Petroleum Eng Open Learning - PTRLES5341

Stream Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Petroleum Engineering

Contact: School

Program: 5341 - Engineering Science


Graduate Diploma in 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. They are 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.

The program articulates to the Masters of Engineering Science program with full credit for courses completed in the Graduate Diploma program. Students may exit from this proposed program with a Graduate Diploma award if they have completed the required course requirements. Alternatively they may elect to go on to complete the full Master’s program. A credit average (65%) is generally required to articulate to the next level in the sequence.

Entry Requirements

Entry 1 -
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.

Entry 2 -
A 3- or 4-year Bachelor of Engineering or Science combined with at least one year of full-time relevant professional and/or responsibility in the upstream petroleum industry is required. Students through this entry pathway are required to demonstrate work experience in the Upstream Petroleum Industry (i.e. the exploration, reservoir engineering, drilling and production of oil &/or gas). An entry interview may be required.

A portfolio is to be provided to support the application for Entry 2 pathway for postgraduate coursework study, including the following:
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to work in the petroleum industry and proposed study program at UNSW. The letter should tell us about your interests and achievements and be no more than 400 words.
  • A CV that provides information on industry responsibility including employer, dates employed in each position and a description of the position roles (no more than 50 words for each position).
  • Information that demonstrates aptitude for learning and relevant experience including evidence and details of employer sponsored training and Vocational Education and Training (VET). This may include brief summaries (no more than 2,000 words total) of selected projects outlining your leadership and/or substantial contribution.
  • Contact details of two referees, including at least one past or current employer. A letter from an employer verifying the role performed would be highly regarded to support the consideration of relevant industry experience.
  • Certificates of relevant training including VET.
  • The portfolio is to be provided in electronic format as part of the application process.

Stream Structure

Students must complete 48 UOC of courses to be eligible for the degree, and must complete:
  • 24 UOC of Core Disciplinary courses
  • 24 UOC of Advanced disciplinary courses
The following list sets out the courses offered and how they fit within the requirements of the stream structure.

Disciplinary Knowledge Courses (12-18 UOC)
Elective Disciplinary Knowledge Courses (6 - 12 UOC)
Two courses from the following list:

Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses (24 UOC)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A student may apply to the Stream Authority for advanced standing or exemption as per the UNSW RPL Policy and Procedures. Stream Authorities may grant up to 24 UOC 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.

Stream Aims

The stream 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 stream is 48 UOC (1-year full-time equivalent). 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 stream is designed to develop and enhance career opportunities for graduate engineers, including cross-training, re-training and advanced level technical specialisations. The stream also includes extensive research training components.