Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) (BE(Hons)(Petrol))

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This program integrates core petroleum engineering with geosciences and management and builds a strong foundation of mathematics, physics, geology, geophysics, computer applications and engineering principles. Over the course of the program, the subjects studied change from more general engineering topics to very specific petroleum-related topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. In the first year, students study a range of engineering, mathematics and physics courses that are common to many branches of engineering. Students are also introduced to the petroleum industry and to the key geological, physical and chemical principles that govern recovery from petroleum reservoirs. In the second and third year these areas of study are developed with the addition of a broader range of petroleum engineering and geosciences topics. In fourth year, students expand their technical knowledge and develop business skills such as economic evaluation and project management as well as undertake a final year project.

Students are also required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience during their study. Graduates of the program qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4 years.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum)

There shall be a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Sports), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 96 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 96 units
  2. A total of 12 weeks practical experience approved by the Faculty and of which a minimum 6 weeks should be under the supervision of a professional engineer
  3. Unless exempted, international students are required to take ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL in lieu of either a core or elective course as advised by the Faculty
  4. Students who have not undertaken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) will be required to enrol in Mathematics IM, followed by Mathematics IA with Mathematics IB taken in Summer Semester to complete the Mathematics requirements at Level I. The satisfactory completion of Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum)

To satisfy the requirements for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) students must complete courses to the value of 96 units.


All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics 3
CHEM ENG 1007 Introduction to Process Engineering 3
COMP SCI 1201 Introduction to Programming for Engineers 3
MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA 3
MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB 3
MATHS 2104 Numerical Methods II 3
MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA 3
MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics 3
MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I 3
PETROENG 1005 Introduction to Petroleum Geosciences & the Oil Industry 3
PETROENG 1006 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering 3
PETROENG 2001 Reservoir Thermodynamics & Fluid Properties 3
PETROENG 2005 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy for Petrol Engineers 3
PETROENG 2009 Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics & Rock Properties 3
PETROENG 2010 Drilling Engineering 3
PETROENG 3001 Reservoir Simulation 3
PETROENG 3005 Reservoir Characterisation & Modelling 3
PETROENG 3007 Well Testing & Pressure Transient Analysis 3
PETROENG 3019 Structural Geology & Seismic Methods 3
PETROENG 3020 Production Engineering 3
PETROENG 3023 Well Completion & Stimulation 3
PETROENG 3025 Reservoir Engineering 3
PETROENG 3026 Formation Damage & Productivity Enhancement 3
PETROENG 4004A Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 1 0
PETROENG 4004B Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 2 6
PETROENG 4022 Integrated Field Development & Economics Project 3
PETROENG 4027 Decision Making & Risk Analysis 3
PETROENG 4033 Integrated Reservoir & Project Management 3
PETROENG 4034 Petroleum Business & Project Economics 3
PETROENG 4035 Reservoirs, Resources & Reserves 3
PETROENG 4037 Unconventional Resources & Recovery 3
PHYSICS 1100 Physics IA 3