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
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
Experimental courses: This portion of the degree program is
designed to enable students to undertake experiments in Labs as a way to personalize the
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.