The Geology programme comprises one of the most attractive options for students in the Faculty of Science. Brunei is a petroleum producing country and several leading companies are located here, hence the potential for Geology graduates is really high. Moreover, Geologists find attractive works in other industries related to mineral resources, environmental issues and constructions. The increasing demand of natural resources, as well as the necessity of the environmental management require the participation of Geologists, thus rising opportunities occur all over the world.
As a Geology student you will investigate various Earth processes (landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, climatic changes, etc.), the composition of the minerals, rocks and waters, the formation and exploration of Earth resources (e.g. metals, industrial minerals, gems, petroleum, etc.), the behaviour of oceans and their impact on our planet, the evolution of organisms, the development of our planet through the millions of years of the geological time, as well as the internal structure of Earth and other planets
Major Module requirement: not less than 72 MC with at least 24 MC of the SG-4000 modules.
Introduction to Crystallography and Mineralogy
Introduction to Geology
Petrography of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks
Final Year Project (2 semesters)
1 & 2
Geology of Brunei and Surrounding Countries
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrogenesis
Micropaleontology and Biostratigraphy
Well Log Analysis
Ore Deposits and Economic Geology
Aspects of Paleontology
Environmental Aspects of Earth Sciences
To obtain a BSc in Geology from UBD you must comply with the regulations of the University and Faculty. All Geology modules include a weekly 2-hour Lecture and 4-hour Practical. The assessment for each module comprises of a final examination and coursework which include mid-term tests, elaboration of short projects/assignments and practical assessments.
Students participate in field trips where they acquaint themselves with geological formations, processes and phenomena. At the end of your studies, during the 4th year, you will have to conduct a short research project in the frame of the module “Final Year Project”. This is intended to expose students to geological processes and to make them capable to collect and synthesise data, as well as to train them to come to proper scientific interpretations.
The Geology Group is equipped with polarizing microscopes, Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with Energy Dispersive Spectrometer, X-ray Fluorescence Analyser, Digital Point Counting System attached to polarizing microscope, Seismograph, Resistivity Meter and Magnetometer, Gamma Detector, Luminescence Dating Spectrometer, as well as a fully equipped laboratory for sample processing and preparation of rock thin sections and wet chemistry lab facilities. A number of industry standard software like Petrel, IP, Kingdom Suite, MinPet, and many more, are also used in several courses for education in data processing.
When you finish your studies you will be able to participate in exploration surveys, to offer your services in many industries, to work as private consultant or you can continue with postgraduate studies (MSc and PhD). MSc studies will offer you the opportunity to deepen in specific areas of your interest either by attending to certain modules (Master of Science by Coursework) or by elaborating a research project and providing a Thesis (Master of Science by Research). PhD studies are proposed for those who wish to obtain specific knowledge, independent research profile and a highest degree that may lead to an Academic career, too. Today many Geologists have prolific careers with oil, gas and mining companies or with survey, environmental and engineering companies. Geologists are also recruited by different private and government organizations.
Dr. Basilios Tsikouras
Programme Leader (Geology)
Faculty of Science, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong,
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam, BE1410.
+673 (2) 463001+673 (2) 461502 (fax)
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