Petroleum Engineering - 3045

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


Campus: Kensington Campus

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 425009

ATAR: 91.35  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

Petroleum Engineering is a specialised engineering discipline which prepares graduates for careers in the oil and gas industries. It's related operations apply physical, mathematical and engineering principles to identify and solve problems associated with exploration, exploitation, drilling, production and all the related economic and management problems associated with the recovery of hydrocarbons and alternative sources of energy from deep beneath the earth's surface.

The undergraduate program for the award of a Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering requires four years of full-time study. This degree is fully accredited and recognised internationally.

Entry is normally into Year 1 of the program. Students who satisfy the requirements of other full-time engineering degree programs at UNSW or any other Australian tertiary institution may be admitted into Year 2 or Year 3 of the undergraduate Petroleum Engineering program. These students will need to complete an appropriately modified Year 2 or Year 3 of the program as the case demands. The same requirements apply to students from accredited tertiary institutions in other countries. The award of Honours in the Petroleum Engineering program is given by the Faculty of Engineering to students who have distinguished themselves in the formal work, as well as in related assignments and industrial training periods see Rules

This program extends over four years and students study full-time during the day for 26 weeks of each year (excluding examinations and recess periods).

Successful completion of the BE degree program is accepted by Engineers Australia as sufficient academic qualification for corporate membership.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies may approve various program patterns involving full-time or part-time studies.

Petroleum Engineering is also available as a component of the dual award degree programs:

BE(Ptrl Eng)/Bsc, program 3047 program 3047
BE(Ptrl Eng)/BA, program 3703 program 3704
BE(Ptrl Eng)/BCom, program 3715 program 3715
BE(Ptrl Eng)/LLB, program 4778 program 4778

For details of all academic requirements for this program, see Rules

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please see Rules

Program Structure

The program structure below gives a sequence of courses that fulfils the requirements of the degree. The timing of the general education courses and elective courses may be modified to optimize the student's choice of courses. Suggestions for other course sequences consistent with timetabling and availability can be found on the School website at While some courses are given twice a year, many courses are given only once a year. In addition, courses may have prerequisites and exclusions. Thus students should plan their enrolments appropriately and consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies when assistance is required.

Year 1
Choose ONE of:
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
Plus these following 3 courses:
Plus choose 2 electives from the Year 1 Elective List

Suggested Year 1 electives for this program are:
  1. CHEM1011 or CHEM1031 are acceptable alternatives for MATS1101
  2. GEOS1111 is an acceptable alternative for GEOS3321 but please check with the School first as they highly recommend GEOS3321.
  3. If student chooses PTRL1010 and GEOS3321 as Year 1 electives, the student then must take two professional electives in Year 2.
  4. Not all courses are offered in both semesters but students should complete 24 UOC in each semester.

Year 2
  • General Education (6UOC)

Year 3
  • Professional elective (6 UOC)

Year 4
  • Professional Elective (6UOC)
  • General Education (6UOC)

List of Professional Electives for Years 3 and 4
Other courses may be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

General Education Requirements

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Academic Rules

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For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:

Industrial Experience Requirements

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Area(s) of Specialisation