PhD in Petroleum Engineering
Earliest start date
Established in 2016 Nazarbayev University School of Mining and Geosciences (NUSMG) aims to train future leaders and experts in the earth sciences. NUSMG is determined to further scientific knowledge and be a pacemaker of technological advancements through research and teaching. Our mission is to be renowned as a leading school of earth science and research all over the world.
NUSMG prepares professionals to mine natural resources in a safe and sustainable manner and to satisfy international safety standards for resource exploitation, ensuring the well-being of the domestic and international environment.
The school currently offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the following fields:
- Mining Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
The School of Mining and Geosciences maintains strategic partnerships with local and international companies and universities, such as the Colorado School of Mines, the United States research university."
The Ph.D. program in Petroleum Engineering in the School of Mining and Geosciences is designed to provide advanced skills and a sophisticated knowledge
base at the expert level for individuals planning a career in academic, industry, and research settings in Petroleum Engineering. The program focuses on the enhancement of Petroleum Engineering knowledge by advanced courses and the development of research skills at a high level. By the completion of the program, students will be capable to design and conduct independent, innovative, and high-quality research related to a variety of topics in Petroleum Engineering. In addition, program graduates will be prepared for work in industrial and academic environments including positions of university faculty members, senior researchers, engineers, and product developers.
Colorado School of Mines
Scholarships and Funding
Merit-based scholarships. Scholarships for International students are available.
The Ph.D. program includes core courses and a set of disciplinary or interdisciplinary elective courses. Students would be expected to spend the first 18 months building their knowledge background in their field of study by passing these courses and defending their subject and research comprehensive examinations. Upon a successful outcome, in the next 30-36 months, all Ph.D. candidates would be expected to conduct research and defend their thesis. The program encourages student mobility for a period of 1 or 2 semesters in a host university abroad in order to provide the students with international experience.
Work while studying
International students are allowed to work ON CAMPUS 10 hrs/week during the study period with a current student visa. During the summer semester while no classes are conducted, the students are allowed to work 40 hours/week. A teaching assistant or research assistant position on campus with a 0.25 work rate.
Work after graduation
- National and international oil and gas companies
- Midstream companies (oil and gas transportation, pipelines design, and management)
- Geothermal energy companies
- Research and development sectors in Energy
- Academia as a teaching/ research faculty
- Governmental sectors and private companies as a consultant
- Oil/gas and energy startups