Admission open from now until 16 October 2021


This application for a PhD in Science program was submitted to the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates in November 2019. The review visit will take place in April 2020 so that the following information is subject to modification to incorporate any requirements for accreditation.

The proposed PhD in Science program contributes to Khalifa University’s intention to become a center of excellence in science, engineering, and medicine within the region and beyond.  This is aligned with the UAE’s strategic plans, which aim to shift the reliance on the oil-based economy to a knowledge based one by attracting investments and industries with science, engineering and health sciences being some of its major pillars for sustained development and job creation.

The following pathways of the PhD in Science program will be available:

  • PhD in Chemistry
  • PhD in Earth Sciences
  • PhD in Mathematics
  • PhD in Physics


The aim of the PhD in Science programs are to produce graduates with advanced knowledge and who are able to conduct research independently at the highest level of originality and quality. In particular, graduates will be able to:

  • Synthesize and critically evaluate scientific and technical knowledge to identify, formulate and solve research challenges, and effectively disseminate the results to a variety of audiences;
  • Work to the highest standards in a single area and/or across multiple disciplines and develop their individual academic, professional and career skills; and
  • Keep abreast of the latest advances in science that contribute to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of society.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of one of the PhD in Science programs, a graduate will be able to

  1. Demonstrate appropriate breadth, depth and critical appreciation of knowledge that is at the frontier of their discipline(s) and areas of specialization.
  2. Conduct and defend original independent research that results in significant contributions to knowledge in the field and leads to scholarly articles or appropriate intellectual outputs.
  3. Understand and value diverse methodologies and techniques, as well as their limitations, for solving critical problems in research.
  4. Verify, justify and evaluate the various aspects of solutions to a complex scientific problem.
  5. Communicate effectively and professionally, in written and oral forms as appropriate, the major tenets of their field and their work to a variety of audiences.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to responsible and ethical behaviour in research and professional activities.
  7. Manage themselves and others effectively in a multidisciplinary collaborative environment.

*Pending CAA/UAE Ministry of Education accreditation


Graduation Requirements

The following constitute the graduation requirements for a PhD in Science degree:

  • A student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the taught courses in order to qualify for graduation
  • A student must pass a qualifying examination and defend a thesis proposal to demonstrate an appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge and to confirm their potential to achieve the required standard for PhD.
  • A student must submit and successfully defend a thesis describing original research into a topic of contemporary scientific interest
  • A student must successfully pass all program components (taught courses and thesis/dissertation) within the allowed time to completion

Graduate Admissions

Minimum admission requirements are published in the graduate catalogue and on the university website.  The application portal along with a list of required documents, application deadlines, and a description of the application process and entry assessment are all published on the university website.

Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.25 out of 4.0, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution;
  • Demonstrate a minimum level of English proficiency in the form of a score of at least TOEFL 91 iBT, 6.5 IELTS, or EmSAT equivalent;
  • Achieve a minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) quantitative score of 155;
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations

Each student will be interviewed by at least two faculty members who teach in the program and have research interests in an appropriate area to assess their suitability and potential for success.