What is Petroleum Engineering?
Petroleum Engineers recover oil and gas from the earth to satisfy the energy hungry world we live in. Think exploration and drilling, think production and processing, think transport and even think environmental impact. Petroleum engineers work in all those areas and more, with a particular focus on the economics that drive this highly dynamic industry.
Studying Petroleum Engineering at UNSW
If you are inspired by the exciting world of gas and oil, then you’ve come to the right place. Almost 30 years ago, UNSW teamed up with key players in the petroleum industry to form the School of Petroleum Engineering. It is now Australia's longest standing undergraduate and postgraduate petroleum industry training school, offering both on campus and distance education to Australian and international students like you.
Leading Research
From enhanced oil and gas recovery to looking at unconventional reservoirs and new drilling techniques, the School of Petroleum Engineering carries out world leading research in key areas of vital interest to the international oil and gas industry. The School also conducts research programs in geothermal energy resources and economics of carbon dioxide storage.

Latest News & Events

18 June 2014

The School of Petroleum Engineering would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2014.

13 June 2014

The NSW/ACT Section offers 2 scholarships worth $2,000 each for students studying Petroleum Engineering in NSW/ACT or who come from NSW/ACT.

6 May 2014

Save the Date!

The 2014 Annual Students’ Awards Dinner will be held in the spectacular Crystal Ballroom at Luna Park, North Sydney, on Friday, 19 September 2014.

6 September 2014
9.00am to 5.30pm
19 September 2014
7.00pm to 11.30pm

Huge Projects

Jody Lowry

Jody Lowry — Reservoir Engineer with BHP Billiton Petroleum

Here in Houston our team is responsible for the shale oil development within BHP Billiton, this huge project is seeing significant investment in the next few years with a vast number of wells being drilled.  It’s a whole new world in Houston working unconventional oil, but I am certainly enjoying it so far and looking forward to the challenges ahead.


Biggest Resource Investments

Val Pinczewski

Val Pinczewski, Professor of Petroleum Engineering

The investments currently being made in developing Australia’s conventional gas and coal-seam gas reserves are some of the biggest  resource investments in the history  of the country and are set to make Australia one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas exporters, if not  the biggest. With massive emerging economies in China, India and South-East Asia, the demand for energy is expected to increase significantly over the coming decades and the massive investments in the development of gas both in Australia and worldwide are aimed at addressing this demand. Australia is well on the way to becoming a gas economy.