Nazarbayev University
School of Mining & Geosciences

School of Mining & Geosciences


Hydrocarbons continue to be world’s leading energy source that drives the modern civilization. Kazakhstan is among largest oil producing countries in the world. Kazakhstan is also a transit country for oil and gas pipeline exports to China – world’s largest importer of oil and gas. Therefore, a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering in Kazakhstan offers an exciting career in the oil and gas industry. It opens opportunities in the high demand market to work across the globe in technically challenging and financially rewarding jobs. Petroleum engineers are responsible for producing hydrocarbon resources from oil and gas reservoirs. They are capable of addressing and solving important technological challenges, which will ultimately lead to energy security and socio-economic success. This challenging and rewarding field of engineering requires creative application of a wide spectrum of knowledge, including, but not limited to geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and environmental science.

Program Curriculum
The program consists of basic courses such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering foundations, introduction to petroleum engineering, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics which are delivered within the first two years. Third and fourth years delve into in-depth understanding of different petroleum engineering disciplines such as reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, production, drilling, etc. These topics enhance knowledge of students to solve problems in oil and gas production, field development strategies, drilling/production design, and economic analysis.

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