Faculty of Science and EngineeringWaseda University

About the Faculty

School of Creative Science and Engineering (Departments)

Undergraduate Schools

In line with Waseda University’s founding principle, “the preservation of the independence of scholarship,” the School of Creative Science and Engineering welcomes applications from individuals from Japan and overseas who possess a solid grounding in basic scholarship, a powerful intellectual curiosity, an enterprising spirit in line with the university’s principles, and a strong motivation to pursue further study. When selecting applicants, the school places particular importance (among other things) on whether or not the applicant possesses the following: outstanding abilities in the natural sciences, sufficient command of English to study the various fields covered in that language, sufficient logical thinking ability, and the ability to play a leading role in future society, drawing on global insights, and a comprehensive grounding in the liberal arts.

The curriculum provided by the school is of an international standard. It allocates courses for each academic year in an effective manner. These courses include general engineering courses (which focus on mathematics, physics, and basic experimentation), specialized courses (which feature an organic combination of theory and practice), and language courses (which enable students to gain proficiency in English or in Japanese). For students in the early university years, the school has established a fieldwork-based school-wide SHIP course, which focuses on the themes of energy, environment, disasters, human society, and design. The SHIP course is designed to help students master broad knowledge and perspectives concerning the two majors of the school, while also helping them to determine which specialized courses they will take in subsequent years. In the fourth year, the curriculum culminates in the final research project, undertaken in a laboratory and related to the specialized courses that formed part their major. In this way, the school aims to foster future members of society who have mastered specialized knowledge and who are equipped with international perspectives, engineering ethics, adequate communication skills, and the ability to play a leading role in future society.

Utilizing the originality of Waseda University, the School of Creative Science and Engineering facilitates diverse exchanges in scholarship, culture, language and values, across the university-wide educational environment. In this way, the program fosters future members of society who will be able to contribute proactively to the global community. We are currently facing considerable global problems such as population increase, food and water shortages, diminishing natural resources and energy sources. Global warming and associated natural disasters are also becoming increasingly serious. There are various social issues as well, including the aging society, regional disparities in the provision of advanced medical services, decaying social infrastructure, and the resulting decline in safety. The school thus aims to equip students with an understanding of such problems that will enable them to develop practical solutions based on scientific and technological perspectives, thereby creating a future with a wealth of possibilities. Specifically, the School consists of two majors: Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CE). In ME, students not only focus on mechanical engineering but also explore its connections with architectural and management engineering. In CE, students tackle a range of issues from a global perspective – including environmental preservation, improving living environments, and ensuring the safety of human society – and apply an engineering perspective to such issues.

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
Architecture ×
Japanese
-based
Program
only
Students will acquire a broad-based knowledge of architecture by studying the history of architecture, examples of architecture, urban design, and construction methods. The program enables students to develop practical skills through design-related practice and to master specialized knowledge through experiments and vocational experience related to civil engineering.
Modern Mechanical Engineering Environment, energy policy and business, new energy, energy conversion, medical engineering, welfare, artifical organs, robots, and control
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering ×
Japanese
-based
Program
only
The discipline of management systems engineering integrates areas such as mathematical engineering, systems engineering, information technology, and human factor technology. The goal of the curriculum is to equip students with the capacity to solve a broad range of systems-related problems within organizations of various types by applying the methods of management systems engineering.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Protection of the natural environment from a global standpoint, improvement of the human environment, and ensuring the safety and security of human society
Resources and Environmental Engineering ×
Japanese
-based
Program
only
Students will study disciplines and technologies related to the development and use of resources, environmental problems, natural disaster prediction and prevention, resource recycling, and waste disposal policies. The goal is to produce individuals capable of developing man-made resource-recycling systems in harmony with the natural environment.

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.

In particular, the Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering has in place a special admissions system to accept a wide range of highly motivated unique students, for example, by holding a separate admissions examination for mature students in Business Design and Management Department program and a special examination to offer double-degree Architecture Department/Civil and Environmental Engineering Department programs in partnership with National Taiwan University, in addition to the general entrance examination and other types of special admissions procedures.

The prime educational and research principle of the Graduate School is to provide practical education and carry out pioneering research on technology related to systems for the creation and circulation of spaces, equipment, communities, etc. and social technology systems.

In more specific terms, the Graduate School offers to Master’s students the Provisionary Graduate Enrollment Program and also allows them to enroll in basic subjects offered by undergraduate schools specializing in other fields of specialization, while at the same time providing an inter-disciplinary unit system and special courses, including the Urban Planning Course and Macro Materials Course (Master’s), Advanced Architectural Practical Exercise Course (Master’s/Doctoral), Systematic Robotics Course (Doctoral) and Management Technology Leadership Course (Master’s/Doctoral), to help them to develop a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills beyond the boundaries of different research categories, areas of specialty and departments.

This unit system and its courses are designed to allow students to understand the latest conditions of their own research areas early on, acquire basic knowledge and skills in other areas, and receive systematic education that is organically related to their own studies beyond their areas of specialty.

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.

One of the foundational principles of Waseda University is “Practical Application of Scholarship.” This clearly indicates how much importance the University places on applying basic scholarship to contribute to society, rather than just developing basic scholastic skills to establish academic foundations.

The word “creative” refers not only to the act of breaking things down to analyze them and discover laws in them but also to proposing comprehensive solutions to a wide range of issues facing society.

The Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering implements research and education on advanced and specialized scholastic theories and applications and explores them at the deepest level to develop human resources who can produce abundance as seen from the viewpoint of the many different values of many different people, contribute to the creation and evolution of culture and well being of human beings and support human activities from a worldwide point of view.

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