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Welcome to the Physical Science and Engineering Division of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


At KAUST, our mission is to advance science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. The PSE Division plays a critical role in the university’s mission to drive the Kingdom’s innovation landscape by focusing on four essential pillars: Sustainable Environment & Essential Needs, Health and Wellness, Energy and Industrial Leadership, and the Economies of the Future.

Under these overarching themes, the PSE Division aims to address global challenges related to the environment, climate change, energy, health, water and food scarcity, and smart cities by taking part in the design and strategic development of Saudi mega projects such as NEOM, The Red Sea Global, the Green Initiative and many more.

Inspired by the spirit of progress, we proudly contribute to the transformative plan of the Kingdom Vision 2030, which seeks to shape sustainable development and create a brighter tomorrow for all by embracing the potential of science and technology.

Chak Chan, Dean, Physical Science and Engineering Division

Latest News

14 September, 2023

The once-in-a-generation Earthquake

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12 September, 2023

Mastering the Ropes of Research

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11 September, 2023

Professor Tariq Alkhalifah awarded the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ Kauffman Gold Medal

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Upcoming Events


Oct 2023

Professor Xiaoqin Zou


Oct 2023

Earth Science and Engineering and Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Seminar

GCS the World’s Awaited Savior… GCS = Geologic Carbon Storage

Professor Hussein Hoteit


Oct 2023

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar and Applied Physics Graduate Seminar

Smart Multifunctional Electronic Devices for IoT and Healthcare Applications

Assistant Professor Nazek El-Atab

​​Graduate Programs

Surrounded by cutting-edge facilities and an unparalleled environment to explore the leading edge of science, our students can conduct research in the absolute confidence that our faculty and staff members will fully support them as they pursue careers in science, industry, and academia.
The PSE Division currently offers seven-degree granting programs. Under the guidance of their expert advisors, our students can choose courses and design research projects that best suit their individual goals. Each program offers a combination of lectures, seminars, and laboratory classes. All of our students are expected to conduct independent research. 
Our students also enjoy a world-class campus, an engaging range of extracurricular activities and an array of opportunities provided by KAUST's fifteen academic programs, three divisions, and multitude of industrial partners.
For more information on our academic programs, please click on the link below.