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Master of Petroleum Engineering

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

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


CRICOS 045816K

No new admissions into this program for 2017.

Potential applicant are advised that this program has recently undergone a review process and the Academic Program Rules have been revised for students commencing from Semester 1, 2015.

Visit the Master of Petroleum Engineering for updated program information. 

The Master of Petroleum Engineering is designed for graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering. The program is suited to students who wish to gain a petroleum engineering qualification and enter the exploration and production (upstream) part of the petroleum industry.

It is also aimed at petro-technical professionals already working in the upstream petroleum industry who wish to advance their technical careers in petroleum engineering by achieving a formal qualification. Individuals with a relevant science degree (in areas such as geology, geophysics, geosciences or physics) who have more than one year upstream petroleum industry experience may also be eligible for, and benefit from, this degree.

A key feature of the petroleum engineering programs at the University of Adelaide is the modern curriculum, integrating core petroleum engineering with geosciences and management, leading to a skill set that meets the needs of industry and complements the way it operates.

  • Entry Requirements

    No new admissions into this program for 2017.

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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
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    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Petroleum engineers are employed in a diverse range of occupations in oil and gas companies, government agencies and companies that service the oil and gas industry. Graduates of this degree could become drilling engineers, reservoir engineers or production engineers. They may also find successful careers as managers, in sales or technical support as oil and gas business analysts or environmentalists. Graduates of this program often find themselves working in a team on multi-million dollar projects, designing or using state-of-the-art technology.

    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

    Drilling Engineer, Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, 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

    To qualify for the Master of Petroleum Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete 24 units, of which a minimum of 15 units must be taken from the list of core courses. The remaining 9 units may be either core courses or electives, but core courses are recommended.

    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 in intensive block mode, typically of five to seven days' duration.

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

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    To download a copy of your study plan to guide your 2014 enrolment, please use the following link:

    Core Courses

    Courses to the value of at least 15 units from the following:


    Courses to the value of 9 units from the following:

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


    Assessment includes coursework, assignments and examinations.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015


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