Department of petroleum technology and alternative fuels is a part of the „Power engineering and chemical treatment of fuels" study branch and it focuses on preparing specialists in the field of petroleum processing to produce propellants, lubricants and petrochemical raw materials. At present it also includes phytofuels (rape seed oil, bioethanol) treatment, oil shale and oil sand processing.
The study programme links up with organic chemistry, physical chemistry and chemical engineering. The main subjects are Petroleum Technology, Catalytic and Thermal Petroleum Processing, Fuel Analysis and Petrochemistry, which form a basis for Tribology, Incineration Processes and Environmental Protection. The courses also include lectures in Catalysis and Chemical-engineering Thermodynamics.
The lectures are complemented with practical work in laboratories, excursions and short-term affiliations at refineries. The study programme is concluded by a diploma thesis, including an oral presentation, and the final state examination.
A graduate is granted the title Engineer (Ing.) which is equivalent to MSc. degree. The graduates may continue studying within the graduate programme, and get the Ph.D. degree.