4 March 2013

A new postgraduate program at The University of Queensland is ensuring engineering graduates are job-ready for the oil and gas industries.

UQ is now offering a new Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering in partnership with the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University in the UK, which is recognised internationally as a leading centre of excellence in petroleum engineering with strong links to industry worldwide.

The course aims to address the unprecedented rate of oil and gas production globally, and meet the growing demand for highly-skilled workers in eastern Australia.

It will be enhanced to match the specific needs of Queensland’s unconventional resource sector.

Professor Andrew Garnett, Director of the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas, said there would be many opportunities for the graduates within the Australian coal seam gas industry and more broadly across the oil and gas sectors.

“Well-qualified engineers and geoscientists are in high demand to help companies overcome technological, environmental, social and commercial challenges,” he said.

“Natural gas is increasingly becoming a major source of energy and this new masters program will provide new and exciting employment prospects for our graduates, as well as providing the sector with the technically-skilled engineers they need.”

Students will participate in both lectures and practical work, and will use the knowledge and skills they learn from the technical courses to design a plan for the development of a gas resource.

Drilling Engineering is the first of eight courses being delivered. To find out more about the Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering please visit http://www.uq.edu.au/study/program.html?acad_prog=5536

Media: Caroline Bird, UQ Communications, 07 3365 1931 or c.bird1@uq.edu.au

Centre for Coal Seam Gas
The Centre for Coal Seam Gas was established in 2011 as a research centre of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland. It draws together the research capabilities of the University, which has been conducting research into coal seam gas for almost two decades. Funded by the University and industry, the Centre has four key research areas: water, geoscience, petroleum engineering and social impact, as well as a focus on education. For more information go to http://www.ccsg.uq.edu.au

Sustainable Minerals Institute
The Sustainable Minerals Institute comprises seven research centres whose disciplinary roots lie in people, environment and production. Established in 2001, the Institute’s research covers all facets of mining from mining geology to health and safety, social responsibility and site rehabilitation. The Institute has about 350 staff and postgraduate students. For more information go to http://www.smi.uq.edu.au

The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions. Queensland’s oldest university, it has produced more than 200,000 graduates since opening in 1911. Measured through a combination of three key global university rankings — The Times Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong and QS World University — UQ is currently ranked in the top 100 of all universities worldwide. UQ is a founding member of the national Group of Eight (Go8) – a coalition of leading Australian universities. For more information go to http://www.uq.edu.au