Study With Us
The Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources’ world-leading, industry-focused degrees will provide you with the insight and skills to build a rewarding career in the management and recovery of subsurface resources that are vital to sustaining a fair and prosperous society.
From day one our students are exposed to industry experts, world-class laboratories and computing facilities, and undertake courses that are developed with input from our industry and government advisory board.
This ensures that our graduates have the skills most valued by employers in a range of sectors.
Petroleum engineering is the practical application of physics, mathematics, engineering and economic principles to the recovery of petroleum. It is one of the highest paid fields of engineering, and there is significant demand for highly-qualified graduates.
Petroleum Geoscience covers all aspects of the analysis of sedimentary basins and their energy resources, from initial exploration, through to characterisation of sedimentary reservoirs and aquifers, and identifying suitable locations for carbon geostorage.
Enhance your undergraduate degree
The Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources offers a range of exciting, industry-relevant majors and minors, designed to enhance your knowledge and practical skills. Choose from:
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
“Throughout my time at university, help was always accessible. It has been a pleasure for me to learn from different people and get various opinions. University has definitely been the best time of my life.”Dharshana Navaratnam – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum)
Industry training resources from our sponsors
As a student, you will have access to various training resources to prepare you for a career in the petroleum industry.
CGG are dedicated to efficient and sustainable development of natural resources all over the world. Their products and services span the breadth of geosciences, from frontier exploration to mature field revitalization and provide our students with leading decision-making software packages.
DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) are an innovative geosciences company with a diverse range of capabilities. Their products and services are at the cutting edge of exploration and production services to the global oil and gas industry.
DUG Insight is a full-featured 2D/3D/ pre-stack visualisation and interpretation package. It includes all the necessary tools for a complete interpretation workflow, from reconnaissance to crossplotting - with a fully-integrated 3D canvas, and support for pre-stack data throughout.
The EasyCopy product suite provides an intuitive collection of tools and processes for tasks like format conversion, screen capture, printing and plotting.
Emerson provide leading reservoir management software.
Ikon Science develops pioneering GeoPrediction software technology and solutions to help customers unlock superior outcomes at a reduced cost and cycle time. Use of Ikon Science technology helps to achieve higher hit rates and faster production from simpler wells. Ikon Science houses the RokDoc and iPoint software packages.
KAPPA is primarily a petroleum engineering software company and is the leading provider of Dynamic Data Analysis Software and KAPPA Workstation.
Palisade provices risk and decision analysis solutions, and houses decision-making software such as @RISK and Decision Tools Suit.
Petroleum Experts have donated petroleum engineering software tools to the University of Adelaide with a value of £2,817,901. The software is housed within the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources.
PROSPER 32 Bit
GAP 32 Bit
PVTP 32 Bit
MBAL 32 Bit
REVEAL 32 Bit
RESOLVE 32 Bit
Fracture Response Modelling
MOVE link for Petrel
MOVE link for OpenWorks
MOVE link for GST
Petrosys delivers direct connectivity with the E&P industry’s most popular exploration, production and GIS data sources, and provide mapping, modelling and data management software for oil and gas professionals, and University of Adelaide students.
If you have already completed an undergraduate degree, we offer a range of opportunities to specialise in Petroleum Geoscience or Petroleum Engineering.
Honours in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics
Honours is a one-year qualification studied as an addition to an undergraduate degree, giving you the opportunity to investigate an area of interest in greater detail. Honours degrees are also excellent preparation for studying a higher degree by research, such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
At the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources we offer an honours year in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics (also referred to as 'petroleum geoscience'), as part of the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science.
Our honours program is unique. During your first semester, you will undertake a range of core courses, specialising in petroleum geoscience. In your second semester you will get hands-on experience, completing an internship with an organisation and an industry-focused research project (thesis).
An honours year is well-suited to graduates of related undergraduate degrees, such as the Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide (or another university). For further information, see the entry requirements.
We offer school-based grants to help cover the cost of studying honours with us—$3,000 for South Australian residents and $6,000 for interstate students.
The school offers a graduate certificate and two master degrees, taught in an industry short-course format:
- Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics
- Master of Science (Petroleum Geoscience) (MSc)
- Master of Petroleum Engineering (MPE)
Our postgraduate degrees focus on the essential areas of petroleum geoscience and petroleum engineering, and provide advanced theoretical and practical training in industry-standard techniques and workflows.
Study for programs begins in February and is completed within 12 months (MSc and Honours), 18 months (MPE) and six months (Graduate Certificate). Students receive a thorough grounding in exploration and development principles, while being exposed to the oil and gas industry’s practical aspects through internationally experienced staff. Curricula for these multidisciplinary programs has been developed in consultation with our petroleum industry partners, and is regularly reviewed by our advisory board to ensure continuing relevance.
The Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources offers a range of continuing professional development (CPD) short courses specifically designed for professionals in the upstream petroleum and GeoEnergy industry to expand and update their skills, and for non-specialists interested in an introduction to GeoEnergy disciplines.
Who do I contact about further study?
If you don’t meet the prerequisites for direct entry into your chosen University of Adelaide engineering degree—or are not sure what area of engineering you’d like to focus on—we offer alternative entry options.