Mining, Oil and Gas, also known as Mining and Petroleum Engineering, include all operations involved in the exploration, evaluation and extraction of minerals, metals, petroleum and fossil fuels from earth. Mining studies investigate mineral resources and are responsible for planning and supervising the construction of mines. Petroleum and Gas studies teach how crude oil and gas reservoirs are evaluated and appropriate ways of executing drilling operations. The Petroleum & Mining Engineering program is designed to meet both the requirements of the petroleum and mining industry. For that reason the graduates of this department found fair work opportunities in those two industries. 

Students will learn about all phases of extraction, from discovery, feasibility studies, optimisation of extraction, construction and maintenance of mines and wells, to the safety of the crew and evaluating effects on the environment. Mining and Oil experts are also the ones who have to decide when a mine or well is no longer safe to use or is depleted and needs to be closed down.

Typically, students and graduates of Mining and Petroleum degrees choose a particular specialization such as raw materials, processing, reservoirs, drilling and completion, production, mine management, and more. Studies are connected to other disciplines such as Geology, Sustainability and Resource Management.

Petroleum engineers spend a good amount of time in offices and laboratories, but also at mining or drilling sites. They need to be able to make accurate estimations about amounts of oil available in deposits, and evaluate construction, extraction and transportation costs. Their job can involve extensive traveling.

Graduates and professionals in Mining and Petroleum work in the extraction industry, but also in research and development, legal advising, education, manufacturing and machinery design, or managerial positions. Example roles include mine manager, drill planner and designer, technical service manager, production engineer, government inspector, petroleum attorney, investment analyst, chief executive.

The Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering offers two programs namely Petroleum Engineering and Mining Engineering. Both programs offer Bachelor of  science (BSc.) in petroleum and mining engineering with concentration of  Petroleum Engineering  or concentration of Mining engineering. These two programs are designed to prepare graduates for mining, resources, petroleum, and related industries both in Kurdistan and abroad. These programs also facilitate graduates to carry on to higher education.

Courses are designed to give students basic knowledge in both sciences and engineering fundamentals as well as professional subjects of the fields. Optional courses are also offered as electives to accommodate special interest of students or special needs of the industry. Practical training is compulsory to familiarize students with industry. English, humanities, and social sciences courses are also requirements of the programs so that students have the opportunity to broaden their views as well as English skill.

Mining and petroleum engineering can be realized at Soran University by merging Petroleum Geoscience and Petroleum engineering.

At DPME we strive that our graduates to attain:

DPME Mission: 

Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering at SUN’s mission is to educate and graduate engineers who have enough knowledge and are grounded in the fundamental and specialized sciences. Students graduating from the Mining and petroleum engineering program shall be well-prepared to serve the mining, oil and gas industry through their technical knowledge, which makes the graduates capable of following different branches of mining and petroleum engineering from prospecting, reservoir development, drilling, production and mineral exploitation.

DPME Vision:

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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: