Postgraduate Diploma​

Designed specifically for citizens of Saudi Arabia, the goal of the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) is to have an unprecedented impact on Saudi’s talent economy. By skilling and developing well-rounded professionals with critical-thinking skills, this program will position graduates to succeed in the employment market or to excel in the next stages of graduate study at KAUST or internationally.


Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) program requires applicants to satisfy the following entry requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a science or engineering-related topic from a higher education institution recognized by KAUST 
  • English Language Requirements : All applicants are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, or TOEFL 79 

Candidates being considered for admission are required to take an academic and a personal interview, which will assess the pre-requisite knowledge and other requirements needed for the program. 

General Degree Requirements 

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) at KAUST is a 24-credit program. Students are expected to complete the PGDip in three semesters. The PGDip has the following requirements:

  • Soft skills courses: This portion of the degree program is designed to provide a student with a foundation in interdisciplinary 21st century skills. 
  • Experimental courses: This portion of the degree program is designed to enable students to undertake experiments in Labs as a way to personalize the learning experience. 

  • Theoretical courses: The courses are designed for students with entry-level background in sciences. The foundational courses are for students aiming to major in a science discipline. 
  • Capstone experience: The details of this portion of the PGDip program are also uniquely determined by the student and an academic advisor. This will involve an introduction to research and other capstone experiences that build on the knowledge gained in coursework. 

At least 24 degree credits must be completed in graduate-level courses and capstone projects. These courses need to be approved by the academic advisor.