The Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Engineering is designed for engineering and science graduates and industry personnel who want to expand their knowledge base and improve their technical understanding. Our courses cover both the fundamentals and the applications of drilling engineering, reservoir engineering, petroleum technology, business principles and business management. You will update your technical know-how and skills in petroleum engineering, develop and expand your knowledge and interact with those at the cutting edge of this discipline. This program provides a pathway to the Graduate Diploma and the Master of Petroleum Engineering.

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Why choose this degree?

You can update your skill and knowledge with this program and use it as a pathway to a Graduate Diploma or Master of Petroleum Engineering.

Who should choose this degree?

Petroleum engineers choose this program to upskill and add to their professional qualifications.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Petroleum engineering

Entry requirements

Entry into the Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Engineering can be via two pathways:

Entry pathway 1 - A 3 or 4 year Bachelor of Engineering/Science degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university or tertiary institution;


Entry pathway 2 - Consideration will be given on an individual basis for those with relevant petroleum industry experience with vocational training based on the portfolio supporting the application. A minimum of 5 years of full-time relevant professional and/or responsibility in the upstream petroleum industry is required. Students are required to demonstrate work experience in the Upstream Petroleum Industry (i.e. the exploration, reservoir engineering, drilling and production of oil &/or gas). An entry interview may be required.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A student may apply to the Program or Stream Authority for advanced standing or exemption as per the UNSW RPL Policy and Procedures. Program or Stream Authorities may grant up to 18UOC of advanced standing or exemption if they consider the student has prior learning (formal, informal or non-formal) where it can be demonstrated that the student has achieved equivalent learning outcomes to the exempted course(s). Application for advanced standing or exemption would require substantiating evidence including documents including academic records, continuing professional education, professional registration and statements of service from the employer.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



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2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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