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Petroleum Geosciences


Petroleum Geosciences is a 3 years Diploma examined by KNEC.

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About Petroleum Geosciences

Diploma in Petroleum Geoscience is an interdisciplinary program designed to enhance critical thinking and the technical skills needed by students and professionals interested in professional careers in the emerging oil and gas sector in Kenya, Uganda, and Southern Sudan.

This course provides an introduction to geology and an introduction to petroleum geosciences. No prior knowledge in geology is assumed and the course starts from basic geological concepts (e.g. minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, rock deformation, and geological time) then moves onto the petroleum system (e.g. source rocks, reservoir rocks, sealing rocks, maturation, migration, and trapping of hydrocarbons) and finally introduces the tools used in petroleum exploration.

Entry requirements for Petroleum Geosciences

  • KCSE Mean Grade C- (Minus) or
  • A pass in relevant Craft certificate

Institutions offering Petroleum Geosciences


Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology

Public College Nakuru Town East

The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) is a giant institution offering a total of over 42 different courses in Higher National Diploma, Diploma, Craft and...

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Rift Valley Technical Training Institute

Public College Soy

Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) is committed to providing quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) that is innovative, competency oriented and research based that shall...

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The Eldoret National Polytechnic

National Polytechnic Soy

The Eldoret National Polytechnic has recorded tremendous growth in the development of middle-level training as an institution since inception. It has continually fulfilled its mandate in training young...

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Institute of Energy studies and Research

Private College Ruaraka

Kenya Power Institute of Energy Studies & Research, established as KPLC Training School in 1957, is an innovation, research, and technology-centered training institute that provides high-quality training for...

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The Kabete National Polytechnic

National Polytechnic Dagoretti South

The Kabete National Polytechnic is a national university offering technical training in Kenya.The Kabete technical is located on Waiyaki Way near Uthiru market in Kiambu County.Kabete national polytechnic...

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Eldoret College of Professional Studies

Private College Soy

Eldoret College of Professional Studies has provided education to the people of Rift valley for fifteen years now with a great success record. It has perfected its art...

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Objectives of Petroleum Geosciences

This KNEC diploma in petroleum geosciences program provides training in geology and geophysics for students preparing to enter the oil and gas industry.

This program aims to offer a coherent understanding of the areas of science that relate to the earth?s petroleum resources including their nature, origin, distribution, discovery, and exploitation. The course is designed to impart practical knowledge and the ability to understand the geological and technological complexity of the petroleum systems.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognise and describe minerals and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks.
  • Recognise and describe geological structures (faults and folds).
  • Recognise and describe the elements and processes of a petroleum system.
  • Work collaboratively in groups during laboratory sessions to determine solutions for practical activities related to the description of rocks, geological structures, and petroleum systems.
  • Explain and apply the use of seismic reflection data and wireline logging and other technologies in petroleum exploration.
  • Explain the scope of the upstream petroleum industry.

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