” are also in place. For Doctoral programs (five-year), there is only the “general entrance examination” for applicants who have completed their undergraduate or higher degrees.

In modern society, due to rapid advances in science and technology taking place on a global scale, in particular, where new inter-disciplinary domains are emerging due to fusions between diverse areas of scholarship, there is demand for the development of human resources who can respond effectively to these changes and constantly play important roles as leaders in cutting-edge, global situations. This is the reason that the Graduate School offers multiple inter-disciplinary departments to produce such human resources. Its educational curriculums are designed to accept students who have built solid academic foundations in their own areas of specialty through undergraduate studies and allow them to further strengthen their expertise,while at the same time helping them to develop the ability to expand into other fields of specialization and pioneer new multi-disciplinary domains (i.e., practical skills). To this end, specialized subjects are offered in respective departments as basic education, while research guidance and seminars are provided in each research category to help students learn thinking skills required of researchers. Furthermore, the Graduate School provides Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Courses, the Provisionary Graduate Enrollment Program, which allows undergraduate students in their senior years who are admitted to the Graduate School to take graduate subjects early, and also allows graduate students to enroll in basic subjects offered by undergraduate schools specializing in other fields of specialization, to further facilitate smoother acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge. In addition, emphasis is also placed upon the development of research ethics throughout the composition and implementation of its educational curriculums.

The goal is to promote diverse exchanges in academic studies, culture, languages and values through providing systematic educational curriculums, as well as university-wide educational and student life environments, by taking advantage of the comprehensiveness and innovativeness of Waseda University, thereby developing human resources that can make proactive contributions to the global community.

The Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering endeavors to explore academic theories and put them into practice, with the aim of realizing world-class research and education environments, and pioneers inter-disciplinary, cutting-edge domains of scholarship as a member of society. Another aim is to fulfill three functions of graduate education, namely “research”(creation of knowledge), “education” (transference of knowledge) and “practical contribution to society” (application of knowledge), based on proactive interactions between science and engineering, and consequently produce researchers and engineers who can boldly make their ways into new fields and pioneer new domains, building upon the specialist knowledge they have acquired through their graduate education. In other words, the Graduate School aims to equip students with the qualities and abilities required for Master’s students to work professionally as researchers, technological developers or system development managers, and Doctoral students as research specialists or technological development leaders, before completing their degrees and going on to careers in society.

Master’s program

Graduate Schools Departments Master’s program
English-based Graduate Program Japanese-based Graduate Program
April Admission September Admission April Admission September Admission
Advanced Science and Engineering Department of Pure and Applied Physics
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Applied Chemistry
Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience
Department of Electrical Engineering and Bioscience
Department of Integrative Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering
Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
Cooperative Major in Nuclear Energy × ×

Doctoral program

Graduate Schools Departments Doctoral program
English-based
Graduate Program
Japanese-based
Graduate Program
April Admission September Admission April Admission September Admission
Advanced Science and Engineering Department of Pure and Applied Physics
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Applied Chemistry
Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience
Department of Electrical Engineering and Bioscience
Department of Integrative Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering
Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
Cooperative Major in Advanced Biomedical Sciences × × ×
Cooperative Major in Advanced Health Science × ×
Cooperative Major in Nuclear Energy

*Graduate Program for Embodiment Informatics Waseda University Program for Leading Graduate Schools

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