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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.

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Faculty of Chemistry

Available programmes

first-cycle programme

study mode: full-time programme

language of instruction: Polish

profile: general academic

duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

title: Licencjat (equivalent of Bachelor's degree)

discipline: Chemical Sciences

second-cycle programme

study mode: full-time programme

language of instruction: Polish

profile: general academic

duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

title: Magister (equivalent of Master’s degree)

discipline: Chemical Sciences

Programme description

What does the world actually consist of? The best answer to this question can be found in the Chemistry study programme at the Jagiellonian University. But this is not the only thing they offer. Chemistry at the Jagiellonian University is primarily modern starting with the curriculum that prepares you for the challenges posed by the dynamic, constantly changing labor market, through qualified teaching staff, to teaching and research laboratories fitted with top-class equipment, often unique nationally and internationally. It is also a study programme that gives the opportunity to obtain double diplomas: the Jagiellonian University and a foreign university (part of the studies can be spent in renowned European partner research centers). Additionally – chemistry in Małopolska is the future! This science branch has been classified as one of the priority areas that will be developed in Małopolska region in the coming years. Therefore, the development of chemical companies and enterprises is expected, which will certainly be looking for high-class specialists in the field of chemical sciences – and this is what we teach here.

Information regarding Faculty

Since 2013, the Faculty of Chemistry has been continuously ranked among Poland's best scientific and research units. It has the A + scientific category awarded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and is a part of the Marian Smoluchowski Kraków Research Consortium with the KNOW (2012-2017) status. Research conducted by scientists from the JU Faculty of Chemistry is appreciated and rewarded for quality and innovation. Every year, talented Faculty students join the group of winners of the prestigious Diamond Grant program.

The Faculty of Chemistry premises are based on the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the Revival of the Jagiellonian University. The Faculty has the most extensive base of various chemical equipment in Małopolska, which is used very intensively during studies, has specialized laboratories with the highest standards, where scientific research in chemical technology, catalysis, electrochemistry, and environmental analysis is carried out. The Faculty offers modern study programmes and provides students with access to research equipment at the highest world level. The building of the Faculty has been designed with care for the natural environment. In the department's well-stocked library, it is possible to use a comfortable reading room with easy access to shelves and the Internet. There is also a Career and Promotion Office available for the students at the Faculty.

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • 1st place between 2019 and 2022, and 2nd place in 2023 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)
  • Scientific category A+ in the discipline of Chemical Sciences awarded to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków by the decision of the Minister of Education and Science
  • The European Chemistry Thematic Network international accreditation for the Faculty.
  • Status of the Leading National Research Centre (KNOW) between 2012 and 2017

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Curriculum overview

In the programme curriculum, you may find information about the subjects you will attend while studying this programme. The programme indicates which subjects are scheduled for each semester of the studies, which are mandatory, which belong to the group of elective subjects (so-called optional subjects), which of them end with an exam, and which do not. Each subject in such a programme curriculum has its syllabus, which is a description of what students learn within the scope of that subject.

Student matters

International Students Office

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Student Scholarships Office

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Student’s life

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. Outstanding students can apply for a scholarship and tutoring under the SciMat project.

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.

More than just studies

From our students

Cezary: a scientist does not have to be boring Cezary: a scientist does not have to be boring
Chemistry is a big part of my life. Studies are challenging and demanding, but they provide development and many opportunities. Working in a laboratory gives fulfillment and allows you to learn many techniques and chemical processes. (…) Science studies are about more than just numbers and formulas. The Jagiellonian University and Krakow offer many opportunities for development in every direction and do not limit you to one choice.

From our lecturers

Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Barańska Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Barańska
The university opens horizons, allows you to meet many valuable people, teaches high culture. It offers the possibility of education, including self-education, but under the guidance of specialists. How to make good use of your study time? Take advantage of a comprehensive offer, not only the one within a given field of study. Combine work with pleasure as this may be the most important time in our lives.

All about admission

Admissions Office

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Admission to studies

Admission to study programmes at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System: If you have any questions related to admission, please contact the Admissions Office directly or visit the websites: and

Detailed information about admission to this study programme, including information on the method of calculating the result, qualification criteria, fees, deadlines, and a list of required documents are available on the Online Application System (IRK):

Transfer from other university or study programme

Transfer from another university, including a foreign one, or change of study programme within the University is possible with the dean's consent after completing the first year of studies and fulfilling additional requirements established by the Faculty Council. For inquiries regarding transfer, please contact the unit responsible for the specific study programme directly.

See also

Careers Service

Centre of Academic Support
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland


Chemistry and the chemical industry are fundamental for the quality life of modern societies. Therefore, it is necessary to educate specialists with degrees in Chemistry, who can be employed not only in the economic sector, but also based on the knowledge of the current scientific achievements, actively participate in the implementation of modern technologies. Chemistry programme at JU is designed to educate such specialists. Graduates may work in various sectors of economy and social life, from chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industry to industrial, chemical, diagnostic and analytical laboratories (e.g. court/forensic analytics), small-scale manufacturing, trading companies, environmental protection institutions, higher education, scientific and research and development institutions. Students of the second-cycle programme have the opportunity to participate in additional classes preparing for obtaining authorization to teach chemistry. There is a Careers and Promotion Office working at the Faculty of Chemistry.

Further education possibilities

What alumni say about us

Alumni Stories: Agnieszka Tajchert Alumni Stories: Agnieszka Tajchert
Thanks to chemistry, I was able to go to the USA for an internship, where I not only developed my worldview, but also improved my language skills, learned to work in international groups. This, in turn, helped me decide to start doctoral studies in Switzerland. I know that all my choices are related and go well together. Each of my decisions has contributed to the fact that I work in my profession and I am satisfied.

Alumni stories: Sebastian Błaszkiewicz Alumni stories: Sebastian Błaszkiewicz
I believe that studying science provides great value for business. I really appreciate the fact that we were expected to gain a thorough understanding of problems, to look for solutions rather than learn things by heart. I believe that my studies taught me to think, analyse and smoothly navigate through a huge amount of data.

University in close-up

Centre for Communications and Marketing

Offer for school

The following events are conducted in Polish – to find out about the offer for English-speaking audience, please get in touch with the organizer directly. Additionally, due to the current pandemic, some faculty and university events may be canceled or conducted in a form other than that described below.

The Faculty of Chemistry offers the following events:

  • Events supporting the preparation for the matura exam: revision workshops – lectures and classes, mock high school final exam in chemistry and the September high school final exam diagnosis, review webinars
  • Workshops for Olympians
  • Chemistry Knowledge Olympiad for primary schools
  • Chemistry Knowledge Olympiad for secondary schools – graduate high school students receive "indexes" for studies at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University in the following study programmes: Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Popular science online lectures "Chemistry has many faces," scientific demonstrations – experiments shows

The full events offer, additional information about particular events, and contact details are available on the Faculty's website: (available in Polish only).

We invite all schools to take part in the cycle of meetings "University Closer to You – visits to the Jagiellonian University". The aim of the meetings during the tours is to familiarize students with the history of our University through a rich educational offer (lectures, workshops, laboratory classes, etc.). The current programme of the event is available on the organizer's website – the Centre for Communications and Marketing of the Jagiellonian University.

The Jagiellonian Library offers tours of both the old and new parts of the building. The tour programme includes presentations on the history of the Library and the building itself, as well as a visit to the Department of Depositories. The offer of the Collegium Maius includes lessons on "The Trail of Science" and "The Trail of History and Art," as well as interactive online classes. We also invite you to explore the educational offer of the Botanical Garden, the Nature Education Centre, the Confucius Institute, and the Museum of Anatomy.


The study programme is conducted at the Faculty of Chemistry located in the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival, so-called the Third Campus, in Kraków’s district – Ruczaj. For more information, please contact:

ul. Gronostajowa 2
30-387 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 686 27 56, 12 686 27 55, 12 686 27 54