Student profile:
Ben Wu

UQ Master of Petroleum graduate Ben Wu's industry placement with Shell puts him firmly on track for his longer term goal to become a senior production technologist and discipline team lead. Click here to read more about Ben's journey from UQ graduate to industry

Master of Petroleum Engineering

CCSG plays a key role in meeting the educational needs of the Australian CSG/LNG industry, and the Centre thus established a Master of Petroleum Engineering program aimed at professionals wanting to upgrade their skills or change direction. The Centre continues to have specialised speakers both academic and from industry engaging with Masters and PhD students as part of its educational initiative.

The Master of Petroleum Engineering is delivered by CCSG and the UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT). The program has strong support from the local CSG industry and requires students to undertake projects linked to Queensland’s CSG developments. 

Owing to a unique collaboration with an industry leading training provider, Fendley Skills Development, up to 25 master students are now able to undertake internationally recognised and certified well control courses (e.g. Well Control Levels 2 to 4 – both IWCF and IADC) at no extra cost while studying with us, using state-of-the art simulation equipment.*

"The curriculum provided me with the knowledge to move straight into an international exploration role with one of Australia's largest oil and gas company"
Tye Gerrard, graduate, Commercial Analyst

At the forefront of the industry
Oil and gas companies are facing technological and commercial challenges to keep their wells flowing and need skilled engineers to shape their future operations. If you are considering a dynamic career in hydrocarbon exploration and production – a degree in petroleum engineering may be for you.

A degree with extensive industry contact
You will learn from industry partners, practitioners and researchers. All courses are designed to provide you with a wealth of knowledge from an international perspective, and guest lectures by industry experts also provide valuable networking opportunities. This particular master has strong links with industry, and as a graduate you will benefit greatly from this.

Full-time and part-time studies
Entry requirements include an undergraduate engineering degree or a four-year science degree (BSc Hons) in a relevant discipline. The course is targeted at professionals already in the industry seeking to upgrade their skills/qualifications or suitably qualified professionals from other disciplines seeking to transfer to the CSG industry.

Intensive teaching blocks
Courses in the Master of Petroleum Engineering are taught in intensive mode, which means that lectures are delivered in intensive one-week blocks, with self-directed learning and tutorials to follow. 

An international cohort
The Master of Petroleum Engineering is characterised by attracting students from all over the world. Graduates have come from countries as diverse as Oman, Chile, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Ecuador, Iran, Peru, Russia, China, Brazil and Australia.

Technical discipline courses

  • Geoscience for petroleum engineering
  • Well logging for petroleum engineers
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Well test analysis
  • Reservoir simulation
  • Production technology
  • Drilling engineering
  • Petroleum project economics and decision making

Past post-graduate projects have included investigations in areas of interest, collaborative industry projects, and projects with researchers at the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG).

A detailed outline of the program is available at UQ Courses and Programs.

What is it like to study at UQ?
International students from across the globe share their experience about studying at The University of Queensland in this video.

More information?
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