International Energy Science Course

Enrollment: Master’s: October, Doctoral: October/April

 Enrollment Limit : Master: 10, Doctor: 10

Degree : Master’s Degree, Doctoral Degree
Address : The Graduate School of Energy Science

Kyoto University, Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501

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Course Description:

The International Energy Science Course (IESC) Master’s Program teaches students about energy systems from a broad, cross-disciplinary perspective, along with in-depth understanding of their own major. Teaching in each major takes place within the three departments of the Graduate School of Energy Science. All students must complete course work and research equating to 30 credits, and successfully defend their Master’s thesis (15 thesis credits). The IESC doctoral program provides the international students and researchers who have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) an opportunity to further their studies toward a doctoral degree at Kyoto University.
Majors available within the course will fall broadly within one of four departments: Socio-Environmental Energy Science (SES), Fundamental Energy Science (FES), Energy Conversion Science (ECS), and Department of Energy Science and Technology (EST)*1. SES leads the research on the effective use of energy and resources and analysis of energy systems in order to build a sustainable social system within the global environment, while FES offers graduate students fundamental science education and conduct research to contribute to cleaner energy solutions. ECS conduct research and education in generation, conversion, control and utilization of various kinds of energy in focus on efficient and clean energy. EST conducts education and research on the development of more efficient utilization of direct and indirect energy supplies based on disciplines such as resources, metallurgical, mechanical and electrical engineering.
*1 IESC of EST is available only for DOCTORAL programs.





Welcome Message:

Dr. Keiichi N. Ishihara

Dr. Keiichi N. IshiharaDean, Professor of the Department of Socio-Environmental Energy Science at the Graduate School of Energy Science.
His research interests cover two broad fields on energy; materials science and social engineering on energy and environment


Security of power generation has become an even more exigent issue in the world since the Fukushima accident. Staff and students of the GSES work to deepen an understanding of the energy problems and work to develop new energy and environmental technologies to ensure the sustainable development of human society. Students engage in learning across various fields, explore sustainable energy systems through the creation of innovative technologies and study the social and economic implications of such energy systems. Students who are attracted to Kyoto as the namesake of the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol and want to contribute to sustainable development will find themselves at home. Students are encouraged to pursue their area of research in depth. We have been very successful with the approach of our program and I am convinced that we will be able to solve the challenges of the future. After graduation, I expect our students will be equipped to go into society as experts in the energy field with specialized training.