Petroleum Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425650
GE
92
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
Sem 2 entry: 
Yes
Vinh Truong

I have been given many opportunities to connect and learn from employers at several industrial networking events, including a field trip to Perth and at the annual Petroleum Dinner.

Vinh Truong

What's it all about?

■  Become an expert at solving problems and designing technologies that work kilometres underground. Petroleum engineers apply knowledge of chemistry, physics, geology and economics to the discovery, development and production of energy and material resources below the Earth's surface. They're also involved in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

What does it include?

■  Students are taught how to apply practical science to the challenges and problems associated with oil and gas exploration, drilling and production. Major studies include petroleum geology and geophysics, reservoir characterisation, drilling and completion, and oil and gas production. You'll also engage with the socio-political context of the industry. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60 days of approved industry training.

Where will you work?

■  The switch to natural gas, the big investments in liquefied natural gas and the advent of unconventional oil and gas resources mean there is a solid future ahead. You could work in traditional resources or unconventional resources like coal seam gas production, geothermal energy production or carbon dioxide storage. There's also options in financing, banking and legal.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Sample Program Outlines*

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
Read more Year 1 Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Engineering Electives
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry CHEM1011 or CHEM1031 are acceptable alternatives for MATS1101.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
PTRL1001 Intro. to Petroleum Engineering and Geology

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics
PTRL2010 Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry
Read more General Education You can not select a General Education course from within your own faculty

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2019 Engineering Math 2E
PTRL2019 Reservoir Engineering A
PTRL2030 Field Dev. Geology
PTRL2020 Petrophysics Students who took GEOS3321 in year 1 can instead select from the list of approved Discipline Electives.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3001 Reservoir Engineering B
PTRL3030 Resevoir Charac & Geophys.
PTRL3015 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations
Read more Professional Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Professional Electives.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL 3040 Numerical Resevoir Simulation 1
PTRL3022 Design for Petroleum Engineers
PTRL3050 Well Pressure Testing
PTRL3025 Petroleum Economics

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4010 Thesis A Students that meet the eligibility criteria may instead enrol in the research thesis PTRL4040.
PTRL4012 Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery
PTRL4020 Natural Gas Engineering
Read more Professional Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Professional Electives.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4011 Thesis B Students that meet the eligibility criteria may instead enrol in the research thesis PTRL4041.
PTRL4017 Well Technology
PTRL4021 Petroleum Production Engineering
Read more General Education You can not select a General Education course from within your own faculty

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
Read more Year 1 Elective
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry CHEM1011 or CHEM1031 are acceptable alternatives for MATS1101.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
PTRL1001 Intro. to Petroleum Engineering and Geology

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics
PTRL2010 Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry
Read more Engineering Elective
Read more Engineering Elective For dual degrees, electives can be chosen from the Engineering Electives list or the Discipline Electives list.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3025 Petroleum Economics
PTRL3022 Design for Petroleum Engineers
PTRL3040 Numerical Resevoir Simulation 1
PTRL2019 Reservoir Engineering A

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3001 Reservoir Engineering B
PTRL3030 Resevoir Charac & Geophys.
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
Read more Commerce Course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3050 Well Pressure Testing
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
Read more Commerce Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4010 Thesis A Students that meet the eligibility criteria may instead enrol in the research thesis PTRL4040.
PTRL4012 Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery
PTRL4020 Natural Gas Engineering
PTRL3015 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4011 Thesis B Students that meet the eligibility criteria may instead enrol in the research thesis PTRL4041.
PTRL4017 Well Technology
PTRL4021 Petroleum Production Engineering
PTRL2030 Field Dev. Geology For dual degrees, electives can be chosen from the Engineering Electives list or the Discipline Electives list.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
Read more Year 1 Elective
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry CHEM1011 or CHEM1031 are acceptable alternatives for MATS1101.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
PTRL1001 Intro. to Petroleum Engineering and Geology

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics
PTRL2010 Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry
Read more Engineering Elective
Read more Science Course Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2019 Engineering Math 2E
PTRL2019 Reservoir Engineering A
PTRL2030 Field Dev. Geology
PTRL2020 Petrophysics

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3001 Reservoir Engineering B
PTRL3030 Resevoir Charac & Geophys.
PTRL3015 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations
Read more Science Course Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3040 Numerical Resevoir Simulation 1
PTRL3022 Design for Petroleum Engineers
PTRL3050 Well Pressure Testing
PTRL3025 Petroleum Economics

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Science Course Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses
Read more Science Course
Read more Science Course
Read more Science Course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Science Course
Read more Science Course
Read more Science Course
Read more Science Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4010 Thesis A Students that meet the eligibility criteria may instead enrol in the research thesis PTRL4040.
PTRL4012 Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery
PTRL4020 Natural Gas Engineering
Read more Science Course Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4011 Thesis B Students that meet the eligibility criteria may instead enrol in the research thesis PTRL4041.
PTRL4017 Well Technology
PTRL4021 Petroleum Production Engineering
Read more Science Course Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

* To find more information about the courses and to view the course outlines, see the programs page on the School of Petroleum Engineering website. 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.