Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum) with major

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 5 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334231
CRICOS 097229K

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Petroleum engineering is one of the highest paid engineering fields internationally, with exciting opportunities for qualified graduates.

Petroleum engineers help sustain society’s way of life by ensuring we can meet our energy demands. They provide oil and gas in efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible ways.

This degree allows students to undertake a major as part of their study in a five-year program.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum) with major is developed and taught by industry-trained academics through the Australian School of Petroleum. This is Australia and Southeast Asia's academic centre for petroleum research and education, and the only school of its kind in Australia. You will:

  • learn about petroleum engineering, petroleum geoscience and the oil industry
  • take courses in business and project management
  • develop technical knowledge and network with potential employers
  • undertake interactive projects and field trips
  • complete an eight-week practical experience.
Majors are available in:

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate as an accredited engineer. You could work for a range of oil, gas and energy companies, or find a role in a government agency. You might refine crude petroleum into gasoline or plastics. You could optimise extraction techniques. Perhaps you'll design new equipment, supervise drillings or take on managerial roles.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334231
    2019 CSP ATAR 81.95
    2019 CSP IB 30
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5
    Median ATAR to receive an offer <5
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
    Minimum eligibility score 80
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors).

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called 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)

    Please note: From 2021 the subject prerequisites will be: SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics.
    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3, Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3)
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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: 334231

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    N/A N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    <5 N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students N/A N/A
    All students <5 100.0%

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    CRICOS 097229K
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 29
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    ANU Foundation Studies 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called 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)

    Please note: From 2021 the subject prerequisites will be: SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics.
    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3, Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3)
    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics. Chemistry is desirable.
    * From 2021 pre-requisites will be Mathematics and Physics
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $42,000

    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

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) is delivered by experts with strong regional, national, and international industry links. This enables graduates to develop networks with potential employers throughout their degree, providing a valuable professional head start when embarking on highly-paid, exciting careers all over the world. From working in the field to the office, graduates can expect careers with oil, gas and energy companies, and government agencies in a diverse range of occupations.

    This includes roles such as: geoscientists; reservoir drilling and production engineers; managers; commercial analysts; and in business development roles. Graduates may also find employment in other industries requiring strong analytical, business, and communication skills.

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

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Land Resources and Land Care, Minerals Processing Engineer, Mining Engineer, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petrochemical Engineer, Construction Engineer, Construction Manager, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Remote Sensing and GIS, Energy Engineer, Energy Managers, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Soil Conservation, ...

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    Study Overseas Experience

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) with Major 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 the relevant major topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. This integrated structure makes the petroleum and relevant engineering major teaching curriculum unique. 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. This degree allows students to undertake a major as part of their study in a five-year program.

    A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future career options. All graduates of this degree— irrespective of their major—qualify as petroleum engineers, and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession. Majors are available in Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, and Mining Engineering.

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

    Academic Program Rules

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

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

    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 eight weeks of approved practical experience

    This degree allows students to undertake a major as part of their study in a five-year program.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Majors

    A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future career options. All graduates of this degree— irrespective of their major—qualify as petroleum engineers, and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession.

    Majors are available across the following areas:

    Chemical Engineering

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

    Civil Engineering

    The Civil Engineering major develops students’ skills in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, in an environmentally sustainable manner.

    Mechanical Engineering

    Students develop knowledge of, and skills in technology and scientific principles involved in the design, development and manufacture of products, processes, machines, and moving mechanical engineering systems.

    Mining Engineering

    Students develop skills in the extraction and processing of valuable mineral and metal ores from the earth. Combining petroleum engineering with mining can provide graduates with a strong competitive edge and increased career options.

    Example Study Plan

    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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Last updated: Monday, 26 Aug 2019