The program extends for twelve months from early August of the year of entry. It is an intensive program; students average nearly twenty-four hours per week in the classroom during the two semesters of taught courses which are followed by a four month individual research project. The more theoretical topics are addressed during Semester I, while application is emphasized in Semester II. (Semester schedules are presented below; point to the course titles for detailed course descriptions.

Ten of the fourteen technical courses combine lectures with practical exercises and are examined at the end of the semester during which they are taught. Two courses are class projects and one is a seminar course; these are not examined and neither is the field geology course. The courses are taught by the full-time staff of the Petroleum Geoscience Program and the Geology Department, plus Visiting Professors.

Training in the use of technical computer software is incorporated into the program. All students become proficient in interpreting 3D seismic data and well log analysis.

Developing communication skills is another objective of the program. Students are required to give formal oral presentations and submit written reports during the teaching semesters as well as prepare a formal dissertation and oral presentation at the end of their research projects. Additionally, all students are required to take a non-credit general English course in Semester I plus a non-credit English course on written and oral communication skills during Semester II.


Each student is required to design and implement a research project involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of geological and/or geophysical data. Research results are presented in a written report (5,000 words) and an oral presentation (15 minutes) at the end of the project. Students can choose their research project from a wide range of petroleum-related topics, including both surface and subsurface geological and geophysical problems. Thailand and the ASEAN region offer excellent research opportunities in clastic and carbonate sedimentology, structural analysis and reservoir geology. The Petroleum Geoscience program has access to well data and 2D and 3D seismic data that can be used for subsurface interpretation. Students also are encouraged to select a project from their home country.