Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Geoscience


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Program Description

The Department of Earth Sciences has defined the goals of its Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences program as follows:

  • stimulate research and development to foster innovative solutions to challenges in science, technology, and engineering;
  • develop the next generation of leaders in academia to drive a knowledge economy in the UAE;
  • advance the technological profile of the UAE and the regional oil and gas industry.


Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) define what Ph.D. graduates will be able to do 2-3 years after graduation. After completing their Ph.D., the graduates of the Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences program will be able to do the following:

  • Contribute to the advancement of leading-edge knowledge across multiple engineering and sciences disciplines;
  • Direct original research and disseminate knowledge to a variety of audiences; and
  • Provide active and exceptional service to the profession and the society at large.

Student learning outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are defined as statements describing what our Ph.D. graduates are expected to know and be able to do upon graduation. Upon successful completion of the Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences program, graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and aspects of competence listed below:

  • An ability to recognize, evaluate, interpret, and understand issues and opportunities at the frontiers of knowledge;
  • An ability to integrate and apply knowledge across disciplinary boundaries in order to create new knowledge;
  • An ability to conduct independent original research that results in a significant contribution to knowledge in the field;
  • The competencies necessary to disseminate knowledge and research findings in a variety of formats to the scientific community and public at large;
  • A propensity to engage in life-long learning and self-development in their field as a way of contributing to its future advancement;
  • A commitment to ethical behavior in research and professional activities;
  • The skills required to manage effectively in a multidisciplinary collaborative environment.


Program Completion Requirements

Students of the Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences are required to complete 60 credit hours; 24 credit hours are required for coursework, and 36 credit hours for thesis research. The required and elective courses of the Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences are listed in the following table. Written and oral qualifying exams have to be passed before students can start research that leads to a Ph.D. dissertation.

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.25 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. upper second-class honors in UK-style Master by taught courses with a minimum average of 63% or a Pass in a Master by Research/MPhil) 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 Doctorate programs. 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).
  • Research statement (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