Master's degree program “Petroleum Chemistry and Refining”

This programme has been designed to prepare graduates with a range of skills, including engineering and management. It is focused on providing students with detailed theoretical knowledge of the required technologies and all major engineering elements associated with the oil refining life-cycle. Moreover, the programme is aimed at preparing specialists in the field of research and development of technologies involved into petroleum production and refining processes.

By the end of the programme students will be able:

  • to apply knowledge of petrochemical and oil refining processes to solve industrial problems;
  • to demonstrate proficiency in the basic equipment setting and optimization of existing technologies;
  • to perform skills based on modeling technological processes;
  • to display professionalism in appearance, job performance and ability to work as team members
  • All the subjects taught in English.

Partners of the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering are Rosneft, Gazprom, the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science and others.

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Program News

12.2018 This is real winter now in Krasnoyarsk. However despite severe Siberian weather conditions on the 20th of December, a one-day internship of foreign Master students Petroleum Chemistry and Refining programme took place at the Achinsk refinery. The students were briefed in terms of labor protection and safety precautions, and then they visited the museum of the refinery where enterprise’s history was presented. During the visit our students were lectured about the refinery structure, capacity and products obtained within. The main part was dedicated to production facilities: a visit to the central control room, a review of the primary and secondary processes of oil refining, isomerization, reforming, bitumen and sulfur production, tank farms.

The students express their gratitude to the management of Achinsk refinery for the opportunity to organize this event.

11.2018 SIBUR visit. Master’s degree students of the program visited the largest integrated petrochemicals company in Russia named SIBUR. More information

10.2018 Director of the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Fedor Buryukin welcomes 1st year international students of the program. More information

10.2018 Students from Tunisia, Ghana, Iraq, Ecuador, Indonesia and Nigeria joined the program. More information

07.2018 International students were awarded by Master's degree diplomas on the graduation ceremony. More information

07.2018 July 2-13, 1st year Master’s degree students of the Program successfully undertook an internship at Achinsk refinery. More information

06.2018 Masters Students of the program Hossein Ebrahimi and Joseph Donkor Appiah won awards at the annual international conference «Svobodny Prospect 2018» devoted to the Year of Civil Engagement and Volunteering in Russia. More information

06.2018 In the frame of a regional student Olympiad "Way to go" , Yahya-Nyalaba Suleymana, SibFU master’s degree student of the program “Petroleum Chemistry and Refining” from Ghana, hold a seminar «Studying abroad». He shared his experience of studying at SibFU, studying abroad, talked about the difficulties and advantages of such training and answered the question — how to choose the right country for your education.

02.2018 Masters Students of the program «Petroleum Chemistry and refining» have already finished hands-on practical training course at the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering SibFU, Department of Chemistry and Technology of Natural Energy Carries and Carbon Materials. The extensive purpose of this course is to enable Masters Students get familiarized with experimental apparatus and the scientific methods of data analysis within the ever-growing petroleum industry. Furthermore, the course helps to provide experimental foundation for the daily lecture room theoretical lessons. More information here

01.2018 Master’s degree students did 2 weeks internship at Achinsk refinery . More information here

Students will get essential professional skills and important competencies of developmental integration in global processes of creation of new technologies. Highly trained and knowledgeable team of academics from SibFU, specialists from refining enterprises and international leading business coaches will guide students through theories, models, and practices on the program.

In the program students are involved in real research and engineering projects with experienced team of tutors, and have a possibility to publish papers of new advanced results. All the courses of the program are intended to develop students' abilities to apply their research skills in science and high-tech areas.

This field of petroleum chemistry and refining is actively developing nowadays and we are waiting for young researchers in SibFU!

This year the international students from Iran and Republic of Ghana chose to study with us, making our School campus more diverse and multicultural. The first semester of school was exciting but overwhelming: difficulties in finding lecture halls, tutorial rooms, facilities and even a cafeteria in the campus. Moreover, first lectures weren’t so easy as it seemed.
In laboratories students investigated and analyzed different processes connected with petroleum refining. They tested and applied theories and made abstract concepts concrete.

However, the processes of investigation don’t always run smoothly, and students need guidance to interpret their results correctly. Thus, they did this job with highly qualified experts. Students were also integrated into different activities: participating in meetings, seminars, research discussions and other.

Here are some pictures to demonstrate the way the students study.

Remember, when you choose School of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, there will always be someone who can give you a helping hand!

Fedor A. Buryukin

  • PhD in Chemistry, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Technology of Natural Energy Resources and Carbon Materials
  • Director of School of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Siberian Federal University
  • Director of Scientific and Educational Center “SibFU Corporate Oil and Gas Center”, Siberian Federal University
  • Engineer, Sector Development Projects of JSC “Achinsk Refinery”

Tel: +7 391 254-54-43

E-mail: Fburyukin [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru
CV: in russian

Buryukin F. is the author of more than 100 scientific papers. He participated in various international conferences in Spain, China, France, Switzerland, Malaysia, Canada, and Singapore.

Research interests: technologies of petroleum processing and etc.


  • 2011 — Internship Nanyang Technological university (Malaysia) “Introduction to Micro and Nanotechnologies”
  • 2013 — Internship Vinci Technologies (France) “Pilot plant”
  • 2013 — New methods in the analysis of petroleum and petroleum products, (Switzerland)


Laureate of the corporate grants JSC NK “Rosneft”, JSC “Achinsk Refinery”, JSC “Vankorneft” for achievements in science and education.

2013 Diploma of the Administration of the Oktyabrsky borough of Krasnoyarsk for many years of conscientious work and high professionalism.

2012 The letter of thanks of the Ministry of Investment and Innovation of the Krasnoyarsk Territory for his great personal contribution to the development of nanotechnology.

Duration 2 years
Starting date September, 1st
Study intensity Full-time
Delivery mode Blended
Type of degree M.Sc.
Credits 120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction English
Academic requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or equivalent (a copy of your diplomas from previous university studies and transcripts of completed courses and grades)
  • good command of English (certificate or other official document , English level B1 (European Framework of Reference of Communicative Skills)
  • Skype interview
  • a motivation letter and letters of recommendation may also be required
Tuition fee (per year) 200,000 rubles
The cost does not include accommodation and living expenses. The price could change at the time of signing a learning agreement.
Application deadline July 29th
Accommodation On-campus accommodation is available in double and triple-occupancy rooms (€ 20 per month)
Practicalities Airport transfer and invitation letter for a Russian study visa are provided by the University
Courses ECTS credits
First year 60
1st semester 30
Compulsory Modules and Courses 19
Module "System Modeling" Mathematical Modeling (5 ECTS credits) 9
Chemical Process Modeling (4 ECTS credits)
Module "Petrochemicals Production Processes" Feedstock Evaluation and Composition (5 ECTS credits) 12
Petrochemicals Production Processes (7 ECTS credits)
Research seminar 1
Ensuring quality and reliability of technological equipment (1) 2
Practice 3
Research work 3
Optional Courses 2
Language Training 2
2nd semester 30
Compulsory Courses 26
Deep Oil Refining Processes 6
Ensuring Quality and Reliability of Technological Equipment (2) 5
Practice 9
Research Work 6
Elective Course 1 (subject choose) 4
Recycling of Resources
Natural Gas Processing
Optional Courses 2
Language Training 2
Second year 60
3rd semester 30
Compulsory Courses 19
Module "Economics And Innovation" Project Management (5 ECTS credits) 9
Quality Management (4 ECTS credits)
Research Work 9
Research Seminar 1
Elective Course 2 (subject choose) 5
Industrial Catalysis
Catalysts in Petrochemical Industries
Elective Course 3 (subject choose) 6
Polymer Technology
Technology of High-molecular Compounds
Optional Courses 2
Language Training 2
4th semester 30
Compulsory Courses 24
Technology of Processing Heavy Oils, Bitumen and Residue 6
Practice 15
Research Work 3
Preparation for the Procedure of Defence and the Defence of Graduation Qualification Project 6
Total 120

important in their future development in petroleum industry. Highly trained team of academics from SibFU, specialists from refining enterprises and international business coaches guide students through the theories, models and practices on the programme. In exam week refinery employees are invited to evaluate student’s knowledge.

On the course of the programme students are involved into real research and engineering projects with experienced team of tutors and have a possibility to publish articles with new advanced results. All courses of the program are intended to develop students' abilities to apply their research skills in science and high-tech areas.

This field of petroleum chemistry and refining is actively developing nowadays and we are waiting for young researchers in SibFU!

Diploma and degree: Master of Science in Chemistry.

Career prospects

Master's programme is designed for current and future employees of oil companies and provides them with further career development opportunities.

Career opportunities: Having a Master's degree in Chemical Sciences, you can hold a position in one of the largest refineries and petrochemical plants in various companies such as Rosneft, Gazpronef etc.

Research career: The Master’s degree holder can continue studying to get a PhD SibFU degree.

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Please contact our Department of International Educational Programs, SibFU

e-mail: study [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru
phone: +7 391 206-39-28
fax: +7 391 206-21-66
address: 82/6 Svobodny pr., room 427, Krasnoyarsk, 660041 Russia

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