Requirements for Graduation/Required Number of Credits

1. To graduate from SOKENDAI, the following requirements must be met.

● For 5-year course students
○ Enrollment in a School of SOKENDAI for five years or more
○ Earning at least the required number of credits as prescribed by the course registration rules of each School
○ Having undergone the necessary research supervision by a supervisor, successful examination of a doctoral thesis and successful completion of a final examination
○ Full payment of the required tuition fees (except for those who are exempted from tuition payment)

● For 3-year course students
○ Enrollment in a School of SOKENDAI for three years or more
○ Earning at least the required number of credits as set forth in the course registration rules provided on a department basis by the Schools.
○ Having undergone the necessary research supervision by a supervisor, successful examination of a doctoral thesis and successful completion of a final examination
○ Full payment of the required tuition fees (except for those who are exempted from tuition payment)

2. The table below shows the required number of credits for graduation specified by each department.

【five-year doctoral course】
(1) Those who are taking the five-year doctoral course must complete 42 or more credits from the Department’s Special Subjects, Common Specialized Subjects of the School of Physical Sciences, Comprehensive Subjects and subjects offered by the Course-by-Course Education Program in Physics.
(2) The total credits as specified in (1) must include 2 credits from Freshman Course in Interdepartmental Program.
(3) The total credits as specified in (1) must include the compulsory subjects provided in the requirements for completing the Course-by-Course Education Program in Physics.
(4) The credits described in (1) may include up to 4 credits from the other Departments.

【three-year doctoral course】
(1) Those who are taking the three-year doctoral course must complete 12 or more credits from the Department’s Special Subjects, common Specialized Subjects of the School of Physical Sciences, Comprehensive Subjects and subjects offered by the Course-by-Course Education Program in Physics.
(2) The total credits as specified in (1) must include 2 credits from Freshman Course in Interdepartmental Program.
(3) The total credits as specified in (1) must include the compulsory subjects provided in the requirements for completing the Course-by-Course Education Program in Physics.
(4) The credits described in (1) may include up to 4 credits from the other Departments.

CourseTerm of enrollmentNumber of credits
5-year course5 years42
3-year course3 years12

Degree to be awarded

All the students who graduate from SOKENDAI obtain the degree of “Doctor of Philosophy”, “Doctor of Science”, or “Doctor of Engineering” depend on the contents of the doctoral theses.

[*Master’s degree]
Students who have registered in the 5-year course and are permitted to withdraw from SOKENDAI and have satisfied the requirements for obtaining a master’s degree as set forth in Article #16 of the Standards for the Establishment of Graduate Schools may be awarded a master’s degree.

Evaluation criteria for the doctoral thesis in the Department of Fusion Science

The doctoral thesis will be reviewed based upon the philosophy of the department and upon the perspectives of the internal and external members of the doctoral thesis committee regarding fusion research.

  1. Clarity of the objective and the academic significance of the research results
  2. Originality of the research
  3. Sufficient knowledge in the field of specialization and sufficient language skills for international activity
  4. Publication(s) in peer-reviewed journal(s) as first author or publication plans based upon results in the doctoral thesis