Skip to main content

Web Content Display Web Content Display

Web Content Display Web Content Display

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.

Web Content Display Web Content Display

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

  • 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.

Go to the video

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

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
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


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

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