EAIT Executive Education

Master of Petroleum Engineering


Master of Petroleum Engineering

The continued and growing demand for the exploitation of subsurface oil and gas resources means that The University of Queensland remains committed to the development and delivery of training and research programmes relevant to the needs of the international petroleum industry.

The Master of Petroleum Engineering program is offered jointly by The University of Queensland’s School of Chemical Engineering, and Centre for Coal Seam Gas.

What is the Master of Petroleum Engineering?

The Master of Petroleum Engineering program covers the technical disciplines associated with the development of conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources. The program combines UQ's world-class reputation in teaching and research with current industry insights to shape you and your fellow students as the next generation of highly skilled professionals that will solve future energy challenges.

This program is taught by world-class industry experts, including guest lectures from current industry representatives and mentoring opportunities with senior technical managers. The program includes a world first field development capstone project to design a plan for development of an unconventional gas resource, opportunities for research projects on real industry problems, and hands on learning experiences with advanced software tools. Classes are taught in intensive teaching blocks that allow students to combine study with employment, and there are opportunities for industry placements.

 Apply for a scholarship

Scholarships are now available to study the Master Petroleum Engineering commencing in Semester 1, 2017.

The Centre for Coal Seam Gas at The University of Queensland is offering scholarships for domestic students to study the Master of Petroleum Engineering commencing in Semester 1, 2017.

Two scholarships are available: 

  • One partial tuition fee scholarship (up to $15,000) – all domestic applicants.

  • One partial tuition fee scholarship (up to $15,000) – female domestic applicants only.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by 11:59pm AEST on Monday, 16 January 2017 (incomplete applications will not be considered).

To be eligible for a scholarship applicants must receive an offer of admission into the Master of Petroleum Engineering from The University of Queensland. Scholarship applicants should submit a program application for the Master of Petroleum Engineering before or soon after submitting a scholarship application.

Scholarship terms and conditions

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Submit your scholarship application

Why choose the Master of Petroleum Engineering?

The petroleum industry is subject to dramatic changes of fortune over time, with the oil price capable of very rapid rates of change in either direction. Petroleum, however, remains the dominant source of energy, with current world production of oil and gas at record rates. In a low price environment, companies face increasing technological and commercial challenges to keep their wells flowing and are increasingly dependent on input from petroleum engineers and geoscientists. It is widely recognised that a steady influx of fresh people and ideas is vital for the longer term success and stability of an organisation, and it is therefore expected that recruitment will continue, especially for those with motivation and the appropriate qualifications. This program is built on a world-class curriculum, providing specialist education tailored to the requirements of the upstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education combined with careful selection of candidates has encouraged oil and oilfield service companies to target The University of Queensland for recruitment of graduates over the years. The University of Queensland is delivering this program to meet the growing Australian gas industry's need for highly qualified petroleum engineers. The program will provide many opportunities for the graduates within the coal seam gas industry and more broadly within the oil and gas sector.

As an additional bonus for students studying the Master of Petroleum Engineering at UQ, up to 25 students will be given the opportunity  to undertake internationally recognised and certified well control courses (e.g. Well Control  Levels 2 to 4 – both IWCF and IADC) while studying with us at no extra cost. This is owing to a unique collaboration with an industry leading training provider, Fendley Skills Development.

Co-delivered & Co-taught

Courses are delivered by academics from The University of Queensland, and Industry experts and practitioners, providing students with a wealth of knowledge and understanding from an international perspective. The program is also co-sponsored by the Centre for Coal Seam Gas, providing direct access to industry leaders, internationally acclaimed practitioners and researchers. Guest presentations by recognised industry experts and associations also provide valuable networking opportunities.

Program overview

The program consists of eight taught courses and two projects. Each of the courses is delivered over a five-day block, followed by a period of tutorials, seminars and assignment work. In addition to the course and project delivery, students will also be provided with valuable industry-led components e.g. site visits, guest speakers, industry liaison representatives, industry experts for project support etc.


  1. Drilling Engineering
  2. Production Technology
  3. Reservoir Engineering
  4. Geoscience for Petroleum Engineers
  5. Well Logging for Petroleum Engineers
  6. Well Test Analysis
  7. Reservoir Simulation
  8. Petroleum Project Economics and Decision Making.


Entrants to the program will normally have an Honours Degree in engineering or a relevant science discipline such as geology, physics, chemistry or mathematics. In addition to the academic qualifications, relevant industrial experience is taken into consideration.


If you would like to apply for this program you can do so via the website.

For enquiries please contact: Dr Tom Rufford, petroleum@chemeng.uq.edu.au


CPD Only

There are a limited number of CPD places available for individuals who seek a better understanding of this subject, but who are not registered to the Masters program. CPD participants will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the full 5-day course. Participants will be taught by University of Queensland academics, and introduced to industry practitioners and experts.