Become an expert at solving problems and designing technologies that work kilometres underground. Petroleum engineers apply knowledge of chemistry, physics, geology and economics to the discovery, development and production of energy and material resources below the earth's surface. They're also involved in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

You will learn how to apply practical science to the challenges and problems associated with oil and gas exploration, drilling and production. You will study petroleum geology and geophysics, reservoir characterisation, drilling and completion, and oil and gas production. You'll also engage with the socio-political context of the industry. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60 days of approved industry training.

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Indicative Enrolments



  • Computer Modelling & Simulation
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Integrated Field Development
  • Natural Gas Engineering
  • Petroleum Geology & Geostatistics
  • Petroleum Economics
  • Reservoir Engineering

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Oil and gas industry
  • Oil service companies
  • Reservoir development
  • Computer-generated modelling
  • Environmental organisations
  • Banking and Finance

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1; Physics

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Alternative entry or pathways

The Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) is a possible alternative admission pathway for the admission of domestic undergraduate students to UNSW Faculty of Engineering degree programs (including the BSc Computer Science and the BSc Food Science (Hons), who do not meet the published Guaranteed Entry selection rank requirement of 93.00. Visit the FEAS page for more info.

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