Master of  Petroleum Engineering

Program code: 5662
CRICOS code: 092455G


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


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.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Petroleum Engineering are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,768
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Petroleum Engineering for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

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International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Petroleum Engineering can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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:

  • May 30 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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