Welcome to the Applied Physics Program

The Applied Physics Program is a new interdisciplinary degree program at KAUST which​ will start in Fall 2019. Courses in the Applied Physics program are selected and designed to provide students with the knowledge-base and intellectual foundation required to advance scientific research and engineering solutions in applied physics.​

The Applied Physics program for both M.S. and Ph.D. students aims at providing firm knowledge on basic science to comprehend the physics taking place at the nanoscale, and tools to apply this knowledge to nurture technological and scientific breakthroughs in applied physics. The program focuses on device physics, photonics, and quantum electronics. Students in this program receive broad training in basic scientific concepts in condensed matter physics, electrodynamics, and statistical physics. Students participate in scientific research activities that may include laboratory studies and computational modeling. Ph.D. candidates focus on original research driven to advance the boundaries of knowledge. Employability of Applied Physics graduates ranges from academic research institutions to research and development positions in high-tech industrial or entrepreneurial environments.

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:

  • Core Courses (12 credits)
  • Elective Courses (12 credits)
  • Research/Capstone Experience (twelve credits for the thesis option, six credits for non-thesis option):
  • Graduate Seminar AP 298 or AP 398 (non-credit)

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

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 25, 2019
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