Oil and Gas Well Engineering (082001)

Program Introduction

Oil and gas wells are physical and informational conduits in the exploration and development of underground oil and gas resources. The major known as oil and gas well engineering is aimed at investigating the knowledge related to the construction (drilling and completion), measurement, usage and maintenance of wells, which demands a synthetic combination of technology and budget management. It is not only crucial throughout all the stages of the exploration and development process, but also provides significant insight for the exploitation of other subsurface resources such as methane gas or thermal energy.

The oil and gas well engineering program at China University of Petroleum was among the earliest established petroleum subjects in China. It started the graduate program in 1961 and granted doctoral education in 1986. The program was then evaluated at the key subject at the ministry level in 1993 and selected to be the key subject at the national level in 2001. It has been ranked as the top petroleum program in the country. After years of progress, the program has now formulated four primary fields of study and possesses the laboratory of oil and gas well engineering which provides an experimental platform for the simulation of downhole operation and the investigation on rock mechanics, fluid mechanics, drilling, and completion fluid chemistry. Our program also constitutes as one of the major subjects supporting the Key Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering of Ministry of Education and the State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Exploration. Meanwhile, based on the cooperation with us, PetroChina established four laboratories covering the fields of pipe string mechanics and control, wellbore stability, hydra-jet fracturing and simulation of hydraulic fracturing.

The faculty group of the programs includes one academician (Dr. Deli Gao) of Chinese Academy of Sciences, one academician (Dr. Zhonghou Shen) of Chinese Academy of Engineering, three Yangtze River Scholars, five Winners of National Outstanding Youth Science Foundation, two awardees of Yueqi Sun Energy Award, three awardees of National Talents Program, four supported by Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, two winners of the Top 100 PhD Dissertation Nation Wide, five holders of the special government allowances of the State Council. One research group was supported by the Foundation for Innovative Research Groups of the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2012.


Possessing the strict truth-seeking scientific attitude and academic style; having good scientific ethics; loving the motherland; obeying law and discipline; obtaining physical and psychological health; having good moral character; be qualified for working and learning tasks.

The gainer of doctor of philosophy in this subject should have solid and broad theoretical foundation and systematical in-depth professional knowledge in drilling, completion, measurement, workover etc., have a deeper understanding of the present situation and future trend in the development of oil and gas well engineering discipline, can carry out thorough mathematical analysis, scientific experiments and multidisciplinary crossover study to the oil and gas well engineering problems, be good at using the comprehensive method including computer, experimental condition and site information to analyze and solve practical engineering problems or to conduct system engineering optimization design; have good ability to use a foreign language, be able to skillfully use a major foreign language to read the literature of this discipline and write professional papers, have good listening and speaking skills; should have the ability to carry out scientific research work creatively and independently and reach to the forefront level of this discipline in a specific research direction; should also have truth-seeking scientific attitude and academic style. Have a healthy body and be adequate for the job.

Research Areas

1. Oil and Gas Well Mechanics and Control Engineering

2. Oil and Gas Well Rock Mechanics and Engineering

3. Oil and Gas Well Fluid Mechanics and Engineering

4. Oil and Gas Well Chemistry and Engineering

Program Length

Three years.


Credit: total credits≥17, maximum≤30.

Public Basic Courses
  • Chinese Language
  • Introduction to China
Major Basic Courses
  • Fuzzy Mathematics
  • Functional Analysis
  • Advanced Numerical Analysis
Major Compulsory Courses
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics
Required Procedure
  • Literature Review and Dissertation Proposal
  • Recent Progress in Oil/Gas Well Engineering

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
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Sep 2020
3 years
36,000 CNY
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