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Entrance Examination for the Graduate School (winter)

Information of Entrance Examination conducted in Winter

Last updated on: November 7, 2017

Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering and Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering, hold a joint entrance examination for Master's Course Program and Doctoral Program.

Applicants can download the Guidelines for Applicants to the 2018 Master's Course Program and Doctoral Course Program (in Japanese) and partial English translations of them. The information below are outlines of the Admission Guides for reference purposes only and are subject to change without notice; be sure to confirm the details in the Admission Guides.

Applicants should contact supervising professors of preferred classifications and discuss application how to with them in advance. The preferred classifications are corresponding to the laboratories listed in this page for Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering and this page for Department of Urban Management.

For the Master's and Doctoral Course Program entrance examination, applicants will have to take the examinations, which will be held in the Katsura Campus.

Important Information Concerning English Examination

Some applicants have to submit a TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS score. Only a score certificate (Official Score Certificate) dated February 1, 2016 or later is valid for the entrance examinations of both Master’s Course Program and Doctoral Course Program.

In the case of TOEFL, only a TOEFL-iBT (internet-Based Test) or TOEFL-PBT (Paper-Based Test) score certificate (Official Score Report) is accepted.

In the case of TOEIC, only the official TOEIC Listening & Reading tests held in Japan or Korea are accepted.

Note that score certificates for group tests such as TOEFL-ITP and TOEIC-IP are invalid.

Master's Course Program

  1. Preferred Classification, Research Details
    The preferred classifications are corresponding to the laboratories listed in this page for Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering and this page for Department of Urban Management. 
Research details are also described in the pages.

  2. Examination Schedule
    February 13 (Tuesday) or 14 (Wednesday) , 2018.
  3. Examination Subjects and Scope of Examination
    1) Entrance examination for International applicants (total of 1,000 points)
    (a) English (200 points):
    Submission of a TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS official score

    (b) Oral Exam I (400 points)
    The Oral Examination I will last approximately 15 minutes and will mainly focus on the applicant’s basic knowledge of specialized field of one of the following five and mathematical knowledge. The fields correspond to the research that applicants intend to pursue after admission.

     

    SubjectRange of Questions
    (1) Structural Mechanics Force equilibrium, Sectional forces, Influence lines, Stress and strain, Mechanical properties of materials, Sectional properties, Stability of structures and static determinate/indeterminate, Statically determinate structures, Deformation of structures, Elastic buckling of columns, Statically indeterminate structures, Equations of elasticity, Work and energy, Virtual work, Energy principle
    (2) Hydraulics Fundamentals of fluid motion, Hydrostatics, Dynamics of perfect fluids, Water waves, Viscous flows and turbulence, Dimensional analysis and similarity law, Steady pipe flows, and Steady open-channel flows
    (3) Soil Mechanics Physical properties and classification of soils, Permeability and seepage, Consolidation, Shear strength, Compaction, Earth pressure, Bearing capacity, Stress distribution, Slope stability, Ground improvement, Liquefaction, Seismic behavior
    (4) Systems Analysis for Planning and Management Linear Programming, Nonlinear programming, Dynamic Programming, Game theory, Network analysis, Cost-benefit analysis, Regression analysis
    (5) Earth Resources  Engineering Physical and mechanical properties of rock and rock mass, and laboratory and in-situ testing and measurement of them; Methods of geological survey; Stress, strain and displacement; Airy's stress function and two-dimensional elastic problem
    (c) Oral Exam II (400 points)
    Applicants should prepare a presentation (approximately 10 minutes in length) on their graduation research or their current main research. The presentation may be given in English or Japanese. In a presentation, applicants can use liquid-crystal projector and PC. The interview will be conducted after presentation (Total time: approximately 15 minutes, including the presentation).
  4. Application Instructions
    In addition to the application forms included in the Admission Guide to the Master's Course Program, separate documents should also be submitted. Consult the supervising professor of your preferred classification for details.
  5. Course Program Selection
    As in the below there are five course programs that you can pursue upon entering the Master's Course Program:
    (1) Master's Course Program,
    (2) Master's Course Program, International Course,
    (3) Interdisciplinary Engineering Course Program, Postgraduate Integrated Course Program of Applied Mechanics,
    (4) Interdisciplinary Engineering Course Program, Postgraduate Integrated Course Program of Human Security Engineering, and
    (5) Advanced Engineering Course Program.
    The program will be determined by our specific procedure using the statement of course selection and results of the entrance examination.

Doctoral Course Program

  1. Preferred Classification, Research Details
    The preferred classifications are corresponding to the laboratories listed in this page for Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering and this page for Department of Urban Management. 
Research details are also described in the pages.
  2. Examination Type
    1) Ordinary examination, 2) Special examination for full-time workers, 3) Special examination for PhD thesis draft, and 4) Special examination for foreign applicants on the Interdisciplinary Engineering Course Program of the Human Security Engineering.
  3. Examination Schedule
    February 13 (Tuesday) and 14 (Wednesday), 2018.
  4. Examination Subjects and Scope of Examination
    1) Ordinary examination (total of 1,000 points)
    (a) English (200 points):
    Submission of a TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS official score
    (b) Oral Exam I (400 points)
    An oral examination of about 30 minutes is conducted concerning the applicant's basic scholastic ability, with emphasis on Master's Course Program research content or a field related to the applicant's work content.
    (c) Oral Exam II (400 points)
    The applicant makes an oral presentation (15 minutes or less) based on the separately submitted document, Research Experience and Study / Research Plan, and an oral examination (about 30 minutes, including the presentation) is conducted. Use of a personal computer and a projector in the oral presentation is permitted.
    2) Special examination for full-time workers (total of 1,000 points)
    (a) Essay (500 points)
    An essay is assigned concerning the applicant's basic scholastic ability, with emphasis on Master's Course Program research content or a field related to the applicant's work content.
    (b) Oral Exam (500 points)
    The applicant makes an oral presentation (15 minutes or less) based on the separately submitted document, Research Experience and Study / Research Plan, and an oral examination (about 30 minutes, including the presentation) is conducted. Use of a personal computer and a projector in the oral presentation is permitted.
    3) Special examination for PhD thesis draft (total of 1,000 points)
    (a) PhD thesis draft Exam (pass or not)
    (b) Oral Exam (1,000 points)
    The applicant makes an oral presentation (15 minutes or less) based on the separately submitted thesis draft, and an oral examination (about 30 minutes, including the presentation) is conducted. Use of a personal computer and a projector in the oral presentation is permitted.
  5. Application Instructions
    In addition to the application forms included in the Admission Guide to the Doctoral Course Program, separate documents should also be submitted. Consult the supervising professor of your preferred classification for details.
  6. Program Selection
    Two programs have been prepared for those who enroll in the Doctoral Couse Program.  Programs available for enrollment by those who pass the entrance examination for the examination category Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering or Department of Urban Management are as follows.
    • Interdisciplinary Engineering Course Program
      (Postgraduate Integrated Course Program of Evolutionarily Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering / Postgraduate Integrated Course Program of Applied Mechanics / Postgraduate Integrated Course Program of Human Security Engineering)
    • Advanced Engineering Course Program
      (Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering or Department of Urban Management)