MASTER OF SCIENCE AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
The Geoscience program of PAULESI is composed of the Petroleum geoscience and the Mineral exploration programs both art Masters, M.Sc. and Doctoral, Ph.D. levels
The M.Sc courses run for 4 semesters while the PHD runs for a maximum of 36 months. The availability and acquisition of sound education especially at the tertiary level has remained a mirage to most African Children. The situation is further compounded by the unavailability of quality and globally competitive institutions among the existing ones on the continent. This initiative of the geoscience program within the Pan African University Life and Earth science Institutes (PAULESI) framework is not only timely but necessary.
The main theme of the PAULESI falls within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the African Vision 2063. This is more so since the impact of the African economies is expected to be significantly driven by progress in science and technology as is the case with most global economies.
The geoscience program therefore has as its main objective to equip the students through instruction and independent research in the knowledge of the earth sciences, being the foundational science for infrastructure, environmental sustainability and overarching economic development of nations, thus preparing them for the necessary impact expected of them in their various nations.
Petroleum geoscience program
This aims at equipping the students in the understanding of recent cutting edge developments in the oil and Gas exploration sector.
At the Masters level, it covers basic and advanced concepts such as introduction to upstream E and P business. This include understanding of basic delineation and stratigraphic frame work, Petroleum geochemistry, Sub surface geology, prospect and well proposition, and well logging and seismic interpretation. The reservoir modelling and reservoir calculation modules are also covered in such courses as sequence stratigraphy, reservoir characterization and modelling, basin analysis and modelling petrophysics and formation evaluation. A very important module involving an understanding of geology and field development has under this the introduction to reservoir engineering and production techniques, petroleum economics, petroleum in the environment are covered. Field practical training is also emphasized and a 6 month period of internship in an exploration and production company
A project that evolves into the production of a thesis is undertaken however in order to have effective project delivery, the students are taught practical project design and a supportive project seminar. The dissertation itself is carried out under the supervision of competent facilitators while still retaining the semi-independent concept of the project /Dissertation delivery
For the Ph.D. , The training which is research oriented, culminating in the production of a thesis from which three publications are supposed to be produced before completion, also benefits from guided production of term papers in specialized fields covering the described modules at more advanced level than the Masters under specialized facilitators.
The program is finally geared towards producing specialists who will be useful and be gainfully employed or become entrepreneurs in geoscience related sector and /or industries
These include exploration companies, whether in the minerals, oil and gas secto or minerals management or governance sectors. The training also affords them to fill the much needed gaps in the academia as lecturers and instructors. Africa needs a lot of capacity development in the minerals industry and this training will help a lot in this direction