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Master of Petroleum Business Management

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.


CRICOS 045818G

No new admissions into this program for 2017.

This program is not currently offered to commencing students.

This degree fills a clear gap in the educational and training needs of the upstream (exploration and production) petroleum industry. It is primarily aimed at petro-technical professionals (e.g. geoscientists or engineers) who are currently working in, or who hope to work in, the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry (e.g. with operator companies, service companies, national oil companies, etc). It is designed to equip candidates with the key skills and knowledge required for project and asset management positions. A second target group is candidates (either within exploration and production companies, or external to them) who desire to understand the tools and processes used to evaluate and manage hydrocarbon projects or assets.

This degree is not an MBA for petroleum and is thus not designed to fully equip people for senior, general management positions in the industry - although it may be an excellent first step. It is not suitable for people who do not already have basic, relevant upstream petro-technical education or experience.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Graduate entry only.
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of this program can seek employment as managers and team leaders with operating and service companies, or as consultants in the oil and gas industry. The program also provides relevant skills to work as an oil and gas analyst with investment institutions, including banks and brokerage firms. 

    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

    Potential careers

    Petroleum Engineer, Resource Management, Resource Manager, Manager / Business Management, Natural Resource Manager, Oil and Gas Analyst, Environmental Management

  • Global Learning

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  • Degree Structure

    To qualify for the Master of Petroleum Business Management, students must satisfactorily complete 24 units over a one-year period full-time, or up to a maximum of four years part-time. A minimum of 9 units must be taken from the list of core courses. The remaining 15 units may be either core courses, electives or a mini research project.

    The specific list of courses to be undertaken by any student must be agreed by the program coordinator at the time of enrolment and will depend on the student's prior experience and learning goals.

    Most courses are delivered as intensive block mode, typically of five to seven days duration.

    Academic Program Rules

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    Example Study Plan

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    Core Courses

    Courses to the value of at least 9 units from the following:


    Courses to the value of at least 12 units from the following:

    Research Project

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


    Coursework, exams and research project (if selected).

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Last updated: Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015


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