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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses

University of Chemical Technology
and Metallurgy (UCTM)


Rector Prof. Kamen Velev, D.Sc.
Address UCTM, 8 Kl.Ohridski Blvd., 1756 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel. No. 359-2-68-13-16; 359-2-6254-358
Fax No. 359-2-68-54-88
E-mail address
Degree Programmes
  • Organic Chemical Technology
  • Inorganic Chemical Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Ecology and Environmental Protection
  • Biotechnology
  • Metallurgy
  • Material Science and Technology
  • Automation, Information and Control Technics
  • Industrial Management
  • Chemical Engineering Processes and Systems - taught in German
  • Processes and Equipment
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Chemistry - taught in French
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Type of courses The University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM) develops different types of study programmes - full-time and part-time Special care is taken for the implementation of interactive methods of education including distance and open learning by means of wide use of up-to-date information systems, networks and software
    Length of courses The UCTM offers:
  • Bachelor degree - a four year period of training
  • Master degree - one and a half year period of training ( after Bachelor)
  • two five year programmes: Chemical Engineering Processes and Systems taught partly in German; Industrial Chemistry taught in French
  • two one-year postgraduate programmes taught in English: Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development; European Quality
  • Ph.D. degree.
  • Date of commencement 15 September
    Class size From 7 to 26
    Accommodation The UCTM`s hostel with more than 1500 beds accommodates all regular students in need.
    Fees Home students:
    there are government registration and education fees
    Bachelor - 2800 per year USD;
    Master - 3400 per year USD
    Ph.D. - 4000 USD per year
    Financial assistance Only need based financial assistance for home students is available.
    Admission requirements There are some basic requirements for admission:
  • The candidates for undergraduate (Bachelor) must be graduates of secondary schools;
  • The candidates for the two programmes taught in German and French (Master) must be graduates of secondary schools too and be fluent of the languages;
  • The students who have completed their university education with Bachelor degree may apply for graduate programmes;
  • Graduated students may apply for postgraduate degree (Ph.D.).

  • The deadline for applying for national students may be found in Guide for admission that is renewed every year.

    The foreign candidates may contact Admission Office ( Faculty for Foreign Students)

    The language needed is Bulgarian There are two programmes that need German or French language test. Nonbulgarian foreigners may apply with French test.

    Short and long term Bulgarian language courses for beginners are available before the study in UCTM.
    Student profile
  • Ratio of National/Overseas students: approximately 50 : 1, e.g. 2 %
  • Ratio of Men/Women: 50 : 50
  • Age range: There are no limitation in age. Every Bulgarian who has a secondary school diploma may apply for admission. Graduates may apply to the Open faculty for pre-qualification or second specialization
  • Contact for application National students: Mrs. Milena Ivanova
    Chief of Education Office
    tel. 359-2-68-13-16; 359-2-6254-358;
    fax: 359-2-68-54-88

    Foreign students: Mrs. Stanka Zaharieva
    Faculty of Foreign Students
    tel.: 359-2-6254-275 fax: 359-2-68-54-88


    Faculty and Colleges

    UCTM has three main Faculties oriented towards different engineering area in the chemical technologies, material science and metallurgy, Faculty for Foreign Students, Open Faculty and some other sections.

    All subjects offered at UCTM are based on a large spectra of fundamental subjects as Mathematics, Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Mechanics, Chemical Processes Engineering, Processes and Equipment in Chemical Technology, etc., that allow the further specialized education.

    Faculty of Organic Technologies and Engineering Chemistry

    Dean: Assoc. Prof. Stefka Veleva, Ph.D.
    tel. 359-2-6254-237

    This is the biggest Faculty and incorporate 13 Departments with the following programmes:

    Organic Chemical Technologies. Students are taught about production, technology, design, drawing, operation and research in conventional technologies and invention of new ones on the basis of the chemical and biological transformation of substances. The special subjects come under this general heading:
    Technology of Rubber
    Technology of Organic Synthesis
    Technology of Plastics
    Textile Chemistry and Technology
    Technology of Oil, Gas and Solid Fuels
    Cellulose, Paper and Packing
    Technology of Polygraphy
    Technology of Leather and Leather Goods

    Chemical Engineering. Students receive fundamental knowledge of the the transport phenomena (momentum, heat and mass transfer), scaling-up and modelisation of basic processes, flow-sheating and process control and simulation.This wide field of knowledge makes possible for the specialists in Chemical Engineering to work in different branches of chemical and metallurgical industries as well as in research institutes.

    Ecology and Environmental Protection. The teaching programme covers study of all environmental indicators, methods and teechnologies for gas cleaning, water treatment, soil pollution and solid waste management. Advanced strategies for environmental analysis, monitoring, decision making, and sustainable development are studied.

    Biotechnology. Students receive fundamental and practical knowledge of the biotechnological transformation in biotechnology, chemical, food and agricultural industries as well as in the field of molecular biology and gene engineering technologies.

    Chemical Engineering Processes and Systems (taught partly in German) The subject covers the chemical engineering course corresponding to that of Verfahrenstechnik in the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (Germany). The subject is incorporated in the DAAD programme assisting teaching special subjects in German. It comprises two specializations: - Processes and Equipment
    - Environmental Engineering

    Induatrial Chemistry (taught in French) The curriculum corresponds to that in Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chemie in Toulouse (ENSCT) and has been approved by a consortium of the Francophone universities within the framework of the International Francophone University Association AUPELF-UREF.There are two specializations: -Industrial Chemistry
    -Chemical Engineering

    The academic staff of the Faculty consists of 137 lecturers (17 Professors, 50 Associate Professors, 70 Assistant Professors) from which 13 have D.Sc. and 95 Ph.D. degrees in the related fields.

    Faculty of Inorganic Technology and Automation of Production

    Dean: Assoc. Prof. Christina Boiadjieva, Ph.D.
    tel. 359-2-6254-553
    tel. 359-2-6254-466

    The Faculty consists of 10 Departments and delivers 4 general programmes:

    Inorganic Chemical Technology. Students learn about production, technology, design, drawing, operation and research in conventional technologies and invention of new technologies on the basis of the chemical transformation of substances. Certain profiling is possible:
    Technology of Inorganic Substances
    Technology of Silicates
    Electrochemical Engineering and Corrosion Protection.

    Material Science and Technology. Students are taught about the production and properties of conventional materials and the invention of new materials on a metal, non-metal and polymer basis. Specialization is possible in:
    Metal-based Materials
    Technology and Materials for Semiconductors.
    Silicate Materials

    Automation, Information and Control Technics. Students are studing about modeling, operation and design of automated systems at all production levels: machines, units, workshops, plants, etc., application and software of computer systems for information processing, planning and management.

    Industrial Management. The subject provides knowledge in industry management as a whole and in definite trends of industrial innovation, business and marketing.

    The academic staff of the Faculty consists of 130 lecturers (17 Professors, 57 Associate Professors, 46 Assistant Professors) from which 9 have D.Sc. and 86 Ph.D. degrees in the related fields.

    Faculty of Metallurgy

    Dean: Assoc. Prof. Nikola Ahmakov, Ph.D.
    tel. 359-2-6254-348
    tel. 359-2-6254-271

    The Faculty has 10 Departments and delivers one study programme

    Metallurgy. Graduates are competent in engineering, design, drawing, management and research tasks in conventional technologies and the invention of new technologies for processing raw materials and the production of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, their alloys and transformation into products with preset properties. Special subjects are:
    Metallurgy of Iron and Metal-casting
    Metallurgy of Non-ferrous Metals and Alloys
    Plastic Deformation and Heat Treatment of Metals
    Metallurgical Furnaces and Equipment

    The academic staff of the Faculty consists of 132 lecturers (13 Professors, 46 Associate Professors, 56 Assistant Professors) from which 9 have D.Sc. and 53 Ph.D. degrees in the related fields.

    Faculty of Foreign Students and Subjects taught in a Foreign languages ( Admission for Foreigners )

    Dean: Assoc. Prof. Ivancho Ivantchev, Ph.D.
    tel. 359-2-6254-275; fax 359-2-68-54-88
    tel. 359-2-6254-275

    The Faculty works with all international students as well as with those in foreign-language programmes. It takes care in all problems concerning admission, fees, accommodation, medical cares, travel, etc.

    Open Faculty

    Dean: Assoc. Prof. Ivan Dossev, Ph.D.
    tel. 359-2-68-10-43
    tel. 359-2-6254-302

    The Faculty provides training for re-qualification and in second major subject: Industrial Ecology, Analytica, Information Business, Design, Ergonomics, Reliability and Industrial Esthetics, Bulgarian Folk Dances.

    About the University

    The University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM) exists since 1953. It is a higher educational and research center of national importance and its major target is to provide the national economy with highly qualified specialists mainly for the chemical and metallurgical industries. As an educational establishment of advanced learning UCTM is according to the law a self-governing institution supervised and funded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.

    In this respect UCTM is a unique higher educational institution in Bulgaria offering degree courses in chemical technologies, metallurgy, biotechnology, environmental engineering, process control engineering, material science. Thus the University provides the leading Bulgarian industrial branches with high qualified experts. UCTM is very active in the field of international co-operation. A number of TEMPUS and COPERNICUS projects have been initiated and successfully performed by academic staff members. The future of the University is closely related to the European dimensions of its activities, including participation in Socrates (Erasmus strand) and Leonardo programmes.

    During the years UCTM has created a strong cooperation with practically all important enterprises in all branches of the industry. Almost all industrial managers in the chemical and metallurgical enterprises are UCTM graduates.

    So far the education at UCTM has been organized following the Central European model. After five-year study the student obtains a Diploma Engineer degree which is equivalent to Master degree. After the new curricula were introduced the students will receive Bachelor degree after four-year study. One year and a half postgraduate studies are needed for Master degree. Three more years at least are necessary for a Ph.D. degree.

    Presently the UCTM offers degree in the field of the following study programmes:
  • Organic Chemical Technology
  • Inorganic Chemical Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Ecology and Environmental Protection
  • Biotechnology
  • Metallurgy
  • Material Science and Technology
  • Automation, Information and Control Technics
  • Industrial Management
  • Chemical Engineering Processes and Systems - taught in German
  • Processes and Equipment
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Chemistry - taught in French
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering

  • Practically UCTM is the first Bulgarian university which has reformed its educational structure implementing broad curricula for undergraduate study. It allowed the application of a number of elective lecture courses within a curriculum thus providing conditions for a flexible and adaptive educational process.

    Every year UCTM trains about 3000 students part of them from abroad. There are several foreign professors that come for graduate or post-graduate training.

    About 400 lecturers are engaged in teaching and research. About half of them are professors and associate professors. Two thirds of the academic staff have Ph.D. degree.

    The educational and research policy of UCTM is based on the philosophy that the future belongs to the new materials, high technologies and sustainable development.

    In the last few years on the basis of great efforts of the personnel of the University and in close co-operation with several universities from EU countries in the frame of TEMPUS and COPERNICUS projects almost the whole computer equipment and other facilities have been renewed.

    There are a lot of different computers and computer systems in the laboratories of the UCTM, including HP 712/60 workstation, microcomputers, printers and graphical devices for general and specialized use in teaching and research. Almost all computers, more than 260, are connected in University Computer Network which maintains nearly 600 addresses and has an Internet access. The computer services are free of charge if the work serves the teaching, research or administration of UCTM.

    The University Library with Information Center has a rich collection of specialized literature and ensure access to national and international library networks of scientific information transfer. The Library possesses over 70 000 books of specialized scientific publications in the field of chemistry, metallurgy, material science, information technologies and management. There are three book shops selling specialized publications on the University campus. The Library is an associate member of EBLIDA - the biggest Library Net in Europe.

    The Computer Center manages collective access system - two supermini machines VAX 11/750 and developed terminal network within the University campus. Undergraduates, graduate students and those preparing Ph.D. thesis have free access to the terminal hall - a communication center interconnected with the world computer networks BitNet and Internet.

    Sport Facilities for tennis, swimming, football, volleyball, basketball, fitness are available. The University has 8 outdoor and one indoor tennis court; a basketball, volleyball and badminton hall; a weight lifting gym, baseball and football grounds, a table tennis hall.

    The University Student Council take part in almost all important decisions taken concerning education, student life, sports and so on.

    The Foreign Languages Training Center organizes the education in English, German, French and Russian during the third and fourth years of studies.

    The Scientific Research Sector supports the academic staff to organize and maintain the scientific research. There are several different types of research projects:

  • funded by the National Scientific Research Fund of the Ministry of Education and Science;
  • funded by the different enterprises and companies, etc.;
  • international projects as Copernicus, Phare, NATO etc.


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