Geothermal Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Luke Godden, Master of Engineering Science

The quality of teaching at UNSW is very high, and access to cutting-edge research happening right on campus keeps the study interesting.

Luke Godden, Master of Engineering Science

As the demand for energy increases globally, the need for new sources of energy becomes more important. Sustainable forms of energy are of priority in the modern world. Geothermal energy uses the heat stored in the Earth to produce sustainable energy.

More than 90 countries in the world have proven Geothermal energy reserves including Australia and New Zealand, both of which have enormous reserves. Recently, there has been significant investment in this resource globally. The exploitation of these resources has a large overlap with Petroleum Engineering methods including reservoir characterization and drilling methods. However, there is a need for extra research for the familiarity of students with these resources at an advanced level.

The Master of Engineering Science program promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four-year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.  This program takes two years to complete comprising sixteen courses: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives. Students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program. It is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.

Entry requirements

  • Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 70% averageOR
  • a Graduate Diploma of Engineering with at least a credit average in a relevant discipline OR
  • an equivalent qualification from UNSW or another recognised university or tertiary institution.

Sample Program Outlines*

Students must take the following four courses

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2018 Introduction to Petrophysics
PTRL5019 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A
PTRL5013 Petroleum Geology
PTRL5014 Petroleum Geophysics

Students must take the following four courses

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5009 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations
PTRL5010 Natural Gas Engineering Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A
PTRL5100 Geomechanics A Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A
PTRL5119 Geothermal Engineering Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A

Students must take the following three courses

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5005 Design Project for Petroleum Engineers
PTRL7011 Petroleum Engineering Project A
PTRL7012 Petroleum Engineering Project B

Students must choose one of the following courses

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5003 Well Pressure Testing
PTRL5004 Numerical Reservoir Simulation
PTRL5006 Field Development Geology for Petroleum Engineers
PTRL5007 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering B
PTRL5011 Petroleum Production Engineering
PTRL5012 Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery
PTRL5016 Well Completions and Stimulation
PTRL5021 Reservoir Characterisation
PTRL5022 Drilling Systems Design and Optimisation
PTRL5024 Drilling Fluids and Cementing Techniques
PTRL5101 Petroleum Geomechanics B
PTRL5102 Digital Core Analysis
PTRL5107 Formation Evaluation
CHEN6706 Advanced Transport Phenomena
GEOS6733 Environmental Geophysics
GEOS9011 Environmental Impact Assessment
MINE8910 Mine Water and Waste Management
GEOS6734 3D Geological Modelling (Groundwater, Mining, Oil, Gas)
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design
SOLA5052 Biomass
SOLA5053 Wind Energy Converters
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency
SOLA9001 Photovoltaics

Students take the following three courses, up to 3 ADKE or, with approval from the Stream Authority, other courses from other specialisations.

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC8330 Process Engineering in the Petroleum Industry
CEIC8331 Process Engineering: Natural Gas and Light Hydrocarbons to Petrochemicals
MATH5305 Computational Mathematics

Choose one from

Course code Course name Notes
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* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 70% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 75% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.