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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

     
  • Project # 5

    Staff Name

    Svetlana Rudyk

    Staff Email

    snr@squ.edu.om 

    Project Title

    Logging data interpretation of Middle Gharif

    Short Description

    The aim of the project is a petrophysical evaluation of the Middle Gharif formation of the Sahma field using available logging data. This includes correlation between wells, lithological determination of Gharif units, calculation of porosity, water saturation, and some other parameters. Logging data of 15 wells with up to 18 methods in some of them are available.

    Project Fund

    Non-Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

  • Project # 5

    Staff Name

    Svetlana Rudyk

    Staff Email

    snr@squ.edu.om 

    Project Title

    Fluid distribution in Amin formation according to capillary curve analysis

    Short Description

    Compartmentalization in tight gas reservoirs does not comply to the conventional models. Capillary curve analysis is to be applied to calculate water saturation in Amin tight gas reservoir and determine free water levels, and to compare with the logging data. The logging data of 10 wells are available.

    Project Fund

    Non-Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

  • Project # 6

    Staff Name

    Iftikhar Ahmed

    Staff Email

    iftikhar@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Sedimentology of the Muti Formation in part of the Jabal Akhadr area, Oman Mountains

    Short Description

    The Muti Formation is part of the Aruma Group and was deposited during the initiation of the Oman foreland basin that formed due to the obduction of the Samail ophiolite and Hawasina Supergroup during Late Cretaceous. The Muti Formation is exposed in various parts of the Jabal Al Akhdar mountain on top of the Hajar Supergroup rocks. The proposed project will deal with the detail description of the selected outcrops by describing lithofacies and lithofacies associations in part of the Jabal Akhdar mountain. Detailed outcrop section measurements, sample collection and petrographic studies to interpret the depositional environments and source of sediments are part of the study.

    Project Fund

    Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

  • Project # 7

    Staff Name

    Iftikhar Ahmed

    Staff Email

    iftikhar@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Stratigraphy, foraminiferal paleontology and facies architecture of the Late Cretaceous post-emplacement Simsima Formation in Oman

    Short Description

    The Late Cretaceous carbonate Simsima Formation is one of the first autochthonous deposits on the obducted ophiolite complex in Oman, characterized by the dominant occurrence of benthic foraminifera and rudists along with corals, algae, gastropods and echinoids. The formation is well exposed in the Oman mountains containing shallow marine bioclastic limestone. The unit locally overlaps the Qahlah Formation and rests directly upon the older units (Hawasina or Sumeini Group) with an angular unconformity and elsewhere, sandstones of the Qahlah Formation may interfinger with the lower limestone beds of the Simsima Formation. This project aims to describe and interpret the stratigraphic development, foraminiferal paleontology and facies architecture of the Simsima Formation in various outcrops between Sur and Buraymi areas.

    Project Fund

    Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

  • Project # 8

    Staff Name

    Mohamed Moustafa

    Staff Email

    m.moustafa@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Impact of Stylolitization on Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality within the carbonate formations

    Short Description

    In this study, we will integrated petrographic, isotopic, permeability and spectral gamma-ray analysis on cement and whole rock samples associated with stylolites from several formations within Oman

    Project Fund

    Non-Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

  • Project # 10

    Staff Name

    Mohamed Moustafa

    Staff Email

    m.moustafa@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Integrating sequence stratigraphy and diagenesis within deep carbonate formations in Oman

    Short Description

    This study will select a few deep carbonate units and build up their sequence stratigraphy. After that, we can study the diagenesis within the sequence stratigraphy surfaces and see how reservoir quality is changing

    Project Fund

    Non-Funded Project

    Project Type

    Both MSc and Ph.D.

  • Project # 11

    Staff Name

    Mohamed El-Ghali
     

    melghali@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Grain-coating clays control of cementation by quartz overgrowths with an example from Amin Formation outcrop in Huqf Region of Oman

    Short Description

    Grain-coating clays are common constituents in many sandstone reservoirs worldwide and are playing a crucial role in controlling reservoir quality, either positively or negatively. Prediction of the origin, type, texture, and distribution of such clays within oil-gas reservoirs is crucial for exploring and exploiting the deeply-buried sandstone reservoirs; however, such a prediction is still poorly understood. The main problems we seek to test in this project are (i) how the depositional process, notably stream flow energy and grain size and climate condition, controls the clay incorporation into the sand and its type, texture, thickness, and distribution, and (ii) how such incorporated clays evolve during deep burial to inhibit the cementation by quartz overgrowths. Inhibition of such cementation, notably quartz overgrowths, during deep-burial eventually results in preserving high porosity. This study will aims to examine in detail and document, the origin, type, texture, distribution, and control of grain-coating clays on the development of quartz overgrowths in the outcropped Paleozoic Amin Formation using various techniques including optical microscopic analysis, confocal microscopic analysis, XRD, XRF, SEM, EDS, QMEScan, and possibly isotopes analysis.

    Project Fund

    Searching For Fund

    Project Type

    Both MSc and Ph.D.

  • Project # 12

    Staff Name

    Mohamed El-Ghali
     

    melghali@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Microfacies and diagenesis control on reservoir quality within sequence stratigraphy of Shuaiba Formation in northern Oman

    Short Description

    Diagenesis and reservoir quality of carbonates have been a research theme of industrial and academic interest for decades. It dealt extensively with the understanding of parameters controlling the type of diagenetic alterations and their subsequent control on reservoir quality preservation, destruction, and enhancement. Lately, it is demonstrated that the parameters controlling the types and distribution of diagenetic alterations and their subsequent control on reservoir quality can be better predicted within depositional facies and sequence stratigraphy. Accordingly, integrating diagenesis into depositional facies and sequence stratigraphy is possible and can be considered as a powerful tool for a better understanding of the type and distribution of diagenetic alterations and their control on reservoir quality evolution and distribution. This will ultimately help in developing better plans during exploration, production, and enhanced recovery strategies. This study aims to examine in detail and document, the origin, type, texture, distribution, and control of diagenetic alterations in the outcropped Shuaiba Formation using various techniques including optical microscopic analysis, confocal microscopic analysis, XRD, XRF, SEM, EDS, CL, QMEScan, and isotopes analysis.

    Project Fund

    Searching For Fund

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

  • Project # 13

    Staff Name

    Mohamed El-Ghali
     

    melghali@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Diagenetic alterations and their control of reservoir quality along and below sequence boundary with examples from carbonate and clastic sequences in Oman

    Short Description

    Diagenesis and reservoir quality of siliciclastic and carbonates have been a research theme of industrial and academic interest for decades. It dealt extensively with the understanding of parameters controlling the type of diagenetic alterations and their subsequent control on reservoir quality preservation, destruction, and enhancement. Lately, it is demonstrated that the parameters controlling the types and distribution of diagenetic alterations and their subsequent control on reservoir quality can be better predicted within depositional facies and sequence stratigraphy. This study will aims to examine in detail and document, the origin, type, texture, distribution, and control of diagenetic alterations along and below the sequence boundary on reservoir quality using various techniques including optical microscopic analysis, confocal microscopic analysis, XRD, XRF, SEM, EDS, CL, QMEScan, and isotopes analysis.

    Project Fund

    Searching For Fund

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

  • Project # 14

    Staff Name

    Mohamed Farfour
     

    mfarfour@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Applications of Machine Learning in geophysical reservoir characterization

    Short Description

    This project aims to apply machine learning techniques in geophysical reservoir characterization. It involves combining different types of data sets using supervised and unsupervised reservoir characterization.

    Project Fund

    Non-Funded Project

    Project Type

    MSc Type Project

  • Project # 15

    Staff Name

    Mohamed Farfour
     

    mfarfour@squ.edu.om

    Project Title

    Seismic techniques for diagenetic facies analysis and prediction

    Short Description

    The project aims to examine the ability of seismic techniques to detect, analyze, and predict facies changes caused by diagenetic processes.

    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

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    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

     

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    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