Master of Science in Petroleum Geosciences
  • ♦ Key Information

    Institute                           

    Sultan Qaboos University

    Department                    

    Earth Sciences 

    Qualification Level        

    Master Degree 

    Awarded Qualification  

    MSc of Science in Petroleum Geosciences

    Learning Mode               

    On-Campus Learning 

    Study Mode                    

    Full-Time and Part-Time 

    Date of Application       

    January to February 

    Study Duration               

    2 years (full-time) and (3 years part-time)

    Start Date                        

    Full Semester: September and Spring Semester: January

    Language                         

    English 

    Tuition Fees                    

    3000 OMR (Omani student) and 4000 OMR (International student)

    Location                           

    Al-Khoudh-Muscat


    ♦ Objectives

    The main objectives of this program are to provide a postgraduate level training in Petroleum Geosciences which are:

    • Relevant to the needs of the oil and gas industry in Oman and the Gulf Region,
    • Integrated with the day-to-day activities of the oil and gas industry,
    • Professional training in petroleum geosciences such as in the fields of siliciclastic and
    • carbonate sedimentology, diagenesis and sequence stratigraphy, structural geology and
    • geophysics, and basinal studies, and
    • Capability to meet contemporary business challenges of the Gulf region.

    ♦ Careers

    The petroleum industry is the largest potential employer of earth science graduates in Oman and overseas. During the MSc program, our students normally have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that are needed in the petroleum industry and thus higher their chance in local and international oil and gas companies in Oman for gaining jobs.


    ♦ Degree Structure

    The MSc degree of science in petroleum geosciences consists of eight taught courses; four cores (compulsory) and four electives (option) (equivalent to 24 credit hours; 3 credit hours each) during the first year for full-time students and two years for part-time students followed by an independent research project (thesis; equivalent to 6 credit hours) which begins during the second year for full-time students and in the third year for part-time students. The research project (thesis) will be carried out in collaboration with the petroleum industry, government ministries and etc. If the student has an industrial sponsor, the thesis can also be carried out in collaboration with the sponsor. Thesis writing will be examined and evaluated.

    Core (compulsory) Courses

    Credits

    Course Title

    Course Code

    3

    Petroleum System Analysis

    ERSC6101

    3

    Wireline Analysis

    ERSC6102

    3

    Seismic Interpretation

    ERSC6103

    3

    Reservoir Sedimentology and Basin Analysis

    ERSC6104

    Total

    12

     

    Elective (option) Courses

    Credits

    Course Title

    Course Code

    3

    Exploration techniques

    ERSC6105

    3

    Reservoir structural analysis using outcrop data

    ERSC6106

    3

    Stratigraphic reservoir analysis using outcrop data

    ERSC6107

    3

    Integrated subsurface and surface analysis

    ERSC6108

    3

    Description and Prediction of Reservoir Quality

    ERSC6109

    3

    Petroleum System of the Middle East

    ERSC6110

    3

    Carbonate Microfacies Analysis

    ERSC6111

    3

    Paly and Prospect Assessment

    ERSC6112

    3

    Geowriting and Research Methods

    ERSC6002

    3

    Geological Data Treatment

    ERSC6001

    3

    Palynology: Principles and Applications

    ERSC6015

    3

    GIS and Remote Sensing

    ERSC6801

    3

    Selected Topics in Geosciences

    ERSC6819

    3

    Techniques in Sequence Stratigraphy

    ERSC5012

    3

    Microfacies

    ERSC5111

    3

    Advanced Diagenesis and Sedimentary Geochemistry

    ERSC5900

    Total

    12

     

    Thesis

    Credits

    Course Title

    Course Code

    6

    MSc Thesis

    ERSC7002

    Total

    6


     

    ♦ Study Mode and Plan

    The Department of Earth Sciences offers an MSc degree in Petroleum Geosciences for full-and part-time students. It spans over a period of two years for full-time and up to three years for part-time students. The academic year starts at the beginning of the fall semester (usually in September) each year. There are two semesters per year; fall-semester (usually in September) and spring-semester (usually in January). For more information, please refer to the academic calendar https://www.squ.edu.om/ps

    Full-time study mode plan

    DAYS

    YEAR I

    YEAR II

    Semester I

    Semester II

    Semester III

    Semester IV

    Sunday

    ERSC 6101

    ERSC 6104

    ERSC 7002

    Master Thesis

    Monday

    *Elective 1

    *Elective 3

    Tuesday

    ERSC 6103

    ERSC 6102

    Wednesday

    *Elective 2

    *Elective 4

     

    Part-time study mode plan

     

    DAYS

    YEAR I

    YEAR II

    YEAR III

    Semester I

    Semester II

    Semester III

    Semester IV

    Semester V

    Semester VI

    Sunday

    ERSC 6101

    ERSC 6104

     

     

    ERSC 7002

    Master Thesis

    Monday

     

     

    *Elective 1

    *Elective 3

    Tuesday

    ERSC6 103

    ERSC 6102

     

     

    Wednesday

     

     

    *Elective 2

    *Elective 4

                   

    * Elective 1: ERSC6109 (Description and Prediction of Reservoir Quality)

    * Elective 2: ERSC6002 (Geowriting and Research Methods)


    ♦ Entry Requirements

    • A bachelor's degree (BSc) in geology, geophysics, and related subjects from Sultan Qaboos University or a recognized university
    • A cumulative GPA of not less than 2.5 on a 4-point scale as detailed below:
      • 2.75 to 4.00 on a 4-point scale or equivalent grade (without work experience).
      • 2.50 to 2.74 on a 4-point scale or equivalent grade (two or more years of work experience).
    • English proficiency test result or certificate with a score of at least 550 in TOEFL or 6.0 in academic IELTS. For more information please visit https://www.squ.edu.om/ps

    ♦ Required Documents

    1. Attested bachelor degree (BSc) certificate
    2. Attested bachelor degree (BSc) official transcript
    3. English proficiency test certificate
    4. Curriculum vitae (CV)
    5. Passport
    6. Identification card
    7. A personal passport-size photo with blue or white background

    ♦ Tuition Fees

    Master students in SQU are required to pay tuition fees. For more information please visit https://www.squ.edu.om/ps/en-us/ProspectiveStudents:

     

    1. Tuition fees (Omani Student)

    For Omani students, the fees are 90 OMR per credit hours and 840 OMR for the thesis

    Omani Student: Full-Time

    Semester I

    Semester II

    Semester III

    Semester VI

    12 Credit Hours * 90 OMR

    12 Credit Hours * 90 OMR

    420 OMR

    420 OMR

    1080 OMR

    1080 OMR

    2160 OMR

    840 OMR

    3000 OMR

     

    Omani Student: Part-Time

    Semester I

    Semester II

    Semester III

    Semester VI

    Semester V

    Semester IV

    6 Credit Hours * 90 OMR

    6 Credit Hours * 90 OMR

    6 Credit Hours * 90 OMR

    6 Credit Hours * 90 OMR

    420 OMR

    420 OMR

    540 OMR

    540 OMR

    540 OMR

    540 OMR

    2160 OMR

    840 OMR

    3000 OMR

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2. Tuition fees (International Student)

    For international students, the fees are 120 OMR per credit hours and 1120 OMR for thesis

    International Student: Full-Time

    Semester I

    Semester II

    Semester III

    Semester VI

    12 Credit Hours * 120 OMR

    12 Credit Hours * 120 OMR

    420 OMR

    420 OMR

    1440 OMR

    1440 OMR

    2880 OMR

    1120 OMR

    4000 OMR

     

    International Student: Part-Time

    Semester I

    Semester II

    Semester III

    Semester VI

    Semester V

    Semester IV

    6 Credit Hours * 120 OMR

    6 Credit Hours * 120 OMR

    6 Credit Hours * 120 OMR

    6 Credit Hours * 120 OMR

    420 OMR

    420 OMR

    720 OMR

    720 OMR

    720 OMR

    720 OMR

    2880 OMR

    1120 OMR

    4000 OMR

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