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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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Environmental Protection

Faculty of Chemistry

Available programmes

first-cycle programme

not available

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

One of the priority challenges facing modern societies is to reconcile the development of civilization with the protection of environmental resources. This is what specialists with interdisciplinary knowledge about the environment and processes taking place in it do – and those specialists are educated in the Environmental Protection study programme at JU. These studies include elements of chemistry and biology, as well as physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, law, medicine, chemical engineering, town planning, and even architecture. The subject of ecology and environmental protection is no stranger to most of us, and this programme will make you professionals who are needed more and more.

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 in 2019, 2nd place in 2020, 3rd place between 2021 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)
  • 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
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

Marta: scientist evolution Marta: scientist evolution
The cool thing about my studies is that this is a mix of everything. There are elements of the exact sciences such as mathematics, computer science, physics, geography, and, above all, biology and chemistry. In addition to that, humanistic and sociological matters such as: civilization threats, history of chemistry, legal foundations of environmental protection, environmental policy, environmental education. We visit interesting places: specialized laboratories, landfills, waterworks, sewage treatment plants. There is something for everyone.

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 at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System (IRK): 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: and

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):

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
ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Kraków, Poland


The Environmental Protection programme puts great emphasis on graduates’ education with broad foundations in chemistry and biology fields, enabling them to identify threats to the environment, predict the effects of these threats, and select the optimal methods and means to counteract these threats. Thanks to this, a graduate is prepared to work in monitoring and environmental protection, industry, production plants, laboratories, environmental protection services, administration, scientific and research and development institutions. Graduates acquire competencies to work in managerial positions in institutions related to environmental protection in secondary and higher education facilities.

Further education possibilities


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