Petroleum engineering is an investigative application of maths and science in conjunction with geology. Petroleum engineers typically set out in search of oil and gas using environmental factors. They then oversee the various processes involved in an efficient, safe and environmentally responsible way as they satisfy the world’s incessant energy needs in a long term, sustainable manner. 

This means that an interest in mathematics, science and geology is advantageous to anyone wishing to study petroleum engineering. Furthermore, it also involves being an avid planner, ensuring that end-to-end details are met alongside considering relevant factors such as environmental sustainability and economic feasibility throughout the planning and implementation process.

Five reasons to study petroleum engineering 

  1. Graduates from petroleum engineering are among the highest paid of any engineering field
  2. The degree equips you with a transferable set of skills and offers a practical career path
  3. There are lots of opportunities to travel the world in this profession
  4. Enjoy problem-solving? Then this degree is for you!
  5. Make use of your aptitude for computing and design

Still can’t decide?

UNSW Engineering now offers a flexible first year for most Bachelor of Engineering degrees. The program is designed for students who wish to study engineering but choose to delay their choice of which branch of engineering to study until the end of Year 1, at which time they must transfer into one of our engineering programs.