Soran University's Chemical Engineering Department was founded in 2014. Because this subject of engineering does not exist at other universities and higher education institutions in Iraqi Kurdistan, the department is unique in the region. The department now offers a Bachelor of Science with Honours [B.Sc. (Hons)] in Chemical Engineering, which typically takes four years to complete.

Soran University's chemical engineering department strives to produce highly skilled and competent chemical engineers, which the Kurdistan area desperately requires for development. As a result, the department offers a study curriculum that is well-balanced between theoretical and laboratory-based practical courses. The student will be trained and undertake experiments in a variety of laboratories, including Unit Operation, Process Control, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and Reactor. During their summer training, undergraduate students will gain experience in engineering practice and management in two or three jobs. Students will also acquire extra industrial work experience through a series of industry site visits during the academic year. As a result, the undergraduate study program at Soran University's chemical engineering department may provide the optimum combination of high-quality classroom teaching and practical experience.

In terms of research, the department aspires to establish an atmosphere in which its academic staff may undertake internationally competitive research in their fields of specialization and provide consulting services to a number of companies, including the oil, gas, and energy industries. The department's overall goal is to produce world-class graduates and perform high-quality research.

At DCHE we strive that our graduates to attain:

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of Mathematics that is fundamental to technical petroleum problems.

  2. The ability to identify, formulate, and solve practical petroleum engineering problems.

  3. The ability to design petroleum processes and systems, to meet desired needs.

  4. The ability to conduct petroleum engineering experiments to study different petroleum engineering systems, as well as to use laboratory instruments and computers to analyse and interpret data.

  5. The ability to function effectively within multidisciplinary teams.

  6. The ability to work in a professional petroleum engineering environment, and to understand the role of the petroleum industry in meeting world energy needs and the associated economical considerations while preserving the environment.

  7. The ability to communicate effectively in written, oral, and graphical forms, including the use of professional quality visual aids, all in the English language.

DCHE Mission:

The Chemical Engineering Department at Soran University has a mission statement that can be summarized as follows: preparing students for professional practice and graduate study through a program that provides a strong fundamental technical and high-quality undergraduate education, as well as providing the industry sector with well-trained chemical engineers who will contribute to the process industries in the Kurdistan Region and around the world. A key goal is to generate breakthrough science and technology via high-quality research in frontier areas of chemical engineering.

DCHE Vision:

The Chemical Engineering Department at Soran University aspires to gain national and international prominence for its research and student training in order to tackle industrial and societal challenges.

Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives of the petroleum engineering program are to produce graduates who will be, within a few years of graduation:

  • Engage in productive careers in petroleum engineering in public and private sectors and have the ability to think and develop further knowledge in the field of oil industry from exploration to production and refinery.

  • Effective engineers that continue to develop personally and professionally into prospective leaders.

  • Successful in demonstrating their obligations to the profession and society.

The program’s educational objectives are periodically reviewed by the department. The suggested changes are then discussed with the other programs for the feedback and approval. The aim of this periodic review is to continuously improve the program.



The language of instruction at the DPET is English for all courses, except the Kurdistan Studies course, where the language of study is Kurdish.


In order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering, a student must successfully complete the following program requirements: