Petroleum engineers are on the cutting edge of ensuring that we have an abundant supply of safe and environmentally friendly oil and gas. Given the constant worldwide demand for energy, there has never been a better time to be a Petroleum Engineer. Petroleum engineering is concerned with the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons such as crude oil and natural gas. Petroleum engineers use their creative and imaginative knowledge of petroleum geology, reservoir behaviour, and basic engineering principles to develop efficient and safe solutions for the exploration, recovery, and transportation of hydrocarbon products trapped underground and in extreme environments.

The Department of Petroleum Engineering (DPET) of Excellence for oil and gas exploration and production is based in Soran, Iraq's Kurdistan Region, and serves regional markets. The Petroleum Engineering degree program stands out because it combines engineering and petroleum geoscience expertise. The program, which has engineering at its core, draws on the University's and local oil and gas industries' well-established expertise in petroleum exploration and geoscience to provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the challenges that petroleum engineers and the petroleum energy industry sector face.

Petroleum engineering is a burgeoning field of experts dedicated to delivering the energy that keeps modern civilization afloat. Petroleum engineers look for oil and gas reserves on the surface of the planet. They create the most effective and efficient methods for exposing such resources.

The DPET program at Soran University (SUN) was developed to fulfil the exploration and production demands of the Kurdistan region. In the subject of petroleum engineering, the curriculum incorporates theory, practice, and training.

Our petroleum engineering program prepares students for potential career progression, and graduates should be qualified to work as petroleum engineers in the oil and gas industry.

We hope to provide an inspiring learning experience as well as groundbreaking work with a practical focus. Our employees are forward-thinking and creative professionals who contribute their knowledge and excitement to their job. Our rigorous and thought-provoking courses benefit from their expertise, making the Department of Petroleum Engineering and SUN a fascinating and dynamic place to learn. In addition, the Department's ongoing development program guarantees that students have access to some of the region's top facilities and equipment. We have a thriving and rapidly expanding teaching community with expertise in a wide range of fields, including petroleum geology, drilling engineering, reservoir engineering and simulation, engineering production, and other engineering fields like materials engineering, fluid flow, and engineering design.

At DPET 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.

DPET Mission:

Department of Petroleum Engineering (DPET) at SUN’s mission is to educate and graduate engineers who have enough knowledge and grounded in the fundamental and specialized sciences. Students graduating from the petroleum engineering program shall be well-prepared to serve the oil and gas industry through their technical knowledge, which makes the graduates capable of following different branches of petroleum engineering from exploration to production processes.

The graduates will be able to work in different divisions of the oil industry, such as exploration, drilling, reservoirs development, and production as well as refining and gas processing.

DPET Vision:

  • The Department of Petroleum Engineering will be one of the distinguished petroleum departments in the region, renowned for the excellence, impact, and distinctiveness of both its research and teaching. The department will become the engineering choice in Kurdistan and the region for students seeking a quality academic program with individualized attention in a high learning environment.

  • The Department of Petroleum Engineering challenges its students and employees to think critically and independently, develop lifelong learning habits, acquire career skills, embrace diversity, and become productive petroleum engineers in the regional and global community. We remain committed today to the goal of changing the Kurdistan Region for the better through the power and application of ideas and knowledge.

  • The aspiration of the DPET is to see the energy industry transformed through our graduates with great knowledge and information by translating fundamental discovery into applied industry applications.

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: