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Petroleum Geoscience



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 Science (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 Data Imaging. In the final year, students have the opportunity to major in a mix of these two selected areas of interest:

  • Basin Reservoir Studies
  • Exploration Geophysics

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 Data Science as an option is made available to students who are interested to enhance their knowledge in data science, at their discretion.


Programme Educational Objectives

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

  • Geoscientists who are competent with the potential to become leaders in Geoscience and related industries.
  • Geoscientist who are invovoled towards sustainable development in Geoscience and related industries for the betterment of the society.

  • Programme Outcomes

    At the end of the programme, the graduates should be able to:

    • Describe advanced and comprehensive, theoretical, and technical knowledge in Geosciences.
    • Demonstrate intellectual independence in complex application of geoscientific knowledge by applying critical, analytical and evaluation proficiencies in respective fields.
    • Apply a range of essential methods and procedures to solve a broad range of complex problems in Geosciences.
    • Work in diverse communities and communicate Geoscience information concisely using written, visual and verbal means appropriate to the situation.
    • Adapt a broad spectrum of digital and numeracy skills to support complex Geoscience applications by synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data.
    • Work autonomously and demonstrate leadership and professionalism in managing responsibilities within broad organizational parameters.
    • Demonstrate business acumen in Geosciences and other related matters.
    • Commit to professional and ethical principles, responsibilities, and norms of geoscience practice.

    Graduation Requirements

    In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Petroleum Geoscience, students are required to obtain a minimum of 144 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 Requirement 10
    UR    -   University Requirement 15
    CC     -   Core  Common 17
    CD     -   Core Discipline 79
    CI      -   Core Industrial Internship 14
    P       -   CSp - Core Specialisation 9
    TOTAL 144


1. What are the opportunities for petroleum geoscientists in the Malaysian oil and gas industry?

Petroleum geoscientists in the Malaysian oil and gas industry play a crucial role as their work heavily contributes to Malaysia’s economy. The industry requires their expertise in exploring, surveying and extracting petroleum resources, analysing rock formations and conducting field surveys.

2. What are the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience at UTP?

Applicants wishing to enrol at UTP for undergraduate programmes must possess a minimum of 1 (one) of the following qualifications:

  • STPM
  • A-Level or Equivalent
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Matriculation
  • Foundation in Relevant Field from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
  • Foundation in a Relevant Field from a recognised institution
  • Diploma in a Relevant Field from a recognised institution
  • UEC - Senior Middle Level (SML)
  • Australian Matriculation Programme
  • Others

3. How much does it cost to study the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience at UTP?

There are different tuition fees for local and international students.

Fee for local students: RM79,200.00

Fee for international students: RM99,000

4. Are there any government scholarships available for Malaysian students who want to study Petroleum Geoscience?

There are government scholarships available for Malaysian students who meet the criteria and subject to availability, such as PTPTN, Perak State Government, Yayasan Sime Darby, and many more.

For more info on available scholarships, click here.