Master of Petroleum Engineering (MPetrolE)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

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


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 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1.5 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Extend their knowledge and understanding of another engineering discipline to that of Petroleum Engineering including the topics of Drilling Engineering, Reservoir Engineering and Production Engineering.
  2. Have the ability to formulate and solve petroleum engineering problems using modern techniques, tools and experimental procedures.
  3. Develop academic literacy and research skills and the ability to solve complex problems using advanced petroleum engineering methods.
  4. Have the ability to plan and execute a substantial capstone project that integrates the course content.
  5. Have the ability to work in teams and interact with colleagues in an ethical, professional and safe manner.
  6. Highly developed skills in communicating petroleum engineering knowledge orally and in writing.


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.

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 Master of Petroleum Engineering

There shall be a Master of Petroleum Engineering.

Qualification Requirements

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

Core Courses