General FAQs

General FAQs

Why was the Khalifa University of Science and Technology established through a merger of three existing UAE universities?

The merger between the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Petroleum Institute (PI) and the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) to form the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) was intended to consolidate the resources and infrastructure of three of the most respected academic institutions in the UAE and the Middle East. The resulting unified University reinforces Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s commitment to pursuing the development of world-class research and human capital initiatives.

What is the structure of the new university?

KU is an independent entity with its own Board of Trustees that is accountable to the Government of Abu Dhabi for its charter.

Will the MIT certificate previously provided to Masdar Institute graduates continue to be provided at KU?

For existing students graduating in the 2016-2017 academic year, the MIT Certificate of Achievement is being granted as it has been previously. Discussions with MIT are ongoing to understand what role they will play in the new Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

Is the education at KU co-ed or segregated?

At the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, all new students at both the undergraduate and graduate level will study in a gender-integrated environment. Students who were enrolled at the gender segregated Petroleum Institute before the merger will be able to complete their programs under the preexisting segregated educational arrangement.

Is education at KU for UAE Nationals only, or are international applicants also accepted?

The University celebrates diversity and welcomes UAE National, expatriate foreigners, and international applicants.

What does the new unified University campus entail?

The new unified Khalifa University of Science and Technology has three campuses – a main campus and two satellite campuses in Sas Al Nakhl and Masdar City. The campuses include:

  • Over 250,000 square meters in covered unit space.
  • Multi-cultural environment with vibrant and rich student life.
  • Over 20,000 square meters of dedicated laboratory and research space.
  • 16 dedicated research centers exploring a diverse range of energy, water, aerospace and information and communication technology challenges.
  • Over 228 state-of-the-art laboratories investigating subjects ranging from artificial intelligence and robotics to clean energy, hydrocarbons and aerospace.
  • Three major demonstration facilities for solar energy, sustainable buildings and bioenergy.

Are scholarships available for students?

Tuition waivers and stipend support are provided for undergraduate and graduate UAE nationals, but only limited tuition waivers are provided for undergraduate international students. Tuition waivers and stipend support are offered for graduate international students working on research projects. For more information, visit the Scholarship page.

What is the accreditation status of KU’s degree programs?

All academic programs at KU are accredited with the CAA of the UAE Ministry of Education  for the new programs is underway.

What degrees are on offer at KU?

At present, Khalifa University of Science and Technology offers the following academic programs at undergraduate, post-graduate and doctorate (PhD) levels:

Bachelor’s Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  2. Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  3. Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  4. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  5. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
    Software Systems Concentration
  6. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  7. Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  8. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  9. Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering
  10. Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience
  11. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  12. Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Master’s Degrees

  1. Master of Arts in International and Civil Security
  2. Master of Engineering in Health, Safety and Environmental Engineering
  3. Master of Science in Applied Chemistry
  4. Master of Science in Computing and Information Science
  5. Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  6. Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  7. Master of Science in Engineering Systems and Management
  8. Master of Science in Information Security
  9. Master of Science in Material Science and Engineering
  10. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  11. Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
  12. Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering
  13. Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience
  14. Master of Science in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure
  15. Master of Science in Water and Environmental Engineering
  16. Master of Science by Research in Engineering

Medical Doctor (M.D)

  1. Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Doctorate Degrees

  1. Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Geoscience
  2. Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering Concentration
  • Biomedical Engineering Concentration
  • Chemical Engineering Concentration
  • Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering Concentration
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration
  • Engineering Systems and Management Concentration
  • Material Science and Engineering Concentration
  • Mechanical Engineering Concentration
  • Nuclear Engineering Concentration
  • Petroleum Engineering Concentration
  • Robotics Concentration
  • Multidisciplinary Concentration

What are the requirements for undergraduate admissions to KU?

Undergraduate admission to KU is highly competitive. To be considered for admission, potential students must meet strict criteria and requirements, which are listed on the Undergraduate Admissions Requirements page.

What are the requirements for admission to a graduate program at KU?

The requirements for admission to KU graduate programs are outlined on our Graduate Admissions requirements page. Please note that admission is highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entry to our programs.

Does KU conduct entrance exams prior to admitting students?

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements must pass an entrance exam in mathematics (algebra and precalculus)math and physics admission tests. This does not apply to those who are eligible for Exemption From Entry Assessment.

How can I apply to study at KU?

Applications can be submitted via the KU website on or before the date listed by the Admissions teams on the Undergraduate Admissions page or the Graduate Admissions page.

Where can I submit my application?

Applications for graduate admissions can be made online.

What documents do I have to provide in order to apply?

Please click here for a full list of all of the documents required to apply.

How many programs can I apply for?

Applicants can only apply to one program per semester.

Do I need to take an English language proficiency test?

The language of instruction at KU is English and as such, all applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English. Most applicants can satisfy this requirement by passing an English-based language test such as the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (iBT). Potential students who have not met the minimum required score in an English proficiency test are required to sit an English language admission test. The purpose of this test is to determine the level of English course in which the student will be placed.

What are IELTS and TOEFL test dates? Are they given at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology?

IELTS and TOEFL exams are not offered at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology and test dates vary by location. Please visit the relevant website for information on test dates, available locations and how to register for the exams: