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Field of Study

Petroleum Engineering

Master of Engineering Science (Management)

Taught by world-class industry experts, to equip you with highly specialised skills to solve future energy challenges.

According to the world’s leading energy forecasting entity, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the oil and gas demand will continue for many decades in order to support the energy needs of a growing world population. Significant petroleum engineering investment will still be needed for years to come.

The Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering) incorporates lectures and project work, with a wide range of engineering fundamentals, relevant to the modern petroleum industry. If you are already working, the program allows for flexible studies with eight technical courses, delivered in intensive lecture blocks of four to six days.

Lecturers include experts from UQ and experienced guest lecturers from the oil and gas industry, and you will meet potential employers from an early stage. Courses are hands-on in nature so that you are technically well prepared for and have a sound knowledge of industrial practices.

Field Development Project work in the final semester applies ideas and methods to evaluate real oil and gas fields and to design plans for resource development.

The cohorts generally consist of mature students – domestic and international – with diverse work experience, which makes sharing knowledge and experience an inherent part of this program.


As a Petroleum Engineer, you can find yourself working for some of the world’s largest companies looking to design and develop new methods for extracting oil and gas.

Australia’s oil, gas and energy industries play a key role in the economy, underpinning the economic performance of the transport, mining and agriculture sectors. With continued population growth and the ever-increasing need for energy, the future economic growth of the modern industry looks definite. There are also many opportunities to work overseas.

While this degree may be accredited by an official industry accreditation body in Australia, completion of the degree may not result in graduates receiving automatic accreditation. Please contact the relevant registration body for details of any conditions for accreditation.


76 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for mineral and mining engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

Early-career salary

Petroleum Engineer


Mid-career salary

Petroleum Engineer


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Petroleum Project Economics and Decision Making
  • Well Test Analysis
  • Production Technology
  • Geoscience for Petroleum Engineering