Doctoral of Philosophy in Earth Sciences
  • Key Information
  • Degree Structure
  • Entry Requirement
  • Required Documents
  • Tuition Fees


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)



The Earth Sciences Ph.D. program is by research and is available in 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.

  • 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.


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→ Then, General Admission Requirements

  • 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

Doctoral students in SQU are required to pay tuition fees.

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→ 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