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Theses and Dissertations: Thesis Preparation


For questions about theses, please contact (as appropriate):

  • Your Thesis Advisor
  • Your Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Scott Bray, Registrar

Questions about archiving:

Questions about formatting:

  • Consult the KAUST Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines.
  • If you do not find the answer there, check with your Graduate Program Coordinator.

    Formatting Your Citations

    Various citation styles are available. Your faculty thesis or dissertation advisor will determine the appropriate style for your work.

    If you are using MS Word, the EndNote citation management software (available free to KAUST students as a service of the University Library) can simplify the task of gathering, organizing, and formating your references in most any popular style.

    A list of various citation management systems is available in the Citation Management Library Guide.

    Connect your ORCID ID to your thesis or dissertation


     Let us know your ORCID iD: (KAUST Intranet)

     For more details about ORCID check out:


    The Doctoral and Masters with thesis degrees are conferred by KAUST in recognition of high scholarly achievement, including the completion of approved courses of study, examinations, and the submission of a dissertation or thesis. Moreover, candidates pursue original work in a dissertation or thesis, and for some programs, defend it in an oral examination by the faculty. 


    The information provided on this Library guide should help candidates fulfill the requirements of the university, but if there are any questions, please contact your Thesis Advisor/


    The dissertation or thesis must be prepared in accordance with the instructions given in KAUST's Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines.  Rewriting and changes will be necessary if the specifications are not met.  The degree will not be officially awarded until the dissertation or thesis is presented in satisfactory form, approved by Advisor and Dean, and your GPC deposits it in the Library’s Research Repository.

    Preparing Your Thesis or Dissertation

    Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines

    Download the current edition of the KAUST Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines by clicking the link below.

    This guide has been prepared by KAUST Graduate Affairs to assist students in the preparation of theses or dissertations. The requirements in this guide apply to all theses or dissertations to facilitate their preparation and distribution, and to assure preservation of the archival copy. Individual divisions may dictate more specific requirements.

    The thesis or dissertation must be prepared in accordance with the instructions given here and must be complete. Rewriting and changes will be necessary if the specifications are not met. The degree will not be officially awarded until the thesis or dissertation is presented and deemed to be satisfactory by the examination committee, approved by the offices of the Provost and Associate Provost of Graduate Affairs, and deposited with the University Library. 

    Templates (beta)

    This Word and Latex  template is intended to assist students with their thesis or dissertation preparation; however, responsibility for conforming with the KAUST guidelines ultimately rests with the student.




    Archiving Requirement

    KAUST requires that your master's thesis or doctoral dissertation be deposited in the KAUST Research Repository. Your Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) will provide your thesis or dissertation to the University Library for this purpose after if has been approved by your committee.

    As soon as your thesis or dissertation is approved, give the following documents to your GPC:

    1. PDF of your final, approved thesis or dissertation.

    • The PDF must be created from your word processing file, not from a scan of the printed document.
    • Disable any security settings.
    • If possible, keep the size of the PDF under 5MB to facilitate crawling by Google and other search engines.

    2. Completed Copyright and Availability Form (available below for download).

    3. Completed Approval Form (available from your GPC), containing all required signatures.

    Your GPC will collect these items and deposit them in the KAUST Research Repository


    Student must complete Final Approval form, and give it to their Graduate program coordinator.

    • MS Thesis Final Approval Degree Requirements – for Master Thesis

    • PhD Final Approval Degree Requirements – for PHD Dissertation

    Form can be find under student forms section of the Office of the Registrar website