Master of Petroleum Geoscience

Perth (Western Australia) is located at the heart of the oil and gas industry in Australasia and is close to the major petroleum-producing regions of SE Asia. Students undertaking this course benefit from UWA's geographic proximity and our collaborative research relationships with this important industry. 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. Considerable 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.

Students will have the opportunity to access industry datasets and tools, and use latest digital technology to develop advanced skills in the analysis of geoscientific data. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems in the field of petroleum geoscience. UWA's Master of Petroleum Geoscience is taught by leading researchers in the field and access to the world-class research facilities of the School of Earth Sciences and UWA's Centre for Energy Geoscience, including industry-grade computer workstation, interpretation software and 3D-imaging facilities. Students undertaking this course also benefit from Perth's location with guest lectures from industry scientists, access to company datasets, and workshops at the Core Library of the Department of Mines and Petroleum of Western Australia, contribute to making this course unique in the southern hemisphere.

UWA is ranked in the top 1 % Universities worldwide, and is within the top 50 Universities worldwide (4th in Australia) for Earth and Marine Sciences.

What you'll learn:

This course will advance your knowledge of geological and geophysical concepts and processes relevant to sedimentary basin evolution and hydrocarbon reservoir development, and their application to the exploration and production of petroleum systems. You will develop skills that are highly relevant to exploration of sedimentary basins for oil and gas and other basin-hosted resources: practical skills, the ability to work in team, the integration of multiple datasets to solve Earth Science problems, skills in petroleum reservoir characterisation at multiple scales of observation and in a wide range of reservoir scenarios, and oral and writing skills to communicate advanced-level knowledge and understanding of petroleum geoscience.

Career opportunities:

The Master of Petroleum Geoscience is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the energy resource sector. Geoscience graduates have diverse employment options including working as geoscientists with a wide range of oil, gas and other energy companies, consultancy service companies, or government agencies responsible for onshore and offshore resources. Completion of a research project in the Masters course is a pathway to higher study and careers in research in academic institutions and state and federal government agencies

About the course:

Duration: 2 years full time (part-time available)
Intake: Semester 1 and 2
Research Project: Students may apply to undertake a research project within this degree.
Admission requirements: A bachelor's degree with a Geology major or an equivalent qualification as recognized by UWA. You must also demonstrate a minimum level of English Language Competence


How to apply:

For information about the application process, both domestic and international applicants should refer to the Future Students website at

International students should also visit which gives more information about the study environment, course fees, and refund policy and support services. International master's scholarships are available for high achieving students. See

Online enrolments are currently opened.

For more information about the course contact the course coordinator Dr Julien Bourget: or visit

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