Master of Petroleum Engineering

The University Of Adelaide

Program Overview

A competitive edge in one of engineering’s highest paid fields

Petroleum engineers help sustain society’s way of life. They provide oil and gas in efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible ways.

Our Master of Petroleum Engineering is designed for graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent science and mathematics degrees. It’s also open to petro-technical professionals seeking to advance their technical careers with formal qualifications.

Our petroleum engineering degrees are developed and taught by industry-trained academics through the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources. This is Australia and Southeast Asia's academic centre for petroleum research and education, and the only school of its kind in Australia.

What will you do?

  • Learn all about well testing and drilling engineering.
  • Explore unconventional resources and recovery.
  • Access our Tempest reservoir simulator.
  • Gain field experience at an Australian sedimentary basin.
  • Take integrated courses in business, economics and project management.
  • Complete a 6-unit research project thesis.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to enter the upstream sector of the petroleum industry. You could drill exploratory wells for oil, gas and energy companies. You might search for underground or underwater oil fields with a government agency. Perhaps you’ll move into a supervising or managerial role.

Note: Mid-year entry into this program is open to domestic students only and is subject to availability. This entry point is best suited to applicants wishing to study part-time while continuing to work in the industry. Applicants seeking mid-year entry into this program should be aware that their program will only be available part-time and therefore cannot be completed in 1.5 years.



  Course Duration

18 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 46,000


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Core Courses

Students must complete all of the following:    

  • PETROENG 7035 Reservoir Simulation
  • PETROENG 7038 Well Testing and Pressure Transient Analysis
  • PETROENG 7042 Drilling Engineering and Well Completion
  • PETROENG 7050 Production and Facilities Engineering
  • PETROENG 7051 Formation Damage and Productivity Enhancement
  • PETROENG 7058 Petroleum Geology and Geophysics
  • PETROENG 7059 Reservoir Engineering VII
  • PETROENG 7060 Petrophysics
  • PETROENG 7062 Unconventional Resources & Recovery
  • PETROENG 7063 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

Australian Year 12    

Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject

English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide    

Overall 6.5    

Overall 79

Tertiary Qualifications    

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0 in a discipline other than petroleum engineering. Individuals who have a relevant Bachelor degree (Honours) with a strong science and mathematics component (such as geology, geophysics, geosciences, physics and applied mathematics or similar) may gain entry into this program. Individuals who have a Bachelor degree with suitable upstream oil and gas experience may have their prior academic and professional experience assessed to be equivalent to an honours level qualification and in such cases may also gain entry into this program.

Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)    

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Potential careers

Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Seismologist

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