ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The goal of the Plant Science Program is to develop a thorough understanding of plant growth and function under challenging environmental conditions, such as those found in Saudi Arabia. The fundamental biology of plants is studied at a range of levels (e.g. genomic, proteomic, metabolomics), and the interactions of plants with their environment, both abiotic (heat, salt, and drought) and biotic (pathogens and symbionts) are investigated. Application of this knowledge will allow the development of plants with enhanced tolerance to environmental stresses and help to establish sustainable agriculture systems in arid regions of the world.

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

Internships and Visiting Opportunities available here.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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30 - 42 months
Full-time
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Free
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