Faculty of Science and EngineeringWaseda University

About the Faculty

School of Fundamental Science and Engineering (Departments)

Undergraduate Schools

In line with Waseda University’s founding principle, “the preservation of the independence of scholarship,” FSE invites applications from a wide range of researchers and engineers from Japan and overseas who have the desire to acquire advanced knowledge, and who are capable of leading society and looking to impact the future of science and technology. Applicants will be selected based on their ability to study a science and technology curriculum in English, in order to obtain an English degree, and also based on their motivation to master the theoretical and practical abilities necessary in order to tackle both general and specialized courses.

To this end, FSE considers it a prerequisite that applicants not only have a reasonable command of English but also have basic academic skills at a high-school level or equivalent. FSE will also take into consideration the applicant’s personal character, such as whether or not they have the communication skills required to play an active role on the world stage.

FSE offers two major programs, MS and CSCE, both of which are of an international standard, and both of which are designed to foster internationally-fluent future members of society. FSE also allows students the flexibility to study minors, thus extending the depth and breadth of their specialist knowledge.

In addition, FSE caters to students from a variety of cultural backgrounds by allowing them to follow their major, whilst also taking a foreign language course: one of these is designed to enhance English language proficiency and encourage overseas study, while the other focuses on Japanese language proficiency and Japanese culture. In this way, FSE aims to facilitate intercultural exchange and foster future members of society who will be able to forge connections between Japan and the wider world. In terms of assigning students to laboratories, students can be welcomed into any one of the laboratories in the department that offers their major, or indeed into any other laboratory in the school. This policy helps cultivate diverse specialists.

FSE offers two majors: Mathematical Sciences (MS) and Computer Science and Communications Engineering (CSCE). In MS, students study the fundamentals of science as well as specialist mathematical theories and applications. In CSCE, students study the various theories and technologies related to information and communications in today’s information society. In order to graduate, students must enroll in one of these majors, complete the required courses, complete the specialized courses in their major, and earn the number of credits required for graduation. MS students will receive a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree, and CSCE students will receive a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Additionally, students who complete one of minors will receive certification to that effect.

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 Subjects Offered
Mathematics Pure mathematics comprising algebra, geometry, and mathematical analysis, and applied mathematics including statistics, probability, and numerical analysis.
Applied Mathematics Applied mathematics to study natural and society phenomena through analysis, statistics, and probability, numerical analysis, numerical simulation, and information theory
Applied Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering ×
Japanese-based Program only
Students study fundamental mechanical engineering principles and their applications. Primary areas of study include thermo fluids, design, precision machinery, materials for machinery, control systems, aeronautics, and space.
Electronic and Physical Systems Students take courses designed to help them gain a basic understanding of electronics, photonics, and system engineering. Our laboratory courses and interdisciplinary research projects give students a wide perspective and a sense for manufacturing.
Computer Science and Engineering Computer architecture, software engineering, programming, information networks, signal processing, and radio engineering
Communications and Computer Engineering Communication networks, radio engineering, signal processing, circuit theory, information systems, multimedia engineering
Intermedia Art and Science Students study art, design, music, intermedia art and science, technology(including cyber theater, 3D imaging, and sound), and project management. They also gain valuable experience working in collaborative projects with industry.

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 Enterprising Spirit and are highly motivated for learning.

As the realm of science and technology has expanded exponentially in recent years, individual areas have accordingly differentiated and evolved. Educational and research systems of universities have also gone through transformations in response to this. At the same time as the advancement of specialized areas, however, we have entered a new era where we are required more than ever to create new values and explore new areas of science and technology, and academic disciplines. Consequently, education and research for the development of human resources who can think and act globally and blaze new trails to the future are being sought after like never before.

The Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering provides educational continuity between undergraduate studies and graduate educational and research activities in more specialized areas that form the core of science and technology, such as mathematical science, mechanical science, aerospace engineering, materials science, electronic physics, computer engineering, communications and intermedia art. The Graduate School would like to admit people with the enthusiasm and abilities required to become researchers or advanced specialist scientific engineers who can not only contribute to the evolution and development of each of these specialized areas but also expand into new academic areas with creative ideas.

The Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, which comprises six departments, namely Pure and Applied Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, Electronic and Physical Systems, Computer Science and Engineering, Intermedia Art and Science and Materials Science, develops people who undertake more advanced studies as graduate students, building upon their undergraduate education and research. While graduate curriculums have traditionally consisted of highly specialized subjects, it is becoming increasingly difficult today to complete basic studies and acquire necessary related knowledge in undergraduate studies alone, given the rapid advances in science and technology. This is the reason that the Graduate School regards not only undergraduate but also Master’s programs as stages of basic education and aims to provide educational continuity between undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) studies. As such, its Master’s curriculums are deeply interlinked with undergraduate education. The prime advantages are that students can learn about their areas of specialty and related areas in a systematic manner and that learning about a broad spectrum of related disciplines gives them better understanding of where their own areas of specialty lie within the realm of science and technology. Master’s students can develop research and problem-solving skills by working on their own research topics through educational and research activities mainly in their respective laboratories, where they receive research guidance.

Doctoral students can continue research on more advanced and specialized ideas and applications to delve into the deepest reaches of their studies.

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.

In modern society, there is a demand to develop people who are equipped with broad scientific and technological knowledge, have a well-rounded education in liberal arts, social sciences and other areas, and blaze new trails with insights into the future. In addition, it is also a major calling of the times to reconstruct frameworks and meanings of learning, as well as relationship between studies and applications of them, while at the same time establishing a new era of science and technology.

The Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering implements educational and research activities in respective areas of specialty, revolving around basic scientific technology in key areas of technology that supports society—information, mechanics, aerospace, electronics, materials science, energy, and art & media—pure mathematics that forms the foundations of these areas, and applied mathematics which bridges the two. The aim is to develop researchers and advanced specialist scientific engineers who can not only contribute to the evolution and development of each discipline but also expand into new academic areas with creative ideas, be trailblazers, and play important roles on a global scale.

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
Fundamental Science and Engineering Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Department of Applied Mechanics × ×
Department of Electronic and Physical Systems
Department of Computer Science and Communications Engineering
Department of Intermedia Studies
Department of Materials Science × ×

Doctoral program

Graduate Schools Departments Doctoral program
English-based
Graduate Program
Japanese-based
Graduate Program
April Admission September Admission April Admission September Admission
Fundamental Science and Engineering Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Department of Applied Mechanics
Department of Electronic and Physical Systems
Department of Computer Science and Communications Engineering
Department of Intermedia Studies
Department of Materials Science

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

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