The NCPGG Doctoral Programme is designed for
those wishing to undertake a major research project, with the aim of developing
specialist skills and knowledge in a chosen area of petroleum geology or
geophysics. Candidates require a first or upper second class B.Sc.(Honours)
degree or equivalent as a minimum qualification. Postgraduate studies and/or
industry experience in the chosen field would be a significant advantage.
The PhD programme should appeal both to students intending to enter or
re-enter the industry in a specialist position, and to those wishing to
pursue a research-oriented career in tertiary education. Students have
the benefit of drawing on the very strong combination of industrial and
academic experience of the Centre
staff during their research project. The Centre is widely recognised
for performing important and relevant research work for the petroleum exploration
industry via postgraduate degree projects.
Students may enrol in either the University
of Adelaide or the University of South Australia to undertake the programme.
The Doctoral Programme normally takes between
three and four years of full-time work to complete. There is no formal
coursework component, but students may be required to take some units of
the NCPGG Postgraduate Curriculum to ensure that they have appropriate
knowledge and skills to pursue their project. Such coursework may form
a specific part of the "Structured Program" which is set up individually
for each PhD student enrolled in the University of Adelaide. Coursework
requirements will be determined after discussions between student and supervisor
immediately upon commencement. Whilst there is no specific starting time,
and students may begin at any time of the year, scholarship applications
are normally invited around September/October each year, so that scholarships
can commence early in the new year.
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obtain more information on aspects of the coursework.
A Doctoral student's candidature is essentially
devoted to research. This work is documented in a bound thesis, which is
submitted for examination. All projects should be relevant to petroleum
exploration or development, and many thus be sponsored by exploration companies
or Mines Departments. Sponsorship may range from simply allowing access
to information, through to funding a scholarship. Students will have at
least one academic supervisor (from the NCPGG) and, where appropriate,
an industry supervisor (from their sponsor company), for their project.
During their research work, Doctoral students
are expected to take part in the NCPGG's regular internal seminars and
annual Postgraduate presentations to the Centre's Advisory Board and other
industry personnel. They may also have opportunities to present papers
and posters at national and international conferences. Progress is formally
reviewed on a yearly basis.
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obtain more information on aspects of the thesis project.
The thesis is assessed by two external examiners
(University of Adelaide) or three examiners, two of whom are external (University
of SA), who may make recommendations ranging from immediate acceptance
of the thesis, to acceptance subject to various levels of amendment, through
to rejection. The thesis examination is conducted in accordance with normal
University standards and procedures.
Support for Doctoral Students
PhD students can be supported from a number
of different sources. All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships
under a several programs at the University of Adelaide and the University
of South Australia. Information on postgraduate scholarships is given
in the following links.
of South Australia (Australian applicants)
of South Australia (Overseas applicants)
PhD students can also be funded from APCRC
research programs and industry supported projects. Potential PhD students
are encouraged to contact NCPGG staff members working in their field of
study to examine potential for project support. Once enrolled in the PhD
programme students are eligible to apply for the NCPGG
The NCPGG Doctoral Programme is currently
(Feb 1998) HECS-exempt for Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents,
and New Zealand Citizens for the first four years of a full-time degree.
The cost to students of other nationalities is $A20,000 per year. As these
figures and conditions may change, intending students should make enquiries
concerning fees to the student administration branch of the relevant university.
Potential students should contact the NCPGG
office (details below) so that arrangements can be made for discussions
with the appropriate staff member. Students enrol in one of the following
If you would like further information on any
aspect of the NCPGG Doctoral Programme, please click on this
link to obtain contact details.