Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)(GEOSCIENCES)

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.

Programme Details

Aims and Scope
The 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.

Students 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.


  • Compulsory modules SR-5101. These are modules that all postgraduate students must read and pass to satisfy their graduation requirement.
  • 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:

  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Ore Deposits
  • Economic Geology
  • Palaeontology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Marine Geology
  • Oceanography and Sedimentology

For more information

Contact:   Deputy Dean of Graduate and Research in FOS (nb.ude.dbu@sgninnej.semaj :liame- sgninneJ treboR semaJ .rD)

Complete programme details can also be found here .

Faculty Member and Contact Details

Research Interests

Dr. Basilios Tsikouras

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. 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