Master of Petroleum Engineering
A competitive edge in one of engineering’s highest paid fields
Petroleum engineers help sustain society’s way of life. They provide oil and gas in efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible ways.
Our Master of Petroleum Engineering is designed for graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent science and mathematics degrees. It’s also open to petro-technical professionals seeking to advance their technical careers with formal qualifications.
Our petroleum engineering degrees are developed and taught by industry-trained academics through the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources. This is Australia and Southeast Asia's academic centre for petroleum research and education, and the only school of its kind in Australia.
What will you do?
- Learn all about well testing and drilling engineering.
- Explore unconventional resources and recovery.
- Access our Tempest reservoir simulator.
- Gain field experience at an Australian sedimentary basin.
- Take integrated courses in business, economics and project management.
- Complete a 6-unit research project thesis.
Where could it take you?
You’ll graduate ready to enter the upstream sector of the petroleum industry. You could drill exploratory wells for oil, gas and energy companies. You might search for underground or underwater oil fields with a government agency. Perhaps you’ll move into a supervising or managerial role.
Note: Mid-year entry into this program is open to domestic students only and is subject to availability. This entry point is best suited to applicants wishing to study part-time while continuing to work in the industry. Applicants seeking mid-year entry into this program should be aware that their program will only be available part-time and therefore cannot be completed in 1.5 years.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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SATAC Code 3CM183 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Higher Education Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering. Individuals who have a relevant Bachelor degree (Honours) with a strong science and mathematics component (such as geology, geophysics, geosciences, physics and applied mathematics or similar) may gain entry into this program. Individuals who have a Bachelor degree with suitable upstream oil and gas experience may have their prior academic and professional experience assessed to be equivalent to an honours level qualification and in such cases may also gain entry into this program.
Mid-year entry into this program is open to domestic students only and is subject to availability. This entry point is best suited to applicants wishing to study part-time whilst continuing to work in the industry. Applicants seeking mid-year entry into this program should be aware that the program will only be available part-time and cannot be completed in 1.5 years when commencing in semester 2.SATAC Code: 3CM183
CRICOS 083678M Intake February
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 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced 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 RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering. Individuals who have a relevant Bachelor degree (Honours) with a strong science and mathematics component (such as geology, geophysics, geosciences, physics and applied mathematics or similar) may gain entry into this program. Individuals who have a Bachelor degree with suitable upstream oil and gas experience may have their prior academic and professional experience assessed to be equivalent to an honours level qualification and in such cases may also gain entry into this program.
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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Indicative annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $37,000
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $45,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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.
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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Seismologist
Degree StructureTo qualify for the Master of Petroleum Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete 36 units, comprising a minimum of 30 units of core courses and a 6-unit capstone project.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Students must complete all of the following:
- PETROENG 7035 Reservoir Simulation
- PETROENG 7038 Well Testing and Pressure Transient Analysis
- PETROENG 7042 Drilling Engineering and Well Completion
- PETROENG 7050 Production and Facilities Engineering
- PETROENG 7051 Formation Damage and Productivity Enhancement
- PETROENG 7058 Petroleum Geology and Geophysics
- PETROENG 7059 Reservoir Engineering VII
- PETROENG 7060 Petrophysics
- PETROENG 7062 Unconventional Resources & Recovery
- PETROENG 7063 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
Students must choose one of the following:
Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
AssessmentAssessment includes coursework, assignments, project and examinations.
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Last updated: Thursday, 28 Jan 2021