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Degree Programs and Courses

The Natural Gas Engineering Department offers the degree programs available in Hungarian:

BSc in Earth Science and Engineering specialize in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
(7 semesters)
Short description of the program
This program contains the engineering areas needed for the exploitation of raw mineral materials (geological research, raw material production and processing). This is the only program offering such knowledge in Hungary. Graduates of the program are qualified as geological engineers capable of surveying and excavating the natural resources in the Earth’s crust (ores, hydrocarbons, raw construction materials, special mineral materials, drinking water, thermal water and geothermal energy) as well as mining and preparation engineers using effective, economical and environmentally friendly technologies.

MSc in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
(4 semesters)
Short description of the program
The aim of this program is to provide engineers with the necessary technical knowledge of the exploration, production, preparation, transport, storage, distribution and utilization of oil, natural gas and geothermal energy. We also train students in the planning, construction and operation of infrastructure systems and provide the knowledge needed in order to perform engineering tasks. In addition, we aim to supply students with the theoretical knowledge needed for carrying out research and development in their area of specialization and for continuing their studies in a doctoral program. Graduates of the petroleum and natural gas engineering program gain special knowledge in the engineering tasks required of drilling and producing from oil, water and gas wells, the treatment of reservoir layers and reservoir mechanics, and the production, transport and storage of natural gas, as well as gas supply and consumption.

Doctor of Philosophy
(6 semesters)
Short description of the program
The engineers who have earned a master’s degree at the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering with outstanding results have the opportunity to continue their studies in the Mikoviny Sámuel Doctoral School of Earth Sciences, following a program of studies and research designed for each student’s interests. Full-time, part-time, or independent study programs are available. The program consists of two main parts: the study and research period (three years, completed with the absolutorium process) and the procedure leading to the doctoral degree (final exams, submission and defense of the dissertation). The doctoral school carries out activities in those fields of the earth sciences that fit into the profile of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Engineering and that are within the scope of the accreditation granted to the doctoral program. These fields are broken down into different topic areas of academic research. The research fields of the Institute of Petroleum and Natural Gas is Fluid Production and Transport Systems.

Courses available in English

Course Title: Fluid Mechanics
Instructor: Dr. Elemér Bobok
Code: MFKGT710005
Responsible department/institute:
Department of Natural Gas Engineering
Position in curriculum (which semester): 1 Pre-requisites (if any): -
No. of contact hours per week (lecture + seminar): 3+0 Type of Assessment (examination/ practical mark / other): examination
Credits: 3 Course: full time
Course Description:
Kinematics. Conservation of mass. Balance Equations of momentum. Perfect Fluid Flow. Euler’s equation. Bernoulli equation. Elements of gas dynamics. Bernoulli equation with friction. Laminar and turbulent flow in pipes. Determination of pressure losses. Moody’s diagram. Pressure losses in gas transporting pipe-lines.
Assessment and grading:
Students will be assessed with using the following elements.
Attendance 5 %
Homework 10 %
Short quizzes 10 %
Midterm exam 40 %
Final exam 35 %
Total 100%
Compulsory or recommended literature resources:
  • E. Bobok: Fluid Mechanics for Petroleum Engineers. Elsevier, Amsterdam, London, New York, Tokyo, 1993. ISBN: 10: 0-444-98668-5
  • V. L. Streeter, E. B. Wylie, K. W. Bedford: Fluid Mechanics. WCB/McGraw-Hill 1998, ISBN 0-07-062537-9
  • R. Bird, W. Stewart, E. Lightfoot: Transport Phenomena. John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-470-11539-8
  • Bobok E.: Fluid Mechanics. 2013.
  • Streeter W. et. al: Fluid Mechanics, Auckland: McGraw-Hill, 1983.

Course Title: Geothermal energy
Instructor: Dr. Anikó Nóra Tóth

Code: MFKGT740001
Responsible department/institute:
Department of Natural Gas Engineering

Position in curriculum (which semester): 4 Pre-requisites (if any): -
No. of contact hours per week (lecture + seminar): 2+1 Type of Assessment (examination / practical mark / other): practical mark
Credits: 3 Course: full time
Course Description:
Geothermal energy phenomena. Geothermal reservoirs. Geothermal heat flow. Simple analytical reservoir models. Geothermal drilling practice. Well test analysis. Heat transfer in geothermal wells. Production from a geothermal well. Steam and hot water transmission by pipe-line. Direct application. EGS system. Sustainability and depletion. Geothermal heat pump. Environmental effects.
Assessment and grading:
Students will be assessed with using the following elements.
Attendance 5 %
Homework 10 %
Short quizzes 10 %
Midterm exam 40 %
Final exam 35 %
Total 100%
Compulsory or recommended literature resources:
  • R. Horne: Modern Well Test Analysis: A Computer-Aided Approach. Petroway, Inc., 1995, ISBN 0-9626992-1-7.
  • J.W. Lund: Geothermal Direct-Use Engineering and Design Guidebook. Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology, 1998, ISBN 1-880228-00-9.
  • E. Huenges: Geothermal Energy Systems: Exploration, Development, and Utilization. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. 2010.  ISBN: 978-3-527-40831-3.
  • D. Chnadrasekharam, J. Bundschuh: Geothermal Energy Resources. Sweet & Zeitlinger B.V. Lisse, Netherlands, 2002 ISBN 90-5809522-3

For more details please write an e-mail (gastitkar@kfgi.uni-miskolc.hu).