Master of Science Programmes

The Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Programme offers the following programmes:

  1. Master of Science in Geosciences by Research.

  2. Master of Science Petroleum Geosciences by Coursework.

MSc in Geosciences (by research)

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.

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.


  • 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

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

MSc in Petroleum Geosciences (by coursework)

Masters of Science in Petroleum Geosciences in the Physical and Geological Sciences Group, Faculty of Science (FOS), is a programme designed for graduates of Geosciences or other relevant sciences or engineers seeking to acquire abroad,applied technical background.This programme prepares students for a professional career or may act as a springboard for those planning to embark on a research degree in Petroleum Geoscience. Students will be able to work with highly sophisticated software,advanced data interpretation and modelling techniques.Upon completion of the MSc degree,graduates will be able to compete for a career in the oil and gas industry. The Programme will also be suitable for those who are already in the oil and gas industry and want to enhance their technical and academic skills and qualifications.


The MSc in Petroleum Geosciences by Coursework includes classes in two semesters (One Year).


Core Modules

Petroleum Geochemistry,Seismic Interpretation,Graduate Research Project,Petroleum Exploration,Formation Evaluation.

Option Modules

Petroleum Sedimentology, Petroleum Structural Geology, Seismic Acquisition and Processing,Introduction to Organic Petrology, Petroleum Geology of Southeast Asia, Petroleum Subsurface Mapping, Unconventional Energy Resources, Production Geology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Reservoir Modeling, Petroleum Economics,Basin Analysis, Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is at least a second class lower Bachelor Degree in Geology/Geophysics or any associated Earth Sciences degree or other related disciplines Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering)from a reputable university.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency test of either IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL minimum overall score of at least 550 in paper based test (PBT), 60- 78 in internet-based test (IBT) and 183-210 in computer based test (CBT) or any other equivalent test score accepted by the original master by coursework in UBD.

Candidates fulfilling the entry requirement maybe subject to interview.

Work experience in relevant field will also be taken into consideration.