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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314951

CRICOS 082117G

Petroleum (natural oil and gas) is found in the tiny spaces between rock grains, deep below the earth's surface. Petroleum engineering is the practical application of physics, mathematics, chemistry and geology, combined with engineering and economic principles to the recovery of petroleum.

Petroleum engineers are designers. They create, plan and supervise all aspects of petroleum recovery: helping to find oil and gas; assessing how much is there; designing the wells and processing facilities to get as much out as possible; supervising and optimising production operations and ultimately, planning for the abandonment of the project. All of these designs and operational plans must be economic and safe from a human and environmental perspective.

A key feature of the University of Adelaide's petroleum engineering programs is the modern curriculum that integrates core petroleum engineering with geoscience and management. This focus leads to students equipped with skill sets that match both the needs of industry and the way it operates.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 314951
    2017 CSP ATAR 80
    2017 CSP IB 27
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 80
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Physics plus one of Specialist Mathematics or Chemistry. IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3); or, Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3)
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. 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.
    • VET applicants
      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.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314951

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 082117G
    Intake February.
    *July entry is ONLY available to internal transfer students, HCMUT and Chengdu University of Technology articulation agreement students.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Physics plus one of Specialist Mathematics or Chemistry. IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3); or, Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3)
    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry is desirable
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,175

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Petroleum engineers are employed in a diverse range of occupations in oil and gas companies, government agencies and organisations that service the oil and gas industry.

    A graduate of this program could become a:

    • reservoir engineer - evaluate field performance by undertaking reservoir modelling studies using sophisticated computer simulation, and explore opportunities to maximise the value of both exploration and production properties to enhance hydrocarbon production by  determining the optimal petroleum recovery process and plan the number, type and location of wells and production facilities
    • drilling engineer - work with geologists and reservoir engineers to apply the latest technology and innovation in drilling oil and gas wells. In this role, graduates may work on a rotating schedule at a rig site or supervise complex operations at remote sites. Drilling engineers may also have the opportunity to support well design, planning and rig operations (office-based)
    • production engineer - oversee the daily management of oil and gas production operations to optimise oil and gas production. Production engineers are responsible for production equipment design, monitoring, evaluation and execution.
    Many managers in the petroleum industry started as petroleum engineers or geoscientists, and graduates could also go on to become commercial analysts or move into business development within the industry.

    Graduates with an interest in research could pursue an academic career or work for larger operators and service companies with their own research facilities. There are opportunities in teaching through academic careers or providing industry training.

    Other possible career opportunities include working as an oil and gas analyst for investment bankers or brokers, starting up your own company and/or working in government developing or regulating policy for the exploration, development and production of natural resources.

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Petroleum Exploration, Commercial and Operation Analyst, Petrophysicist, Project Manager, Environmental Engineer, Researcher, Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Engineer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) 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-related topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. This integrated structure makes the petroleum engineering teaching curriculum unique.

    In the first year, students study a range of engineering, mathematics and physics courses that are common to many branches of engineering. Students are also introduced to the petroleum industry and to the key geological, physical and chemical principles that govern recovery from petroleum reservoirs.

    In the second and third year, these areas of study are developed with the addition of a broader range of petroleum engineering and geosciences topics. In fourth year, students expand their technical knowledge and develop business skills such as economic evaluation and project management as well as undertake a final year project.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Please refer to the following study plan to guide your enrolment:

    Year 1 C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)
    PETROENG 1005 Introduction to Petroleum Geosciences & the Oil Industry (3 units)
    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)#
    PHYSICS 1100 Physics IA (3 units) 
    PETROENG 1006 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (3 units)
    COMP SCI 1201 Introduction to Programming for Engineers (3 units)
    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)
    MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics -Dynamics (3 units)
    Year 2 CHEM ENG 1007 Introduction to Process Engineering (3 units)
    MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-fluids I (3 units)
    PETROENG 2010 Drilling Engineering (3 units)
    MATHS 2104 Numerical Methods II (3 units)
    PETROENG 2001 Reservoir Thermodynamics & Fluid Properties (3 units)
    PETROENG 2005 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (3 units)
    PETROENG 2009 Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics & Rock Properties (3 units)
    Year 3 PETROENG 3005 Reservoir Characterisation & Modelling (3 units)
    PETROENG 3007 Well Testing & Pressure Transient Analysis (3 units)
    PETROENG 3025 Reservoir Engineering (3 units)
    PETROENG 3026 Formation Damage & Productivity Enhancement (3 units)
    PETROENG 3001 Reservoir Simulation (3 units)
    PETROENG 3019 Structural Geology & Seismic Methods (3 units)
    PETROENG 3023 Well Completion & Simulation (3 units)
    PETROENG 3020 Production Engineering (3 units)
    Year 4 PETROENG 4027 Decision Making & Risk Analysis (3 units)
    PETROENG 4035 Reservoirs, Resources & Reserves (3 units)
    PETROENG 4033 Integrated Reservoir & Project Management (3 units)
    PETROENG 4004A Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 1 (3 units)
    PETROENG 4037 Unconventional Resources & Recovery (3 units)
    PETROENG 4022 Integrated Field Development & Economics Project (3 units)
    PETROENG 4034 Petroleum Business & Project Economics (3 units)
    PETROENG 4004B Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 2 (3 units)
    Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to take Engineering Communication. At the commencement of study, the Faculty will advise which course is to be replaced by ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL.

    #Students who have not passed SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths are required to enrol in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM as a prerequisite to enrolling in MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA. The satisfactory completion of MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements of this program. Students may manage their enrolment by enrolling in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester I, followed by MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2, and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in summer school.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.


    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: Monday, 1 Jan 2018