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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum) and Bachelor of Science

Degree Type Combined Degree

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

SATAC Code 324211

CRICOS 082122M

This program combines the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) and the Bachelor of Science, to equip graduates with a multidisciplinary yet complementary skill-set and broad expertise that can be applied to a range of complex challenges.

In this combined degree program, students study the concepts of petroleum engineering, and undertake a Geology and Geophysics and Applied Geology double major as part of the Bachelor of Science component. The degree builds a strong foundation of mathematics, physics, geology/geophysics, computer applications and engineering.

With designated courses from both disciplines counted towards the combined degree program, the degree can typically be completed in five years (full-time), compared with seven years if undertaken separately.

A combined degree is an approved combination of two degrees, which includes components from both programs and satisfies the minimum of one of those degree programs but not both individual degrees (unlike a double degree). At the end of the combined degree, students will graduate with one parchment.

Combining two areas of study offers graduates not only a more diverse experience at university, but also greater scope of career prospects.

For further information about the petroleum engineering component of the degree, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum). For further information about the science component of the degree, see Bachelor of Science.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 324211
    2016 CSP ATAR 89.75
    Adelaide Approved Score 80
    2016 CSP IB 31
    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: 324211

    International applicants

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    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 082122M
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Mathematics and Physics
    Assumed Knowledge
    Chemistry is desirable
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    A-Level 9
    UEC [Malaysia] 15
    SAT [US] 1270
    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: $9,000

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500


    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 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 information about petroleum engineering career opportunities, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum).

    Geologists and geophysicists can be involved in industries as diverse as petroleum, mining and environmental engineering. For information about career opportunities in science, see Bachelor of Science.

    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

    As part of the engineering degree, students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Exploration, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Seismologist, Geophysicists

  • 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 Bachelor of Science 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 applied geology and geophysics-related topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. This integrated structure makes the petroleum engineering and science teaching curriculum unique.

    The first two years of the academic program are spent developing an understanding of the foundation subjects of geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering.

    In the third year, these areas of study are developed with the addition of a range of advanced petroleum engineering and applied geology and geophysics topics.

    In the fourth year, students put geology and geophysics knowledge into practice via major research projects and field trips.

    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

    Year 1 GEOLOGY 1103 Earth Systems I (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)

    PETROENG 1006 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 1100 Earth’s Interior I (3 units)

    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)

    COMP SCI 1201 Introduction to Programming for Engineers (3 units)
    Year 2 MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)

    PETROENG 2010 Drilling Engineering (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 1007 Introduction to Process Engineering (3 units)

    MATHS 2202 Engineering Mathematics IIB (3 units)

    PETROENG 2009 Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics & Rock Properties (3 units)

    PETROENG 2001 Reservoir Thermodynamics & Fluid Properties (3 units)

    PETROENG 2005 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (3 units)
    Year 3 PETROENG 3026 Formation Damage & Productivity Enhancement (3 units)

    PETROENG 3025 Reservoir Engineering (3 units)

    PETROENG 3005 Reservoir Characterisation & Modelling (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 2501 Structural Geology II (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 2505 Geochemistry (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 2502 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II (3 units)

    PETROENG 3020 Production Engineering (3 units)

    PETROENG 3019 Structural Geology & Seismic Methods (3 units)
    Year 4 GEOLOGY 3016 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 3500 Exploration Methods III (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 3008 Geophysics III (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 3013 Tectonics III (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 3019 Field Geoscience Program III (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 3505 Earth Systems History III (3 units)

    SOIL&WAT 3010 Remote Sensing III (3 units)

    GEOLOGY 3502 Mineral and Energy Resources III (3 units)
    Year 5 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)

    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 (3units)

    Engineering Elective (6 units)
    PETROENG 3007 Well Testing & Pressure Transient Analysis (3 units)

    PETROENG 4033 Integrated Reservoir & Project Management (3 Units)

    PETROENG 4037 Unconventional Resources & Recovery (3 units)

    PETROENG 3001 Reservoir Simulation (3 units)

    PETROENG 3023 Well Completion & Stimulation (3 units)
    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).

    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.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    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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