Ph.D. in Bioengineering King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
A bioengineer develops and applies engineering principles to life sciences. The field focuses on the development and application of engineering concepts, principles, and methods to biological systems. We aim to model, monitor, and treat disorders and disabilities that affect living organisms, to develop algorithms that aid in understanding biological systems and to engineer living systems in order to enhance their performance. The technologies that are generated in this area might include synthetic tissues or organs, sensors that are wired to human body and prosthetics that mimic the natural function of a limb, smart algorithms and end-to-end data analytical engines, bioreactors that improve the quality of treated wastewater and bacteria engineered to produce resources. Bioengineering integrates elements of electrical and mechanical engineering, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science and materials science with biology. Thanks to this multidisciplinary nature, the field of bioengineering often creates out-of-the-box solutions addressing and solving challenges in effect augmenting the well-being of living systems.
The program comprises four tracks: Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Bioinformatics and Machine Learning, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and Synthetic Biology.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed to prepare students for research careers in academia and industry.
There is a minimum residency requirement at KAUST of three and a half years for students entering with a bachelor’s degree and two and a half years for students entering with a master’s degree. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved to graduate. Individual courses require a minimum of a B- for course credit.
The Ph.D. degree includes the following steps:
- Securing an academic advisor .
- Successful completion of program coursework.
- Passing the dissertation proposal defense to obtain candidacy status .
- Preparing, submitting and successfully defending a doctoral dissertation.