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Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Geoscience

Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Course summary
Postgraduate Education
4 years
Full time
Abu Dhabi
Course Dates
Abu Dhabi
Fall Term: September Spring Term: January

Course description

Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Geoscience

The Department of Earth Sciences is an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics. 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, bioand chemo- stratigraphy, seismology, petrology, tectonics, geophysics, and geochemistry.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.25 out of 4.0, or equivalent from a reputable accredited institution
  2. A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of: iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or 1550 EmSAT English score
  3. A minimum quantitative score of 150 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  4. A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form)
  5. Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words)
  6. Research statement (500-1,000 words)
  7. Admission interview.

Program Content

Students of the PhD in Petroleum Geosciences are required to complete 60 credit hours, consisting of 24 credit hours of coursework and 36 credit hours of research. Written and oral qualifying exams have to be passed before students can start research that leads to a PhD Dissertation. While the content of required courses focuses on the needs of the local petroleum industry, elective courses and Dissertation research can be in other areas of the Earth Sciences.

Local students have the option to complete the program as part-time, stretched over 6 years.


The program costs are waived for both local and international students.

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Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) combines three of the United Arab Emirates’ leading universities - the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), and The Petroleum Institute (PI) -...

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