Master of Science (Petroleum Geology) – Coursework & Research

The objective of these courses is to provide advanced training in the field of Petroleum Geoscience and practical training in an industry environment. Both courses will start in the first semester of each academic year. During the second/third semester, candidates are required to undertake 7 to 8 weeks practical assignment (for coursework programme and 6 to 9 months for programme with research), usually in an E&P or service company. Seminar presentation is also required and subsequently candidates are to submit a report on the project undertaken during the assignment period.


The MSc degree is the most desired degree for employment in the petroleum industry worldwide. The programmes aim to produce a new generation of well-trained geoscientists to confront the technical and practical challenges of the petroleum industry as reflected in the Malaysian and worldwide contexts.

Career Opportunity

Numerous opportunities exist for graduates in the Malaysian and international petroleum industry in petroleum exploration and production companies as well as in oilfield service companies and government regulatory and other agencies. Graduates of the programmes have been employed in a number of positions, including exploration, production, or development geology, petrophysics/well-log interpretation, geophysics/seismic interpretation, reservoir modelling, and geochemistry

Course Structure

Mode Coursework & Research (56 Credit Hours)
*18 months for coursework & research programme

Core Courses (44 credits)

SGGS6111 Research Dissertation
SGGS6114 Fieldwork and project presentation

*Research Project/Dissertation
Candidates carry out research in the candidate's approved field of research over a minimum period of 2 semesters

Elective courses (12 credits)
Please select three (3) or four (4) subjects

SGGS6102 Structural geology and subsurface mapping
SGGS6106 Exploration geochemistry
SGGS6113 Reservoir geology and sequence stratigraphy
SGGS6115 Petrophysics
SGGS6116 Seismic Interpretation
SGGS6118 Basin analysis
SGGS6119 Development Geology

Assessment for all courses will be either by continuous assessment (100%) or by continuous assessment (60%) and a final examination (40%).
Language Requirement

The medium of instruction is in English. International students required to attend and pass a basic course in Bahasa Melayu before the degree can be conferred.

Entry Requirement

Applicants should possess one of following:

1. Bachelor of Science with Hons (CGPA 3.00 and above), Bachelor of Engineering or its equivalent in related field, or proof of publication in a related field for coursework programme,

2. Bachelor of Science, Engineering or its equivalent in related field for coursework and research programme with

i. a minimum of three (3) years of relevant working experience in oil & gas related field,or

i. proof of publication in a related field; or

3. Any other qualifications approved by the University of Malaya’s Senate time to time.

** International students are required to achieved at least band 6 IELTS or a score of 550 TOEFL if they had obtained their Bachelor’s degree from a university in which the medium of instruction is other than English.

Intake Schedule

First Semester / September Intake

Last Update: July 18, 2017