Master of Petroleum Engineering

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 1.5 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM183
CRICOS 083678M

A competitive edge in one of engineering’s highest paid fields

Petroleum engineers help sustain society’s way of life. They provide oil and gas in efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible ways.

Our Master of Petroleum Engineering is designed for graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent science and mathematics degrees. It’s also open to petro-technical professionals seeking to advance their technical careers with formal qualifications.

Our petroleum engineering degrees are developed and taught by industry-trained academics through the Australian School of Petroleum. This is Australia and Southeast Asia's academic centre for petroleum research and education, and the only school of its kind in Australia.

What will you do?

  • Learn all about well testing and drilling engineering.
  • Explore unconventional resources and recovery.
  • Access our Tempest reservoir simulator.
  • Gain field experience at an Australian sedimentary basin.
  • Take integrated courses in business, economics and project management.
  • Complete a 6-unit research project thesis.

 Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to enter the upstream sector of the petroleum industry. You could drill exploratory wells for oil, gas and energy companies. You might search for underground or underwater oil fields with a government agency. Perhaps you’ll move into a supervising or managerial role.

Note: Mid-year entry into this program is open to domestic students only and is subject to availability. This entry point is best suited to applicants wishing to study part-time while continuing to work in the industry. Applicants seeking mid-year entry into this program should be aware that their program will only be available part-time and therefore cannot be completed in 1.5 years.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3CM183
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Graduate Entry Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering. Individuals who have a relevant Bachelor degree (Honours) with a strong science and mathematics component (such as geology, geophysics, geosciences, physics and applied mathematics or similar) may gain entry into this program. Individuals who have a Bachelor degree with suitable upstream oil and gas experience may have their prior academic and professional experience assessed to be equivalent to an honours level qualification and in such cases may also gain entry into this program.

    Mid-year entry into this program is open to domestic students only and is subject to availability. This entry point is best suited to applicants wishing to study part-time whilst continuing to work in the industry. Applicants seeking mid-year entry into this program should be aware that the program will only be available part-time and cannot be completed in 1.5 years when commencing in semester 2.

    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM183

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 083678M
    Intake February
    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
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering. Individuals who have a relevant Bachelor degree (Honours) with a strong science and mathematics component (such as geology, geophysics, geosciences, physics and applied mathematics or similar) may gain entry into this program. Individuals who have a Bachelor degree with suitable upstream oil and gas experience may have their prior academic and professional experience assessed to be equivalent to an honours level qualification and in such cases may also gain entry into this program.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $34,500

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $42,000

    Scholarships

    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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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Petroleum engineers are employed in a diverse range of occupations in oil and gas companies, government agencies and companies that service the oil and gas industry. Graduates of this degree could become drilling engineers, reservoir engineers or production engineers. They may also find successful careers as managers, in sales or technical support as oil and gas business analysts or environmentalists. Graduates of this program often find themselves working in a team on multi-million dollar projects, designing or using state-of-the-art technology.

    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

    Potential careers

    Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Seismologist

  • Degree Structure

    To qualify for the Master of Petroleum Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete 36 units, comprising a minimum of 30 units of core courses and a 6-unit capstone project.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Assessment

    Assessment includes coursework, assignments, project and examinations.
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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Thursday, 6 Dec 2018