Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering (GDipPetrolE)

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These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering will provide graduates with a foundation in Petroleum Engineering and open up opportunities for entering into the exploration and production (upstream) part of the petroleum industry. It is also aimed at petrotechnical 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.

The program is suitable for students with no prior experience in petroleum engineering. In this program, students undertake a variety of core courses, designed to provide knowledge of the techniques and theory of petroleum engineering. The program provides advanced standing to further learning in the Master of Petroleum Engineering.

The Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Petroleum Engineering in a wide range of topics.
2. Formulate and solve petroleum engineering problems using a wide range of techniques, tools and analysis.
3. Solve complex problems using advanced petroleum engineering methods.
4. Obtain specialized technical and creative skills in the field of petroleum engineering.
5. Work in teams and interact with colleagues in an ethical, professional and safe manner.
6. Demonstrate advanced skills in communicating petroleum engineering knowledge orally and in writing.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Faculty 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.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 24 units
Core courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core courses students must complete courses to the value of 24 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
CHEM ENG 7035 Water and Waste Water Treatment PG 3
CHEM ENG 7055 Material Science & Engineering 3
PETROENG 7035 Reservoir Simulation 3
PETROENG 7042 Drilling Engineering and Well Completion 3
PETROENG 7050 Production and Facilities Engineering 3
PETROENG 7059 Reservoir Engineering VII 3
PETROENG 7060 Petrophysics 3
PROJMGNT 5021 Project Management Fundamentals 3