study mode: full-time programme
language of instruction: English
profile: general academic
duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
title: Magister (equivalent of Master’s degree)
discipline: Biological Sciences
The general academic Master’s degree studies Ecology and Evolution are addressed to English-speaking undergraduate students who seek specialist education in contemporary ecological and evolutionary issues. Our experienced staff, familiarized with international, cross-cultural academic environment, imparts deepened and always updated theoretical and applicable knowledge with putting stress upon team work, developing problem-solving skills and planning field and experimental research. The unique, interdisciplinary study programme provides a large number of practical activities in well equipped, modern laboratories. The student gains a broad understanding of ecological and evolutionary principles and enters a path to become a successful scientist who can publish results of self-conducted research in recognised international scientific journals. He/she acquires adaptive social and managerial competences along with a design mindset—so as to utilize ecological knowledge in practical environmental conservation and resources management.
Information regarding Faculty
The Faculty of Biology (until 2017—the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences ) was established in 1951. It has the A scientific category in the rating of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, study programmes conducted at the Faculty lead in rankings prepared by the Education Foundation 'Perspektywy' and talented students win the prestigious Diamond Grant programme. The Faculty of Biology allows students to develop their interests regarding various aspects of biology, neurobiology and environment sciences in well equipped laboratories and during field trips. It gives a possibility to chose a profile of educational path, implement individual research projects, and chose subjects taught by the experts from the Institute of Botany, the Institute of Environmental Sciences, the Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research and the Botanical Garden.
The premises of the Faculty are located on the territory of the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival. Ecology and Evolution study programme is conducted at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, which is a part of the Faculty of Biology. Students may use the well equipped environmental sciences library and reading room, as well as Internet databases with full access to articles regarding biological and medical sciences.
Rankings, distinctions, accreditations
- Category A granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Programme curriculum consists of information regarding classes in which you will take part while studying at this field of study. The programme provides data on classes in particular semesters, which of them are compulsory or optional, which of them end with an exam, and which do not. Each class has its own syllabus – a description of contents of the class.
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- Disability Support Service
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Time spent at the university is not all about education and class participation; it is also an excellent opportunity to develop hobbies and interests. Many research societies and student organizations work at the Jagiellonian University, including faculty- and university-wide ones. These societies allow students to spend their free time actively, gain knowledge, develop their talents, participate in engaging, unconventional projects, go on research and team-building trips, participate in conferences and meet fellow students outside the lecture halls. There are many student associations at the Faculty of Biology.
Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes such as Erasmus+, Utrecht Network, exchange programmes within Bilateral Agreements or European university Una Europa, or participate in a domestic mobility programme called MOST.
More than just studies
From our students
Jacob, United States
The Ecology and Evolution programme manages to be both fun and challenging. It has a lot of hands on and practical courses both in the lab and out in the field nearby campus and into the mountains and forests. As it's an international program you get to work with other students from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, learn about environmental and world issues from perspectives you otherwise wouldn't hear. It really allows for a great setting to grow as a person. The program itself much like the subject matter is extremely varied, you'll have the ability to learn a wide variety of subjects while focusing on the subject matter that you care about.
Deep learning in Ecology and Evolution programme, this programme provides me quite a lot of practical works, and surely a lot of theory. I am happy when I have the opportunity to attend a lecture in the mountain area, national park, riverside, and others. This university has its own museum, which is very useful and enables us to learn history of the globe in evolutionary perspective. Krakow is a beautiful city with a lot of attraction and tourism objects. A lot of libraries are there which can be used freely by students, even by foreigners.
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All about admission
- Admission for programmes in English
- Admission for foreigners
- Admission for programmes in Polish
- Online Application System
- International Students Office
Centre of Academic Support
Admission to studies
Admission at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System (IRK): irk.uj.edu.pl. Admissions Office is responsible for the admission process at the Jagiellonian University. In case of questions regarding admission, contact the Office directly or visit websites: welcome.uj.edu.pl and irk.uj.edu.pl.
Information regarding admission to this study programme, including qualification rules, admission and tuition fee, schedule, required documents and information on final result calculation, are available on the Online Application System (IRK): irk.uj.edu.pl
Transfer from other university or study programme
Transfer from other university or other study programme is possible, with the consent of the dean: after finishing a first year of studies and fulfilling additional conditions described by the Faculty Council. In case of questions regarding a transfer, contact the unit in charge of study programme directly.
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Graduates of Ecology and Evolution programme become effective scientists able to set up experiments and research (including field research/work) using appropriate and modern methods, analyse obtained results, write scientific papers and reports and prepare their spoken or graphic presentations. Accomplishment of two year studies allows employment either in dynamically evolving public or private sectors worldwide: laboratories, public administration, governmental agencies, various types of research units as well as non-governmental and private organisations.
Further education possibilities
- Doctoral School, f.e. Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences
- Post diploma programmes
- Second-cycle programmes
The study programme is offered the Institute of Environmental Sciences, which is a part of the Faculty of Biology. The Institute is located on the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Jagiellonian University, shortly called the Third Campus. In case of questions regarding studies, contact:
ul. Gronostajowa 7
30-387 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 664 51 82, 664 51 24, 664 51 94