KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Attracting and developing top talent from the Kingdom and around the world, KAUST invests in its people.

PhD Programmes



Students who pursue their graduate studies at KAUST gain access to the many state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratories within our campus community.


  • The academic divisions and research centers support the University's research mission by bringing together faculty members, researchers and graduate students from across the disciplines. Together, they leverage the interconnectedness of science and engineering and develop interdisciplinary approaches to fundamental and goal-oriented problems.
  • Our core labs are centrally organized​​, shared-user facilities that provide direct access to specialized research equipment operated by expert staff with advanced degrees in science and engineering. Core labsstaff partner with researchers to collaborate on projects, fulfill service requests and train users to operate independently.​

University Ranking

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Student services

​The Graduate Affairs Operations team has a broad range of functions and services, designed to deliver the support framework that underpins the Admissions, Graduate Development and Services and Alumni Affairs..

Housing services

  • KAUST offers furnished housing with arrangements in place for the upkeep and maintenance of housing units. Our housing stock includes apartments, terraced townhouses, detached houses and villas.
  • The community also has single-gender housing for sharing residents. Our commitment to KAUST residents is to provide a smooth transition from their old home, help quickly settle into the international and culturally diverse KAUST community and provide opportunities to make KAUST their new home.

Student Life

Campus life

Located on the shores of the Red Sea on our exclusive campus, students are able to conduct research with an international perspective. They work under the supervision and guidance of our leading faculty in any of our ten research facilities, and also collaborate with other students hailing from every corner of the globe.

Sports facilities

  • With the Red Sea on its doorstep and ample recreational amenities, KAUST offers a wide range of activities and opportunities to all eligible faculty, researchers, students, staff and family members for keeping fit, active and entertained.      

  • The Harbor Sports Club features a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities including a sixteen-lane bowling alley, multi-purpose sports hall, fitness rooms, group exercise rooms, family swimming pool, ladies' swimming pool, kids' pool; squash courts,

Thuwal, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

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