Drilling Engineering

Characteristic of studies:

1 year postgraduate studies – “Drilling Engineering" give theoretical knowledge people working in Petroleum industry, looking for job or students. Program covers: Drilling, Well Logging, Economics, Petroleum Geology, Oil Reservoir Production, Gas Reservoir Production, Well testing and also more detailed classes like Drilling Geomechanics, Wellbore Design, Drilling and Production Equipment, Drilling Fluids, Drilling Technology.



  • Petroleum Geology - The petroleum system (comprising the hydrocarbon play concept). Source rocks. Diagenesis of the O.M. - kerogen and products of its transformation. Classification, composition of crude oils and gases. Classification of conventional reservoir rocks - clastics and carbonates. Non-conventional reservoir rocks. Sub-surface trapping – the importance of the capillary pressure. Hydrocarbon accumulations - fields and pools. Sub-surface temperatures and pressures - HPHT. Natural hydrocarbon production mechanisms. Geological sub-surface maps - structural and izopach. Methods of the estimation of oil and gas reserves.
  • Drilling - Drilling introduction (drilling methods and technic), vertical, directional and horizontal boreholes – drilling methods and appropriately. Casing and cementing program of different boreholes design. Drill string and bottom holes assembly introduction. Drilling tools introduction.
  • Drilling Geomechanics - Basic background in Geomechanics. Stresses in the rock mass. Rock mechanical properties, strength, anisotropy. Hydraulic fracturing. Stress in near borehole region. Borehole wall stability.
  • Well Logging - Environment of logging - borehole, flushed zone, invaded zone, virgin zone, wireline logging, MWD, LWD. Apparent parameters in logging, corrections. Variety of logging, physical parameters of rocks and physical fields - a basis of well logs. Resistivity logs - Dual Laterolog: LLd and LLs, microlog - MSFL, electric imaging - XRMI,  Induction logs - Dual Induction: ILD and ILM, HRAI. Spontanic Potential log. Anomalies on Resistivity curves and SP curve relating to lithology, porosity-permeability, shaliness of rocks. Effective porosity and water saturation from Archie laws. Natural gamma radioactivity of rocks, geological reasons, measurements - standard and spectral, lithology and shaliness from GR. Density and Litho-Density logs, bulk density and porosity determination, Pe - lithology index. Neutron logging, neutron porosity, total porosity from neutron logs, GEM device and its results. Sonic log, total porosity from sonic log, acoustic full wavetrains - dynamic elastic parameters. Acoustic imaging, cement bond log. NMR log – information on permeability and bound water. Comprehensive interpretation in well logging - calculation of volumes of mineral components, porosity, water/hydrocarbon saturation. Mud log – complimentary information on rock formation. Water based muds and oil base muds – influence on well logging results.
  • Wellbore Design - Data collecting and management. Casing program and strength calculations. 3D trajectory project. Drill string design and drilling tools selection. Using software in design process and monitoring in site of work.
  • Economics - Overview of the basic concepts and principles of investment's financing. The following topics will be covered: Time Value of Money (Time Lines, Future Value, Present Value, Future Value of an Annuity, Present Value of an Annuity, Perpetuities, Uneven Cash Flow Streams); The Cost of Capital (The Weighted Average Cost of Capital, Cost of Debt, Cost of Preferred Stock, Cost of Common Stock, The CAPM Approach, Dividend-Yield-plus-Growth-Rate Approach, Bond-Yield-plus-Risk-Premium Approach); Capital Budgeting (Overview of Capital Budgeting, Project Classifications, Capital Budgeting Decision Rules); Cash Flow Estimation and Risk Analysis (Estimating Cash Flows, Sensitivity Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Monte Carlo Simulation) .
  • Drilling  and  Production  Equipment - Basics of drilling and production machinery. The drilling rig and its components. Drives and power transmission devices, drill string. Mud pumps and circulating system equipment. Instrumentation technics for drilling technology parameters. Blowout preventers and control units. Auxiliary equipment.  Offshore units. Tubulars handling systems on drilling rigs. Downhole equipment of oil wells. Inspection and maintenance of drilling rigs and production equipment.
  • Drilling Fluids - Function of drilling fluids. Drilling fluids components. Mud type and systems. Equipment and procedure for evaluation drilling fluids performance. Completion, workover and packer fluids. Solids control.
  • Drilling Technology - Technological parameters and drilling rating. Optimization of RPM and drill bit weight. Drilling mud rheology. Hydraulic parameters design. Directional drilling problems. Cuttings transport. Drill bit nozzle.
  • Oil Reservoir Production - Reservoir and fluid properties - characteristics and method of determination. Anisotropy and heterogeneity of reservoir properties. Primary Recovery Mechanisms. Fluid properties determination in reservoir conditions. Methods of oil exploitation. Reservoir Deliverability. Inflow Performance Relationship. Introduction to Reservoir Simulation.
  • Gas Reservoir Production - Systematic of gas reservoirs. Methods of gas reserves calculation. Nodal analysis method.Characteristics of horizontal wells on gas reservoirs and underground gas storages. Vertical lift performer curie for the well. Surface systems for  gas conditioning and processing processes Gas dehydrate systems. Installations for sulphur removing process from gas. Installations for gasoline removing from gas. Nitrogen and helium removing from gas. Cryogenic installations. Gas orifice meters.
  • Well testing - Analysis of DST test results - Agarval, Al Hussainy, Ramey curves, Gringarten, Raghavan curves. Appreciation of base parameters of reservoirs: permeability coefficient, skin effect, average reservoir pressure, absolute out flow (AOF). Appreciation of perforation influence on the well rate for oil well and for gas well. Realization of selective tests - „Production Log" test analysis.
  • Horizontal directional drilling – HDD.  History and development of HDD technology. Information and recommendations for planning, construction and documentation of HDD projects. Rigs and drilling tools, measuring systems, drilling fluids used for work in HDD technology. Contractor’s qualification in HDD.


Alumnus profile:

B.SC. or M.Sc. required for enrollment

Successful candidate will get knowledge from drillig and relevant disciplines. Students who pass all classes will get postgraduate certificate of AGH University of Science and Technology



2 semesters (October 1–July 31)


Submit Documents:

from May 1 to June 15


Required documents:

We review applications as they become complete.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of previous school certificate (for example high school)
  • Application form
  • Certificate in English
  • Degrees/diplomas 
  • Copy of passport
  • Four recent photographs
  • Medical certificate in English (general health report, X-ray chest picture - medical description only)
  • Official transcripts
  • Health and accident insurance from 1 October to 31 July (valid in Poland).



application sequence.


Limit of acceptance:  



Forwarding address:

Building A-1, room 104

Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków



Contact person:

mgr Jolanta Ulman

Phone: 12 617 22 10




1 600 Euro/semester (not includes accommodation )



To help candidates from industry classes are during weekends (Friday 14.00 through Sunday 13.00) average 2 times in month.


The head of a postgraduate studies:

dr hab. inż. Dariusz Knez