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Petroleum Engineering

Masters by Coursework


Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering)
2 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Our postgraduate courses in petroleum engineering are taught by professionals with many years experience in the oil and gas industry. Units are taught in short, intensive study periods.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

This comprehensive course will provide you with a multidisciplinary education and hands-on training in petroleum engineering. You will cover a wide variety of subjects central to the petroleum engineering field, including applied geology and geophysics, drilling and reservoir engineering, hydrocarbon phase behaviour, formation evaluation, petroleum economics and project management.

In your final semester you will complete an individual research project and develop a thesis under the guidance of one of our highly experienced staff.

To assist your studies, we will provide you with access to top of the range computer hardware and software, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers online information library.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • The petroleum engineering field offers one of the highest salary rates. Graduates entering the industry typically earn salaries of $90 - $100k per annum after completing a three month probation period. It is expected that salaries will increase in proportion to rising fuel costs.
  • You’ll be immediately employable in the industry upon graduation. In fact, most of our students find employment before graduation.
  • Our graduates often find employment with international companies. Petroleum engineers are amongst the best travelled professionals in the world.

Professional recognition

Students may apply for student membership of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (U.S). Upon graduation you may apply for active membership of the society.

Career information

There is a strong demand for qualified petroleum engineers in the oil and gas industry, both within Australia and internationally. Our graduates have found work as fully qualified petroleum engineers in the upstream oil and gas industry.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of petroleum engineering to the design and execution of petroleum wells and production facilities to optimise hydrocarbon production from subsurface reservoirs in a safe, clean and efficient manner; develop feasible field development planning and broaden the perceived knowledge of petroleum engineering through research activities
  • approach Petroleum Engineering problems in a logical way; analyse various scenarios critically; and employ system thinking, creativity and reflective practices to formulate an optimum and practical solution to relevant problems
  • demonstrate the ability to access, evaluate and synthesise information, from a range of sources, using a variety of methods and appropriate technologies. Justify evidence based conclusions for problems relevant to the practice of petroleum engineering
  • work clearly and concisely, to communicate engineering findings effectively, to a professional standard appropriate to a trans disciplinary and varied audience, for a range of purposes and to a professional standard
  • use technological resources to effectively collect petroleum production and exploration information; recognise their capabilities and limitations and use appropriately for upstream petroleum engineering applications
  • evaluate one’s own learning and development needs, set and achieve self-learning goals and develop strategies to maintain currency in professional practice
  • recognise the local and global nature of the oil and gas industry and its relationship to and impact on international energy supply and demand issues; evaluate issues from a variety of perspectives and apply international standards and practices within petroleum engineering to participate effectively in a global environment
  • recognise the impact and importance of cultural diversity in the implementation of engineering projects; operating with a respect for, cultural perspectives and practices
  • demonstrate professional integrity and ethical behaviour at all time in the planning, conducting and reviewing of engineering projects, both when working independently and in teams. Demonstrate leadership qualities and responsibilities when required

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

An honours degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering or science discipline including at least first year university level subjects in both physics and calculus.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,900*
Total indicative course fee $74,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,800*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $19,300*
Total indicative course fee $76,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,600*

Fees are indicative only.

*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Last updated on: August 13, 2020