MSc in Petroleum Geoscience


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Program Description

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University builds on the legacy of the Petroleum Institute as an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics and will be the leading university center of petroleum geosciences education, continuing education, and research in the Middle East.

The diverse expertise of the faculty in the department supports a variety of research opportunities that include studies of earth surface and deep processes, geological hazards, environmental geoscience, and Quaternary geology, sedimentology/facies analysis, micropaleontology, bio- and chemostratigraphy, seismology, petrology, tectonics, geophysics, and geochemistry.


Program goals of the Master in Petroleum Geosciences (objectives) are statements of what the program itself contributes, or aims to contribute, to the student, industry, and/or the UAE society. The Department of Earth Sciences has defined the goals of its master’s program as follows:

  1. Provide graduates with an outstanding education and the research skills required to further their careers;
  2. Prepare graduates for further education in Ph.D. programs;
  3. Provide the oil and gas industry with a highly educated person who can utilize their technical knowledge and skills to increase the value of petroleum assets and to develop petroleum industry business opportunities;
  4. Advance the technological skill base of E&P sponsor companies, the UAE, and the regional oil and gas industry;
  5. Raise the overall educational environment of the UAE through the publication of scholarly work.

Student learning outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for those studying in the MSc in Petroleum Geosciences program are defined as statements describing what graduates are expected to know and be able to do upon graduation. The current SLOs for this program are as follows:

Upon completion of the MSc in Petroleum Geosciences, graduates will

  • be able to successfully apply advanced and current concepts and methods of the geosciences to formulate and solve complex petroleum geoscience problems;
  • be able to plan and complete a research project within a reasonable time frame by integrating knowledge and methods from different disciplines of the petroleum geosciences and using appropriately selected research methods;
  • demonstrate an ability to communicate complex scientific problems in oral and written forms in English appropriate to the petroleum and broad energy industry;
  • demonstrate self-direction and time management when working independently;
  • work effectively and professionally in multidisciplinary teams, as a member and a leader;
  • be able to manage and analyze complex ethical issues.


Plan of Study

Course Credit Hours
Year 1: Fall Semester
PGEG 611 Carbonate Reservoir Petrology 4
PGEG 612 Sequence Stratigraphy of Carbonate Systems 4
COMM 601 Technical and Scientific Writing 1
PGEG 695 Graduate Seminar I 1
Year 1: Spring Semester
PGEG 613 Advanced Reservoir Characterization 4
Elective Course 1 4
PGEG 696 Graduate Seminar II 1
Year 2: Fall Semester
Elective Course 2 4
PGEG 699 Master of Science Thesis 6
Year 2: Spring Semester
PGEG 699 Master of Science Thesis 6

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. upper second-class honors in a UK-style degree, from a reputable accredited institution).
  • A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of either:
    • iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or
    • Overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or
    • 1550 EmSAT English score.
  • A minimum quantitative score of 150 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all programs, with the exception of Master of Engineering in Health, Safety and Environment Engineering and the Master of Arts in International and Civil Security, where a minimum threshold is not set. Applicants for all programs should attempt all three sections of the GRE.
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form).
  • Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words).
  • Admission interview.
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

The internationally top-ranked Khalifa University is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challen ... Read More

The internationally top-ranked Khalifa University is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE’s knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world. Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and abroad. The university brings together the best in science, engineering and medicine in the UAE, to offer specialized degrees that can take promising high school graduates all the way to top-rated doctorate degree holders. Read less