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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314951


Petroleum (natural oil and gas) is found in the tiny spaces between rock grains, deep below the earth's surface. Petroleum engineering is the practical application of physics, mathematics, chemistry and geology, combined with engineering and 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.

A key feature of the University of Adelaide's petroleum engineering programs is the modern curriculum that integrates core petroleum engineering with geoscience and management. This focus leads to students equipped with skill sets that match both the needs of industry and the way it operates.

  • Program Structure

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) 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-related topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. This integrated structure makes the petroleum engineering teaching curriculum unique.

    In the first year, students study a range of engineering, mathematics and physics courses that are common to many branches of engineering. Students are also introduced to the petroleum industry and to the key geological, physical and chemical principles that govern recovery from petroleum reservoirs.

    In the second and third year, these areas of study are developed with the addition of a broader range of petroleum engineering and geosciences topics. In fourth year, students expand their technical knowledge and develop business skills such as economic evaluation and project management as well as undertake a final year project.

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

  • Assessment

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

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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 314951
    Adelaide Approved Score 80
    2016 CSP IB 27
    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).
    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 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), 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 2015). 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: 314951

    International applicants

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    IB 27
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 082117G
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Mathematics and Physics
    Assumed Knowledge
    Chemistry is desirable
    Equivalent Scores
    IB 27
    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

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500
    Mid-year entry? No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    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
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    S1 C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units) PETROENG 1005 Introduction to Petroleum Geosciences & the Oil Industry (3 units) MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)# PHYSICS 1100 Physics IA (3 units)
    S2 PETROENG 1006 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (3 units) COMP SCI 1201 Introduction to Programming for Engineers (3 units) MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units) MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics -Dynamics (3 units)
    S1 CHEM ENG 1007 Introduction to Process Engineering (3 units) MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units) MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-fluids I (3 units) PETROENG 2010 Drilling Engineering (3 units)
    S2 MATHS 2104 Numerical Methods II (3 units) PETROENG 2001 Reservoir Thermodynamics & Fluid Properties (3 units) PETROENG 2005 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (3 units) PETROENG 2009 Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics & Rock Properties (3 units)
    S1 PETROENG 3005 Reservoir Characterisation & Modelling (3 units) PETROENG 3007 Well Testing & Pressure Transient Analysis (3 units) PETROENG 3025 Reservoir Engineering (3 units) PETROENG 3026 Formation Damage & Productivity Enhancement (3 units)
    S2 PETROENG 3001 Reservoir Simulation (3 units) PETROENG 3019 Structural Geology & Seismic Methods (3 units) PETROENG 3023 Well Completion & Simulation (3 units) PETROENG 3020 Production Engineering (3 units)
    S1 PETROENG 4027 Decision Making & Risk Analysis (3 units) PETROENG 4035 Reservoirs, Resources & Reserves (3 units) PETROENG 4033 Integrated Reservoir & Project Management (3 units) PETROENG 4004A Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 1 (3 units)
    S2 PETROENG 4037 Unconventional Resources & Recovery (3 units) PETROENG 4022 Integrated Field Development & Economics Project (3 units) PETROENG 4034 Petroleum Business & Project Economics (3 units) PETROENG 4004B Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 2 (3 units)
    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).

    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.

    #Students who have not passed SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths are required to enrol in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM as a prerequisite to enrolling in MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA. The satisfactory completion of MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements of this program. Students may manage their enrolment by enrolling in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester I, followed by MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2, and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in summer school.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.
    Download a print copy of the study plan Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum) PDF
  • Career Opportunities

    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.

    A graduate of this program could become a:

    • reservoir engineer - evaluate field performance by undertaking reservoir modelling studies using sophisticated computer simulation, and explore opportunities to maximise the value of both exploration and production properties to enhance hydrocarbon production by  determining the optimal petroleum recovery process and plan the number, type and location of wells and production facilities
    • drilling engineer - work with geologists and reservoir engineers to apply the latest technology and innovation in drilling oil and gas wells. In this role, graduates may work on a rotating schedule at a rig site or supervise complex operations at remote sites. Drilling engineers may also have the opportunity to support well design, planning and rig operations (office-based)
    • production engineer - oversee the daily management of oil and gas production operations to optimise oil and gas production. Production engineers are responsible for production equipment design, monitoring, evaluation and execution.
    Many managers in the petroleum industry started as petroleum engineers or geoscientists, and graduates could also go on to become commercial analysts or move into business development within the industry.

    Graduates with an interest in research could pursue an academic career or work for larger operators and service companies with their own research facilities. There are opportunities in teaching through academic careers or providing industry training.

    Other possible career opportunities include working as an oil and gas analyst for investment bankers or brokers, starting up your own company and/or working in government developing or regulating policy for the exploration, development and production of natural resources.

    Potential careers

    Petroleum Exploration, Commercial and Operation Analyst, Petrophysicist, Project Manager, Environmental Engineer, Researcher, Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Engineer

  • Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this undergraduate program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.

  • Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

  • Work Placement

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

  • Program Rules

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

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