Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

General

Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering Program course curriculum is modern and rigorous. The courses in the program provide a solid foundation in subjects such as mechanical behavior of engineering materials, continuum mechanics, thermodynamics, experimental and numerical combustion, computational fluid dynamics and control theory. Our graduates are technically well trained to be productive members of the modern world society at large and specifically suited for research careers in academia, industry, and government research laboratories. We place a strong emphasis on class learning coupled with innovative research in a variety of areas.
We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study program and faculty research groups.

Ph.D. Degree

The Ph.D. degree focuses on original research and culminating in a research dissertation. Completing the program typically takes three to four years beyond the MS degree. Our Ph.D. students present their research findings at leading conferences around the world and publish their work in high-impact scholarly journals.

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:
Aamir Farooq, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Building 5, Level 4, Room 4217.

Last updated Nov 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