New MSc programme in Applied Geosciences – focus on hydrogeology, hydrocarbons and minerals

HALBAN The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) will launch a part-time Master’s programme in Applied Geosciences in September this year. “The programme in Oman focuses on an area which is of key importance to the region’s present and future: Energy, water and mineral resources. A strong emphasis is placed on the employability of our graduates. Many elements of the programme will be accomplished in cooperation with local and international partners from universities in Europe, e.g. RWTH Aachen University and companies in the region” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences. The degree programme will be taught in English, including written and oral tests, seminar papers and the Master thesis. The programme may offer the opportunity to travel to Europe to complete coursework at RWTH Aachen or any other University in Germany.

“Numerous mineral resources have been found in Oman, such as copper, chromite, and manganese but the country has also vast resources of industrial minerals. Currently, more than 250 mining and quarrying operations are active; their production accounts for 33% of Oman’s total non-oil exports. In this booming environment, and taking into consideration that exploration for non-hydrocarbons is still at a very early stage, the job opportunities for graduates specialized in mineral resources are considered as very good,” said Prof. Wilfried, who is specialized in mining and who has taught in Germany and Madagascar and was active in geological mapping and exploration for the British Geological Survey and private companies.

Applied Geosciences graduates are also involved in the petroleum industry in the Middle East and elsewhere. This trend is likely to continue as advanced technology is needed to exploit this non-renewable resource. Well-trained and highly motivated geoscience specialists will be on demand, despite the recent economic downturn and the decreased oil prize.

Water is a highly important topic in water-scarce countries in the Gulf region. In Oman the water resources management is lead by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR). Moreover, big commercial activities, e.g. for oil and mining companies as well as large industrial producers, mostly have aspects related to water and thus require experts in that field.

The first three semesters focus on fundamental skills needed for Applied Geosciences in general and they give an overview of the three electives: minerals, water and hydrocarbons. Semester 4 and 5 will integrate the material presented earlier by focusing on advanced applications of these skills in the specialisation PGEO (petroleum geosciences), HGEO (hydrogeology) and MGEO (mineral geosciences). It is during this stage that students have to complete two project modules, including a practical project and the MSc project, either nationally or internationally.

(c) GUtech/Text: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet and Prof. Wilfried Bauer; Photo: GUtech/ AGEO Dep.
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