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. All Engineering students will complete a common first year before branching out into their disciplines. 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.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) is an AQF Level 08 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4 years. This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates of the program qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.


Condition of enrolment
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 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) (Petroleum), 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 8 weeks of approved engineering work placement is required. Students will need to enrol into the ENG 3100 Engineering Internship UG (0 units) course to complete this requirement.  
  3. Unless exempted, international students are required to take ENG 1011 Introduction to Engineering EAL in lieu of ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering.
  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)
Core courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core courses students must complete courses to the value of 96 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
CEME 1004 Engineering Mechanics - Statics 3
ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering 3
ENG 1003 Programming (Matlab and Excel) 3
ENG 3004 Systems Engineering and Industry Practice 3
ENG 3005 Research Methods and Project Management 3
ENG 4001A Research Project Part A 3
ENG 4001B Research Project Part B 3
MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA 3
MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB 3
MATHS 2106 Differential Equations for Engineers II 3
MATHS 2107 Statistics & Numerical Methods II 3
MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I 3
PETROENG 1005 Introduction to Subsurface Geoscience & GeoEnergy 3
PETROENG 1006 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering 3
PETROENG 2001 Reservoir Thermodynamics & Fluid Properties 3
PETROENG 2005 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy for Subsurface Engineers 3
PETROENG 2009 Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics & Rock Properties 3
PETROENG 2010 Drilling Engineering 3
PETROENG 2019 Structural Geology & Seismic Methods 3
PETROENG 3001 Reservoir Simulation 3
PETROENG 3005 Reservoir Characterisation & Modelling 3
PETROENG 3020 Production Engineering 3
PETROENG 3023 Well Completion and Stimulation 3
PETROENG 3025 Reservoir Engineering 3
PETROENG 3026 Formation Damage & Productivity Enhancement 3
PETROENG 4012 Well Testing & Pressure Transient Analysis 3
PETROENG 4022 Integrated Field Development and Economics Project 3
PETROENG 4027 Decision Making and Risk Analysis 3
PETROENG 4034 Petroleum Business and Project Economics 3
PETROENG 4037 Unconventional Resources and Recovery 3
PETROENG 4064 Data analytics in oil and gas industry 3


Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Level I Engineering Elective

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
CEME 1002 Introduction to Infrastructure 3
CHEM ENG 1009 Materials I 3
ELEC ENG 1102 Digital Electronics 3
MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics 3


Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB 3
CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB 3