Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 3.39 k / Year(s) Deadline: Dec 9, 2024
351–400 place StudyQA ranking:4801 Duration:5 years

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This course was established in 2004 as a special Doctoral course (combined Master's and Doctoral program) for foreign students, in which lectures and research instruction are given in English. The purpose of this international course is to nurture young talented individuals (primarily from Asia) by teaching the international-level naval architecture and ocean engineering which have supported a world-leading shipbuilding industry in Japan. Doing so will enable Japan to take a leading role in contributing to the development of international commerce in support of the world economy and in protecting the marine environment. 
From 2006 to 2012, the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) provided three preferential slots for foreign students who wish to study in this international course to receive Japanese government scholarships. 
Now (as of March 2014) a new international course on Maritime and Urban Engineering, to be supported by the MEXT, is just about to be launched, in which the Japanese government scholarships shall be granted to six students.
Beginning from 2007, all courses in the graduate school of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering course for ordinary Japanese students have been conducted in English. As a result, it is now possible for Japanese and foreign students to receive identical globally top-level education, delivered in English, in the same classrooms. While internationalism is taken for granted, there are still few divisions and departments at the Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering where the graduate school courses are conducted entirely in English. Our department is therefore playing a leading role in the internationalization of the Osaka University.
Nearly all graduates of the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering have found employment on the global stage. Through education and research instruction in an international atmosphere at the graduate school, the faculty is also striving to send graduates into the world who have full international competitiveness and strong practical English skills in specialized fields.

Through the Basic Course in the first year, the students will acquire solid background in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. By immersion in Special Research during the ample time of remaining four years, they will attain the master's and doctor's degrees of engineering. Basic course in the first two semesters consists of the following lectures.

Lectures in the first two semesters

  • Ship Design
  • Design philosophy of Ship Structures
  • Elastic-Plastic Analysis of Structures
  • Computational Structural Analysis
  • Strength of Ships I and II
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Theory of Ship Waves
  • Sea keeping of Ships
  • Computational Ship and Ocean Hydrodynamics
  • Resistance and Propulsion of Ships
  • Hydro-Elasticity
  • Theory of Ship Motion
  • Theory of Dynamics and Control
  • Underwater Robotics
  • Mechanics of Animal Swimming and Biomimetic Robots
  • The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree granted upon completion of an academic program of either a foreign university or a foreign educational institution whose term of study is at least 3 years or more, by September 30, 2017.
  • The applicant must have a good command of English. Those whose formal education has been conducted in a language other than English must submit a certificate of English proficiency. Acceptable certificates include official test scores of the TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or CPE official test scores.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Certificate of (Expected) Graduation / Completion
  • Certified Academic Records
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Certificate of Citizenship (A4 size paper)
  • Abstract of Graduation Thesis


  • MEXT scholarship
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