Geology (070900)

Program Introduction

Geology is a knowledge system that studies material compositions, internal structure, and external features of the earth, mutual interactions between earth layers and the history of the evolution of the earth. The first-level discipline of Geology complies of five second-level disciplines of Mineralogy-Petrology-Gitology, Geochemistry, Structural Geology, Palaeontology & Stratigraphy and Quaternary Geology. The researches of our Geological disciplines mainly characterized in that of the structure and property of a basin, the depositional systems and sedimentary effects, the physical, chemical or biological effects which occurred inside the sedimentary basin, and how these geological effects control the deposition and formation of fossil fuels. During 1950s, with the help of experts from the Soviet Union, our geological department began to recruit graduate students, and in early 1980s, authorized by the Chinese government, ours became one of the first departments to offer master degrees, and later to establish doctoral programs in Mineralogy, Petrology and Gitology in 1993, in Geochemistry in 2003, in Structural Geology in 2005. In 2003, approved by the National Ministry of Personnel, our department established the Post-doctoral Research Station in Geology. In 2006, we were authorized to offer doctor degree in Geology discipline.

The Doctoral Research Station of Mineralogy, Petrology and Gitology mainly researches on the areas of Sedimentology of sedimentary basins, Petroleum Reservoir Geology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Logging Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology and other subjects. This station has formed its distinctive features in four research directions: Sedimentology & Lithofacies Palaeogeography, Petroleum Reservoir Geology & Fluid Minerals of Sedimentary Basins, Sequence Stratigraphy & Logging Geology and Applied Mineralogy, Petrology & Measurement Techniques. The researches in Sedimentology & Sequence Stratigraphy, Petroleum Reservoir Geology, Logging Geology, Lithofacies Palaeogeography and Lithologic Reservoirs Predictions are closely associated with Chinese petroleum industries. In exploration and production of Tarim Oilfield, Ordos Gas Field and Jiyang Depression Lithologic Reservoir, they have played an important role. Our research achievements in this field have been on the domestic leading level, and part of them even in the international advanced positions.

The Doctoral Research Station of Geochemistry is characterized by studying the behaviors of organic matters in the earth crust with a variety of experimental methods and means, relating as far as the chemical origin of life on the earth, the carbon cycles in different layer systems in the earth, also relating to theories on the generation of fossil fuels and resource assessments and a series of geochemical problems with respect to the identification of aggregated molecular chemicals and the formation of fossil fuels .The main research areas include: the formation and distribution of oil and gas, quantitative analysis of oil and gas accumulation process, the historic analysis of reservoir fluid, reservoir geochemistry, geochemical record of geological events, gas and isotopes geochemistry and environmental geochemistry. The main direction of training aims at the prediction of oil and gas generating mechanism and distribution, organic geochemistry and environmental geochemistry. The laboratory of this unit is certified by the national metrology organization and is equipped with a fairly comprehensive analyzing and testing technological system which contains more than 20 sets of large analyzing instruments and which is mainly used for analyzing molecular compounds of rocks, soil, water and air samples Meanwhile, the laboratory is a key national laboratory of Oil and Gas Resource & Propecting. It is also an important part of China University of Petroleum (Beijing). It enjoys high reputation in biomarker testing, microscopic component analysis, fluid history analysis and reservoir fluid geochemistry measurement.

Structural Geology is one of the basic disciplines of Geology. It mainly focuses researches on tectonic deformation of rocks, rock stratum and rock mass in the lithosphere, including geometry, kinematics and dynamics of structural deformation. The Structural Geology discipline is characterized by studying structural geology related to sedimentary basins and solving structural geological problems with respect to oil and gas exploration. The Structural Geology Lab is equipped with comprehensive experiment table of simulating sandbox of structural deformation, workstation of interpretation of seismic data, the equipment and software relating to the calculation of stress field, analyzing the balanced sections, the history of basin residence, history of deformation modeling analysis. We undertake 973 national special thematic projects, national natural science foundation projects, and various oil field research projects. We have a group of young and middle-aged professors and external academicians as doctoral supervisors of structural geology, having excellent environment for teaching and scientific researches. The doctoral program has two training directions of Regional Structure & Basin Analysis and Interpretation of Oil Region Structure.

In China University of Petroleum-Beijing, the Geology discipline is a traditional dominant basic discipline closely related to the application of oil exploration. Led by Dr. Wang Tieguan, the academician, the research team has enormous potentiality in different research areas and has a reasonable academic echelon. They have brought up a number of senior talents, and have published some influential textbooks in the country, such as Sedimentary Petrology, Reservoir Geochemistry, and Oil and Basin analysis. We have undertaken several high-level scientific research programs, and have sufficient funds for scientific researches. We have achieved good teaching results on provincial and state levels, published numerous high-level academic papers or monographs.We have established good international cooperative relations, hosted several national academic conferences and the Xiangshan Science Conference, and also sponsored the magazine of Journal of Paleogeography.

Good teaching and research conditions are provided for the Geology discipline and we always attach great importance to creating better environment for educating students. Pay attention to the construction of the authorizing unit of academic degrees, constantly improve and strengthen the work of educating and management of graduate students. During the process of dissertation management, integrating the key scientific research projects of the state, we emphasize on dissertation topic selection, dissertation proposal, mid-term exam, dissertation review, dissertation defense and other aspects. Overall, the Geology discipline station, with a reasonable academic team and outstanding scientific research results, has brought up a large number of high-level talents and become an important base for training graduates.


Master students in geology should build up a correct outlook on life, adhere to the Party’s basic line, love the motherland and the oil industry, abide by laws and disciplines, develop a noble character and correct style of studies, be dedicated to one’s career, and foster a rigorous learning attitude, excellent scientific style and science morality, fine teamwork and dedication spirit, be devoted to socialist construction.

Master students in Geology should grasp basic theories firmly and comprehensively. They should have systematic and specialized knowledge, broad scientific horizon, academic innovating ability, and be able to undertake scientific research work independently and solve problems relevant to the discipline; to make innovations in science and engineering technology. In a word, they should be specialized talents with fine cultural literacy and comprehensive quality.

Research Areas

1. Sedimentology and Palaeogeography

2. Petrology and Reservoir Geology

3. Sequence Stratigraphy and Logging Geology

4. Organic Geochemistry

5. Regional Structure and Basin Analysis

6. Oil Region Structural Analysis

7. Fossil Energy Formation and Enrichment Mechanism

8. Palaeontology and Stratigraphy

Program Length

Three years.


Total credits ≥30, wherein the degree course credits ≥16, the maximum credit ≤36.

Note: Students are able to choose elective courses in other programs according to supervisor advice.


Please follow the relevant regulation of China University of Petroleum-Beijing.

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This course is Campus based
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Sep 2019
3 years
31,000 CNY
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