Please be informed this study programme is offered in Polish—to undertake this programme knowledge of Polish language at least at sufficient level is required and will be verified upon application. If you do not speak Polish you can enrol in one of Polish language courses offered by Jagiellonian University School of Polish Language and Culture. Full list of programmes in foreign languages you may find here: Programmes in foreign languages.
study mode: full-time programme
language of instruction: Polish
profile: general academic
duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
title: Magister (equivalent of Master’s degree)
main discipline: Biological Sciences
Molecular Biotechnology is a master's degree programme that is an essential supplement to undergraduate studies. Apart from the classes for preparing the diploma thesis (master's seminar, specialization laboratories, and master's thesis), there are only a few additional compulsory courses in the studies programme. The remaining major and specialist subjects are optional - students can choose them according to their interests and career plans. The group of several dozen subjects to choose from includes courses on genetic modification, protein design, tissue engineering, the use of stem cells and gene therapy in medicine, obtaining monoclonal antibodies, and the production of biofuels.
Second-cycle studies in Molecular Biotechnology are aimed at: acquiring practical skills by students; learning about the advantages and limitations of the most significant possible number of methods and techniques used today in research laboratories; developing the skills of planning experiments, independent work, critical analysis of results as well as collecting and verifying scientific information.
Information regarding Faculty
Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology is Poland's best research and didactic unit. Research conducted at the Faculty of Biological Sciences and Humanities focused on the processes taking place at the cellular, molecular and atomic levels in plants, animals, and microorganisms. As part of its activities, the department cooperates with several dozen centers in Poland and worldwide. Also, it carries out research projects with companies from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
The faculty building is located on the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival in the southwest of Kraków and vicinity of other natural and science faculties of the Jagiellonian University. There are perfectly equipped laboratories and computer rooms which allow students to get to know with specialized and advanced research techniques. Students may use the Natural Science Library that contains multidisciplinary collection of books and magazines regarding biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, biology, zoology, geography and related sciences.
The study programmes implemented at the faculty received several awards from national institutions dealing with assessing the quality of education.
Rankings, distinctions, accreditations
- 1st place between 2014 and 2022 in the Ranking of Study Programmes prepared by the ‘Perspektywy’ Education Foundation
- Oustanding evaluation of the study programme rating awarded by the Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA)
- Status of the Leading National Research Centre (KNOW) between 2014 and 2018
- 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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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 four student research groups at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, f. e. Student Research Group 'Mygen' and Academic Association of Students of Biotechnology.
Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes such as Erasmus+, CEEPUS, Utrecht Network, exchange programmes within Bilateral Agreements or European university Una Europa, or participate in a domestic mobility programme called MOST. At the second-cycle programme, students may also apply for an 11-month scientific internship under the BioLab–The Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship programme offered by four USA universities.
More than just studies
- International student exchange
- Student Government of the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology
From our lecturers
Dr Paweł Jedynak
The university is people - a strange melting pot in which various ways of thinking, their problems, fears, and hopes tumble. Individual fields of study teach how to solve these problems and make dreams come true. It is worth realizing this and observing - yourself and others. And then great ideas will emerge.
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All about admission
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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 Molecular Biotechnology programme are prepared to work:
- in research laboratories (in Polish and foreign research centres), in R&D departments (in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and related companies), in diagnostic, control, and service laboratories (e.g., in the diagnosis of genetic diseases), in forensic laboratories
- in government agencies (for projects related to the safety of food, drugs, medical therapies, and research funding programs)
- in companies producing specialized equipment and creating new technologies, companies in the chemical analytics industry, pharmaceutical companies, etc. - in marketing and sales departments, as customer contact consultants, medical representatives
- in the media (Internet, press, TV, radio) to popularize science
- at the junction of science and business, in companies operating to introduce Polish scientific thought to industry
Further education possibilities
- Doctoral School, f.e. Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences
- Second-cycle programmes
- Post diploma programmes
What alumni say about us
Alumni Stories: Zuzanna Borek
We had fantastic laboratory classes at the Jagiellonian University. The laboratories took a lot of time, but you could learn every technique related to molecular biology. There was no difference between world-class science and what we learned during our studies in Cracow.
The study programme is conducted at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology 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, please contact:
ul. Gronostajowa 7
30-387 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 664 54 51, 664 60 00
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