Hokkaido University Graduate School of Engineering Regulations

(Effective as of April 1, 2010)
Hokkaido University Document No. 104

Chapter I General Rules

(Purposes)
Article 1. These regulations, based on the provisions of Article 27-3, Paragraph 4 of the Rules Concerning the Organization of the National University Corporation Hokkaido University (HU Doc. No. 31 of 2004) shall prescribe necessary matters regarding the curriculum of the Graduate School of Engineering (hereinafter referred to as the “Graduate School”).

(Objectives)
Article 2. The Graduate School aims, through the handing down of knowledge and the creation of learning, to develop personnel with a comprehensive understanding of the engineering field and a high level of expertise, and who have a broad knowledge, good sense of judgment and a practical ability to deal with internationalization and highly-developed and interdisciplinary scientific technologies.

Chapter II Divisions and Programs

(Divisions)
Article 3. The Graduate School will have the following divisions.

  • Division of Applied Physics
  • Division of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Division of Mechanical and Space Engineering
  • Division of Human Mechanical Systems and Design
  • Division of Energy and Environmental Systems
  • Division of Quantum Science and Engineering
  • Division of Field Engineering for the Environment
  • Division of Engineering and Policy for Sustainable Environment
  • Division of Architectural and Structural Design
  • Division of Human Environmental Systems
  • Division of Environmental Engineering
  • Division of Sustainable Resources Engineering

(Programs)
Article 4. The program of the Graduate School shall be a doctoral degree program.

Chapter III Admissions, Readmission, Transfers, Change of Affiliation, and Transfers between Divisions

(Admissions)
Article 5. In the case of students who are in a master’s degree program prescribed in Article 4, Paragraph 4 (hereinafter referred to as “master’s degree program”) of the General Rules of the Graduate School of Hokkaido University (HU Doc. No. 3 of 1954; hereinafter referred to as the “General Rules”), persons who are eligible to be admitted to the Graduate School shall be those prescribed in Article 10, Paragraph 1 of the General Rules and who have passed screening conducted by the Graduate School. In the case of students who are in latter period of a doctoral program prescribed in Article 4, Paragraph 4 of the General Rules (hereinafter referred to as “latter period of a doctoral program”), eligible persons shall be those prescribed in Article 10, Paragraph 2 of the General Rules and who have passed screening conducted by the Graduate School.

(Readmission, Transfers, Change of Affiliation, and Transfers between Divisions)
Article 6. When any person who falls under the items of Article 13 or Article 13-2, Item 1 of the General Rules requests readmission, transfers, or change of affiliation, or when any person who falls under Article 13-2, Item 2 of the General Rules requests transfers between divisions, permission may be granted after screening.

Chapter IV Course Subjects, Requirements for Completion, Procedure for Taking Subjects, and Examinations

(Course Subjects and Credits)
Article 7. Course subjects and credits of the individual divisions shall be as prescribed in the appended table.
2. In addition to that listed in the appended table, temporary course subjects shall be granted after deliberation by the Faculty Council when necessary.

(Standards for the Calculation of Credits)
Article 8. When calculating the number of credits for each subject, one credit shall be basically composed of contents requiring 45 hours of study to complete. According to teaching methods, the number of credits shall be calculated in accordance with the following standards, considering the educational effects of the relevant courses, and necessary amount of study besides course hours.

  • (1) For lectures, one credit shall consist of 15 hours.
  • (2) For seminars, one credit shall consist of 30 hours.
  • (3) For practical classes, one credit shall consist of 30 or 45 hours.
  • (4) For the combined usage of lectures and seminars or practical classes, one credit shall be the hours determined by the Dean of the Graduate School, considering the standards prescribed in the preceding item (3).

(Requirements for the Completion of Programs)
Article 9. To complete a master’s degree program, students will be required to attend the Graduate School for at least 2 years, acquire at least 30 credits, receive the required research supervision, and pass a review and examination of a master’s thesis or research results on a specific subject conducted by the Graduate School in accordance with the purpose of the course. However, if the students have achieved academic excellence, enrollment in the Graduate School for at least one year shall be regarded as sufficient.
2. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, permit students to take designated course subjects of other divisions, graduate schools, faculties or other divisions of educational departments or schools, and recognize the credits acquired by the students as those of a master’s degree program.
3. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, permit students to take designated basic specialty subjects other than the course subjects listed in the appended table, selected from among course subjects prescribed in the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Science and Engineering Regulations Concerning Basic Specialty Subjects (HU Doc. No. 60 of 2010; hereinafter referred to as “basic specialty subjects for science and engineering” in this Paragraph and the following Article), and recognize credits acquired by the students as those of a master’s degree program.
4. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, permit students to take designated course subjects prescribed in the Hokkaido University Graduate School Regulations Concerning Common Course Subjects (HU Doc. No. 24 of 2000; hereinafter referred to as “common course subjects” in the following Article), and recognize credits acquired by the students as those of the master’s degree program.

Article 10. To complete a doctoral degree program, students will be required to attend the Graduate School for at least 5 years (for those who have been enrolled in a master’s degree program for at least 2 years and have completed the relevant program, including 2 years of enrollment in the relevant program), acquire at least 30 credits in a master’s degree program and 10 credits in the latter period of a doctoral program respectively, receive the required research supervision, and pass a review and examination of a doctoral thesis conducted by the Graduate School. However, if the students have achieved academic excellence, enrollment in the Graduate School for at least 3 years (for those who have been enrolled in a master’s degree program for at least 2 years and have completed the relevant program, including 2 years of enrollment in the relevant program), shall be regarded as sufficient.
2. The provisions of the preceding paragraph shall apply to requirements for the completion of a doctoral degree program for those who have completed a master’s degree program over the period of enrollment prescribed in the proviso to Paragraph 1 of the preceding article, provided that the term “at least 5 years (for those who have been enrolled in a master’s degree program for at least 2 years and have completed the relevant program, including 2 years of enrollment in the relevant program,)” in the preceding paragraph shall be read as “the period calculated by adding 3 years to the period of enrollment in a master’s degree program” and “3 years (for those who have been enrolled in a master’s degree program for at least 2 years and have completed the relevant program, including 2 years of enrollment in the relevant program)” shall be read as “3 years, including the period of enrollment in a master’s degree program.”
3. Notwithstanding the provision of the preceding Paragraph 2, to complete a doctoral degree program, in the case of persons who are recognized as having scholastic ability equivalent to or higher than that of persons who have a master’s degree or a professional degree regarding the qualification required for admission to the Graduate School or those who have completed a professional degree program and have enrolled in the 3rd year of the latter period of a doctoral program pursuant to the provision of Article 70-2 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act, students will be required to attend the Graduate School for at least 3 years (or 2 years in the case of students who have completed the Law School Course prescribed in Article 18, Paragraph 1 of the Standards for the Establishment of Professional Graduate Schools (Ordinance of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology No.16 of 2003)), acquire at least 10 credits, receive the required research supervision, and pass a review and examination of a doctoral thesis conducted by the Graduate School. However, if the students have achieved academic excellence, enrollment in the Graduate School for at least 1 year (or the period minus at least 1 year or less than 2 years from 3 years for those who have completed a professional degree program with standard duration of study for at least 1 year and less than 2 years) shall be regarded as sufficient.
4. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, permit students to take designated course subjects of other divisions, faculties, graduate schools, or other divisions of educational departments or schools, and recognize the credits as those that must be learned pursuant to the provision of Paragraph 1.
5. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, permit students to take designated basic specialty subjects other than the course subjects listed in the appended table, selected from among course subjects prescribed in the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Science and Engineering Regulations Concerning Basic Specialty Subjects (HU Doc. No. 60 of 2010), and recognize the credits as those that must be learned pursuant to the provision of Paragraph 1.
6. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, permit students to take designated common course subjects, and recognize the credits as those that must be learned pursuant to the provision of Paragraph 1.

(Long-term Registration)
Article 11. The Graduate School may, when a student has reported his/her wish to take the curriculum and complete the program, in a planned manner, over a certain period of time exceeding the standard duration of study, due to such circumstances as he/she having an occupation, approve the planned registration (referred to as “long-term registration” in the following paragraph) after deliberation by the Faculty Council.
2. In addition to that prescribed in Article 4-2 of the General Rules concerning long-term registration, necessary matters in the Graduate School shall be separately prescribed by the Dean of the Graduate School.

(Registration at Graduate Schools of other Universities)
Article 12. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, permit students to take course subjects at graduate schools of other universities, or study at graduate schools of foreign universities or the United Nations University, which was established pursuant to a general resolution by the United Nations on December 11, 1972, as provided under Article 1, Paragraph 2 of the Act on Special Measures Incidental to the Enforcement of the “Agreement between the United Nations and Japan regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations University” (Act No. 72 of 1976; referred to as “United Nations University” in Article 14).
2. Credits or academic achievements acquired by students by taking course subjects pursuant to the provision of the preceding paragraph may be recognized as part of the credits that must be learned pursuant to the provision of Article 9 or 10, to an extent not exceeding 10 credits through a master’s degree program and the latter period of a doctoral program, after deliberation by the Faculty Council.
3. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, permit students to receive the required research supervision at the graduate schools or research institutes of other universities in and outside Japan, after deliberation by the Faculty Council. However, in the case of permission granted to master’s degree program students, the period of the relevant research supervision shall not exceed 1 year.

Article 13. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, recognize academic achievements acquired at the graduate schools of foreign universities during the period of leaves of absence as those acquired by taking course subjects at the Graduate School.
2. The number of credits deemed as having been acquired pursuant to the provision of the preceding paragraph shall not exceed 10 credits in total through a master’s degree program and the latter period of a doctoral program when combined with those deemed as having been acquired pursuant to the provision of Paragraph 2 in the preceding article.

(Recognition of Credits already Acquired before Admission)
Article 14. The Graduate School may, when deeming it to be beneficial from an educational standpoint, recognize the credits acquired by students who have newly enrolled in the Graduate School by taking course subjects at the University or graduate schools of other universities before enrollment in the Graduate School (including those acquired as flex-access students by taking course subjects pursuant to the provisions of Article 15 of the Standards for the Establishment of Graduate Schools (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture Ordinance No. 28 of 1974)), or academic achievements acquired at the graduate schools of foreign universities or the United Nations University as those acquired by taking course subjects at the Graduate School after enrollment in the Graduate School.
2. With regard to credits other than those acquired at the Graduate School, the number of credits deemed as having been acquired pursuant to the provision of the preceding paragraph may be recognized as part of the credits that must be learned under the provision of Article 9 or 10, to an extent not exceeding 10 credits through a master’s degree program and the latter period of a doctoral program.

(Procedure of Taking Subjects)
Article 15. Course subjects shall be taken under the instruction of supervisors.

(Degree Thesis Title)
Article 16. Students shall gain the approval of their supervisors in advance regarding degree thesis titles in a master’s degree program and the latter period of a doctoral program.

(Submission Date of Degree Thesis)
Article 17. The degree thesis in the preceding article shall be submitted by the due date designated by the Graduate School.

(Examinations)
Article 18. Examinations for the individual course subjects (hereinafter referred to as “subject examinations”) shall be conducted at the end of the semester in which classes in the relevant subjects ended. However, examinations may be conducted on an ad hoc basis if deemed necessary.

(Temporary Examination)
Article 19. Subject examinations for students who have been enrolled for more than 2 years in a master’s degree program or more than 3 years in the latter period of a doctoral program may be conducted on an ad hoc basis if deemed necessary.

(Substitution of subject examinations)
Article 20. Subject examinations such as laboratory classes, practical classes, design practice and designs may be replaced with the assessment of their academic achievement.

(Assessment of Academic Achievement)
Article 21. Grades for course subjects shall be assessed as A (Excellent), B (Very good), C (Good), D (Satisfactory), or F (Fail), and A, B, C, and D shall be passing grades.

Chapter V Recognition of Program Completion

(Recognition of Program Completion)
Article 22. With regard to persons who have met the requirements for the completion of the relevant program, the completion of a master’s degree program and a doctoral degree program shall be recognized after deliberation by the Faculty Council.

Chapter VI Special Auditors, Special Research Students, Scholarship Students sent by Government Offices or Businesses, and International Students

(Special Auditors)
Article 23. If there are students from the graduate schools of other universities in and outside Japan who wish to take specific course subjects and acquire credits in the School, permission may be granted as special auditors after deliberation by the Faculty Council.
2. Special auditors shall be permitted in every semester or academic year.
3. The provision of Articles 18 and 21 shall apply mutatis mutandis to the implementation of examinations and assessment of academic achievement pertaining to special auditors.

(Special Research Students)
Article 24. If there are students from the graduate schools of other universities in and outside Japan who wish to receive the research supervision in the School, permission may be granted as special research students after deliberation by the Faculty Council.

(Scholarship Students sent by Government Offices or Businesses)
Article 25. Admission of scholarship students sent by government offices or businesses pursuant to the provision of Articles 43 and 44 of the General Rules may be granted after deliberation by the Faculty Council.

(International Students)
Article 26. Admission of international students pursuant to the provision of Article 47 of the General Rules may be granted after deliberation by the Faculty Council.

Supplementary Provisions

  1. These regulations will come into effect from April 1, 2010.
  2. Recognition concerning the implementation of curriculum and program completion pertaining to persons who are enrolled in the individual divisions as prescribed as follows shall be conducted by the Graduate School based on the provisions of Paragraph 3 of Supplementary Provisions in the Revised General Rules of 2010, and necessary matters regarding education such as the curriculum, requirements for program completion and other matters pertaining to current students of the relevant Graduate School shall be separately prescribed by the Graduate School.
    • The divisions of Systems and Information Engineering, and Electronics for Informatics Engineering in the Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering prescribed in Paragraph 3 of Supplementary Provisions, under the Regulations Partially Revising the General Rules of Graduate School of Hokkaido University (HU Doc. No. 74 of 2004);
    • The divisions of Quantum Science and Energy Engineering, Urban and Environmental Engineering, and Resources and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering prescribed in Paragraph 2 of Supplementary Provisions, under the Regulations Partially Revising the General Rules of Graduate School of Hokkaido University (HU Doc. No. 45 of 2005); and
    • Division of Applied Physics, Division of Chemical Process Engineering, Division of Biotechnology and Division of Macromolecular Chemistry, Division of Materials Chemistry, Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Division of Mechanical and Space Engineering, Division of Human Mechanical Systems and Design, Division of Energy and Environmental Systems, Division of Quantum Science and Engineering, Division of Field Engineering for the Environment, Division of Engineering and Policy for Sustainable Environment, Division of Architectural and Structural Design, Division of Human Environmental Systems, Division of Environmental Engineering, and Sustainable Resources Engineering in Paragraph 2 of Supplementary Provisions, under the Regulations Partially Revising the General Rules of the Graduate School of Hokkaido University (HU Doc. No. 57 of 2010; referred to as “Revised General Rules of 2010” in this paragraph).
  3. Hokkaido University Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering Regulations (HU Doc. No. 30 of 1975) will be abolished.

Supplementary Provisions (HU Doc. No. 271 of October 1, 2010)
These regulations will come into effect from October 1, 2010.

Supplementary Provisions

  1. These regulations will come into effect from April 1, 2011.
  2. Notwithstanding the revised provisions of the appended table, with regard to persons attending the Graduate School (hereinafter referred to as “current students” in this paragraph) as of March 31, 2011 and those who will enroll in the school year to which current students belong after April 1, 2011, the provisions then in force shall remain applicable.

Supplementary Provisions

  1. These regulations will come into effect from April 1, 2012.
  2. Notwithstanding the revised provisions of the appended table (excluding the portion pertaining to Advanced Architectural Vibration Control in the table of Division of Architectural and Structural Design, and special seminars on planning and design I and II in the table of Division of Human Environmental Systems), with regard to persons attending the Graduate School (hereinafter referred to as “current students” in this paragraph) as of March 31, 2012 and those who will enroll in the school year to which current students belong after April 1, 2012, the provisions then in force shall remain applicable.

Appended Table (omitted)

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