Study Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering (Honours)

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1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679)
UAC Code: 
425650
93.00
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 code Course name Notes
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students 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.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students 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.
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.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers Pre-requisite: COMP1917 or COMP1921 or COMP1511 or COMP1521, or (COMP1911 and MTRN2500).

 

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students 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.
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The 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.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more L1 Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
Read more L1 Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2019 Reservoir Engineering A PTRL2019 and PTRL2018 are co-requisites.
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics Requires PHYS1121 or PHY1131 as a prerequisite.
Read more General Education General Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2020 Petrophysics The course will teach the fundamentals of well logging and log interpretation.
PTRL2114 Petroleum Geophysics This course will engage you in activities that align with what would be expected of petroleum geophysicist in industry.
PTRL3001 Reservoir Engineering B Recovery factors, mobilisation, displacement and sweep efficiencies. Fractional flow anaylsis and displacement efficiency.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2010 Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry  
MATH2018 Engineering Mathematics 2D Prerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3025 Petroleum Economics Cash flow analysis in the petroleum industry.
PTRL3015 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations The course comprises of 3 units of Lecture and Tutorial and 3 units of Laboratory work.

 

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2030 Field Development Geology The course focuses on the key geoscience concepts that underpin oil and gas field development and reservoir management.
PTRL3030 Reservoir Characterisation The course will introduce the student to the background knowledge in reservoir characterisation
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3050 Well Pressure Testing This course will cover the analytical and numerical methods to interpret well pressure tests. Pre-requisite: PTRL2019
PTRL3040 Numerical Reservoir Simulation Students will learn how to solve reservoir engineering problems through the professional use of numerical reservoir simulation.
PTRL3022 Design for Petroleum Engineers This course covers front-end engineering design of new production facilities for a potentially viable oil/gas field.

 

Year 4

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4012 Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Students gain hand-on experience of the complete evaluation of an actual field offshore Australia.
PTRL4020 Natural Gas Engineering Prerequisite:PTRL3001.
MINE4951 Thesis A  

 

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4017 Well Technology Prerequisite:PTRL3015.
PTRL4021 Petroleum Production Engineering Prerequisite:PTRL3001.
PTRL4952 Thesis B  

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4953 Thesis C  
Read more General Education General Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Year 1

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH1131 Mathematics 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth.
MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This is the second physics course. You need to have scored a mark of at least 65 in PHYS1121 to do the higher course PHYS1232
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry nan

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Introduction to 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.
MATH1231 Mathematics 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241
MATH1241 Higher Mathematics 1B Students 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
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

Year 2

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2019 Reservoir Engineering A PTRL2019 and PTRL2018 are co-requisites
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics Requires PHYS1121 or PHYS1131 as a prerequisite
L1 Elective L1 Elective [['nan'], nan]

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2020 Petrophysics The course will teach the fundamentals of well logging and log interpretation
PTRL2030 Field Development Geology The course focuses on the key geoscience concepts that underpin oil and gas field development and reservoir management
PTRL2114 Petroleum Geophysics This course will engage you in activities that align with what would be expected of petroleum geophysicist in industry

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3022 Design Project for Petroleum Engineers This course covers front-end engineering design of new production facilities for a potentially viable oil/gas field
PTRL2010 Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry -
L1 Elective L1 Elective [['nan'], nan]

Year 3

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2018 Engineering Mathematics 2D -
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019
PTRL3015 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations The course comprises of 3 units of Lecture and Tutorial and 3 units of Laboratory work
PTRL3025 Petroleum Economics Cash flow analysis in the petroleum industry

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3001 Reservoir Engineering B Recovery factors, mobilisation, displacement and sweep efficiencies. Fractional flow anaylsis and displacement efficiency
PTRL4017 Well Technology Prerequisite:PTRL3015
PTRL3030 Reservoir Characterisation The course will introduce the student to the background knowledge in reservoir characterisation

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
General Education General Education A Gen Ed course is any course that is not offered by the Faculty of Engineering
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective [['T1', 'T2', 'T3'], nan]

Year 4

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4020 Natural Gas Engineering Prerequisite:PTRL3001
General Education General Education A Gen Ed course is any course that is not offered by the Faculty of Engineering

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4021 Petroleum Production Engineering Prerequisite:PTRL3001
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective [['T1', 'T2', 'T3'], nan]
PTRL4951 Research Thesis A Students must take 12 UOC of either PTRL4010 (6 UOC) and PTRL4011 (6 UOC), or PTRL4951 (4 UOC) and PTRL4952 (4 UOC) and PTRL4953 (4 UOC)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3050 Well Pressure Testing This course will cover the analytical and numerical methods to interpret well pressure tests. Pre-requisite: PTRL2019
PTRL3040 Numerical Reservoir Simulation Students will learn how to solve reservoir engineering problems through the professional use of numerical reservoir simulation
PTRL4952 Research Thesis B Students must take 12 UOC of either PTRL4010 (6 UOC) and PTRL4011 (6 UOC), or PTRL4951 (4 UOC) and PTRL4952 (4 UOC) and PTRL4953 (4 UOC)

Year 5

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4012 Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Students gain hand-on experience of the complete evaluation of an actual field offshore Australia
PTRL4953 Research Thesis C Students must take 12 UOC of either PTRL4010 (6 UOC) and PTRL4011 (6 UOC), or PTRL4951 (4 UOC) and PTRL4952 (4 UOC) and PTRL4953 (4 UOC)

Year 1

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students 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.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students 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.
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The 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.
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.

Year 2

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers Pre-requisite: COMP1917 or COMP1921 or COMP1511 or COMP1521, or (COMP1911 and MTRN2500).
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students 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 code Course name Notes
PTRL2020 Petrophysics The course will teach the fundamentals of well logging and log interpretation.
PTRL2114 Petroleum Geophysics This course will engage you in activities that align with what would be expected of petroleum geophysicist in industry.
PTRL2030 Field Development Geology The course focuses on the key geoscience concepts that underpin oil and gas field development and reservoir management.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL2010 Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry  
PTRL2019 Reservoir Engineering A PTRL2019 and PTRL2018 are co-requisites.
Read more L1 Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 3

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2018 Engineering Mathematics 2D Prerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics Requires PHYS1121 or PHY1131 as a prerequisite.
PTRL3025 Petroleum Economics Cash flow analysis in the petroleum industry.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more L1 Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
PTRL3040 Numerical Reservoir Simulation Students will learn how to solve reservoir engineering problems through the professional use of numerical reservoir simulation.

Year 4

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3015 Well Drilling Equipment and Operations The course comprises of 3 units of Lecture and Tutorial and 3 units of Laboratory work.
PTRL4012 Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Students gain hand-on experience of the complete evaluation of an actual field offshore Australia.
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3001 Reservoir Engineering B
Recovery factors, mobilisation, displacement and sweep efficiencies. Fractional flow anaylsis and displacement efficiency.
PTRL4017 Well Technology Prerequisite:PTRL3015.
Read more General Education General Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL3050 Well Pressure Testing This course will cover the analytical and numerical methods to interpret well pressure tests. Pre-requisite: PTRL2019
MINE4951 Thesis A  
PTRL3022 Design for Petroleum Engineers This course covers front-end engineering design of new production facilities for a potentially viable oil/gas field.

Year 5

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Elective Visit the handbook to view available electives.
PTRL4020 Natural Gas Engineering Prerequisite:PTRL3001.
PTRL4952 Thesis B  

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
PTRL4953 Thesis C  
PTRL4021 Petroleum Production Engineering Prerequisite:PTRL3001.
Read more General Education General 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 Minerals and Energy Resources 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