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Salam Mr Tariq,

I have a bachelor degree in geology, but currently I'm working as a HSE practitioner in one of the big construction company in Malaysia for almost 2 years. However, I'm thinking to change my career to geologist and join the oil and gas industry. Now I'm a bit confuse and not sure which course I should take, could it be geology or environmental geology? Based on your experience and knowledge, could you please advice me, which major should I choose to make myself more capable to be in the oil industry. Please suggest which is the best university that offer this course. Thanks for you help.

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Dear Jojie,

Thanks for sending me your question. I sincerely appreciate your willingness to work for oil and gas exploration industry. I would suggest to implement your career plan with two prong strategy.

Firstly, try to get an entry level job position with your present qualification in any oil company as I understand that there is a room for you to join industry without additional qualification.

Secondly, you may pursue a master program in Petroleum Geology or Petroleum Geoscience. Additional qualification will be greatly benefiting you in future.

I would recommend University of Malaysia (UOM)in Kuala Lumpur which offers both programs.

Please find the relevant link and I think you may have to find more details directly to the UOM.

http://geology.um.edu.my/Brochure-MSc_programme_ForStudents-23APR10%20revised%20

Hope, this answer helps you.

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Tariq Hasany  

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Petroleum Exploration

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Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd

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In Pakistani and Asian Petroleum Confertence special Publications

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BSc Honours in Geology and Master of Science degree in Petroleum Geology

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Active member AAPG, SPE and PAPG Treasurer PAPG and AAPG Visiting Geoscientist

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