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    The Department of Earth Sciences offers a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences and MSc degree in Petroleum Geosciences.

    The Department of Earth Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University offers a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) in various fields of earth sciences including petroleum geology, sedimentology, diagenesis and reservoir quality, sequence stratigraphy, structure geology, geochemistry and mineralogy, economic geology, hydrology, and remote sensing. The Ph.D. program is intended to broadly teach and train students for careers in academia, research, government, and industry sectors. 

    The Ph.D. program is designed to provide the students with the required knowledge and skills in research methods and presentation. The students will be trained to develop their skills on how to formulate hypotheses of a research problem, collect data, present results, interpret and discuss the results, and writing up the thesis. The thesis should have a significant contribution to a selected field of earth sciences.

    The petroleum industry is growing fast as the demand for fossil fuels continues to increase. Currently, the demand for trained geoscientists is high and outstrips the supply of skilled professionals. The Sultanate of Oman is a key player in the oil and gas business of the Arabian Peninsula. Besides the production of a sizable oil and gas, the Sultanate has a unique geological heritage unparalleled by any other country in the region. Detailed sedimentary basin studies coupled with outcrops analogs provides a unique advantage in training quality geoscientists to cater to the need of the Sultanate and the region. In order to grasp this leading role, the Department of Earth Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University has established a Master’s program in Petroleum Geosciences in 2011.

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    MS.c in Petroleum Geosciences

    Ph.D. in Earth Sciences


     

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    blueprint  Available Projects

    ►Departmental Staff may add research projects for master and doctoral programs by filling the form 

    ►Departmental master and doctoral students may show their interest in those listed research projects by approaching the respected departmental staff through email


  • Project # 1

    Staff Name

    Mohamed El-Ghali

    Staff Email

    melghali@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Geological characterization of Amin Formation as carbon dioxide storage site

    Short Description

    This research project is proposed to understand the geological characteristics of the Amin Formation to act as a storage site for CO2 based primarily on outcrop data. However, subsurface data from a selected hydrocarbon field can be included.

    Project Fund

    Non-Funded Project

    Project Type

    Both MSc and PhD 


  • Project # 2

    Staff Name

    Mohamed Moustafa

    Staff Email

    m.moustafa@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Fractures and diagenesis effect on the reservoir quality: An example from Albian-Cenomanian carbonate unit of the Natih Formation, Jabal Akhdar area, Oman

    Short Description

    This proposal aims to test and understand the reservoir quality and the interpreted fractures, diagenesis, and sequence stratigraphy surfaces in the carbonate of the Albian-Cenomanian Natih Formation that crops out in the Jabal Akhdar area, Oman.

    Project Fund

    Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

     

     

  • Project # 3

    Staff Name

    Andreas Scharf

    Staff Email

    scharfa@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Structural, geochemical and mineralogical quartz vein studies in the Jabal Akhdar Dome

    Short Description

    The pre-Permian rocks of the Jabal Akhdar Dome contain numerous quartz veins with sizes ranging from some to tens of meters in length. This study will describe the orientation and structural style of these veins, their geochemistry, and their mineralogy. The structural data will provide insights into the condition(s) and overall stress field(s) during vein formation(s), which ultimately help to decipher the tectonic evolution of the Jabal Akhdar Dome. This project relies on fieldwork and laboratory work.

    Project Fund

    Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

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  • Project # 4

    Staff Name

    Andreas Scharf

    Staff Email

    scharfa@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Mapping of the Fanja area

    Short Description

    The Fanja area is located between two major culminations – the Jabal Akhdar and Saih Hatat Dome. Within this area are carbonated ultramafic rocks exposed (listwaenite). The origin of these rocks is debated; they form either during the late Cretaceous obduction (convergence) or after the emplacement of the ophiolite (extension). The MSc student will structurally map the area in detail. Furthermore, carbonated ultramafic rocks will be geochemically and microscopically analyzed to obtain information on the origin of these rocks.

    Project Fund

    Non-Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

     

  • schedule  Dates of Application 

    Submission of applications will be usually from January to February every year.

     


    Apply  How to Apply 

    Use the online postgraduate system to submit your application https://pas.squ.edu.om/ and pay

    the application fees https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/ProspectiveStudents

     

    Then, Application Fees

    For more information please visit https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/ProspectiveStudents

     


    Scholarship  Scholarships for Program 

    Various full- and/or partial scholarships are available to support postgraduate students from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) for Omani and international students and PDO, CGG, and Tethys Oil Company for Omani students. For more information please visit https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/ProspectiveStudents.

     

    Then, Scholarships

     


    international  International Students

    For information related to visa processing, transportation, accommodation, health care, and catering service, please visit https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/ProspectiveStudents

    Then, Postgraduate International Student

     


    graduation  Registration and Graduation

     

    For course registration, withdrawal, postponement, extension, probation, thesis defense, and graduation procedure please visit the following link: 

    https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/CurrentStudents

     

    Then, Course Registration and Graduation Procedures

     


    education  Seminar Template 

    Use the following Templates for the Postgraduate Seminar, Preliminary Oral Exam, and the final defense

    Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam PPT PDF
    Ph.D. First Seminar PPT PDF
    Ph.D. Second Seminar PPT PDF
    Ph.D. Thesis Defense PPT PDF
    MSc First Seminar PPT PDF
    MSc Second Seminar PPT PDF
    MSc Thesis defense PPT PDF