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Engineering - Petroleum PhD Unit Set


This major offers students the opportunity to specialise and carry out research in a number of fields.

These include Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), Reservoir Modelling, Unconventional Resources (coal, gas hydrates, shale), Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracture Stimulation, Formation Damage Control and CO2 geo-sequestration. More specific postgraduate research topics can be developed through communication with the School of Engineering. Inquiries and applications are particularly welcome from applicants who are interested in Productivity enhancement from unconventional reservoirs; Nanotechnology for enhanced oil/gas recovery purposes; Stimulation of natural fracture networks in fractured reservoirs; Proppant placement in hydraulic and natural fracture systems; Wettability alteration in conventional and unconventional reservoirs; CO2-Sequestration in underground reservoirs; Research students in Petroleum Engineering have access to a range of state-of-the-art infrastructure, laboratory facilities and analytical instruments.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ERT7200Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Engineering and Related Technologies)

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Important notes

  • If students enrol in the J42 Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated), there is a requirement to attend first year classes on both ML and JO campuses.

  • Students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors as part of the supervised independent research component of the course.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Petroleum Engineers work in a wide range of industries associated with oil and gas exploration, drilling and well completion, reservoir evaluation, oil and gas production and field development. Also throughout your PhD, you will be supported to develop high level research and professional skills such as project design and execution; problem identification, definition and solving; critical thinking and analysis; data management; utilising research methods and methodologies; teamwork, negotiation and networking; high level technical skills in your field; and communicating to different audiences. With the majority of PhD graduates now pursuing careers outside academia, the skills and research training embedded in the PhD assist you to move into a variety of sectors and roles, including management, consulting, commercial R&D, research management, entrepreneurship, public policy, government, finance, technical services, biotech, education, and project coordination/management.

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