Petroleum Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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2 years
February and September
Luke Godden, Master of Engineering Science (Telecommunications)

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Luke Godden, Master of Engineering Science

Petroleum engineers explore, design, develop and produce the oil and gas resources that underpin the energy and materials industries. Engineers who wish to forge a career in the industry need a deeper knowledge of the discipline and particular skills, as well as an understanding of the sociopolitical context of the industry. The Petroleum Engineering specialisation provides advanced study in a range of courses to fully prepare an engineer from a non-petroleum background to become competent working in a role that requires the direct application of petroleum engineering knowledge, and enables students already with a background in this discipline to extend and broaden their knowledge.


This popular program caters to those already working in the industry who want to deepen their knowledge and improve their technical understanding of Petroleum Engineering.


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 (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.


The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives.


Required Background

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

Sample Program Outlines*


Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5019 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A

Choose 4 from

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2018 Introduction to Petrophysics
PTRL5013 Petroleum Geology
PTRL5014 Petroleum Geophysics
PTRL5015 Overview of the Petroleum Industry Students with a non-Engineering background are recommended to undertake PTRL5015 Overview of the Petroleum Industry.

Choose 5 from

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
PTRL5009 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations
PTRL5010 Natural Gas Engineering
PTRL5011 Petroleum Production Engineering
PTRL5012 Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery
PTRL5016 Well Completions and Stimulation
PTRL5021 Reservoir Characterisation
PTRL5022 Drilling Systems Design & Optimisation
PTRL5024 Drilling Fluids and Cementing Techniques
PTRL5100 Geomechanics A
PTRL5101 Petroleum Geomechanics B
PTRL5102 Digital Core Analysis
PTRL5107 Formation Evaluation
PTRL5119 Geothermal Engineering new course


Course code Course name Notes
PTRL5008 Petroleum Production Economics

Choose 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective


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

Choose 2 from

Course code Course name Notes
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
CEIC8330 Process Engineering in the Petroleum Industry
CEIC8331 Process Engineering: Natural Gas and Light Hydrocarbons to Petrochemicals
MATH5305 Computational Mathematics
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course and if approved by the program authority

* 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.