Petroleum Engineering
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about the program

The Skoltech Petroleum Engineering program covers a wide range of issues related to the study of complex reservoirs, reservoir processes, the development and application of new technologies for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in shale, low-permeability, carbonate reservoirs, high-viscosity oil fields, oil and gas production on the Arctic shelf. The program is in demand for students of various specialties, including geology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, information technology and others.

a successful graduate of the program will gain skills in the following areas

future career

career with industrial giants, as well as in scientific and technical research centers of the oil and gas sector
continuation of scientific activity and career of a scientist in leading Russian and foreign universities and scientific organizations
starting a business on your own or through support of the Skolkovo Innovation Center ecosystem

about Skoltech

Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering PhD programs in 7 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.
in details
degree requirements
program structure

A PhD student meets coursework requirements, performs research work, and prepares a thesis for the defense in accordance with the Individual Study Plan during the doctoral education at Skoltech.

Research areas:

2.8.4 Development and Exploitation of Oil and Gas

2.8.6 Geomechanics

PhD Thesis

PhD students are expected to produce an original PhD thesis, publish the results of their independent research in peer-reviewed academic journals, and present them at reputable international conferences.


The PhD student takes courses at the doctoral level at Skoltech to meet the coursework requirements. A plan for coursework should be developed in consultation with the supervisor following a PhD curriculum for 3 years or 4 years long program (year of admission 2024).


The research is the key part of the doctoral studies. It is expected that the PhD student starts his/her thesis research at Skoltech immediately after the start of the program and devotes to it most of his/her time within the doctoral study.

The results of the thesis research are a high quality thesis, publications of research papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, presentations at reputable international conferences, and applications for grants and patents.

Publications and Conferences

3 papers in WoS/Scopus indexed journals or 2 papers in WoS/Scopus indexed journals and 1 patent; 

at least 2 papers in Q1/Q2 journals (in Scimago) in the field;

2 presentations at reputable conferences.

The application period for Skoltech PhD programs is now closed. To apply for the 2025 start, check back in autumn.

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