Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) Honours

Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University
  • Awarded by

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Production Engineer | Petroleum Engineer | Oil and Gas Engineer | Pipeline Engineer | View all

Last modified: 01 Nov 2018

In a Nutshell

Build in-demand skills for a diverse professional career in engineering with this Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) Honours course from Edith Cowan University. 

Designed for students with no prior experience seeking to start a career in engineering, this qualification offers the essential skills, knowledge and experience required to work in the dynamic field of petroleum engineering. In this course, you'll develop advanced knowledge of the exploration, mining, production, delivery and downstream processing of fossil fuels, and will graduate with a diverse range of practical skills to work in a range of roles in the industry both in Australia and overseas.

As well as providing core mechanical and chemical engineering skills, the course provides specialist knowledge in drilling, reservoir and petroleum production engineering. This course will also equip you with industry-relevant skills in teamwork, problem-solving and leadership. You'll graduate with strong skills in analysis, critical thinking, project management and leadership, and have the opportunity to complete work experience, connecting engineering theory and practice.

This qualification is accredited by Engineers Australia and is recognised nationally. If you're looking for a career in engineering and want a strong theoretical and practical base, this qualification is your next step.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Have completed secondary education or a higher education course since leaving secondary education, including a university bridging course; OR
    • Have enrolled in a VET course, whether you have completed the course or not; OR
    • Have completed a Certificate IV.

    All applicants are required to have passed Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Engineering Studies ATAR or Physics ATAR, with equivalents for both considered.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this engineering course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core subjects:

    • Introduction to engineering
    • Electrical engineering 1A
    • Mathematics 1
    • Engineering drawing and computer-aided design
    • Engineering mechanics
    • Mathematics 2
    • Materials and manufacturing 1
    • Electrical engineering 1B
    • Engineering systems
    • General chemistry
    • Reservoir petrophysics and formative evaluation
    • Process engineering fundamentals
    • Engineering dynamics
    • Programming fundamentals
    • Engineering geology and rock mechanics
    • Thermodynamics
    • Reservoir thermodynamics and fluid properties
    • Engineering innovation and ethics
    • Fluid mechanics
    • Reservoir engineering
    • Drilling engineering
    • Offshore science and engineering
    • Well testing
    • Engineering honours thesis 1
    • Heat and mass transfer
    • Unconventional oil and gas resources
    • Engineering honours thesis 2
    • Petroleum production engineering
    • Engineering management
    • Reservoir simulation
    • Engineering practicum

    Elective subjects:

    • Process systems analysis
    • Hydrostatics
    • Chemical thermodynamics
    • Sustainability and renewable energy
    • Hydrology and hydraulics
    • Mechanics of solids
    • Chemistry: Structures and reactions
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  • Why Edith Cowan University?

    Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

    ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

    From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

    Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

    When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) Honours from Edith Cowan University. 

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to pursue employment in the exciting field of petroleum engineering. You'll be able to seek employment in a broad range of industries associated with the exploration, drilling and mining, development and operation of production and transport of raw and processed products. With this qualification, you may choose to seek employment as a petroleum engineer, oil and gas engineer, drilling engineer, production engineer or pipeline engineer.

This qualification is nationally recognised and accredited by Engineers Australia. 

Wondering where a career in engineering could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Fees may be paid up-front, or financial assistance is available to help with study costs. Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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