WELCOME
TO THE
BIOSCIENCE
PROGRAM

About the Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Bioscience program plays a key role in tackling many of the global challenges being addressed by KAUST, with a general emphasis on what we term Adaptive Biology or the study of the mechanisms that allow organisms to adapt to their environment. The unique location of KAUST on the shores of the Red Sea makes comprehensive exploration of the biodiversity of this unique ecosystem and its potential biotechnology applications possible.​

The Bioscience Program provides an introduction to living systems with courses in cell and molecular biology and biophysics. The program is comprised of two tracks of self-contained courses consisting of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes. Each course provides an in-depth review of the subject and examples of current research in the field.  ​

The program comprises two tracks: Cell & Molecular Biology and Bioengineering.​​

MASTERS DEGREE

The Master’s Degree (M.S.) is awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved to graduate. Individual courses require a minimum of a B- for course credit. Students are expected to complete the M.S. degree in three semesters and one summer session.

Course requirements: 
- Mandatory Courses (12 credits)
- Core Courses (6 credits) 
- Elective Courses (6 credits)
- Research/Capstone Experience (12 credits)
- Winter Enrichment Program (completed) 

M.S. thesis option and M.S. Non-thesis option for graduation. 

PhD 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

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