Program Concept

The International Physics Course (IPC) is a degree program conducted in English inside the Department of Physics and the Department of Earth and Space Science of the Graduate School of Science of Osaka University. It offers Master and Ph.D. degrees, completed usually in 2 and 3 years respectively. In the IPC, we provide graduate students with an education and research environment where English is the standard language. See our curriculum, syllabi, and advanced seminars.
Students in the IPC can work from the beginning as active members of international collaborations in theory or experiment. Osaka University is rather unique among universities because we have our own large-scale facilities on campus, including a high-power laser and a high-energy accelerator. Students interested in condensed matter physics and other fields of physics are also encouraged to join the IPC program.

Students will belong to the Department of Physics or the Department of Earth and Space Science, and will receive a Master of Science or Ph.D. degree from the Department of Physics or the Department of Earth and Space Science of Graduate School of Science.

As for the career paths of our graduates, approximately one-third remain in academia in Japan, one-fourth go to industry in Japan and most of the others return to their home countries. Most of the graduates who remain in academia stay initially at Osaka University (about three quarters), but some went to the Institute of Applied Materials Science and the National Institute for Quantum Science and Technology. Some of the companies where our graduates have found a job are (in alphabetical order): Fujimoto Sangyo, Denso Ten, Horiba, NTT, ONS, Pars Auto, Shimadzu, Skydisc, SNK.

Research Groups and Faculties

We have more than 30 groups led by full professors covering research in particle and nuclear physics, astrophysics, cosmology, plasma physics, condensed matter, statistical and inter-disciplinary physics. Details of the groups and faculties are shown at the URL below. Feel free to contact these faculties directly to ask any kind of questions.


The IPC is one of the educational programs taught in English at Osaka University (for programs taught in English in other disciplines, see this webpage). It started as one of the projects for the Establishment of Core Universities for Internationalization (Global 30) launched by our ministry MEXT and it continues now independently as an initiative of Osaka University.

IPC video
This video brings to you some voices of international students in our Graduate School of Science

Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science
Osaka University, 1-1 Machikaneyama, Toyonaka 560-0043, Osaka, Japan