Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Engineering

Fuel new global career opportunities

The petroleum industry has long been one of the world’s largest, powering much of modern life and the global economy. Engineering in the field is highly challenging and rewarding, with outstanding career opportunities worldwide.

Our Graduate Certificate of Petroleum Engineering will build on your existing engineering knowledge and experience in another discipline to help you enter this exciting industry

What will you do?

Completed over 6 months full-time, the degree features an engaging blend of face-to-face tuition and practical problem solving.

The program is developed and taught by world-class, industry-trained and research-active academics through our Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources (ASPER)—Australia’s only school of its kind, and the leading centre for integrated petroleum research and education throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The wide-ranging and internationally informed curriculum draws on ASPER’s strong collaborations with industry and other leading universities around the world, delivering you:

  • basic knowledge of petroleum engineering principles
  • fundamental skills in evaluating, selecting and using appropriate, environmentally responsible methods and techniques in drilling, reservoir and production engineering
  • skills in solving petroleum engineering problems
  • specialised petroleum engineering technical and creative capabilities
  • effective interpersonal communication skills.

Interaction with ASPER’s world-recognised staff and guest industry presenters will also help you develop valuable connections and real-world insight.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to enter the upstream petroleum industry in Australia or anywhere else in the world. You may also choose to continue your studies with our Graduate Diploma of Petroleum Engineering. 

Limited Commonwealth Supported Places are available in Semester 1 2021 only. 
For more information enquire now.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC102
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC102

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $19,500


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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Potential careers

Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Engineer

Degree Structure


I chose to study a Masters in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Adelaide because the ASP (Australian School of Petroleum) is located on campus. The different programs content at the ASP are well balanced on important aspects like academia, government and industry and in my case, the coursework option was a better and more convenient choice, given that I already have work experience. On the other hand, there is significant research activity going on at the ASP, which attracts really high calibre teaching staff from Australia and overseas as well.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021