Unisinos Postgraduate - Geology (MSc/PhD) - In person - São Leopoldo
Academic Master

Geology (MSc/PhD)

In person - São Leopoldo


São Leopoldo


2 years

Course recommended by Capes

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The Geology Graduate Program aims to form qualified researchers, professionals, and teachers in the field of Geosciences. Its master's degree is designed to students and professionals who wish either to start a research career or to qualify/differentiate their professional performance. It seeks to improve the research skills and to allow the appropriation of modern methods and technologies to be used in professional life. The master students research might be related to oil and gas, surface and ground water, Earth's external dynamics, life evolution, environmental matters, and climate changes, among other relevant issues. The Geology Graduate Program is recommended by Capes, offers a wide infrastructure suitable for research practice and a qualified faculty, connected to important national and international research centers.


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Emphasis: Sedimentary Geology

The program focuses on Sedimentary Geology. It deals with the phenomena, processes, and products related to the origin, infill, and deformation of sedimentary basins, as well as the accumulation and exploration of mineral, hydric and energy resources. In addition, it investigates the sedimentary record in terms of life evolution and climate changes at different time scales.

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Lines of action

This area of study addresses sedimentary successions and their stratigraphy, facies associations, depositional processes and petrological aspects. It focuses on characterization of the architecture, geometry and heterogeneity of sedimentary bodies at different scales through geological and seismic modeling. By applying this multiscale approach, we seek to better understand the location and internal features of oil and gas reservoirs, granular aquifers and mineral deposits associated with sedimentary rocks.

This area of study analyzes biogenic structures and fossils through description, taxonomic determination and taphonomic processes involved in their genesis. We seek to understand the evolutionary aspects of the Earth's biota, its influence in the physiochemical environment and its value in stratigraphic correlations, geochronology, and paleogeographic and paleoclimatic reconstructions.

This area of study focuses on modeling of geological processes and oil and groundwater sedimentary reservoirs. For this purpose, based on a fundamentally geotechnological approach, techniques for remote acquisition, processing and interpretation of geological data are used. These data, different in nature and variable in space and time, are used for development of geological and geophysical models, emphasizing the geometry, spatial variability and evolution of sedimentary sequences, as well as dynamic models and simulations of surface or underground geological processes.


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Master's Degree Curriculum

The master's degree consists of 30 credits, distributed as follows: 6 credits of required activities and 8 credits of thesis; 10 credits of specific courses; 6 credits of related courses and/or complementary activities, where 1 credit, necessarily, corresponds to the submission of a paper to a scientific journal.

Specific Courses - Area of study: Stratigraphy and Basin Evolution keyboard_arrow_down

- Analysis of Architectural Elements of Sedimentary Deposits (2 credits)
- Sedimentary Dynamics (2 credits)
- Sequence Stratigraphy (4 credits)
- Petrology of Terrigenous Clastic Sedimentary Rocks (4 credits)
- Terrigenous Clastic Depositional Systems (4 credits)
- Continental Depositional Systems (3 credits)
- Transitional and Shallow Marine Depositional Systems (3 credits)
- Turbidite Depositional Systems (3 credits)
- Tectonics and Sedimentation (2 credits)
- Special Topics on Stratigraphy and Basin Evolution (2 credits)

Specific Courses - Area of study: Applied Paleontology keyboard_arrow_down

- Biostratigraphy (4 credits)
- Sedimentary Dynamics (2 credits)
- Ichnology (3 credits)
- Applied Ichnology (3 credits)
- Micropaleontology (4 credits)
- Ostracods (4 credits)
- Paleobotany and Palynology (4 credits)
- Paleoecology (5 credits)
- Terrigenous Clastic Depositional Systems (4 credits)
- Special Topics on Applied Paleontology (2 credit)

Specific Courses - Area of study: Remote Sensing and Geological Modeling keyboard_arrow_down

- Digital Cartography (4 credits)
- Sedimentary Dynamics (2 credits)
- Surface and Underground Hydrology (4 credits)
- 3D Imaging and Interpretation of Outcrops (4 credits)
- Groundwater Flow Modeling (4 credits)
- Reservoir Modeling (4 credits)
- Geological and Geophysical Modeling and Models (4 credits)
- Remote Sensing Principles and Geographic Information System (4 credits)
- Artificial Neural Networks Applied to Geological Modeling (4 credits)
- Terrigenous Clastic Depositional Systems (4 credits)
- Special Topics on Remote Sensing and Geological Modeling (2 credits)

Course » Earth System* (2 credits) keyboard_arrow_down

* Required course for students without a degree in Geology, to be taken during the admission semester.

Required Activities keyboard_arrow_down

- Initial Master's Seminar (3 credits)
- Final Master's Seminar (3 credits)
- Thesis defense (8 credits)

Complementary Activities keyboard_arrow_down

- Teaching Internship for Master's Degree (2 credits)
- Publications (credits according to Qualis)


The student of the Geology Graduate Program has at your disposal a faculty composed mostly of masters, doctors and post-doctor, with national and international training and recognized professional experience.

Bolsista PNPD keyboard_arrow_down

Hugo Schmidt Neto

Hugo Schmidt Neto

Doutor em Geologia

Hugo Schmidt Neto is PhD. in geosciences. Currently, Hugo Schmidt Neto has a grant from Programa Nacional de Pós-Doutoramento (PNPD), CAPES. He works in applied paleontology, taphonomy, palaeoecology of marine invertebrates, ichnology, conservation paleobiology, and stratigraphy and basin evolution. He takes part of researches of the CNPq Ichnus group. Research lines: geosciences, sedimentary geology, stratigraphy and basin evolution, applied paleontology, taphonomy, paleoecology, ichnology, conservation paleobiology.