Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Engineering Science

Step up in contemporary petroleum engineering

The petroleum industry never stands still. A steady flow of technological advances constantly presents new commercial opportunities and raises environmental standards. Engineers seeking a dynamic career in the field must raise their knowledge and skills in line with modern global best practice.

Our new Graduate Certificate of Petroleum Engineering Science starts you on that path. This cross-disciplinary degree is suitable for petroleum engineering bachelor graduates wishing to advance their skills

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 contemporary global petroleum engineering developments, including reservoir simulation, uncertainty modelling, enhanced oil recovery, advanced geomechanics and machine-learning applications in petroleum engineering.
  • skills in using appropriate, environmentally responsible petroleum engineering methods and techniques in drilling, reservoir and production engineering
  • skills in formulating and solving petroleum engineering problems using best-practice methods
  • specialised petroleum engineering technical and creative capabilities
  • enhanced interpersonal communication and teamwork skills.

Interaction with ASPER’s world-recognised staff and guest industry presenters will also ensure you emerge with a sound base of international connections and real-world insight.

Where could it take you?

You’ll emerge 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 Science.  

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

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC101
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Successful completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering with a minimum GPA of 4.0.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC101

Fees and Scholarships

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

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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

Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer

Degree Structure

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Last updated: Monday, 17 Jan 2022