Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering

Power ahead on a new global career path

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

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 work.

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 a wide range of petroleum engineering principles
  • fundamental skills in evaluating, selecting and using appropriate, environmentally responsible methods and techniques in drilling, reservoir and production engineering
  • broad skills in analysing and solving complex petroleum engineering problems using advanced methods
  • specialised petroleum engineering technical and creative capabilities
  • advanced 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 graduate ready to make your mark in the upstream petroleum industry in Australia and anywhere else in the world. You may also choose to continue your studies with our Master of Petroleum Engineering.

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD114
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: $43,500

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

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:

Mining Engineer;  Petrochemical Engineer;  Petroleum Engineer;  Petroleum Exploration;  Petroleum Manager

Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

To satisfy the requirements for Core courses students must complete courses to the value of 24 units.

All courses are 3 units unless stated otherwise.

Core Courses

Students must complete all of the following:

CHEM ENG 7035 Water and Waste Water Treatment PG

CHEM ENG 7055 Material Science & Engineering

PETROENG 7035 Reservoir Simulation

PETROENG 7042 Drilling Engineering and Well Completion

PETROENG 7050 Production and Facilities Engineering

PETROENG 7059 Reservoir Engineering VII

PETROENG 7060 Petrophysics

PROJMGNT 5021 Project Management Fundamentals


Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Friday, 1 Mar 2024