Master of Petroleum Engineering

MoHE approval code: (JPT/BPP(N/524/7/0047) 12/19


The Faculty of Engineering and Science offers a Masters conversion course in Petroleum Engineering that can be completed in 18 months. This comprehensive course will provide you with a multidisciplinary education in petroleum engineering. You will cover a wide variety of subjects core to the petroleum engineering field, including applied geology and geophysics, drilling and reservoir engineering, hydrocarbon phase behaviour, formation evaluation and petroleum economics and project management. Curtin University prides itself on the links and strong working relationships forged with such companies as Shell, PETRONAS, Schlumberger, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, Technip, and others. As a result, our students have the privilege of working closely with local industry. In our teaching, we strive to produce the best engineers and our close contact with industry ensures a future full of potential.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Applicants must have an honour’s level Bachelor degree in a relevant engineering discipline from a recognized institution. Candidates who work in the upstream oil and gas industry (with considerable exposure to core technical areas such as drilling, production engineering and/ or reservoir engineering may be considered with degrees in other relevant science disciplines.

Course Learning Outcomes

A graduate of this course can:

  1. Apply knowledge of petroleum engineering to the design and execution of petroleum wells and production facilities to optimise hydrocarbon production from subsurface reservoirs in a safe, clean and efficient manner; develop feasible field development planning and broaden the perceived knowledge of petroleum engineering through research activities
  2. Approach Petroleum Engineering problems in a logical way; analyse various scenarios critically; and employ system thinking, creativity and reflective practices to formulate an optimum and practical solution to relevant problems
  3. Demonstrate the ability to access, evaluate and synthesise information, from a range of sources, using a variety of methods and appropriate technologies. Justify evidence based conclusions for problems relevant to the practice of petroleum engineering
  4. Work clearly and concisely, to communicate engineering findings effectively, to a professional standard appropriate to a trans disciplinary and varied audience, for a range of purposes and to a professional standard
  5. Use technological resources to effectively collect petroleum production and exploration information; recognise their capabilities and limitations and use appropriately for upstream petroleum engineering applications
  6. Evaluate one’s own learning and development needs, set and achieve self-learning goals and develop strategies to maintain currency in professional practice
  7. Recognise the local and global nature of the oil and gas industry and its relationship to and impact on international energy supply and demand issues; evaluate issues from a variety of perspectives and apply international standards and practices within petroleum engineering to participate effectively in a global environment
  8. Recognise the impact and importance of cultural diversity in the implementation of engineering projects; operating with a respect for, cultural perspectives and practices
  9. Demonstrate professional integrity and ethical behaviour at all time in the planning, conducting and reviewing of engineering projects, both when working independently and in teams. Demonstrate leadership qualities and responsibilities when required

Duration and Availability 

This course is three semesters study or part-time equivalent.

Location and Delivery Mode

2019 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y
2020 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y
2019 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 1 Y

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

GEOP6008 v.1 Applied Geology and Geophysics 4.0 25.0
PEEN6002 v.1 Phase Behaviour and Flow Assurance 4.0 25.0
PEEN6003 v.1 Formation Evaluation 3.5 25.0
PEEN6004 v.1 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering 4.0 25.0


PEEN6005 v.1 Drilling Engineering Fundamentals 5.5 25.0
PEEN6006 v.1 Production Technology 4.0 25.0
PEEN6012 v.1 Advanced Reservoir Engineering 3.5 25.0
PEEN6013 v.1 Well Stimulation Remedial and Intervention Operations 4.0 25.0


ECON6007 v.1 Hydrocarbon Economics and Project Management 4.0 25.0
PEEN6014 v.1 Advanced Numerical Reservoir Simulation 5.0 25.0
PEEN6007 v.1 Field Development Planning 4.0 25.0
PEEN6008 v.1 Advanced Drilling Practices 4.0 25.0


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