Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering

General

Program Description

The Material Science and Engineering Program is designed to equip students with fundamental and applied knowledge of materials. We prepare students to tackle grand challenges in sustainability and renewable energy, nanotechnology and nanoelectronics, biomaterials, materials characterization, and low-power computing.

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study program and faculty research groups.

Ph.D. Degree

Typically a three-to-four-year post-master's degree. The Ph.D., involves original research, culminating in a research dissertation.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

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.

Students pursuing a Ph.D. degree are required to complete the following degree requirements to earn the degree:

  • Securing a Dissertation Advisor.
  • Successful completion of program coursework.
  • Passing the Qualifying Examination.
  • Formation of the Dissertation Committee.
  • Passing the Dissertation Proposal Defense.
  • Defend and Submit Ph .D. Dissertation.

Ph.D. Degree Timeline

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Program Director
Stefaan De Wolf, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Material Science and Engineering
Building 5, Level 3, Office 3237

Last updated November 2019

About the School

Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a graduate-level research university located on the shores of the Red Sea. Ranked 1st in the world for citations per ... Read More

Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a graduate-level research university located on the shores of the Red Sea. Ranked 1st in the world for citations per faculty for past 3 consecutive years running (Qs world university rankings), we’re dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. Read less