Opcije pristupačnosti Pristupačnost
Petroleum and petrochemical engineering


Head of the study programme: Prof. Nenad Bolf, Ph.D.

Deputy: Prof. Marko Rogošić, Ph.D.


  • Technical sciences, Chemical Engineering

The study proponent: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology


General information

The aim of the study programme is to attract young professionals and to educate specialists in the field of petroleum and petrochemical engineering. Its mission is to transfer knowledge about new technologies, energy efficiency, new methods, products and processes in the field, from academia to industry and vice versa, via joint projects. The study programme will strive to be the gathering place for top Croatian professionals from academia and industry, recognizable in the neighbouring countries as well as in the whole Europe.

The complexity of petroleum and petrochemical facilities as well as the peculiarities of particular process with respect to raw materials, technologies, economy, product formulation, definition of standards, plant design, construction, process control, safety and process development requires upgrading of the fundamental knowledge of engineers acquired in the course of undergraduate and graduate chemical engineering study programmes and similar study programmes. There the main challenges are:

  • refining of increasingly more complex („heavier“) raw materials
  • new legislation pertaining to the fuel quality and environmental protection
  • new approach to cost-efficiency estimate of petroleum refining
  • ongoing increase in the demand for diesel fuels
  • advanced process control methodology
  • new formulations and types of catalysts
  • change in the structure of available petroleum and natural gas reserves
  • development of an alternative generation of biofuels
  • etc.


The Conditions of Enrolment

The basic conditions of enrolment comply with the Regulations on the Postgraduate Specialist Study Programmes of the University of Zagreb and the Articles of Statute of the University of Zagreb. The students who have finished the university undergraduate or graduate study programme of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Engineering, EcoEngineering or Applied Chemistry or any similar study programmes in the technical field may apply to enrol in the postgraduate specialist study programme of Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering. The students who have not finished the university undergraduate or graduate study programme in the technical field may be requested to take differential exams.


The structure of the programme

The students enrol in the specialist study programme for a period of one academic year (two semesters) with the total of 60 ECTS credits. Since it is expected that the majority of students will be employees from the industry and companies, the study programme is foreseen to be completed within two years from the enrolment year. By way of exception and at the proposal of the Council of the Study Programme, the Head of the Study Programme may grant the student’s request to prolong his/her studies provided the student pays additional tuition costs for a maximum period of four years.

The basic structure of the study programme is as follows:

1st semester

2nd semester

4 compulsory courses, 4x6=24 ECTS

1 elective course (out of 10 offered),
1x6=6 ECTS

1 elective course (out of 10 offered),
1x6=6 ECTS

Final thesis, 24 ECTS







The compulsory and elective courses are taught in the form of lectures, practical exercises and seminars (analysis of case studies and examples), demonstration exercises or field work. The assessment of all courses (compulsory and elective) amounts to the equivalent of 6 ETCS points. Students select their potential mentor when they enrol in the specialist study programme either alone or with assistance of the Head of the Study Programme and discuss with him/her the field of expertise in which they will write their final thesis in the second semester. The study programme is completed after students have passed all exams and written the final thesis. To be able to enrol in the second semester, students need to pass three (3) first semester courses. The students who have both semesters tested, but do not manage to pass all exams or to write the final thesis within the period foreseen by general University regulations, may obtain a certificate of attendance of the study programme as a part of their lifelong learning.

Upon completion of the study programme the students will be awarded the academic title of a university specialist in petroleum and petrochemical engineering.

All courses may be held in the English language in order to stimulate internationalisation of the study programme and student mobility.



List of courses

Compulsory courses



Course title


 Katica Sertić-Bionda

Conversion processes in the petroleum and petrochemical industry


 Aleksandra Sander

Separation processes in the petroleum and petrochemical industry


 Nenad Bolf

Advanced industrial process control


 Ljubica Matijašević

Refinery process design and integration



Elective courses



Course title


 Nenad Bolf

Optimization of industrial processes


 Vesna Tomašić

Catalytic reactors in the petroleum and petrochemical industry


 Maja Fabulić-Ruszkowski, Ante Jukić

Petroleum characterisation and motor fuel quality


 Ante Jukić

Additives for fuels and lubricants


 Marko Rogošić

Properties of gases and liquids


 Igor Dejanović, Jasna Prlić Kardum

Heat exchangers


 Veljko Filipan

Stress and elasticity analysis of the piping systems


 Tomislav Bolanča, Krešimir Košutić,
 Danijela Ašperger, Marija Vuković
 Domanovac, Šime Ukić

Industrial water systems: characterisation and treatment


 Jasminka Giacometti

Terminals for transhipment of liquid and gas petroleum derivatives


 Jasminka Giacometti

Protection of the Adriatic Sea against land-based pollution