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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum and Chemical)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 5 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324811

CRICOS 082119F

This five-year degree combines the disciplines of petroleum engineering and chemical engineering to equip graduates with broad expertise that can be applied to a range of complex challenges.

Petroleum engineering is the practical application of physics, mathematics, chemistry and geology, combined with economic principles, to the recovery of petroleum. Petroleum engineers are designers. They create, plan and supervise all aspects of petroleum recovery: helping to find oil and gas; assessing how much is there; designing the wells and processing facilities to get as much out as possible; supervising and optimising production operations and ultimately, planning for the abandonment of the project. All of these designs and operational plans must be economic and safe from a human and environmental perspective.

Chemical engineering involves the systematic design, development and operation of process systems for the extraction, transformation and recovery of materials. It is a key engineering discipline that sustains and improves a range of industries, including petroleum refining and petrochemicals.

With a specialist skill set across two complementary engineering fields, graduates can enjoy greater scope of career prospects and a competitive edge in the job market.

For further information about the petroleum engineering component of the degree, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum). For further information about the chemical engineering component of the degree, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical).

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 324811
    2014 CSP ATAR 85.8
    Adelaide Approved Score 80
    2014 CSP IB 30
    Mid-year entry? No
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Prerequisites
    SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies, Physics plus one of Specialist Mathematics or Chemistry. IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3); or, Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2 Chemistry

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2015. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2015 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2013 or 2014), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2013). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324811

    International applicants

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    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 082119F
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Prerequisites

    Mathematics and Physics

    Assumed Knowledge
    Chemistry is desirable
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6
    5.5
    5.5
    6
    6
    A-Level 9
    UEC [Malaysia] 15
    SAT [US] 1770
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] [1] 85%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 75
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Bradford Foundation Program 77
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    Additional Entry Requirements
    ** Semester 2 entry is ONLY available to internal transfer students, HCMUT and Chengdu University of Technology articulation agreement students.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,775

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $31,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    With specialist skills across two broad engineering disciplines, graduates have the opportunity to seek national and global careers across a wide range of industries and organisations.

    Petroleum engineers are employed in a diverse range of occupations in oil and gas companies, government agencies and organisations that service the oil and gas industry. For more information about petroleum engineering career opportunities, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum).

    Chemical engineers can be involved in industries as diverse as petrochemicals, mining and minerals processing, biotechnology and environmental engineering. For more information about chemical engineering career opportunities, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical).

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Manufacturing Engineer, Mining Engineer, Biotechnology Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Seismologist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum and Chemical) builds a strong foundation of mathematics, physics, geology, geophysics, computer applications and engineering principles.

    Over the course of the program, the subjects studied change from more general engineering topics to very specific petroleum and chemical engineering-related topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. This integrated structure makes the petroleum and chemical engineering teaching curriculum unique.

    The first two years of the academic program are spent developing an understanding of the foundation subjects of petroleum and chemical engineering. In the third year, these areas of study are further developed through an additional range of advanced topics.

    In the fourth year, students put their chemical engineering knowledge into practice via major design, research and experimental projects, including a chemical engineering project.

    In the fifth year, students expand their technical petroleum engineering knowledge and develop business skills such as economic evaluation and project management, and undertake a final year petroleum engineering project.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan


    BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONOURS) (PETROLEUM AND CHEMICAL)
    Year
    1
    S1 CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA (3 units) PETROENG 1005 Introduction to Petroleum Geosciences & the Oil Industry (3 units) MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)# CHEM ENG 1007 Introduction to Process Engineering (3 units)
    S2 PETROENG 1006 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (3 units) CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB (3 units) MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units) COMP SCI 1201 Introduction to Programming for Engineers (3 units)
    Year
    2
    S1 CHEM ENG 2018 Process Fluid Mechanics (3 units) MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units) CHEM ENG 2010 Principles of Process Engineering (3 units) PETROENG 2010 Drilling Engineering (3 units)
    S2 CHEM ENG 2011 Process Engineering Thermodynamics (3 units) MATHS 2104 Numerical Methods II(3 units) PETROENG 2009 Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics & Rock Properties (3 units) CHEM ENG 2014 Process Heat Transfer (3 units)
    Year
    3
    S1 CHEM ENG 3035 Multi-Phase Fluid & Particle Mechanics (3 units) CHEM ENG 3034 Kinetics & Reactor Design (3 units) PETROENG 3005 Reservoir Characterisation & Modelling (3 units) PETROENG 3025 Reservoir Engineering (3 units)
    S2 PETROENG 3001 Reservoir Simulation (3 units) PETROENG 3020 Production Engineering (3 units) CHEM ENG 3030 Simulation & Concept Design (3 units) CHEM ENG 3031 Process Control & Instrumentation (3 units)
    Year
    4
    S1 CHEM ENG 3024 Professional Practice III (3 units) CHEM ENG 4056 Research Practice (3 units) CHEM ENG 3033 Separation Processes (3 units) CHEM ENG 4050 Advanced Chemical Engineering (3 units)
    S2 CHEM ENG 4014 Plant Design Project (6 units) CHEM ENG 3036 Unit Operations Laboratory (3 units) Chemical or Petroleum Elective Course (3 units)
    Year
    5
    S1 PETROENG 4004A Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 1 (3 units) PETROENG 4027 Decision Making & Risk Analysis (3 units) PETROENG 4035 Reservoirs Resources & Reserves (3 units) Petroleum Elective Course (3 units)
    S2 PETROENG 4004B Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 2 (3 units) PETROENG 4022 Integrated Field Development & Economics Project (3 units) PETROENG 4034 Petroleum Business & Project Economics (3 units) PETROENG 4037 Unconventional Resources & Recovery (3 units)
    EXTRA COURSE REQUIREMENT
    Students who have not taken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) will be required to enrol in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester 1, followed by MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2 with MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in Summer School to complete the Mathematics requirements at Level 1. The satisfactory completion of Mathematics IM is in addition to the requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

    ENGINEERING COMMUNICATION
    Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to take Engineering Communication. At the commencement of study, the Faculty will advise which course is to be replaced by ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL.

    GUIDE TO ENROLMENT
    This study plan should be used to guide enrolment for the current academic year. Some students may need to modify their enrolment based on previous study (e.g. students granted advanced standing/credit, students repeating previously failed courses).
    CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING PETROLEUM ENGINEERNIG ELECTIVES
    SEMESTER
    1
    PETROENG 4033 Integrated Reservoir & Project Management IV (3 units) PETROENG 3026 Formation Damage & Productivity Enhancement (3 units) PETROENG 3007 Well Testing & Pressure Transient Analysis (3 units)
    SEMESTER
    2
    PETROENG 3023 Well Completion & Stimulation (3 units) PETROENG 3019 Structural Geology & Seismic Methods (3 units)
    COURSE AVAILABILITY
    ^ course not available in 2015
    CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING CHEMICAL ENGINEERING ELECTIVES
    SEMESTER
    1
    CHEM ENG 4053 Pinch Analysis & Process Synthesis (3 units) CHEM ENG 4052 Food Process Engineering (3 units)^
    SEMESTER
    2
    CHEM ENG 4032 Composite & Multiphase Polymers (3 units)^
    COURSE AVAILABILITY
    ^ course not available in 2015


    The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

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    Assessment

    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and examinations.

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