King Abdullah University of Science & Technology


Marine Science and Engineering


P.O. Box 55455

Jeddah, Makkah 21534

Saudi Arabia

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.-Marine Science and Engineering, M.S.-Marine Science and Engineering

Format: Campus

Program Description:

All admitted students receive the benefits of the Full KAUST Fellowship which includes: Full tuition support, Competitive monthly living allowance, Housing, Private medical and dental coverage and Relocation support. The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared. The goal of the Marine Science Program is to develop an integrated understanding of the Red Sea’s ecosystem as well as marine ecosystems in general, including fundamental biology at the molecular and genomic levels, symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), associated communities of fish and corals, and the physical and chemical environment that impacts and shapes them. This understanding could have an impact on global carbon cycling, endangered species, and how we manage the harvesting of resources from the oceans. The curriculum provides a strong introduction with courses on the fundamentals of marine science and oceanography. The program includes only one track - Marine Biology & Conservation. This track consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory classes and fieldwork. It includes introductory courses as well as courses with increasing level of specialization. For a student to graduate with an M.S. degree in Marine Science (MarS), he/she is required to complete 36 credit hours (with the typical course worth three credit hours) and maintain an average GPA of 3.0 (B grade).


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an international graduate-level research university located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Since opening its doors in 2009, the University has graduated over 730 students. Many graduates have continued in research as doctoral students and scientists at KAUST or at prestigious universities in the US and around the world. The KAUST degree is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Other graduates have secured industry positions at major companies worldwide.

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