MSc in Petroleum Geoscience

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Course Overview
Masters (Coursework)
Tuition Fees
RM 50,000 (Local), RM 75,000 (International)
Perak, Malaysia
18 Months
Prior Study
Bachelor degree
Study Field


Petroleum Geoscience is an interdisciplinary field that applies geoscience principles and quantitative methods in the search and development of commercial oil and gas fields. It includes interpreting, predicting and managing risks and uncertainties in exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources. At Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, the MSc Petroleum Geoscience Programme is tailored to train young graduates and professionals from the industry in the full range of approaches, methods and techniques to explore and evaluate new oil and gas fields and to characterise reservoirs. The Programme is designed to meet the capability requirement for:

  • Exploration Geoscience
  • Reservoir Geoscience
  • Upstream Economics and E&P Business Demands

In addition, the graduates will be equipped with skills, knowledge and technology to address a range of exploration and production challenges, from predicting the likelihood of distribution of hydrocarbons in a frontier sedimentary basin to quantifying the complex structural, stratigraphic and sedimentological architecture of individual reservoirs.

Course Structure

The curriculum is meticulously developed with inputs drawn from the experience of Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) Paris and experts from the oil and gas industry in Malaysia and other parts of the world. The programme is also designed to accommodate working professionals who would be able to utilise their work experience on projects. For fresh graduates, there will be opportunities to work on real project with various petroleum companies.

There are 14 modules including fieldwork, 4-months industry project and 2 management electives to be completed over 3 semesters.

Each technical module is of three weeks duration.

Semester 1

  • 6 Technical Modules
  • Fieldwork
  • Management Electives

Semester 2

  • 6 Technical Modules

Semester 3

  • Management Electives
  • 4-month Industry Project

Course Content

Technical Modules:

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geology
  • Plate Tectonic, Structural Geology and Basin Evolution
  • Well Logging and Formation Evaluation
  • Advanced Sedimentology
  • Advanced Stratigraphy
  • Seismic Technology
  • Seismic Interpretation
  • Reservoir Characterisation and Geological Modelling
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Geochemistry, Petroleum System and Basin Modelling
  • Basin Analysis and Evaluation
  • Prospect Maturation and Petroleum Economics
  • Industry Project • Petroleum System Field Work 

Management Modules:

  • Project Management
  • Business Communication  

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Degree in the field of Geology, Geophysics, Applied Sciences, Petroleum Engineering or other related Engineering fields from UTP or other recognised universities.

Applicants with other qualification can be considered if they have the necessary research and working experience and could show capabilities to pursue postgraduate studies.

Minimum CGPA of 3.00 (or equaivalent). Lower CGPA can be considered if the candidate has relevant industrial experience (3 years or more).

English proficiency: TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS band 6 or MUET band 4.

Exemption may be provided for candidates who are native English speakers or holding a degree with English as the medium of instruction.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in research and academia.