Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) with Major

The University of Adelaide

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: Overall 6.5 (Reading 6, Listening 6, Speaking 6, Writing 6); TOEFL: Internet-based: Total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; TOEFL Paper-based: Total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE); Pearsons: Overall 58 (Reading 50, Listening 50, Speaking 50, Writing 50); Cambridge: Overall 176 (Reading 169, Listening 169, Speaking 169, Writing 169).

Course Details

Petroleum engineering is one of the highest paid engineering field’s internationally, with exciting opportunities for qualified graduates.

Petroleum engineers help sustain society’s way of life by ensuring we can meet our energy demands. They provide oil and gas in efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible ways.

This degree allows students to undertake a major as part of their study in a five-year program.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum) with major is developed and taught by industry-trained academics through the Australian School of Petroleum. This is Australia and Southeast Asia's academic centre for petroleum research and education, and the only school of its kind in Australia. You will:

learn about petroleum engineering, petroleum geoscience and the oil industry
take courses in business and project management
develop technical knowledge and network with potential employers
undertake interactive projects and field trips
complete an eight-week practical experience.

Majors are available in:

Chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Mechanical engineering
Mining engineering

Career Readiness

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) is delivered by experts with strong regional, national, and international industry links. This enables graduates to develop networks with potential employers throughout their degree, providing a valuable professional head start when embarking on highly-paid, exciting careers all over the world From working in the field to the once, graduates can expect careers with oil, gas and energy companies, and government agencies in a diverse range of occupations.

This includes roles such as: geoscientists; reservoir drilling and production engineers; managers; commercial analysts; and in business development roles. Graduates may also find employment in other industries requiring strong analytical, business, and communication skills.

Industry Placement

Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

Potential careers

Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager.


A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future career options. All graduates of this degree— irrespective of their major—qualify as petroleum engineers, and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession.

Majors are available across the following areas:

Chemical Engineering: Chemical engineering is a key engineering discipline that sustains and improves a range of industries, including petroleum refining and petrochemicals. Students develop skills in the design, development, and operation of process systems for the extraction, transformation and recovery of materials.

Civil Engineering: The Civil Engineering major develops students’ skills in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Mechanical Engineering: Students develop knowledge of, and skills in technology and scientific principles involved in the design, development and manufacture of products, processes, machines, and moving mechanical engineering systems.

Mining Engineering: Students develop skills in the extraction and processing of valuable mineral and metal ores from the earth. Combining petroleum engineering with mining can provide graduates with a strong competitive edge and increased career options.

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Level of Study: Bachelor Honours Degree

Duration: 5 years

CRICOS Course Code: 097229K

English Requirements: IELTS Score UG 6.5

Annual Tuition: AUD$51,000.00

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