Welcome to the Physical Science and Engineering Division

Our mission is to create knowledge pertaining to matter at all scales - nano, meso and macro - and in all forms, from bulk, to divided colloids and fluids: as well as to create knowledge about the interaction of matter with external stimuli in order to design new materials and technologies that can address our quest to mitigate or even solve some of the major challenges that we face in the world today.

Our graduate students and internationally renowned Faculty focus on challenges related to energy and the environment.  We also focus on exploration and manipulation at the nanoscale.

The division has seven academic programs: Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Science, Earth Science and Engineering, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

PSE boasts superb facilities and resources and I invite you to explore our website.

Dr. Ravi Samtaney

Latest News

27 June, 2022

Meet new PSE student: Mohammed Alabdullah

Mohamed first came to KAUST in 2021, as a visiting student for the Saudi summer internship (SSI) program. He was flabbergasted by the University's cultural diversity and exceptional research facilities, which impelled him to pursue his academic career here.

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23 June, 2022

Shaping the future of purification

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23 June, 2022

The 20-year dash: Celebrating the accomplishments of our inspiring in-Kingdom and international female scientists

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​​Graduate Programs

​​​The Physical Science and E​ngineering Division currently offers seven degree granting programs.  Guided by their advisors, students may choose courses and devise research projects that best suit their individual goals.  Students can take full advantage of the interdisciplinary research​ opportunities that arise from across KAUST's fifteen academic programs, the three Divisions and our industrial partners.
In all programs students are offered modules consisting of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.  Students are expected to conduct independent research.​ 
For more information, explore our Academic Program pages through the Links below:​