King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Marine Science

InstitutionKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology View institution profile
Department Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Study type Taught


The Marine Science (MarS) program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared.

The goal of the Marine Science program is to develop an integrated understanding of the Red Sea’s ecosystem as well as marine ecosystems in general, including fundamental biology at the molecular and genomic levels, symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea), associated communities of fish and corals and the physical and chemical environment that impacts and shapes them. This understanding could have an impact on global carbon cycling, endangered species and how we manage the harvesting of resources from the oceans. ​



Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an award-winning graduate-level research university located on the shores of the red sea in Saudi Arabia. Ranked 1st in the world in the A3 ‘20 under 20’, and 1st in the world in the Qs ‘citations per faculty’ consecutively, KAUST is quickly establishing itself as a key destination for scientific and technological education and research.

KAUST is dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education and innovation and focuses on curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research is conducted by students, faculty, scientists and engineers …

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