Petroleum Engineering (Open Learning)

Master of Engineering Science
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Tim Broadbent, Postgraduate Coursework student

Like with any degree, you only get out what you put in, and with Masters there is an even greater emphasis on independent work and learning which has its own rewards.

Tim Broadbent, 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.


Petroleum Open Learning Program

Our Petroleum Open Learning Program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to meet the demands of working in the oil and gas industries. Professionals often work in remote locations and can't attend usual university programs. So online learning students are now working all over the world. This includes Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Oman, Yemen, South Africa, The Netherlands, Spain, England, Scotland, Canada and the USA. The UNSW School of Petroleum Engineering has worked with the industry to structure the following programs so they can be delivered online:

■ Master of Engineering Science

■ Graduate Diploma of Engineering Science

■ Graduate Certificate of Engineering Science 


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
PTRL5013 Petroleum Geology
PTRL5014 Petroleum Geophysics
PTRL6001 Reservoir Engineering 1

Choose 2 from

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL6006 Field Development Geology
PTRL6007 Reservoir Engineering 2
PTRL6021 Reservoir Characterisation
PTRL6107 Formation Evaluation

Choose 6-7 from

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL6003 Well Pressure Testing
PTRL6004 Numerical Reservoir Simulation
PTRL6009 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations
PTRL6012 Drilling Mud
PTRL6016 Well Completions and Stimulation
PTRL6025 Blow Out Control and Prevention
PTRL6027 Casing Design & Cementing
PTRL6028 Practical Well Planning
PTRL6029 Directional H & M Drilling
PTRL6031 Deep Water Well Engineering
PTRL6032 Coal Seam Gas Engineering


Course code Course name Notes
PTRL6008 Petroleum Production Economics

Choose 1 course from

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course


Course code Course name Notes
GSOE9011 Engineering PGCW Research Skills
PTRL7011 Research Project A
PTRL7012 Research Project B

* 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.