Doctoral of Philosophy in Earth Sciences
  • ♦ Key Information


    Sultan Qaboos University


    Earth Sciences 

    Qualification Level        

    Doctoral of Philosophy Degree 

    Awarded Qualification  

    Ph.D. of Science in Earth Sciences

    Learning Mode               

    On-Campus Learning 

    Study Mode                    

    Full-Time and Part-Time 

    Date of Application       

    January to February 

    Study Duration               

    4 years (full-time) and (6 years part-time)

    Start Date                        

    Full Semester: September and Spring Semester: January



    Tuition Fees                    

    5000 OMR (Omani student) and 7000 OMR (International student)



    ♦ Degree Structure

    The Earth Sciences Ph.D. program is by research and is available as a full- and part-time mode. It spans over a period of four years for full-time and up to six years for part-time mode. There are two semesters per year; Fall Semester (usually in September) and Spring Semester (usually in January).

    Thesis writing will be examined and evaluated. Ph.D. students are expected to publish at least one paper in an international refereed journal. Ph.D. students are expected to present their results and findings at least in one region and/or international conference.

    ♦ Entry Requirement

    • A bachelor's degree (BSc) and master's degree (MSc) 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:
      • 3.00 to 4.00 on a 4-point scale or equivalent grade (without work experience).
      • 2.75 to 2.99 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 575 in TOEFL or 6.5 in academic IELTS.


    For more information please visit:

    → Then, General Admission Requirements

    ♦ Required Documents

    • Attested bachelor degree (BSc) and master degree (MSc) certificate
    • Attested bachelor degree (BSc) and master degree (MSc) official transcript
    • English proficiency test certificate
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • A statement on the objectives and goals of the research proposed for the doctoral program.
    • Three letters of reference, at least two letters from academics, to show competence in the discipline of interest and research capabilities
    • Passport
    • Identification card
    • A personal passport-size photo with blue or white background
    • Release letter or a study leave from an employer for a full-time study or no-objection letter for a part-time study

    ♦ Tuition Fees

    Doctoral students in SQU are required to pay tuition fees.

    For more information please visit:

    Then, Academic Fees Regulations


    1. Tuition fees (Omani Student)

    For Omani students, the fees are 5000 OMR for the whole program


    2. Tuition fees (International Student)

    For international students, the fees are 7000 OMR for the whole program