King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

4.0 out of 5 (24 ratings / 19 reviews) Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) is one of the 21 Saudi Universities that, beside the Council of Higher Education, the Ministry of Higher Education, as well as several specialized colleges and institutions, consist the main component of the higher education system in Saudi Arabia. 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) was officially established by Royal Decree on 5 Jumada 1, 1383 (23 September, 1963). The first students were admitted a year later, on 23 September, 1964, when 67 young men enrolled in what was then named the College of Petroleum and Minerals (CPM). Since that time, the University enrollment has grown to over 10,000 by the 2020 academic year.


KFUPM, same as other Saudi Universities, has a board chaired by the Minister of Higher Education while the rector serves as the deputy chairman. Membership of the Board includes the Secretary General of the Council of Higher Education, the vice rectors, the deans, and three external members appointed by the Minister of Higher Education. This Board is responsible for all university operations, it grants degrees to students, approves programs and curricula of existing departments, and makes recommendations to the Council of Higher Education in other matters.


The Deanship of Research at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) was originally established as part of the Deanship of Graduate Studies in the year 2000, and then became an independent Deanship in September, 2005.

The Deanship is responsible for the planning, management, promotion and support of research activities that are carried out by Faculty and Researchers at KFUPM through internal and external funding. The deanship is managed by the Dean of Research and has one assistant Dean. The deanship has three main offices that extend services to all KFUPM research community: Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), Office of Collaborative Research (OCR) and Office of Research Support (ORS). 


We believe that KFUPM offers people like you an outstanding opportunity to make your mark as a faculty member and further your academic career in an exciting and dynamic environment. You will enjoy excellent teaching facilities and the chance to teach the top 5% of students in the kingdom. In addition, academics at KFUPM have access to some of the highest funded research programs for in various disciplines of science & engineering anywhere in the world. We also encourage members of faculty to develop individual research projects which could potentially lead to ground-breaking innovations in the energy and high tech sectors.

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University Ranking

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Student services

The Registrar's Office provides administrative services to all students in a number of areas

  • identification and discount certificates:

The General Administration for Student Affairs of the Deanship of Student Affairs has established self-service devices

  • excuses for absence:

One of the most important elements of success and excellence in the university is the attendance of the student for all classes

  • smart university card issuance department:

A free electronic university card is issued to each student upon admission to study at the university 

  • Managing student records

Library services

The KFUPM Libraries ranks among the top Saudi Arabian academic research libraries by any measure. The Libraries's collections and services, physical and virtual, provide outstanding support for internationally recognized research in more than 10 doctoral programs while also addressing the learning needs of more than 10,000 undergraduate students across the campuses. 

ICT services

Mission: to provide excellent IT services that foster productive education, research, community service, and administrative activities at KFUPM through competent staff, effective processes, and state of the art systems.

Student Life

Campus life

The Dammam Area has an ample amount of shopping centers range from the smaller, downtown, ethnic shops to the ultra-modern Malls, with its many Western brands. 


In 1976, KFUPM adopted the Geophysics option. In June 2015, both Geology and Geophysics programs were fully accredited by National Commission for Academics Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA), on the same year both programs underwent a major revision, focused on integration and international outreach of students.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I continue my bachelor’s degree at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals in Saudi Arabia.KFUPM is ranked 536 in best global universities ,98 in best global universities in Asia and 4 in best global universities in Saudi Arabia .I studied at this university after I was accepted into the scholarship offered by the university. The teaching system at the university is...

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Its a good university , environment is friendly also this degree is interesting because we are learning different languages and different culture also.

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really didn't know what to expect when i started my degree. Especially as i am an off-site part time student i didn't think i would have access to all the benefits that full time students do however this is definitely not the case. We are able to visit the campus anytime and when we are there we have full access to all the facilities and resources that the other students...

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