Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering Science

Prepare for a career in the future oil and gas industry

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

Our new Graduate Diploma of Petroleum Engineering Science gives you that power. This cross-disciplinary degree is suitable for petroleum engineering bachelor graduates wishing to advance their skills and seeking a new path.


What will you do?

Completed over 12 months full-time, the degree features an engaging blend of face-to-face tuition, practical problem solving, and team projects.

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:

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

Regular 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 progress in the upstream petroleum industry in Australia or anywhere else in the world. You may also choose to continue your studies with our Master of Petroleum Engineering Science.  

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 3GD113
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Successful completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD113

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $39,000


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, 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