Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering) (Open Learning)

About Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering) (Open Learning) at UNSW

UNSW Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering) (Open Learning) is designed to meet the training needs of engineering professionals working in the petroleum industry through a two-year postgraduate program. You’ll cover fundamental industry knowledge required for a career in petroleum engineering through training in:

  • Reservoir engineering
  • Reservoir characterisation, drilling and production engineering
  • Economic evaluation
  • Risk analysis
  • Business principles and management

The open learning component offers high-level training for those already working in the oil and gas industry who want a postgraduate qualification to advance their career opportunities and ensure their industry knowledge is up to the minute. Through the delivery of full-time or part-time online learning, distance education is possible for professionals where traditional face-to-face programs don’t meet the needs of their working hours and location.

Throughout the program, you’ll be part of a learning community where you can interact with your teachers and fellow students. You’ll be provided with all study guides and software required to ensure your distance study is both effective and stimulating. Courses are supported by state-of-the-art commercial software in:

  • Reservoir simulation
  • Well test analysis
  • Reservoir characterisation
  • Drilling and well design
  • Economics and risk analysis
  • Human resource management
  • Environmental management
  • Petrophysics

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake an extensive research project in a specific area of interest to you. Through this project you’ll learn valuable skills in project planning and management and the critical analysis, interpretation and communication of results.

For admission into this program, you’re required to demonstrate at least two years of work experience in the Upstream Petroleum Industry such as the exploration, reservoir engineering, drilling or production of oil or gas. Applicants must also have a recognised four-year Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline of engineering.

Why Study Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering) (Open Learning) at UNSW

When you study a Master of Engineering Science specialising in Petroleum Engineering at UNSW you’ll be taught by the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering. Ranked 4th in the world by the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, we’re a leading provider of education and research in mining engineering and recognised internationally as one of the top places to study.

We have close ties to industry with partners such as Shell, BHP and Rio Tinto. Working closely with industry, we develop innovative solutions and research outcomes for the sector and bring a real-world focus to our education and degrees. With state-of-the-art facilities, world-class researchers and some of the brightest engineering students from across the world, we’re a great place to study Petroleum Engineering.

Studying with us you'll have access to world-class facilities and opportunities in resource engineering, including:   

  • UNSW's floor-to-ceiling 360-degree virtual reality simulator, offering realistic underground mine scenarios for training in potential hazards, evacuation procedures and feasibility studies · UNSW technological innovations such as the Tyree X-Ray CT imaging facility and ViMINE mine planning tool
  • More postgraduate specialisations and engineering opportunities than any other Australian university. Allowing you to develop career paths in multiple industries
  • Close links and networking opportunities with key industrial, commercial and professional organisations

Your Career Opportunities

Petroleum engineers explore, design, develop and produce the oil and gas resources that underpin the energy and materials industries. Our Master of Engineering Science graduates who specialise in Petroleum Engineering open their opportunities to pursue roles that require the direct application of petroleum engineering knowledge.

While renewable energy sources are growing in popularity, the need for Petroleum Engineers continues, with BP - one of the industry’s largest companies - stating that the need to find and produce oil is still steady. Growth in energy consumption is predicted across the globe and with this comes the need for Petroleum Engineers to find and harness this widely used source of energy.

Our graduates have gained employment with some of the world’s and Australia’s largest companies in the industry, including:

  • AGL Energy
  • BHP
  • Shell
  • Saudi Aramco