Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering)

About Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering) 

The UNSW Master of Engineering Science in Petroleum Engineering is a two-year postgraduate degree in the School of Minerals and Energy Resource Engineering. You’ll gain the accreditation for a career in petroleum engineering, the oil and gas industry and other related sectors.  

You’ll explore a broad range of areas related to employment in petroleum engineering including: 

  • Project management 
  • Reservoir engineering 
  • Geophysics 
  • Drilling engineering 
  • Fluid mechanics 

If you come from a general engineering background and want to transition into a specialised role, the petroleum engineering specialisation will help you get there. The degree is also designed for anyone working in the industry and wanting to deepen their knowledge and experience.  

As part of an internationally renowned Engineering faculty, you’ll prepare yourself for the workplaces of the future in oil, gas and mining. You’ll learn to look for hands-on solutions, applying established engineering methods to complex industrial challenges.  

Why Study Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering) 

When you study with UNSW Engineering, you’ll join a community that champions diverse perspectives, hands-on learning and entrepreneurship. We’ve consistently ranked as the top engineering faculty in Australia and continue to rank in the top 50 engineering faculties globally, placing #37 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.  

Other benefits of studying with us include:  

  • UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resource Engineering has received a five-star rating for employability, teaching and research the last four years in the QS World University Rankings.  
  • Our researchers are working with industry and government to solve the complex challenges facing the sector in coming years.  
  • Our mission is to provide education and research to support future cleaner energy and sustainable supply of mineral resources.  
  • Our academics are experts in their fields who are internationally respected and recognised.     

Gain Practical Training & Accreditation    

The Master of Engineering degree is globally recognised and is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord. This degree includes a practical component where you’ll apply your knowledge in practical settings through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas. 

Your Career Opportunities    

As a Petroleum Engineer, you’ll learn the skills and knowledge to jump into a career in the future of the gas, petroleum, minerals and mining industries, which currently account for 53% of Australia’s export income.  

You’ll learn transferrable skills, like workplace communication and project management, setting you up for employment in: 

  • Mining engineering  
  • The oil and gas industry 
  • Reservoir engineering 
  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Fluid mechanics 
  • Professional, scientific and technical services. 

You’ll build connections with industry while you study through the School of Minerals and Energy Resource Engineering’s partnerships with leading players in the field, including:  

  • Anglo American 
  • Baker Hughes 
  • BHP 
  • Centennial Coal 
  • Chevron 
  • Exxon Mobil 
  • Glencore 
  • Mitsubishi Development Corporation 
  • Peabody Energy  
  • Rio Tinto  
  • Santos  
  • Saudi Aramco 
  • Shell 
  • Sino Pec 
  • South 32 
  • Woodside