Study Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering (Honours)

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UAC Code: 
425650
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
Intake term 1: 
Yes
Intake term 2: 
Yes
Intake term 3: 
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, Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering alumni.

The Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering at UNSW is a four-year full-time or flexible part-time course. Our Petroleum Engineering degree looks at various processes used in the oil and gas industry in an efficient, safe and environmentally responsible way. With a focus on the environment, this degree shows students how we can satisfying the world’s incessant energy needs in a long-term, sustainable manner.

A Bachelor of Engineering degree in Petroleum will help you become an expert at solving engineering problems as you design technologies that work kilometres underground. As a petroleum engineer, you will be applying your knowledge of chemistry, physics, geology and economics to the discovery, development and production of energy and material resources below the Earth's surface. This knowledge can also be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and geothermal resources engineering.

You’ll learn how to apply practical science to the challenges and problems associated with oil and gas exploration, drilling and petroleum production. Major engineering topics include petroleum geology, geophysics, petroleum reservoir characterisation, reservoir and drilling engineering, and oil and gas production. To become work-ready, our students engage with the socio-political context of the industry and apply skills through 60 days of approved industry training.

"I have been given many opportunities to connect and learn from employers at several industrial networking events, including a field trip to Perth and the annual Petroleum Dinner." - Vinh Truong, Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering alumni.

The UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering is ranked as one of the top mining and resources engineering schools in the world, offering students the very best in research training. A degree from UNSW Engineering is highly regarded by employers and opens doors to local and global career opportunities.

Sample Program Outlines*

Year 1

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersPre-requisite: COMP1917 or COMP1921 or COMP1511 or COMP1521, or (COMP1911 and MTRN2500).

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
MATS1101Engineering Materials and ChemistryThe course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. Choose one of the following options: MATS1101 followed by CEIC1001. CHEM1011 followed by CHEM1021 or CHEM1041. CHEM1031 followed by CHEM1041 or CHEM1021.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL2019Reservoir Engineering APTRL2019 and PTRL2018 are co-requisites.
CEIC2001Fluid and Particle MechanicsRequires PHYS1121 or PHY1131 as a prerequisite.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL2020PetrophysicsThe course will teach the fundamentals of well logging and log interpretation.
PTRL2114Petroleum GeophysicsThis course will engage you in activities that align with what would be expected of petroleum geophysicist in industry.
PTRL3001Reservoir Engineering BRecovery factors, mobilisation, displacement and sweep efficiencies. Fractional flow anaylsis and displacement efficiency.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL2010Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry 
MATH2018Engineering Mathematics 2DPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL3025Petroleum EconomicsCash flow analysis in the petroleum industry.
PTRL3015Well Drilling Equipment and OperationsThe course comprises of 3 units of Lecture and Tutorial and 3 units of Laboratory work.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL2030Field Development GeologyThe course focuses on the key geoscience concepts that underpin oil and gas field development and reservoir management.
PTRL3030Reservoir Characterisation and GeophysicsThe course will introduce the student to the background knowledge in reservoir characterisation
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL3050Well Pressure TestingThis course will cover the analytical and numerical methods to interpret well pressure tests. Pre-requisite: PTRL2019
PTRL3040Numerical Reservoir SimulationStudents will learn how to solve reservoir engineering problems through the professional use of numerical reservoir simulation.
PTRL3022Design for Petroleum EngineersThis course covers front-end engineering design of new production facilities for a potentially viable oil/gas field.

 

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL4012Enhanced Oil and Gas RecoveryStudents gain hand-on experience of the complete evaluation of an actual field offshore Australia.
PTRL4020Natural Gas EngineeringPrerequisite:PTRL3001.
MINE4951Thesis A 

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL4017Well TechnologyPrerequisite:PTRL3015.
PTRL4021Petroleum Production EngineeringPrerequisite:PTRL3001.
PTRL4952Thesis B 

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL4953Thesis C 
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Year 1

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATS1101Engineering Materials and ChemistryThe course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. Choose one of the following options: MATS1101 followed by CEIC1001. CHEM1011 followed by CHEM1021 or CHEM1041. CHEM1031 followed by CHEM1041 or CHEM1021.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersPre-requisite: COMP1917 or COMP1921 or COMP1511 or COMP1521, or (COMP1911 and MTRN2500).
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL2020PetrophysicsThe course will teach the fundamentals of well logging and log interpretation.
PTRL2114Petroleum GeophysicsThis course will engage you in activities that align with what would be expected of petroleum geophysicist in industry.
PTRL2030Field Development GeologyThe course focuses on the key geoscience concepts that underpin oil and gas field development and reservoir management.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL2010Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry 
PTRL2019Reservoir Engineering APTRL2019 and PTRL2018 are co-requisites.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2018Engineering Mathematics 2DPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
CEIC2001Fluid and Particle MechanicsRequires PHYS1121 or PHY1131 as a prerequisite.
PTRL3025Petroleum EconomicsCash flow analysis in the petroleum industry.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreIndustrial Training or Exchange OpportunityGain international exposure and/or industry experience

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
PTRL3040Numerical Reservoir SimulationStudents will learn how to solve reservoir engineering problems through the professional use of numerical reservoir simulation.

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL3015Well Drilling Equipment and OperationsThe course comprises of 3 units of Lecture and Tutorial and 3 units of Laboratory work.
PTRL4012Enhanced Oil and Gas RecoveryStudents gain hand-on experience of the complete evaluation of an actual field offshore Australia.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL3001Reservoir Engineering B
Recovery factors, mobilisation, displacement and sweep efficiencies. Fractional flow anaylsis and displacement efficiency.
PTRL4017Well TechnologyPrerequisite:PTRL3015.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL3050Well Pressure TestingThis course will cover the analytical and numerical methods to interpret well pressure tests. Pre-requisite: PTRL2019
MINE4951Thesis A 
PTRL3022Design for Petroleum EngineersThis course covers front-end engineering design of new production facilities for a potentially viable oil/gas field.

Year 5

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
PTRL4020Natural Gas EngineeringPrerequisite:PTRL3001.
PTRL4952Thesis B 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PTRL4953Thesis C 
PTRL4021Petroleum Production EngineeringPrerequisite:PTRL3001.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

* 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.

Last updated 4/4/19