Oil and gas companies are facing technological and commercial challenges and need skilled engineers to shape their future operations. If you're looking for a dynamic career in hydrocarbon exploration and production – a degree in petroleum engineering is for you.

  • The Master of Petroleum Engineering is designed for applicants with an honours degree in engineering or an approved discipline (e.g. geology, physics, chemistry, or mathematics). For more information about admission requirements, see Program Details.
  • Complete eight flexible courses and undertake extensive project work. Courses cover the technical knowledge and skills you'll need as a petroleum engineer and project work is designed to let you apply your knowledge to real industry problems.
  • Benefit from a program taught by two leading research centres. Both the School of Chemical Engineering and the Centre for Coal Seam Gas have international reputations in the field, with strong links to industry worldwide.
  • Learn from industry partners, practitioners and researchers. All courses are designed to provide you with a wealth of knowledge from an international perspective. Guest lectures by industry experts also provide valuable networking opportunities.

The Master of Petroleum Engineering is tailored to the requirements of the upstream petroleum sector and will prepare you for a diversity of roles in the oil and gas industries.

  • Alumni
    “The best thing was being able to learn skills that were directly transferable to the workplace. The curriculum provided me with the knowledge to move straight into a role with one of Australia’s largest oil and gas companies.” Tye Gerrard, Master of Petroleum Engineering
    Petroleum Engineer, Woodside Energy, Western Australia
  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The Faculty of Engineering was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. Our engineering academics also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means our research is internationally significant.

  • Employability

    Industry links

    From 2017, up to 25 students are eligible to undertake internationally recognised and certified well-control courses at no extra cost (e.g. IWCF and IADC well control levels 2 to 4). This is thanks to a unique collaboration with the leading industry training provider Fendley Skills Development.

  • In the classroom

    Flexible study options

    Don't worry, we know you're busy – that's why courses in the Master of Petroleum Engineering are taught in intensive mode. In this arrangement, lectures are delivered in intensive one-week blocks, with self-directed learning and tutorials to follow. 

  • Beyond the classroom

    Get to know the field

    In your final year, you'll undertake a field development project, where you'll design a plan to develop an unconventional gas resource. The project is a world-first for a university petroleum engineering program.

  • Why study

    Scholarships available

    The Centre for Coal Seam Gas is offering two scholarships for domestic students to study the Master of Petroleum Engineering commencing in Semester 1, 2017.

    Apply for a scholarship

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Petroleum Engineering are technically well prepared for many aspects of the oil and gas industries.

Graduates work anywhere from offices in large cities, to offshore oil rigs. You may find yourself working for some of the world’s largest companies looking to design and develop new methods for extracting oil and gas.

Depending on their expertise, graduates may work in roles such as:

  • Management positions
  • Engineering services
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Geology and exploration.



Entry requirements


Degree equivalent to a four-year Australian bachelor honours degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. Relevant industrial experience may be considered. Relevant fields include but are not limited to Chemical engineering, Civil engineering, Mining engineering, Petroleum engineering, Geology, Earth sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry. View additional entry requirements for applicants with overseas qualifications.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Petroleum Engineering are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Petroleum Engineering. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

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