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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.

What is petroleum engineering?

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.

Find out more about petroleum engineering

What is petroleum geoscience?

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.



Do you want a career in the recovery and management of petroleum, mining and geothermal energy, or carbon storage? Our undergraduate degrees in petroleum engineering includes an embedded honours year and will prepare you for a career in engineering.

Undergraduate Degrees


Find out more about how to broaden your knowledge or change career pathways through our postgraduate coursework degrees in petroleum engineering and geoscience.

Postgraduate Degrees


Whether you seek work in research, government or industry, our higher degrees by research will ensure you are better prepared, so that you can make a real impact in your chosen field of interest.

Higher Degrees by Research

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.


    DUG - DownUnder GeoSolutions

    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.

    EasyCopy Graphics Suite

    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

    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

    Petroleum Experts have donated petroleum engineering software tools to the University of Adelaide with a value of £4,446,137. 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


    2D Kinematic
    3D Kinematic
    Geomechanical Modelling
    Fracture Modelling
    Fracture Response Modelling
    Fault Analysis
    Stress Analysis
    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.

Ingenuity - 26 October, 2021

Ingenuity is an interactive showcase of our student's projects exploring the real-life applications of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences. This year, Ingenuity will be brought to you both face-to-face and online

visit ingenuity your way


Further study

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.

    Find out more about applying for honours

  • Postgraduate programs

    The school offers a graduate certificate and two master degrees, taught in an industry short-course format:

    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.

  • Short courses

    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.

    Short courses

  • Who do I contact about further study?

    If you would like more information about our honours program and postgraduate study options, please contact:

Will you be joining us from overseas?

If you are an international student considering studying at the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources, find out more information about our study options, entry requirements, application process and life in Adelaide.

International Students