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MSc in Petroleum Geoscience​





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 requirements for oil and gas industry specialist, exploration and reservoir geoscientist which include field geologist, seismic interpreter, quantitative geophysicist as well as E&P subsurface risking leaders. 
This is achieved through 6 core technical modules, 4 specialization electives either in subsurface imaging or reservoir geoscience, 3 non-technical modules and 4-months industrial project. Throughout the programme, there is a high degree of geological fieldwork and computer programming usage, both for project and teaching-learning activities. Each of the module is being taught by established academician and industry experts within Petroleum Geoscience domain.


Coursework & DissertationConventional
Malaysian (RM)​International (RM)​
​​MSc in Petroleum Geoscience​36,350​47,350

On-boarding Fee (for both Research and Masters by Coursework & Dissertation)Malaysian (RM)International (RM)​
Personal Bond-​3,000​
Student Pass ApplicationInternational Full Time Student ONLY-​2,600​
Registration (Insurance & Commitment Fee)1,000​1,600​


Minimum 1 year



The curriculum is meticulously developed with inputs drawn from the oil and gas industry experts 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 in projects. For fresh graduates, there will be opportunities to work on real projects with various petroleum companies. All the modules are designed to be completed over 3 semesters period, with each technical module taking place within 2-3 weeks duration. Examinations are held at the end of the semester.


Semester 1


Basin Structures and Dynamics (QBM5013)

[Core Technical Module]

This course provides the skeleton of basin formation and structuration and the basis for identifying hydrocarbon plays at a basin scale. Prepare the students for the advanced MSc Petroleum Geoscience courses by providing them the fundamentals and up to date technical skills in the structural geology related to basins formation and their geodynamic evolution with time. This course aims at enhancing the students' technical strengths upon commencing the programme properly.


Applied Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (QBM5023)

[Core Technical Module]

This module covers selected central topics within sedimentology and stratigraphy - such as a detailed analysis of various sedimentary palaeoenvironments, interpretation of sediment petrography and geochemistry, understanding of trace fossils, practical use of sequence stratigraphic.


Petroleum System Analysis & Basin Modelling (QBM5033)

[Core Technical Module]

Petroleum system analysis is a key step in assessing the risk profile of each prospect in terms of the seven key elements required for hydrocarbon entrapment / accumulation - trap, reservoir, seal, charge (source rock, maturation, timing, migration). Petroleum system analysis and basin modelling integrates practically all geoscientific disciplines. It enhances & deepens the intelligent interpretation of geological data acquired by geophysical, geological & geochemical methods & thus converts static info into dynamic process understanding. It can detect quickly inconsistencies or uncertainties in our knowledge base. This is a key component towards enhancing exploration success.


Applied Geophysics (QBM5043)

[Core Technical Module]

This course imparts knowledge on the application of geophysical techniques for hydrocarbon resource exploration. Theoretical background, fundamental principles, routine applications as well as the latest advances of each of the geophysical techniques will be presented. The techniques discussed are seismic, gravity, magnetics and electromagnetics.


Project Management (SNB5052)

[University Requirement]

In today's environment, certainty of change is without precedent. As such, managers in the contemporary organizations have to embrace project management in enhancing organizational effectiveness and success of their energy management. Energy projects have to be delivered on schedule, within budget, with the required performance capability, and compliant with quality, environmental, safety and health standards. The need to place energy management in the context of the design, strategies, and execution of project management is compelling.


Semester 2


Formation Evaluation & Petrophysics (QBM5053)

[Core Technical Module]

This course focuses on the study of the physical properties of rocks focusing on the storage and flow of the fluids contained within them. It also provides the fundamental basics of coring, well site geology and the conventional geological and petrophysical log interpretation. Log data acquisition for some advanced tools will be presented in order to highlight the significance of the recorded parameters and the impact of uncertainties on the evaluation results. The student will get some basic knowledge on core analysis, will understand methodology used to carry out different petrophysical property measurements in lab and using logs, and will become familiar with qualitative and quantitative well log interpretations and core-log calibration. He should be able to prepare and use this information for integrated geological workflows in flow units, basin analysis and reservoir characterization.


Life of Field & Subsurface Risking (QBM5063)

[Core Technical Module]

Common core module required for MSc in Petroleum Geosciences program covering different stages of hydrocarbon resources evaluation, subsurface risking, contractual arrangement, economic commerciality and decision making from frontier basin prospecting to making a discovery. The case study subsurface data provided include key petroleum systems elements, to enable sensitivity analysis of subsurface risks and evaluation of volumetrics uncertainties. The ensuing techno-commercial exploration proposal will be negotiated to satisfy the stakeholders contractual requirements and management approval.


Advance Seismic Technology (QBM5073)

[Specialization Subsurface Imaging]

The course deals with imaging the distribution and shape of the reservoirs which are of paramount importance in exploration for and development of oil and gas resources.


Quantitative & Computational Geophysics (QBM5083)

[Specialization Subsurface Imaging]

An important proficiency that students in geophysics need to acquire is the ability to recognize numerical solutions for addressing both fundamental and practical problems of interest in geophysical data processing, analysis, and modelling. This course also provides thorough understanding of quantitative seismic interpretation for hydrocarbon prediction in oil and gas exploration and development


Reservoir Modelling & Characterization (QBM5093)

[Specialization Development Geoscience]

The reservoir static model is part of reservoir assessment for development of the reservoir and field. The course is essentially required in imparting integration know-how of geological, geophysical and petrophysical and engineering data.


Reservoir Engineering (QBM5103)

[Specialization Development Geoscience]

The course deals with reservoir rock and fluids types and its essential conditions (Pressure & Temperature) to understand how reservoir properties influence the reservoir performance.

Individual Industrial Project I & II (QBM5112 & QBM5128)

The students will acquire specific skills to conduct a research industrial project related to hydrocarbon exploration and production area. Subsequently the students shall gain experiences in developing and running actual industry-based project.


Data Analytics (DAM5362)

[University Requirement]

The course provides thorough understand process, content, concepts, techniques, issues and challenges involved in big data analytics, prepare students to be technically competent in analyzing data and prepare students to improve management decision making using data analytics tools


Semester 3


Individual Industrial Project I & II (QBM5112 & QBM5128) 


The students will acquire specific skills to conduct a research industrial project related to hydrocarbon exploration and production area. Subsequently the students shall gain experiences in developing and running actual industry-based project.






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.



Programme Manager

Dr Abdul Halim Abdul Latiff