Study Master of Engineering Science in Petroleum Engineering

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2 years
February and September
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.

Sample Program Outlines*


Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL5019Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering A

Choose 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL2018Introduction to Petrophysics
PTRL5013Petroleum Geology
PTRL5014Petroleum Geophysics
PTRL5015Overview of the Petroleum IndustryStudents with a non-Engineering background are recommended to undertake PTRL5015 Overview of the Petroleum Industry.

Choose 5 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL5003Well Pressure Testing
PTRL5004Numerical Reservoir Simulation
PTRL5006Field Development Geology for Petroleum Engineers
PTRL5007Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering B
PTRL5009Well Drilling Equipment and Operations
PTRL5010Natural Gas Engineering
PTRL5011Petroleum Production Engineering
PTRL5012Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery
PTRL5016Well Completions and Stimulation
PTRL5021Reservoir Characterisation
PTRL5022Drilling Systems Design & Optimisation
PTRL5024Drilling Fluids and Cementing Techniques
PTRL5100Geomechanics A
PTRL5101Petroleum Geomechanics B
PTRL5102Digital Core Analysis
PTRL5107Formation Evaluation
PTRL5119Geothermal Engineeringnew course


Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL5008Petroleum Production Economics

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective


Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL5005Design Project for Petroleum Engineers
PTRL7011Petroleum Engineering Project A
PTRL7012Petroleum Engineering Project B

Choose 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
CEIC8330Process Engineering in the Petroleum Industry
CEIC8331Process Engineering: Natural Gas and Light Hydrocarbons to Petrochemicals
MATH5305Computational 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.