Geothermal Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Program code: 
PTRLIS8338
Program type: 
Master
Duration: 
2 years
Intake term 1: 
Yes
Intake term 2: 
Yes
Intake term 3: 
Yes

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 is one of the sustainable forms energy where the heat energy generated and stored in Earth are applied. More than 90 countries in the world have proven Geothermal energy resources. Recently, there has been significant investment in this resource globally. Australia and New Zealand also have enormous Geothermal resources. 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.

Further, today's leaders in energy disciplines need to be able to move from the existing body of knowledge in the profession to develop new and innovative solutions to problems covering the technical aspects of earth exploration and development, to project economics, and to the environmental and social context of the industry. Therefore, the stream includes a range of courses with a research or enquiry-based learning component. These enquiry-based components involve students solving an open-ended problem through the integration of taught material with their own investigation into the problem and developing their own solutions.

 

Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 65% average in any engineering discipline.

Sample Program Outlines*

Year 1

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5010 Natural Gas Engineering -
PTRL5009 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations Introduction to physical processes involved in drilling oil and gas wells. Rotary drilling rigs for both land and offshore operation.
CHEN6706 Advanced Transport Phenomena nan

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5014 Petroleum Geophysics In this course, you will engage in activities that align with what would be expected of petroleum geophysicist in industry.
PTRL5006 Field Development Geology The course focuses on the impact of the sedimentary environment, burial history and associated diagenesis on source rock potential, maturation and migration.
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5005 Design Project for Petroleum Engineers -
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.
PTRL5119 Geothermal Engineering -

Year 2

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL9451 Masters Project A Research Thesis 1/3
PTRL5019 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A -
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL9452 Masters Project B Research Thesis 2/3
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL9453 Masters Project C Research Thesis 3/3
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

Year 1

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5006 Field Development Geology The course focuses on the impact of the sedimentary environment, burial history and associated diagenesis on source rock potential, maturation and migration.
PTRL5014 Petroleum Geophysics In this course, you will engage in activities that align with what would be expected of petroleum geophysicist in industry.
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5119 Geothermal Engineering -
PTRL5019 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A -
PTRL5005 Design Project for Petroleum Engineers -

Year 2

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.
CHEN6706 Advanced Transport Phenomena nan
PTRL5010 Natural Gas Engineering -

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL9451 Masters Project A Research Thesis 1/3
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL9452 Masters Project B Research Thesis 2/3
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

Year 3

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL9453 Masters Project C Research Thesis 3/3
PTRL5009 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations Introduction to physical processes involved in drilling oil and gas wells. Rotary drilling rigs for both land and offshore operation.
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

 

Course code Course name Notes
     

† Minimum 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.