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Master of  Petroleum Engineering

Program code: 5662

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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.

  • This 18-month program 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
  • In the classroom

    Hands on experience

    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. 

  • Employability

    Industry links

    Thanks to a unique collaboration with the leading industry training provider Fendley Skills Development, 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).

  • 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. 

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.


  • 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.

  • In the classroom

    Real industry skills

    You will undertake training in using petroleum industry-standard simulation and design tools such as CMG and Petrel, providing you with key skills that will easily transfer to real world roles.


Admissions criteria


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, Mechanical engineering, Mining engineering, Petroleum engineering, Geology, Earth sciences, Physics, Maths, Chemistry.

Learn more about the admissions process

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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Petroleum Engineering pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $40,000
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Petroleum Engineering at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Petroleum Engineering can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Petroleum Engineering is 5662. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

All taught courses will be available only in intensive mode and in non-standard teaching periods.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Petroleum Engineering is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - July 20 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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