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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Petroleum Engineering

A competitive edge in one of engineering’s highest paid fields

Petroleum engineers help sustain society’s way of life. They provide oil and gas in efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible ways.

Our Master of Petroleum Engineering is designed for graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent science and mathematics degrees. It’s also open to petro-technical professionals seeking to advance their technical careers with formal qualifications.

Our petroleum engineering degrees are developed and taught by industry-trained academics through the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources. This is Australia and Southeast Asia's academic centre for petroleum research and education, and the only school of its kind in Australia.

What will you do?

Learn all about well testing and drilling engineering.
Explore unconventional resources and recovery.
Access our Tempest reservoir simulator.
Gain field experience at an Australian sedimentary basin.
Take integrated courses in business, economics and project management.
Complete a 6-unit research project thesis.
 Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to enter the upstream sector of the petroleum industry. You could drill exploratory wells for oil, gas and energy companies. You might search for underground or underwater oil fields with a government agency. Perhaps you’ll move into a supervising or managerial role.

Note: Mid-year entry into this program is open to domestic students only and is subject to availability. This entry point is best suited to applicants wishing to study part-time while continuing to work in the industry. Applicants seeking mid-year entry into this program should be aware that their program will only be available part-time and therefore cannot be completed in 1.5 years.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Petroleum engineers are employed in a diverse range of occupations in oil and gas companies, government agencies and companies that service the oil and gas industry. Graduates of this degree could become drilling engineers, reservoir engineers or production engineers. They may also find successful careers as managers, in sales or technical support as oil and gas business analysts or environmentalists. Graduates of this program often find themselves working in a team on multi-million dollar projects, designing or using state-of-the-art technology.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Potential careers
Mining Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Seismologist

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or equivalent in a discipline other than petroleum engineering. Individuals who have a relevant Bachelor degree (Honours) with a strong science and mathematics component (such as geology, geophysics, geosciences, physics and applied mathematics or similar) may gain entry into this program. Individuals who have a Bachelor degree with suitable upstream oil and gas experience may have their prior academic and professional experience assessed to be equivalent to an honours level qualification and in such cases may also gain entry into this program.