Oil and Gas Field Development Engineering (082002)

Program Introduction

Oil and Gas Field Development Engineering is a discipline that aims to understand the fundamental properties of oil and gas reservoir and the law of oil and gas flow in porous media, build the effective displacement system to develop the oil and gas field properly and extract the oil and gas to the ground surface economically. Oil and Gas Field Development Engineering is the most significant component in the upstream of the petroleum industry.

This discipline was established in 1953 on the basis of the previous department of petroleum engineering in Tsinghua University, which is one of the earliest major disciplines of petroleum in China and is the only subject that enters the key construction discipline list in Project 211. It was authorized to award the master's degree in 1961and doctoral degree in 1986. In 1991, the post-doctoral mobile research station of oil and natural gas engineering was established. In 2001, it was awarded the national key disciplines. After the construction supported by the ninth five-year plan, the tenth five-year plan and Project 211, this discipline was significantly improved with the remarkable achievements. The construction plan of the innovative platform of superior discipline was launched in 2006. This program has become the base of the important theoretical innovation, scientific research and high-level personnel training in the oil & gas field development research areas.

With the development in the past sixty years, especially with the support of key discipline construction in Project 211, this discipline develops an academic group with high education and academic research level, which is eligible to take on the key projects of national level. There are 61 faculty members, including 16 professors, 22 associate professors. Fifteen faculty members are qualified to supervise Ph.D. students and forty-seven of them are eligible to supervise academic and professional master student. This discipline has the key laboratory of gas energy development and utilization engineering research center supported by the Ministry of Education, the China University of Petroleum (Beijing) subdivision of National energy key laboratory of coal and coal bed methane mining technology, the key laboratory of formation and development of natural gas supported by China National Petroleum Corporation, the key laboratories of reservoir stimulation, petrophysics and flow in porous medium of provincial and ministerial level, the branch office of the national center for research and development of tight oil and gas. In addition to these, it has two university-level experimental platforms in oil and gas development and enhanced oil recovery.


As a doctoral student in this discipline, one shall have rigorously practical scientific attitude and academic style, positive scientific ethics, literacy and a healthy body, master the fundamental theory of petroleum development engineering broadly and study the specific knowledge deeply, understand the characteristics of the discipline, know the latest progress of this discipline, be aware of the existing problems in the current theory and technology and make innovative achievements. You shall also have the ability to communicate with others in English orally and literally, be proficient in reading and writing academic papers and technical reports in English and make presentations in the international conference in English.

Research Areas

1. Theory and Application of Oil and Gas Flow in Porous Medium

2. Oil and Gas Field Development Theory and System Engineering

3. Theory and Technology of Oil Production Engineering

4. Enhanced Oil Recovery and Oil Production Chemistry

Program Length

Three years.


Credits: total credits≥16, maximum≤30.

Public Basic Courses
  • Chinese Language
  • Introduction to China
Major Basic Courses
  • Multiphase Flow Theory
  • Oil & Gas Flow Mechanics Theory in Porous Medium
Major Compulsory Courses
  • Theory and Technology of Production Engineering
  • Science and Technology of Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery
Required Procedure
  • Literature Review and Thesis Proposal
  • Science &Technology Progress of Oil & Gas Field Development
Elective Courses
  • Artificial Neural Network
  • Fuzzy Mathematics
  • Modern Mathematics Method

Note: Students are able to choose elective courses in other programs according to supervisor advice.


Please follow the relevant regulation of China University of Petroleum-Beijing.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Chinese

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
3 years
36,000 CNY
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