Industrial Microelectronics PGDip Program

The Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) is awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits with a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA. Courses require a minimum of B- for course credit.

Duration of Study

Students must complete the PGDip in 2 Semesters and 1 Summer Session. Students are not permitted to change tracks.

PGDip Program Requirements

The PGDip program has the following components:

  • English Courses (6 credits)
  • Core Courses (18 credits)
  • Capstone Project (6 credits)
  • Winter Enrichment Program* (WE 100) (non-credit) 

*Students must successfully complete the Micro-Credential in Python, offered as part of WEP, to receive a Satisfactory (S) grade.

Course Requirements (24 credits)

Semester 1:
ENG 100 Advanced English Language Communication  3
ECE 104 Fundamentals of Microelectronics  3
ECE 105 Integrated Circuit Front-End Design  3
ECE 105L
 Integrated Circuit Front-End Design Lab  3
Semester 2:
ENG 101 Critical Writing Discussion & Debate  3
ECE 106 Integrated Circuit Back-End Design 3
ECE 106L Integrated Circuit Back-End Design Lab
ECE 202 Analog Integrated Circuits
Students who fail any of the course requirements will be dismissed from the PGDip Program. Given the sequential nature of the course offering, appeals are not considered. 

Students can transfer 200-level credits earned during the PGDip to the KAUST MS degree.


Capstone Project (6 credits)

During the Summer Session all PGDip Students must register for six (credits) of Capstone Project. The project must be related to the full Integrated Circuits (IC) flow, including specifications and physical implementation. Students can also partake in an on-campus/off-campus internship at start-ups (in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Center).