Master of Petroleum Engineering (MPetrolE)

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The Master of Petroleum Engineering is designed for graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering (e.g. chemical, civil, mechanical). The program is suited to students who wish to gain a petroleum engineering qualification and enter the exploration and production (upstream) part of the petroleum industry. It is also aimed at petro-technical professionals already working in the upstream petroleum industry who wish to advance their technical careers in petroleum engineering. Individuals who have a relevant degree with a strong mathematics component (such as geophysics, physics, applied mathematics), or who have significant upstream petroleum industry experience may also be eligible for, and benefit from, this program. Applicants with adequate upstream oil and gas experience may be considered for mid-year entry.
The Master of Petroleum Engineering is an AQF Level 9 Masters Extension qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1.5 years.


Condition of Enrolment

1.     Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Master of Petroleum Engineering

There shall be a Master of Petroleum Engineering.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Petroleum Engineering, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 36 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 30 units
  2. Research equivalent courses to the value of 6 units in the form of a research project
Master of Petroleum Engineering

To satisfy the requirements for Master of Petroleum Engineering students must complete courses to the value of 36 units.

Petroleum Engineering Core

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PETROENG 7035 Reservoir Simulation 3
PETROENG 7038 Well Testing and Pressure Transient Analysis 3
PETROENG 7042 Drilling Engineering and Well Completion 3
PETROENG 7050 Production and Facilities Engineering 3
PETROENG 7051 Formation Damage and Productivity Enhancement 3
PETROENG 7058 Petroleum Geology and Geophysics 3
PETROENG 7059 Reservoir Engineering VII 3
PETROENG 7060 Petrophysics 3
PETROENG 7062 Unconventional Resources & Recovery 3
PETROENG 7063 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering 3

Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PETROENG 7070 Integrated Field Development Planning and Economics Project 6
PETROENG 7071 Research Project 6