Postgraduate

Master of Petroleum Geoscience

Gain advanced skills in geological and geophysical data analysis and integration of datasets related to sedimentary basin analysis and petroleum geoscience.

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Student Central, The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

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1800 653 050

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8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Career Pathways

Geoscience graduates have diverse employment options including working as geoscientists with resource companies, consultancy/service companies, or Commonwealth or state government agencies responsible for onshore and offshore resources including water and the environment. Resource company roles include exploration, mining, petroleum production, groundwater and/or environmental monitoring and management.

Geoscience is also a valuable skill for employment in education, economics, finance, and government policy and planning.

Geoscience graduates have diverse employment options including working as geoscientists with resource companies, consultancy/service companies, or Commonwealth or state government agencies responsible for onshore and offshore resources including water and the environment. Resource company roles include exploration, mining, petroleum production, groundwater and/or environmental monitoring and management.

Geoscience is also a valuable skill for employment in education, economics, finance, and government policy and planning.

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Career Opportunities

Further Study

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
96
Average Annual Fee - 2021
$8,747.06
Typical Fee Range - 2021
$3,950.00 - $14,500.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$80,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2021
$83,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor of Geology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
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How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Meeting the ever increasing energy needs of the world’s population is a major challenge. Geoscientists use their understanding of Earth processes through deep time and their ability to integrate multiple datasets to secure vital energy supplies. Geoscientists need to be adaptive in a changing industry and contribute their skills to global CO2 emission reduction and sustainable practices. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems in the field of petroleum geoscience.

DollarThis course has recently become subsidised for Australian residents through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Visit our fee calculator for new CSP rates and an estimate on your course fees.

About the course

This course will enable you to develop skills in geological and geophysical data analysis and integration of datasets related to sedimentary basin analysis and petroleum geoscience. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills underpinned by conceptual knowledge, and the application of both to solving problems related to basin history and petroleum exploration through coursework and research project components of the course.
Master of Petroleum Geoscience

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 73540
CRICOS code
  • 093309J
Master of Petroleum Geoscience
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 73540
CRICOS code
  • 093309J
Full time/part time duration
  • 1.5 - 2 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Petroleum Geoscience

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Core
Take all units (54 points):
Core
For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):
Option
For students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 42 points, including at least 30 points at Level 5. The 30 points at Level 5 may include up to two options, chosen as substitutes, from related areas, as approved by the Faculty. For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take units to the value of 18 points including at least 6 points at level 5.

Why study this course at UWA?

  1. Perth is located at the heart of the oil and gas industry in Australasia and is close to the major petroleum-producing regions of South East Asia. You'll benefit from UWA’s geographic proximity and our collaborative research relationships with this important industry.
  2. Benefit from the knowledge of leading researchers as well as the experience of guest lecturers from the oil and gas industry.
  3. Access world-class research facilities at the School of Earth Sciences and UWA's Centre for Energy Geoscience.

What you'll gain

  • Advanced knowledge of geological concepts and processes relevant to sedimentary basin development, and their application to exploration of petroleum systems
  • Advanced practical skills for solving geological problems of relevance to petroleum exploration involving integration of geological and geophysical data.
  • Technical skills in analysis and interpretation of geoscience data incorporating conceptual knowledge of processes and materials.
  • Advanced skills in interpretation and integration of geoscience data applied to understanding the development of sedimentary basins and petroleum systems
  • Advanced skills in communication of geoscience data and interpretations via 2D summaries, 3D models, written work and oral presentation.
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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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