PhD in Geosciences in the Physical and Geological Sciences Group, Faculty of Science (FOS), is a programme that fosters pure and applied advanced research in various Geological Systems. PhD in Geosciences include the elaboration of original projects with an international research impact, which incorporate modern techniques and methods, in a broad range of pure and applied research topics. Candidates are expected to work diligently and they should be able to perform integrated research under the supervision of Geology staff members. They should be able to carry out analytical and experimental research and to synthesise and interpret the relevant data in a timely manner. The PhD candidates must also participate actively in research team meetings, as well as in Symposia and Conferences.
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.
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.
Aims and ScopeThe PhD Programme in Geosciences aims to make scientists with high level specialised training, in order to cover the increased needs of Industry, Research Institutions and Academia in related aspects.
The scope of the Programme is to educate students to become independent researchers, as well as to train them to develop advanced scientific skills and analytical capabilities. The candidates are also expected to become capable to design scientific projects, to develop independent critical thinking and ability for proper scientific interpretations.
StructureStudents conduct an approved, original 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 100,000 words.
AssessmentAssessment 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:
Contact: Programme Leader in Physical and Geological Sciences(Dr. Basilios Tsikouras), Graduate and Research, FOS, UBD
Complete programme details can also be found here .
Dr. Basilios Tsikouras
Petrogenesis of Ophiolite rocks and the Associated Platinum-Group Minerals and ChromitesProcesses for Abiotic Methane Synthesis and EmissionArchaeometric Studies on Lithic Implements and Building StonesQuality 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 GeologySequence StratigraphyOil and Gas Field Geology Reservoir Quality/DiagenesisPetrophysicSource and Reservoir Characterization
Dr. Mohamed R. Shalaby
Petroleum GeologyFormation EvaluationOrganic GeochemistryReservoir CharacterizationPetrophysics
Dr. Antonino Bruguglio
BiostratigraphyPaleobiologyCenozoic larger foraminiferaHydrodynamic behaviour of nummulitidsFunctional morphology of benthic foraminiferaMicroComputed Tomography (microCT) of foraminifera, their functional morphology and ontogeny.Carbonate Sedimentology
Dr. Laszlo Kocsis
Isotope geochemistryPaleoecology, paleoclimate, paleoceanographyPaleoenvironmental reconstructionBio- and chemostratigraphyTrace elements in biomineralsPaleontology, especially fossil vertebratesTaphonomyExtinction events
Dr. Afroz Shah
Structural GeologyEarthquake GeologyTectonic GeomorphologyFlood hazardsTectonicsPaleoseismology
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