Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics


Add geoscience to your resume

Petroleum geology and geophysics is about understanding our earth and the processes that shape it. Geoscientists are explorers, problem solvers and innovators. They recover resources and meet energy demands in economical, safe and sustainable ways.

The Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources is a world-class centre for petroleum education, training and research. We have strong links to industry with fully integrated teaching and research programs.

What will you do?

Our graduate certificate builds core skills and knowledge for careers in geoscience. You will:

  • access industry-standard techniques, software and datasets
  • learn from internationally experienced staff
  • study exploration and development geoscience in depth
  • build hands-on skills and practical knowledge.

Where could it take you?

You might pursue careers in mineral or petroleum exploration with multinational and local companies. You could be a geologist, a geophysicist or an oil and gas analyst. Perhaps you’ll work in consulting or as a natural resource manager in a government agency.

  • Ranked #10 in the world for petroleum engineering^
  • Home to Asia Pacific's leading centre for integrated petroleum research and education
  • Taught by our research-active and industry experts

^QS World University Rankings, by subject, 2022

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC037
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree in Geology or Geophysics or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $20,500

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Career Readiness

Careers may be pursued within multinational and local exploration and production companies, service providers, consulting companies, government departments and universities.

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

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Geochemist, Geologists, Geophysicists, Geophysics, Geotechnical Engineer, Natural Resource Manager, Scientist, Mineral Exploration, Oil and Gas Analyst

Degree Structure

This is a 12-unit program. The following courses will be completed: Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience I and II, Petroleum Resource Evaluation, and Petroleum Systems and Basin Evaluation.

Academic Program Rules

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Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics


Assessment includes coursework, fieldwork and examinations.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2023