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Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University


Scientific discoveries in new unexplored frontiers require both a substantial intellectual foundation and the ability to glean insights through exploration. When pursuing scientific research in chemistry, one must have extensive knowledge, keen insight, and strong determination. We expect students to learn a broad spectrum of scientific knowledge through rigorous academic training in chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics in our program. Students are encouraged to challenge and to approach problems creatively with the support of our faculty members and colleagues.

Altogether over 3000 students have graduated from the undergraduate Department and the graduate Division of Chemistry since the founding in 1897. Most graduates have gone onto academia, research institutions, and industries, where they have led and/or are engaged in original research in various chemistry-related fields, from the fundamentals in science, to engineering, pharmacology, and medicine. A number of our alumni have been involved in advanced research projects at internationally recognized institutions in Japan, as well as overseas, and they have made important contributions through their scientific discoveries. Several have received distinguished awards including the Nobel Prize.

For the past 110 years, our mission has been to serve society for the betterment of humanity through scientific and educational endeavors. We educate students to become professionals with a strong sense of humanity, and prepare them to pursue careers in scientific research in which they can integrate acquired knowledge and skills, and generate new intellectual understanding with their innovative approaches to science.

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