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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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Physics

Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science

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: Physical 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: Physical Sciences

Programme description

The golden age of physics has lasted for over 300 years. In every generation, from Newton to Einstein to Feynman, there have been scholars whose activity has contributed to the impressive transformation of our civilization over the past centuries, all the way to our times of electronics and computers. The JU has a great influence on the development of physics. Wróblewski – a co-author of the air condensation, and Smoluchowski, the Brownian motion interpreter, are two of our great predecessors. Kraków physicists have contributed to the development of modern physics. The Institute of Physics, the successor of the Department of Physics founded over 200 years ago, educates academic staff in all leading fields of physics.

The Institute offers a solid education and skills useful in obtaining a job. It allows for beginning an academic career or a career in other professions. The labor market prospects are good; there are no unemployed physicists, although many graduates successfully work in other fields which do not require physicists’ education. Employers are aware that a physics degree is a guarantee of reliability and the ability to cope with constantly changing requirements. The physics study programme teaches critical thinking and regularity and prepares for creative work. Completion of the optional classes for teachers allows graduates to work at schools.

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Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science is one of the cutting-edge such units in Poland. It has the A+ scientific category in the rating of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and is a part of the Krakow Scientific Consortium named after Marian Smoluchowski awarded with the KNOW status (2013–2017). The faculty teaches in the scope of astronomy, astrophysics, physics, biophysics and applied computer science. It also offers interdisciplinary studies in mathematics and natural sciences and studies in the advanced materials and nanotechnology field of study. Fields of studies conducted at the faculty lead in rankings prepared by the Education Foundation 'Perspektywy' and talented students win the prestigious Diamond Grant programme.

The premises of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science are located on the territory of the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival. Students gain a practical knowledge based on classes in laboratories and workshops equipped with modern research and measuring equipment, and specialized software which is crucial when it comes to further research work and participation in research projects or career in other jobs. The Faculty cooperates with many companies by conducting joint classes, research projects, and master's theses.

👉  Virtual walk through the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Positive evaluation of the study programme rating awarded by the Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA)
  • 2nd place between 2019 and 2022 in the Ranking of Study Programmes prepared by the ‘Perspektywy’ Education Foundation
  • Category A+ granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • Status of the Leading National Research Centre (KNOW) between 2013 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. There are many student associations at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science, f.e. Physicists Research Group, young scientists can apply for the Frank Wilczek Prize funded by the Faculty and the Kosciuszko Foundation, or for a scholarship and tutoring as part of the SciMat project.

Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes such as Erasmus+, 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

Daria Daria
For me, student life is not only lectures and exercises but also endless conversations about everything in the Physicists Research Group, a game of good board games in the break between classes, learning together (necessarily with a packet of cookies or a pizza box) or long hours in the lab, where something unexpected can always happen.

Maciej Maciej
Education or experience?
I usually participate in lectures and workshops until 3 p.m. Later, I gain experience by attending seminars, workshops, and meetings with representatives of various companies.

From our lecturers

Dr Witold Zawadzki, Institute of Physics Dr Witold Zawadzki, Institute of Physics
The University provides unique conditions for studying - access to modern research equipment, scholarship programmes and what is most important: people - academic teachers and scientists.

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

Physics graduates are prepared to work in research centers and institutions, diagnostic and industrial laboratories, consulting companies, IT industry, public sector, and administration, at school (after obtaining additional pedagogical qualifications). Graduates of Physics are able to implement their scientific achievements in life.

Further education possibilities

What alumni say about us

Alumni Stories: Maria Żurek Alumni Stories: Maria Żurek
In my work it is difficult to separate my private and professional life. Constant trips, meetings, conferences, experiments, work until small hours and pressure. I love many aspects of what I do, but also sometimes it is very tiring for me. The problem of coping with stress, the balance between work and private life and mental health in general in academia is serious and should be talked about (...)

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 Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science offers the following events:

  • laboratory classes based on simple experiments from the scope of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, and optics performed by students on their own under the supervision of experienced academics and doctoral students
  • workshops in physics—for students interested in physics in the scope exceeding their school's curriculum. The programme consists of solving problems concerning physics in the form of multi-level theoretical tasks, classes in the physics workshop, and individual meetings of workshop participants with the Institute of Physics academics
  • evenings with stars organized at the Astronomical Observatory—include popular science lecture, the exhibition of meteorites, a visit to the observatory domes, observation using a 35cm Maksutov telescope (if the weather is right)
  • 'Women to science!' campaign; astronomy for everyone; physics high-school mock exam, and much more. 

More information about the evens is available on the Faculty's website.


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 Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science, which is 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:

wydzial.fais@uj.edu.pl

ul. Łojasiewicza 11
30-348 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 664 48 90

fais.uj.edu.pl