Oil and Gas Well Drilling
21.03.01 Oil and Gas Engineering

During the first two years, students studying the “Oil and Gas Engineering” speciality, along with the general educational disciplines, get acquainted with their future profession, studying such disciplines as: “History of the development of the oil and gas industry”, “Fundamentals of the oil and gas engineering”, “Chemistry of oil and gas” and “Physics of reservoirs.” The first summer practical training takes place at Mining University training ground in the village of Ulyanovka (40 km away from St. Petersburg). In this practical training, students get acquainted with the devices for drilling rigs and try to independently carry out technological operations when drilling wells. The second practical training takes place in the laboratory of the department of well drilling on the well drilling simulator, where students learn to solve technological troubles that arise during the construction of wells. At the third grade, the study of special disciplines starts: “Technology for drilling oil and gas wells on the shelf”, “Installation and operation of drilling equipment on the shelf”, “Directional directional drilling”, “Complications and accidents in offshore drilling”, etc. After the third year, a hands-on practical training at leading Russian oil and gas companies takes place. Education ends at the end of the fourth year with the defense of a thesis

Reasons for choosing a course
  • Employment opportunities in foreign companies
  • A wide range of knowledge in many areas of industry
  • The guarantee future employment; interesting and well-paid jobs in the oil and gas industry
  • Widespread demand in the market of specialized personnel for the positions of engineers, technologists, etc
  • The opportunity to engage in scientific activities while studying at St. Petersburg Mining University

21.03.01 Oil and Gas Engineering
Mode of attendance
4 years
Admission tests
Mathematics, Physics, Russian
Number of contract-based openings
State-financed openings
Tuition fees
130 000 RUB per semester
Career opportunities
Graduates of this speciality are in demand in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Classical technical training offers graduates wide career prospects. After graduation, they can start their work as engineers or technologists for drilling oil and gas wells or enter the magistracy, and then, if desired, continue their studies in graduate school and find their place in the field of education or in research institutes
Field of study
  • Oil and gas well drilling technology
  • Geology of oil and gas
  • Offshore drilling
  • Installation and operation of drilling equipment
  • Directional well drilling
  • Drilling complications and accidents
  • Reconstruction and restoration of wells
  • Geophysical research methods while drilling
  • Chemistry of oil and gas
  • Mathematical methods for analyzing drilling processes
Our alumni
Graduate professional skills
  • Ability to assess the quality of work performed
  • Ability to make operational decisions to correct the progress in well-drilling processes
  • Skills in using instrument readings, instrumentation data and geological and technical research data to assess the progress of the production process of drilling wells
  • Ability to formulate and solve practical problems emerging in the course of working meetings (planning meetings) and in monitoring the production process
  • Skills in identifying and assessing possible risks of deviation from design decisions in the process of drilling a well and making operational decisions to minimize them, as well as correcting the progress in well-drilling processes
  • Ability to execute official documentation with an accurate description of the signs and types of complications arising during well drilling, the actions of the drilling crew and the results of the elimination of complications and accidents

Additional opportunities
Learning foreign languages (English, German, French) in addition to studying Russian
University departments invite foreign lecturers to teach courses or deliver lectures on particular topics. These courses are taught in foreign languages.
Acquiring skills in working with modern software complexes and equipment
Research activities under the guidance of department professor and associate professors