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COURSE

Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering)

MC-ENGPET

TAUGHT BY: WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (WASM-MECE)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

2years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

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.

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

Why study Master of Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering)

  • 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.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

  • A recognised four-year bachelor degree with honours, preferably in a petroleum engineering discipline, with excellent academic standing. You must also demonstrate considerable research experience in areas relevant to upstream petroleum engineering, OR
  • A Master of Petroleum Engineering with high academic standing. Applicants via this pathway will be eligible for credit for recognised learning for all common units.

Entry into this course is competitive.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

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.

176

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$26,700*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,000*
Total indicative course fee $74,000*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $30 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

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  • Curtin course code: MC-ENGPET
  • CRICOS code: 064461G
  • This offering was last updated on: September 25, 2018