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Geoscience has always been the centre of all modern natural resource industries, starting from exploration phase, through to their development and production phase. This programme has been designed to provide students with a strong understanding of geology and geophysics that relate to exploration, petroleum discovery, development and production.  

The Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Petroleum Geoscience degree at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS emphasises on quantitative geosciences, thus requiring strong fundamentals in mathematics and physics, followed by a thorough coverage of basic geology courses such as Physical Geology, Minerology and Petrology, Structural Geology, Stratigraphy and Palaeontology, and Geological Field Mapping.  At higher levels, students are exposed to more petroleum geoscience related courses such as Clastic and Carbonate Sedimentology, Geochemistry, Seismic Acquisition and Processing, Seismic Interpretation, Formation Evaluation, and Seismic Imaging.  In the final year, students have the opportunity to major in a mix of these three selected areas of interest:
  • Basin and Reservoir Studies
  • Exploration Geophysics​
  • GIS and Geo-hazards
Students acquire the ability to communicate with a diverse array of people and will have an understanding of the geological and technological complexity of the petroleum systems with which they are working. Student may opt for a Minor in Management as an option is made available to students who are interested to enhance their knowledge in management and business, at their discretion.

Bachelor of Technology (Hons) Petroleum Geoscience

Programme Educational Objective
To produce technically qualified well-rounded petroleum geoscientist with the potential to become leaders of industry and the nation

Programme Outcomes
At the end of the programme, the graduates should be able to:
  • Apply the principles of science and engineering in Petroleum Geoscience.
  • Apply geoscientific knowledge to solve geosciences related problems.
  • Apply effective communication and management skills in teamwork.
  • Work in team effective communication and management skills.
  • Demonstrate skills & competency in specialization area.
  • Uphold professionalisms and ethics in the society.
  • Demonstrate business acumen and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Recognise the importance to undertake lifelong learning and continuous professional development.
Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Technology (Hons) Petroleum Geoscience degree, students are required to obtain a minimum of 139 credit hours and a minimum CGPA of 2.00/4.00.

Summary of Courses Required for Graduation
Course Group (G) Number of Credit Hours
NR - National Requirement10
UR - University Requirement14
CC - Core Common21
CD - Core Discipline71
CI - Core Industrial Internship14
CSp - Core Specialisation9


Programme Curriculum Structure: Bachelor of Technology (Honours) Petroleum Geoscience


SEMESTER 1 ​ ​ ​ SEMESTER 2 ​ ​ ​ SEMESTER 3 ​ ​ ​ ​
Code Courses Cr G Code Courses Cr G Code ​Courses ​Cr ​G



TITAS (Local)

BM Komunikasi 2 (International)




Hubungan Etnik (Local)          

Malaysian Studies 3 (International)

2NRMPU 2​One (1) MPU2 Course​2​NR
PEB1012Introduction to Oil & Gas Industry & Sustainable Development2URFEM1023Engineering Mathematics 23CCLEB1042​Academic Writing​2​UR
FEM1013Engineering Mathematics 13CCCEB1032Health, Safety & Environment2CCFEM1063​Statistics and Application​3​CC
QCB1013Physical Geology 3CDQCB1043Structural Geology3CDFEM1073​Computational method ​3​CC
QCB1033Mineralogy & Petrography3CDQCB1052Geological Mapping Techniques2CDQCB1072​Principles of Stratigraphy ​2​CD
QCB1022Fundamentals of Geophysics 2CDQCB1062Earth Processes2CDQCB1082​Palaeontology​2​CD
Credit Hours 15   Credit Hours 14   Credit Hours 14  
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
SEMESTER 4 ​ ​ ​ SEMESTER 5 ​ ​ ​ SEMESTER 6 ​ ​ ​
Code Courses Cr G Code Courses Cr G Code Courses Cr G
MPU 3One (1) U3 Course2NRHEB2033Professional Communication Skills3URGEB2102Entrepreneurship 2UR
HEB1023Scientific Inquiry3URYAB2042Science Team Project2CCKXXxxx1Co Curriculum II1UR
KXXxxx1Co Curriculum I1URQCB2042Geochemistry2CDQCB2072Petroleum Geology2CD
QCB2013Carbonate Sedimentology 3CDQCB2053Organic Geochemistry3CDQCB2083Geo-Field Camp 3CD
QCB2033Clastic Sedimentology 3CDQCB2063Seismic Methods3CDQCB2093Non-seismic Method3CD
Credit Hours 12   Credit Hours 13   Credit Hours 11  
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Code Courses Cr G Code Courses Cr G Code Courses Cr G
MPU 4/ HEB1012Community Engagement Project2NRIEB3037Student Industrial Training (SIT)7CIIEB3047Student Industrial Project (SIP)7CI
FEM2063Data Analytics3CC        
QCB3012Basin Analysis 2CD
QCB3022Geological Data Analysis 2CD        
QCB3023Seismic Interpretation 3CD
QCB3032Petroleum Engineering for geosciences2CD        
Credit Hours 14   Credit Hours 7   Credit Hours 7  
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
SEMESTER 8 ​ ​ ​ SEMESTER 9 ​ ​ ​ SEMESTER 10 ​ ​ ​
Code Courses Cr G Code Courses Cr G Code Courses Cr G
VEB3102Project Management2CCQCB4032Final Year Project I2CDQCB4064Final Year Project II4CD
QCB4013Regional Geology of Malaysia & SEA3CDQCB4043Reservoir Characterisation3CDQCB4xx3Major Elective (Course 2)3CSp
QCB4023Well Logging & Formation Evaluation3CDQCB4053Petroleum Basin Evaluation3CDQCB4xx3Major Elective (Course 3)3CSp
QCB4033Attributes & 3D Visualization3CDQCB4xx3Major Elective (Course 1) 3CSp    
Credit Hours 11   Credit Hours 11   Credit Hours 10  
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Total Credit Hours : 139 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​


Core Specialisation (CSp) Courses

Choose any of the following sets of Major Elective's areas (set A, B or C) for Major Elective I, II and III.


A. Basin Reservoir Studies ​ ​ ​
NoCodeCourse NameCrG
1QCB4113Basin Maturity Modelling3CSp
2QCB4123Geodynamics and Basin Development3CSp
3QCB4133Geo-mechanics & Fractured Reservoirs3CSp


B. Exploration Geophysics ​ ​ ​
NoCodeCourse NameCrG
1QCB4213Seismic Data Processing 3CSp
2QCB4223Seismic Wave and Imaging3CSp
3QCB4233QI and Rock Physics3CSp


C. GIS and Geo-hazards ​ ​ ​
NoCodeCourse NameCrG
1QCB4313Rock and Soil Mechanics3CSp
2QCB4323Site Investigation3CSp
3QCB4333Geospatial Information System & Geomatics3CSp


Minor (EM) Courses

Petroleum Geoscience students who are interested to enhance their knowledge in management and business will have the option to complete courses offered under Minor. There are six (6) Minor packages available to Petroleum Geoscience students as follows:

  1. Minor in Entrepreneurship
  2. Minor in International Relations
  3. Minor in Project Management
  4. Minor in Big Data Analytics
  5. Minor in Corporate Management
  6. Minor in Financial Management
In order to be eligible for Minor, students are required to pass and complete all the courses under the same package (15 credits). Results obtained from courses under Minor will be counted into GPA/CGPA calculation.  Students are reminded that the option to complete Minor courses are at the students' discretion and are not compulsory. The total credit hours accumulated under Minor courses will be over and above the graduation requirements of 139 credit hours

Minor in Entrepreneurship ​ ​ ​ ​  
1GEB2043Principles of Marketing3EMStudents can take these courses in any semester
2GEB2053Principles of Finance3EM
3GEB2063Business Communication3EM
Total Credit Hours ​ ​ 15   
Minor in International Relationship ​ ​ ​ ​  
NoCodeCourse NameCrGSemester
1GEB1043Cross-Cultural Management3EMStudents can take these courses in any semester ​ ​ ​ ​
2GEB2063Business Communication3EM
4GEB3143Law and International Business3EM
5HEB2163Global Citizen3EM
Total Credit Hours ​ ​ 15   
Minor in Project Management ​ ​ ​ ​  
1VEB3113Operations Management3EMStudents can take these courses in any semester ​ ​ ​ ​
2VEB3123Project Scheduling and Control3EM
3VEB3133Risk Analysis & Quality Management3EM
4VEB3143Contract Management3EM
5VEB3153Procurement & Estimation3EM
Total Credit Hours ​ ​ 15   
Minor in Big Data Analytics ​ ​ ​ ​  
1FEM3013Artificial Intelligence 3EMStudents can take these courses in any semester ​ ​ ​ ​
2FEM3023Simulation and Optimisation3EM
3FEM3033Data Mining3EM
4FEM3043Big Data Analytics3EM
5FEM3053Data Science & Methodology3EM
Total Credit Hours ​ ​ 15   


Minor in Corporate Management ​ ​ ​ ​  
1GEB1033Management & Organizational Behaviour3EMStudents can take these courses in any semester ​ ​ ​ ​
2GEB2043Principles of Marketing3EM
3GEB3113Corporate Communication3EM
4GEB3093Strategic Management3EM

Human Resource Management

 ( Final Year Only)

Total Credit Hours ​ ​ 15   


Minor in Financial Management ​ ​ ​ ​  
1GEB2053Principle of Finance 3EMStudents can take these courses in any semester ​ ​ ​ ​
2GEB2013Business Accounting 3EM
3GEB2113Fundamental of Investment3EM
4GEB3033Corporate Finance3EM
5GEB3043International Financial Management 3EM
Total Credit Hours ​ ​ 15