Master of Science by Research (Geosciences)

Masters of Science in Geosciences in the Physical and Geological Sciences Group, Faculty of Science (FOS), is a programme that fosters pure and applied research in different Geological Systems. MSc by Research in Geosciences include the elaboration of short projects in a broad range of pure and applied research topics. The research projects must be original and to incorporate modern techniques and methods.
The Programme is designed for qualified individuals, who wish to acquire advanced knowledge, as well as analytical and research skills in a discipline of Geosciences related to Industry or Academia. Candidates will perform a research project under the supervision of Geology staff members. Moreover, our staff members have established research collaboration with other Institutes from Europe and America and the involvement of students in such is highly encouraged.

Programme Details

Aims and Scope
The MSc Programme in Geosciences aims to make scientists with high level specialised training, in order to cover the increased needs of Industry in related aspects. Also, students wishing to continue their studies at a PhD level, will be able to prepare for the conduction of a PhD research on relevant topics. The scope of the Programme is to provide students the necessary specific scientific information, as well as to train them to develop their skills and analytical capabilities.

Students conduct an approved research project, with the supervision of one or more staff members. Upon completion of their research, they submit a Thesis, which normally does not exceed 60,000 words.

Assessment includes examination of the Thesis by internal and external examiners. As stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations the examiners may subject a candidate to an oral examination or any other test they think necessary to assess the acceptability of the Thesis. Periodic assessment of the progress of the candidate is carried out as stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations.

Areas of Research/ Specialisation

Subject to availability of supervisors and research facilities, the candidates can select any major subject and skill domain in the broad areas of:

For more information

Contact:   Programme Leader in Physical and Geological Sciences (Dr. Mohamed R. Shalaby), Graduate and Research, FOS, UBD

Complete programme details can also be found here .

Faculty Member and Contact Details

Research Interests

Dr. Basilios Tsikouras nb.ude.dbu@saruokist.soilisab

Petrogenesis of Ophiolite rocks and the Associated Platinum-Group Minerals and Chromites
Processes for Abiotic Methane Synthesis and Emission
Archaeometric Studies on Lithic Implements and Building Stones
Quality Assessment of Anti-Skid Aggregates
Hazard Risk Assessment of Asbestos Fibres
Provenance Studies on Detrital Minerals from Petroleum Basins

Dr. Md Aminul Islam

Seismic and well log interpretation
Petroleum Geology
Sequence Stratigraphy
Oil and Gas Field Geology
Reservoir Quality/Diagenesis
Source and Reservoir Characterization

Dr. Mohamed R. Shalaby

Programme Leader,Geosciences

Petroleum Geology
Formation Evaluation
Organic Geochemistry
Reservoir Characterization

Dr. Antonino Bruguglio

Cenozoic larger foraminifera
Hydrodynamic behaviour of nummulitids
Functional morphology of benthic foraminifera
MicroComputed Tomography (microCT) of foraminifera, their functional morphology and ontogeny.
Carbonate Sedimentology

Dr. Laszlo Kocsis

Isotope geochemistry
Paleoecology, paleoclimate, paleoceanography
Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
Bio- and chemostratigraphy
Trace elements in biominerals
Paleontology, especially fossil vertebrates
Extinction events

Dr. Afroz Shah

Structural Geology
Earthquake Geology
Tectonic Geomorphology
Flood hazards

Dr. Stefan Herwig Gӧdeke

Environmental Geology
Contaminant Hydrogeology
Groundwater Geochemistry
Groundwater Modelling
Production Optimisation
Formation Damage
Carbon Storage

Dr. Chun-Kit Lai

Economic Geology
Plate tectonic reconstruction
Orogenic gold deposits
Porphyry copper deposits
SE Asia geology
Central Asian Orogenic Belt