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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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Medicinal Chemistry

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

The challenges of modern civilization create the need to constant search for new biologically active compounds, their analysis and isolation from biological material, computer-aided design of new compounds, and synthesis using advanced methods of organic chemistry to obtain a product of the desired degree of purity. This describes what Medicinal Chemistry is about. It is based on solid foundations in chemistry and covers selected issues in biological, medical, and pharmaceutical sciences. The designed study program was consulted with potential employers from the region, whose comments on the graduate's profile were taken into account when selecting the subjects of the courses.

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

  • Category A+ granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • 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

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.

Student matters

International Students Office

Centre of Academic Support

internationalstudents.uj.edu.pl
iso@uj.edu.pl
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Student Scholarships Office

Centre of Academic Support

stypendia.uj.edu.pl
stypendia@uj.edu.pl
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

Sylwia, student of the Faculty of Chemistry Sylwia, student of the Faculty of Chemistry
Studies are not only a time of carefree parties, integration, and the acquisition of exciting experiences. It is worth thinking about standing in its courtyard after five years in your Alma Mater with your diploma, master's degree in your pocket and saying: "Those were the best years of my life!" (…) Studies are a time when you have a moment to sit down and reflect on yourself. Invest in yourself. Remember that money invested in yourself is never money wasted. Capital returns in the future; believe me, I know what I'm talking about. In addition, I highly recommend getting involved and spending your time working in various types of student organizations and on journeys that educate!

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.

Dr Alicja Rafalska-Łasocha Dr Alicja Rafalska-Łasocha
It is worth studying at the Jagiellonian University because it has a rich, centuries-old tradition; it is also the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. We are currently among the best universities in our country with modern research laboratories on the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the Renewal of the Jagiellonian University and historic, beautiful lecture halls in the heart of Kraków. It is also worth studying at Jagiellonian University because Kraków is a magical city where history and modernity create a colorful collage, full of development opportunities for young people hungry for knowledge and intellectual impressions. As a chemist, of course, I encourage you to study at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University.

All about admission

Admissions Office

Centre of Academic Support

welcome.uj.edu.pl
welcome@uj.edu.pl
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

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.

See also

Careers Service

Centre of Academic Support

biurokarier.uj.edu.pl
kariery@uj.edu.pl
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland

Graduates

Medicinal Chemistry graduates are perfectly prepared to work in various types of laboratories in the study of the activity of new compounds, the synthesis and analysis of biologically active compounds. With an interdisciplinary knowledge of chemical, biological and medical sciences, the graduates will be ready to work in various branches of the chemical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, biomedical, cosmetics and food industry.

Graduates of the second-cycle studies are additionally prepared to conduct research work in domestic and foreign research centers. A great emphasis is being put on creative thinking, creating a scientific approach to everyday life, and most importantly, using the knowledge to resolve various problems of a graduate in a labour market. There is a Careers and Promotion Office working at the Faculty of Chemistry.

Further education possibilities

University in close-up

Centre for Communications and Marketing

promocja.uj.edu.pl
wycieczki@uj.edu.pl

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: dlaszkol.chemia.uj.edu.pl (available in Polish only).


We invite all schools to a series of meetings, "University Closer to you – trips to the Jagiellonian University." The purpose of the sessions as part of the tours is to familiarize students with our university's history through a broad educational offer (lectures, workshops, laboratory classes, etc.). The current program of the event is available on the organizer's website - Centre for Communications and Marketing.

The Jagiellonian Library allows you to visit the old and new parts of the building. The tour program includes presentations of information about the history of the Library and the building itself and a tour of the Warehouse Department. The offer of Collegium Maius consists of the "Traces of science" and "Traces of history and art" lessons as well as interactive online classes. We also invite you to familiarize yourself with the educational offer of: the Botanic Garden, the Nature Education Center, the Confucius Institute, and the Museum of the Department of Anatomy UJ CM.

Contact

The study programme is conducted at the Faculty of Chemistry 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:

dziekana@chemia.uj.edu.pl

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

chemia.uj.edu.pl
chemia.uj.edu.pl/studia/dziekanat