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About this programme (Applied Geosciences)
 
Introduction
 
The Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme in Applied Geosciences comprises all aspects involved in the study of the Earth. The programme is customised to the requirements of Oman and the wider region, building on the expertise of RWTH Aachen University in Germany. It focuses on three areas of key importance to the region’s present and future: energy, water, and mineral resources. In addition to providing a rigorous education with high standards, GUtech places strong emphasis on the future employability of its graduates. For this reason, many courses in the programme are presented in cooperation with local and international industry partners. Soft skills, such as communication, teamwork and presentation skills, are integrated throughout the curriculum. From their first day at GUtech, students are encouraged to think critically and act responsibly, and our staff assists them in developing these competences accordingly.

Programme Structure 
 
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Geosciences at GUtech is an eight semester (four year) programme. The first three semesters introduce the fundamentals of the study programme in mathematics, natural sciences, and geosciences. The last five semesters focus on key areas of applied geosciences required for a solid grounding in this field, with an introduction to Petroleum Geosciences, Ore Geology, Economic Geology and Hydrogeology.

The programme is taught in English and includes written and oral tests, seminar papers and a Bachelor’s thesis. Students will also be expected to develop basic communication skills in German.The majority of the courses, including field-based training, are offered in Oman and are taught by GUtech faculty staff based in Muscat. In addition, there are visiting professors from RWTH Aachen University who teach special courses.

 Career Opportunities
 
Geoscientists pursue exciting careers worldwide. A large demand exists in Oman and the Gulf region for qualified professionals in the field of exploration and production of natural resources, such as oil, gas, minerals, and building materials. Many geoscientists are also employed in the field of water supply and management. Others investigate natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, or the causes of climate change. Building constructions such as tunnels, bridges, or dams typically requires the expertise of geoscientists. Furthermore, in the fast-growing tourism industry, geoscientists may provide specific knowledge on Oman’s natural wonders.