Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum) with major

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Want to face new challenges every day?

Petroleum engineering is one of the highest paid engineering fields internationally, with exciting opportunities for qualified graduates.

Petroleum engineers help sustain society’s way of life by ensuring we can meet our energy demands. They provide oil and gas in efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible ways.

This degree allows students to undertake a major as part of their study in a five-year program.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) with major is developed and taught by industry-trained academics through the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources. This is Australia and Southeast Asia's academic centre for petroleum research and education, and the only school of its kind in Australia. You will:

  • learn about petroleum engineering, petroleum geoscience and the oil industry
  • take courses in business and project management
  • develop technical knowledge and network with potential employers
  • undertake interactive projects and field trips
  • complete an eight-week practical experience.
Majors are available in:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mining engineering.
Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate as an accredited engineer. You could work for a range of oil, gas and energy companies, or find a role in a government agency. You might refine crude petroleum into gasoline or plastics. You could optimise extraction techniques. Perhaps you'll design new equipment, supervise drillings or take on managerial roles.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia.


  • #1 in Australia and #7 in the world for petroleum engineering^
  • Graduates qualify for profesisional membership with Engineers Australia
  • Showcase your work and network with future employers at Ingenuity

^ARWU, 2021

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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Admissions information

SATAC Code 334231
2021 CSP ATAR 80
2021 CSP IB 29
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
Minimum eligibility score 80
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Applicants who have not achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) required for selection may be selected based on the grades in selected year 12 subjects. Applicants do not need to apply to be considered for subject-based entry, as this will automatically be done by SATAC on behalf of the University. For more information, please see: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways/recent-secondary-education/ Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods , Specialist Mathematics and Physics. IB: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL) and Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2020). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334231

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A
International students <5 N/A
All students <5 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Scholarships

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Careers

Career Readiness

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) is delivered by experts with strong regional, national, and international industry links. This enables graduates to develop networks with potential employers throughout their degree, providing a valuable professional head start when embarking on highly-paid, exciting careers all over the world. From working in the field to the office, graduates can expect careers with oil, gas and energy companies, and government agencies in a diverse range of occupations.

This includes roles such as: geoscientists; reservoir drilling and production engineers; managers; commercial analysts; and in business development roles. Graduates may also find employment in other industries requiring strong analytical, business, and communication skills.

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

Industry Placement

Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience

Professional Accreditation

Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Potential careers

Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Land Resources and Land Care, Minerals Processing Engineer, Mining Engineer, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petrochemical Engineer, Construction Engineer, Construction Manager, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Remote Sensing and GIS, Energy Engineer, Energy Managers, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Soil Conservation, ...

Degree Structure

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) with Major builds a strong foundation of mathematics, physics, geology, geophysics, computer applications and engineering principles. Over the course of the program, the subjects studied change from more general engineering topics to very specific petroleum and the relevant major topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. This integrated structure makes the petroleum and relevant engineering major teaching curriculum unique. In the fifth year, students expand their technical petroleum engineering knowledge and develop business skills such as economic evaluation and project management, and undertake a final year petroleum engineering project. This degree allows students to undertake a major as part of their study in a five-year program.

A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future career options. All graduates of this degree— irrespective of their major—qualify as petroleum engineers, and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession. Majors are available in Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, and Mining Engineering.

Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Areas of Specialisation

Majors

A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future career options. All graduates of this degree— irrespective of their major—qualify as petroleum engineers, and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession.

Majors are available across the following areas:

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is a key engineering discipline that sustains and improves a range of industries, including petroleum refining and petrochemicals. Students develop skills in the design, development, and operation of process systems for the extraction, transformation and recovery of materials.

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering major develops students’ skills in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Mechanical Engineering

Students develop knowledge of, and skills in technology and scientific principles involved in the design, development and manufacture of products, processes, machines, and moving mechanical engineering systems.

Mining Engineering

Students develop skills in the extraction and processing of valuable mineral and metal ores from the earth. Combining petroleum engineering with mining can provide graduates with a strong competitive edge and increased career options.

Example Study Plan

Assessment

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

Testimonial

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021