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welcome to the earth science and engineering program


​Sigurjón Jónsson, Ph.D​​​​​
Professor of Geophysics
Building 1, Level 3, Room 3136.

We are faced with unprecedented challenges related to climate change, the energy transition, natural resources, pollution and degredation of the natural environment. Future earth scientists will play an important role in addressing and finding solutions to these pressing problems. In the Earth Science and Engineering program we offer a range of courses and scientific projects that help students to acquire useful knowledge and skills to take on these challenges. Our M.S. and Ph.D. level courses cover many subjects in geophysics and geology as well as providing training in different data acquisition, data analysis and computational methods. Research within the program focuses on atmospheric and ocean processes, subsurface imaging, reservoir simulations, natural hazards and on the Red Sea rift, among many other topics. If you join us, you can select one of following four study tracks: Geophysics, Geology, Machine Learning in Geosciences, or Geophysical Fluids and Climate Systems. 

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study programs and research groups.​​​​


Can be a terminal graduate degree or may serve as a gateway to the Ph.D. program. The M.S. degree typically takes 18 months to complete, and is offered to both traditional full-time students and part-time students; for example, industry-sponsored students on semester-long company leaves. 

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​Typically a three- to four- ​​year post-master's degree. The Ph.D., involves original research, culminating in a research dissertation. 


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Karema Alaseef
Engineering Science Hall (Building 9)
Level 4, Office 4365

Karema is here to address students academic questions, evaluate their progress, and update them on current university policies and procedures. She is the first point of contact for all academic life and KAUST-related questions or issues. She is the liaison between students and faculty, the Registrar Office, Graduate Affairs, Admissions, the Associate Dean and the Dean.  ​​