Khalifa University of Science and Technology offers Graduate Research / Teaching Assistant (GRTA) scholarships to support qualified international students enrolled in graduate programs.

The scholarship provides generous remuneration and benefits that include:

  • Full coverage of tuition fees.
  • Medical insurance coverage for students under the Khalifa University visa.
  • Support to attend international research conferences.
  • The indicative monthly stipend for GRTA Scholarship is as follows (subject to change).

Application Opening!

We will start taking applications starting November 1st, 2018 for the next intake in September 1st, 2019.

The degree of Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (M.Sc. in MSEN) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as a thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of materials science and engineering and associated disciplines. The M.Sc. degree gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of MSEN and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.


The M.Sc. in MSEN Program Goals (objectives) aims to produce graduate students with the disciplinary preparation that meets the following goals:

  1. An ability to identify and address current and future needs in various aspects of materials and devices (both active and passive) for all sorts of applications towards a sustainable and improved human well-being.
  2. An ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to conceive, plan, design, and implement innovations and solutions to problems and challenges that involve materials and their properties and applications.
  3. An understanding of the potential impact of materials based technologies and innovations on the social, economic, environmental aspects.
  4. An understanding of the value of an intellectual approach, technical scholarship, service to society, leadership, best practice, and life-long learning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.Sc. in MSEN, graduates are expected to attain the following outcomes:

  1. Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex materials and devices problems.
  2. Successfully apply advanced concepts of materials engineering to the analysis, design, and development of materials, devices, systems, and processes to meet desired needs of society professionally and ethically.
  3. Use an advanced approach to design and conduct experiments in the area of materials and/or devices and to analyze and interpret data.
  4. Be continuously aware of contemporary issues and research opportunities/challenges in the field of materials engineering as related to energy and sustainability and engage in life-long learning in the field and in the fundamentals of other related disciplines.
  5. Use advanced materials characterization techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering tools.
  6. Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
    In addition to the above, students choosing the concentration in Space Systems and Technology are also expected to attain the following concentration-specific outcomes:
    1. Demonstrate proficiency in the aspects of space systems design and analysis.
    2. Design and build a small-satellite as a part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Material Science and Engineering (MSEN) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 12 credits of Technical Elective courses, and 12 credits of MSEN Master’s Thesis work. Technical electives are selected from a specified list and any electives from outside the program require prior approval by the Program Chair and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Students should register for a minimum of 12 thesis credit hours. The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in MSEN degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in MSEN program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in MSEN Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required

Program Core


Seminar in Research Methods


Program Electives


MSc Thesis




Program taught in:
  • English

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