Petroleum Eng Open Learning - PTRLCS8338

Stream Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Petroleum Engineering

Contact: School

Program: 8338 - Engineering Science


Master of Engineering Science (Specialisation)

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Stream Outline

The Open Learning stream is designed to meet the training needs of the petroleum industry in reservoir engineering, reservoir characterisation, drilling and production engineering, economic evaluation and risk analysis.

The stream covers the fundamentals and application of reservoir engineering, petroleum technology, business principles and business management. It is specifically designed for personnel already working in the upstream petroleum industry who wish to acquire tertiary qualifications to enhance their knowledge and to further their career opportunities.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry into this stream an applicant must demonstrate at least 2 years of work experience in the Upstream Petroleum Industry (i.e. the exploration, reservoir engineering, drilling and production of oil &/or gas).

In addition students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline of engineering with a minimum 65% average.

NOTE: The minimum average required for entry is as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator. Students from a non-211 university in China need a minimum 70% average. For entry details (particularly for South Asian students) please click here.

Stream Structure

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A student may apply to the Program or Stream Authority for advanced standing or exemption as per the UNSW RPL Policy and Procedures. Program or Stream Authorities may grant up to 48UOC of advanced standing or exemption if they consider the student has prior learning where it can be demonstrated that the student has achieved equivalent learning outcomes to the exempted course(s). Application for advanced standing or exemption would require substantiating evidence including documents including academic records, continuing professional education, professional registration and statements of service from the employer.

Learning outcomes

The program is designed to enable students to fulfil a number of needs including:
  1. Updating qualifications and knowledge to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards
  2. Providing opportunities for continuing professional development
  3. Providing opportunities for interaction with those at the cutting edge of the discipline
  4. Providing a preliminary step towards postgraduate research degrees.
  5. Updating technical knowledge and skills in an existing engineering specialisation
  6. Acquiring new knowledge and skills in a different engineering specialisation
Volume of Learning

The program is a 96 UOC (2-year full-time equivalent) program. All students are required to demonstrate work experience in the Upstream Petroleum Industry (i.e. the exploration, reservoir engineering, drilling and production of oil &/or gas).

The program is designed to develop and enhance career opportunities for graduate engineers, including cross-training, re-training and advanced level technical specialisations. The program also includes extensive research training components.

Students must complete 96 UOC of courses to be eligible for the degree, as follows:
  • 12-18 UOC of Core Disciplinary Knowledge Courses
  • 24 UOC of Elective Disciplinary Knowledge Courses
  • 36-42 UOC of Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses
  • 18 UOC of Enquiry-Based Courses
List of courses to be offered

The following list sets out the courses offered and how they fit within the requirements of the program structure.

Core Disciplinary Knowledge (12-18 UOC)
Elective Disciplinary knowledge (24 UOC)

Two courses from the following list:

Another two electives from
  • Engineering and Technical Management Courses or, with approval from the Stream Authority, courses from another specialisation within the Master of Engineering Science program.

Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge (36-42 UOC)

Enquiry-based (18 UOC)

Study Levels

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