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. 
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  • #1 in Australia and #7 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

^ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

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

Higher Education Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $21,750

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Petroleum Engineer;  Petroleum Exploration;  Petroleum Manager;  Engineer

Degree Structure

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Last updated: Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023