At the Faculty of Chemistry we teach the chemical sciences with emphasis on developing active learning both in the classroom and laboratory. In the classroom we teach our students advanced scientific reasoning and creative problem solving skills, and in the laboratory we train them both in the use of modern research instrumentation and in the carrying out of experiments. The acquired classroom and laboratory skills are further exploited in research projects and diploma works, performed in research laboratories of Faculty members. Therein students get the opportunity to use state of the art research equipment, apply problem solving skills, work in the research group and learn to present their results. All these skills will prove to be invaluable when searching for a job after graduation.

The studies successfully prepare our graduates for a variety of careers. A degree in chemistry opens the door to employment opportunities that include jobs in research centres, analytical laboratories (industrial, medical, forensic), industry (chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, bio- and nanotechnological), and in schools. By contrast, our alumni in environmental sciences work in different environmental fields as policy makers, consultants, scholars, teachers, entrepreneurs, volunteers, activists, and founders of non-profits.

Degree Programmes

Our Faculty offers programmes of study leading to the licentiate, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, the first one in chemistry, environmental studies and medical chemistry, the second one in chemistry and environmental studies, and the third one in chemistry.

You will find more detailed information (in Polish) on the programmes, including course requirements and steps in each programme.

» Licentiate programmes

A rough equivalent to the bachelor's degree in Anglo-Saxon countries, licentiate is a three-year degree programme (chemistry, environmental studies, medical chemistry) that provides a certificate of competence to practise a profession.
Graduates of the licentiate programmes are prepared for entry into MSc programmes in the chemical sciences and related fields at our Faculty and at other Universities in Poland and abroad, or for employment by the chemical or environmental sector.

» MSc programmes

MSc is a two-year degree programme. Therein students follow a chosen specialization path with opportunities to pursue their own particular interests. In the final year of the programme students carry out research leading to a thesis that is to be reviewed and defended. The graduates acquire the depth of knowledge necessary to become active contributors to the scientific community, and are prepared to undertake jobs both in academia, industry and schools. Graduates of the MSc programmes can further their education in PhD programmes in the chemical sciences and related fields at our Faculty and at other Universities in Poland and abroad.

The following alternative MSc paths are also offered:

  1. Inter-Faculty MSc programmes (run by other Faculties of the Jagiellonian University in which Chemistry partakes)
    1. Advanced materials and nanotechnology (run by the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science) (link do FAiS),
    2. Mathematics and natural sciences (run by the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science and the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences).
    3. Biochemistry (run by the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology) (link do Biotechnologii.
  2. Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry
    Part of Erasmus Mundus, this MSc programme is run jointly by a consortium of seven European Universities, i.e. Bergen, Bologna, Helsinki, Kraków, Leipzig, Lille and Madrid, within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Programme. The central theme of the programme is advanced spectroscopy and its applications. Upon completion, students are awarded a Chemistry Euromaster degree by two partner Universities from the consortium. The language of the programme is English. Coordinator: Dr Piotr Pietrzyk, Tel.: +48-12-6632224; E-mail: Piotr Pietrzyk
  3. Double MSc degrees
    Through the established international partnership students may carry out their MSc research in a partner University abroad leading to a double MSc degree received from the two chosen partner Universities. Currently two double degrees have been established in:
    - Biological Chemistry, with the University of Orleans, France Coordinator: Dr Małgorzata Brindell, Tel.: +48-12-6632221; E-mail: Małgorzata Brindell
    - Environmental Sciences, with Cranfield University, UK Coordinator: Andrzej Adamski, Dr habil., Tel.: +48-12-6632224; E-mail: Andrzej Adamski

» PhD programmes

PhD degree is completed along the four-year programme. To be admitted to the programme, applicants pass a PhD qualifying examination. In the programme students carry out novel research working one-on-one on a research endeavour with a Faculty mentor, leading to a thesis to be defended in public. The defense is preceded by a PhD comprehensive examination. During the programme PhD students participate in teaching. The graduates of the programme are prepared to become academic teachers, researchers, managers of industrial research laboratories as well as consultants and officers in governmental bodies.

PhD programme coordinator: Andrzej Kotarba, Dr habil., Tel.: +48-12-6632246; E-mail:

Another PhD programme offered to our students is in Materials engineering. The programme is run by the Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences jointly with our Faculty and the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science.
PhD programme coordinator: Marek Faryna, Dr habil., Tel.: +48-12-2952828; E-mail: