Welcome to the Applied Physics Program

The Applied Physics Program is a new interdisciplinary degree program at KAUST which​ will start in Fall 2019. Courses in the Applied Physics program are selected and designed to provide students with the knowledge-base and intellectual foundation required to advance scientific research and engineering solutions in applied physics.​

The Applied Physics program for both M.S. and Ph.D. students aims at providing firm knowledge on basic science to comprehend the physics taking place at the nanoscale, and tools to apply this knowledge to nurture technological and scientific breakthroughs in applied physics. The program focuses on device physics, photonics, and quantum electronics. Students in this program receive broad training in basic scientific concepts in condensed matter physics, electrodynamics, and statistical physics. Students participate in scientific research activities that may include laboratory studies and computational modeling. Ph.D. candidates focus on original research driven to advance the boundaries of knowledge. Employability of Applied Physics graduates ranges from academic research institutions to research and development positions in high-tech industrial or entrepreneurial environments.

Ph.D. Degree

​The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed to prepare students for research careers in academia and industry. It is offered exclusively as a full-time program.

There is a minimum residency requirement at KAUST of 3.5 years for students entering with a B.S. degree and 2.5 years for students entering with an M.S. degree. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved on all Doctoral coursework. Individual courses require a minimum of a B- to earn course credit.

The Ph.D. degree includes the following steps:

  • Securing a Dissertation Advisor
  • Successful completion of program coursework
  • Passing the Qualifying Examination
  • Passing the Dissertation Proposal Defense to obtain candidacy status
  • Preparing, submitting and successfully defending a Doctoral dissertation
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated August 22, 2019
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30 - 42 months
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