Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Geosciences

The PhD program in Geology is available for students who have successfully completed a Master Degree in Geology or Earth Sciences from a university acceptable to the UAEU. The program offered by the Geology Department requires the student to complete 54 credit hours comprising 24 credit hours of course work and 30 credit hours of original research leading to a PhD thesis. The course work is divided into General Requirements (6 credit hours, including courses in Research Methods, Ethics of Scientific Research, Seminars and Journal Club); compulsory Concentration courses (9 credit hours, including courses in Plate Tectonics, Geoinformatics and Geology, Environment and Society); and a further 9 credit hours of a range of advanced elective courses. A broad range of geoscience topics are available for research. The program is fee-based and is open for all students who meet the entry requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements

Part 1: General Requirements (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC701Research Methods II1.000
COSC702Ethics of Scientific Research II1.000
COSS711Seminar I1.000
COSS722Seminar II1.000
COSS733Journal Club1.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOL710Advanced Topics in Plate Tectonics3.000
GEOL720Modeling and Geoinformatics3.000
GEOL730Geology, Environment and Society3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any 9 credits of the following courses, or other approved graduate courses of 600 level or above according to the study plan.) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOL610Geophysical Instruments & Data Acquisition3.000
GEOL615Seismology & UAE Seismicity3.000
GEOL620Carbonate/Evaporate Deposit Systems3.000
GEOL621Diagnetic, Stratigraphy, & Reservoir Evaluation3.000
GEOL623Formation Evaluation3.000
GEOL660Computer Applications in Geosciences3.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC800Comprehensive Exam0.000
COSR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSR900Dissertation Research  10.000
COSD910Dissertation Defense0.000
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