MSc Geology

MSc Geology

2 years

Course of Study for Master of Science in Geology (M.Sc Geology) meets the contemporary needs of our country Nepal as well as it is at par with the international standards.The main aim of the Course is to create professionals having in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of geology. Apart from it, the Course also aims at producing specialists able to follow integrated and multi-disciplinary approaches in their profession.

After the completion of the M.Sc. course in geology, the students will be qualified as geologists with specialization in either of the following fields:

  • Exploration and Mining Geology or
  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering Geology



Eligibility for Admission

The candidates who have passed the B.Sc. course in Geology from Tribhuvan University or the B.Sc. course in Geology from any other equivalent universities or institutions shall be considered eligible for admission to the M.Sc. course in Geology. They should have also attended the prescribed geological field training at the B.Sc. level.

MSc Geology Entrance Examination 

  1. The weightage of the entrance examination will be 100 full marks, and the duration will be 2 hours. Questions are asked according to the B.Sc Geology syllabus prescribed by the committee.
  2. The questions will be Objective or Multiple choice questions (MCQs). Each question will carry 1 (one) weightage.
  3. 35% marks must be obtained to pass the entrance examination.

Admission Criteria

The applicants will have to appear in an entrance examination of two hours duration conducted by the Central Department of Geology. Applicants who fail to appear in the Entrance Examination or obtain a minimum qualifying score will not be allowed admission. A merit list of the qualified applicants will be prepared based on the percentage of marks in their B. Sc. Examination (20%) and the marks they obtained in the Entrance Examination (80%).

Admission of the students will be based strictly on the merit list and the enrollment capacity of the Central Department of Geology.

  • M.Sc Geology: 50 quotas

Duration of the program

Four semesters completed in two academic years. A student should complete the course within 5 years. The candidate shall have to select in the First Semester one Specialization Course including corresponding practical as well as a compulsory field work and dissertation.

Hours of Instruction and credit calculation

Working days: 90 days per semester

Semester: 4

Total credits: 80

Full Marks: 2000

Fee and Structure:

Fee structure will be according to Department rule but present-day fee is;

  • M.Sc Geology: Rs 50,000 per semester



In the M.Sc. Geology, the students can choose specialization in

(a) Applied Geology or

(b) Mineral Resources and Mining Geology or

(c) Hydrogeology


Admission Criteria

  1. Students must attend and pass the entrance examination.
  2. Pass mark for the entrance examination is 35%.
  3. Students will be enrolled on the basis of merit. Merit list is published on the basis of both marks obtained in Bachelor level and entrance examination.Merit list: = 20% (marks obtained in B.Sc) + 80 % (marks secured in entrance examination)

In Central department and constituent campuses of Tribhuvan University; out of total available seats 80% seats will be filled from free competition and 20% from reserved (inclusive) category.

Students who want to compete from proportional representation category must fulfilled following criteria.

  • Passed SLC from community schools
  • Students who are permanent resident of backward region must have passed SLC from the same region
  • Students must have passed Bachelor level from constitutent campus of Tribhuvan University or Community campuses.

Documents needed:

If any seats remain vacant in the inclusive/reserved category; remaining seats will be fulfilled from the merit list of free competition.

Curricular Structure

They will be able to carry out the professional work, research, and/or advanced studies independently in their respective fields.MSC I Year Curriculum (Full Marks=500)

  • Igneous and metamorphic Petrology (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • (Theory: 70, Practical: 30Sedimentology, and
  • Mineralogy and Geochemistry (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics, and Photogeology, Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Paleontology and Introduction to Hydrogeology (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • Geomorphology and Himalayan Geology (Theory: 50)Fieldwork (50 Marks)

MSC II Year Curriculum (Full Marks=500)

Specialization: Engineering Geology

  • Applied Geophysics (Theory: 35, Practical: 15)
  • Project Management and Research Methodology
  • GEO Construction
  • Material Engineering (Theory: 35, Practical:15)
  • Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling, and Soil Mechanics (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • Engineering Geological Site Investigation, and
  • Geological Hazard and Risk Analysis, (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • Fieldwork (50 Marks)
  • Dissertation (100 Marks)

Specialization: Exploration and Mining Geology

  • Applied Geophysics (Theory: 35, Practical: 15)
  • Project Management and Research Methodology (Theory: 35, Practical: 15)
  • Geology of Mineral Deposits (Theory: 35, Practical:15)
  • Exploration and
  • Prospection Geology, and
  • Geological and Tunnel Mapping (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • Mining Geology, Mineral Economics, and Petroleum Geology (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • Fieldwork (50 Marks)
  • Dissertation (100 Marks)>

Specialization: Hydrogeology

  • Applied Geophysics (Theory: 35, Practical: 15)
  • Project Management and Research Methodology(Theory: 35, Practical: 15)
  • Water Resources and Watershed Management(Theory: 35, Practical:15)
  • Engineering Hydrology (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • Hydrogeology (Theory: 70, Practical: 30)
  • Fieldwork (50 Marks)
  • Dissertation (100 Marks)