The electric energy sector in Saudi Arabia is experiencing record growth in demand requiring significant investments throughout the full supply chain. A great opportunity exists to significantly influence the sector growth plans through embedding the principles of sustainability as a national strategic necessity. Such influence requires professionals and leaders with the skills necessary to model the support systems of policy makers, business developers and technical experts.
The Master of Engineering Program in Sustainable Energy builds on the success of KFUPM's undergraduate education with its emphasis on research and study of advanced and specialized subjects. The general objective of the program is to prepare professionals and leaders with the skills required to address the challenges of transforming the Kingdom's electric energy sector into a highly efficient, reliable entity. The specific objectives are:
- To produce graduates who are capable of leading the operation, control, design, regulation and management of the energy and power systems of the future.
- To equip participants with advanced, state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in the technology, processes, economics and policy areas that affect the sustainability of energy.
- To cover theoretical and policy aspects that include practical and experimental projects in sustainable energy.
Duration, Timeline, and Delivery Format:
KFUPM understands that many engineers would enroll on this program on a part-time basis and would only be able to attend lectures during after-hours sessions. Consequently, the duration of the program and delivery format are influenced by this.
- The program will be delivered during the weekends.
- Each cohort will have twenty-four months to complete all courses, including the project.
- Each course would be covered over 45 contact hours.
- The courses are taught by faculty from various departments and by invited speakers from industry and academia.
- The program starts annually in the Fall semester only.
Conferment of a Master of Engineering in "Sustainable Energy" requires successful completion of 33 credit hours of graduate level courses and a written research project. The project will be directed by a faculty advisor. The degree plan spans four semesters over a period of 24 months.
In summary, the course work is distributed as follows:
- 15 credit hours of core courses
- 12 credit hours of technical elective courses
- 3 credit hours of non-technical (business-related) course
- 3 credit hours for Project (SEN 600)
Sample of core and elective courses are listed below:
- Renewable Energy Systems
- Advanced Electricity Generation
- Energy Economics & Policies
- Wind Energy Systems
- Photovoltaic Systems
- Electricity Markets
- Microgrid distribution Systems
- Nuclear Engineering
- Solar Thermal Energy
- Solar Systems in Buildings
- Renewable System Planning
- Smart Grids
- Energy Efficiency
- Sustainable Transportation Systems
- Energy Storage
Sep. 2019—May 2021
(63,000 SR/ Year)
Application opens for Fall 2017
Jan. 30, 2019
Deadline for submitting Applications
May 15, 2019
To apply to the program, candidates must have a Bachelor degree in engineering from a recognized institution with a high academic reputation. The minimum requirements for possible admission are as below:
- A Bachelor (B.Sc.) Degree in engineering from a recognized institution.
- A Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a scale of 4.00 or equivalent. Official transcripts and degree certificates are required for final admission.
- Completion of TOEFL with a minimum score of 520 (PBT), 190 (CBT) or 68 (IBT). IELTS is also acceptable (minimum band-6.0).
- At least two letters of recommendation, where one letter can be from industry.
- Passing an admissions interview.
- Satisfying the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program, as final admission is subject to an evaluation of the entire application, and a personal interview.
- Based on the assessment of the applicant file and the personal interview, the admission committee might offer conditional acceptance for students who need to take deficiency courses.
Mandatory documents for application (without which the application will not be processed):
- Copy of identification (National ID for Saudi nationals / Passport for international applicants/ Iqama for residents of Saudi Arabia).
- Complete official transcripts for B.Sc. degree.
- Statement-of-Purpose (a one-page essay focusing on career and research goals).
- Two Recommendation Letters.
- Proof of English proficiency.
email the complete admission package as a single pdf file to :
Mr. Kattuparambil Krishnan
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Ibrahim El Amin
Dr. Mohammad Al Muhaini
EE Department, KFUPM