Department of Geology

The Department of Geography and Geology was created in 1923. But in 1948 they were separated and the Department of Geology came into existence. Currently there are 16 academic staffmembersat the Department. The aim of the academic programme of the Department of Geology is to offer a comprehensive range of degrees to suit the varied aims and academic backgrounds of the students.

The Department of Geology offers courses leading to Master of Science, Master of Research and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in geological science. The Master of Sciencedegree in Geology is a 2-year course. Students can specialize in:

  • Regional Geology
  • Petrology
  • Mineralogy
  • Paleontology
  • Engineering geology
  • Petroleum geology
  • Economic and mining geology
  • Hydrogeology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Geology(Ph.D) course is eligible  for those who have obtained their Master degree and passed the entrance examinations. After a year of preliminary course work they must finishtheir course in three years. The programme offers doctoral degrees in Paleontology, Sedimentology, Regional Geology, Economics and Mining Geology and Hydrogeology.

The Department of Geology also conducts a diploma course on Applied Geology in collaboration with the Department of Applied Geology of the Ministry of Mines. The post graduate Diploma in Applied Geology specializes in such areas as Gemmology, Engineering Geology,Hydrogeology, Petroleum Geology and Economic and Mining Geology. The Department is an active participantin the HRDprogrammes of the Yangon University and offers certificate and diploma courses for both the students and interested persons from the private sector. These series of courses are on basic and advanced gems identification, geotechnical engineering etc. and are from three to six months duration. The staff of the Department also conduct field researches in basic and applied geological sciences. The most important field expedition to date is the researches on primate fossils of Pondaung region in collaboration with other international organizations. Furthermore the Department also provides technical services to private and government sectors organizations and enterprises in various geo-technical servicesTwo of the most notable features of the Department are the establishment of the Dr.Tha Hla Scholarship and the Dr. Myint Lwin Thein Prize. They are awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate students as an appreciation of their academic endeavour and performance. The Department also maintains a library, a geological museum and is equipped with a state-of- 21 the-art laboratory.

Research Facilities

  • Rock Cutting Room
  • Petrology and Mineralogy Laboratory
  • Engineering Geology Laboratory
  • Photogeology Laboratory
  • Hydrogeology Laboratory
  • Geological Mapping Laboratory
  • Gemmology Laboratory

Background of Department

As an annex to the Department of Geography in 1920, the study of geology at the University of Yangon began in 1923.

There was no Myanmar geologist at all prior to the 2nd World War.

The study of  Geology commenced earnestly after WW II, under the guidance of Professor Dr Tha Hla

Department of geology was established as an independent department in 1948.

Currently the department is involved in the basic academic activities, scientific research, and community services.

Academic Staffs

Professor and Head Dr. Day Wa Aung
Professor Dr. Zaw Win
Professor Dr. Ohn Thwin

Daw Myat Thuzar Soe Lecturer
Daw Thandar Sein Lecturer 
Dr. Myo Thant Lecturer 
Daw Su Su Hlaing  Asst. Lecturer
U Myo Zaw Sett Asst. Lecturer
Dr. Aung Zaw Myint  Asst. Lecturer
U Saw Aung Zaw Aye Asst. Lecturer
Daw Aung Aung Zar Ni Asst. Lecturer
Daw Khine Khine Thet Lwin Asst. Lecturer
U Thet Myo Zaw Asst. Lecturer

Former Professors and Head of Department

Dr. Tha Hla (1947 – 1961)
Dr. Nyi Nyi (1961 – 1964)
U Ba Than Haq (1964 – 1975) (1977 – 1989)
Dr. Tin Aye (1975 – 1976)
U C Thet Paw (1976 – 1977)
Dr. Maung Thein (1989 – 1994)
Dr. Maung Thin (1994 – 1998)
Dr. Pe Maung Than (1998 – 2000)
Dr. Tin Thein (2000 – 2006)
Dr. Thura Oo (2006 – 2007)
Dr. Win Naing (2007 – 2009)

PhD Course

Master’s Course

  • Regional Geology
  • Petrology
  • Mineralogy
  • Paleontology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Economic and Mining Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Diploma Course (CHRD program)
  • Gems Identification

Honors Course

Diploma in Applied Geology (DAG) Programs

  • Economic and Mining Geology
  • Exploration Geophysics
  • Exploration Geochemistry
  • Industrial Mineralogy and Ore Mineralogy
  • Gemmology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Petroleum Geology

Fields of Research

Structural Geology & Earthquake Seismology

Seismic Microzonation, Site Response Analysis of Certain Location, Study on Active Faults in Myanmar

Mineralogy and Gemmology

Precious and Semiprecious Stones: Occurrences and Origin in Selected Area

Paleontology and Stratigraphy

Paleontology, Biostratigraphy,   Paleobiogeography and Paleogeography of selected regions33

Engineering Geology

Geotechnical Engineering Problems and Geo-hazards Study


Groundwater Exploration, Aquifer Characteristics and Groundwater Quality Analysis

Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy

Sedimentary Facies, Sequence Stratigraphy, and Sedimentary Basin analysis;  Recent Sediments


Petrology of the Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks and their Economic Significances

Economic & Mining Geology

Ore mineralization of Cu-Au, Pb-Zn, W-Sn, Ni-Cr Deposits, their Origin and Economic Significances

Regional Geology

Geologic Mapping, Geoheritage Conservation, Environmental Geology

Recent Research Activities

Collaborated Universities

Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan

Collaborated Research Works

Site Response Analysis of Sagaing, Bago and Taungoo Cities by Using Microtremor Survey Method

Field Trips

  • The department offers field training courses for undergraduate students (Hons) and Diploma Courses.
  • Graduate students carry out their research field works in co-ordination with their academic supervisors.


Mandalay Hall
University of Yangon
Kamayut Township
11041, Yangon, Myanmar
Ph. 95-1-534509

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