Petroleum Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679)
Program code: 
PTRLBS8338
Program type: 
Master
Duration: 
2 years
Intake term 1: 
Yes
Intake term 2: 
Yes
Intake term 3: 
Yes
Luke Godden, Master of Engineering Science (Telecommunications)

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

The UNSW Master of Engineering Science in Petroleum Engineering is a two-year full-time or flexible part-time degree that teaches the core principles and technologies associated with petroleum exploration and the production of oil and gas. Students learn how petroleum engineers explore, design, develop and produce the oil and gas resources that underpin the energy industries.

This degree caters for graduates that have obtained an undergraduate degree in engineering and want to forge a career in the oil and gas industry. You’ll obtain a deeper knowledge of the discipline and particular skills required by industry for the extraction of oil and gas resources. In addition, you’ll also gain an understanding of the socio-political context of the petroleum industry.

The Petroleum Engineering specialisation provides advanced study in a range of courses (reservoir engineering, petroleum geoscience and geophysics, drilling engineering, etc.) to fully prepare an engineer from a non-petroleum background to work in a specialised field.

“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 alumni

UNSW has the largest and longest-standing engineering faculty in Australia. We offer more engineering disciplines than any other university, allowing students to develop career paths in multiple industries. Our academics are experts in their fields – working alongside our industry partners and government organisations to help solve the most complex problems facing the sector.

The UNSW Master of Engineering Science promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program. It’s 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.

Required Background

Students need a three or four year equivalent Engineering degree with a minimum 65% average in a cognate discipline

Sample Program Outlines*

Year 1

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
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.
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
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.
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.

Year 2

Term 1

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 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
PTRL5019 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A -
Elective Elective Please view the Handbook for elective requirements for this course.
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.
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.

Term 2

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

Term 3

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

* 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 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.