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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 Philosophy

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)

main discipline: Philosophy

This study programme will be permanently closed from 2023/2024 academic year.
Education will be conducted until the end of ongoing studies cycle.

The information or links posted on this website may be outdated.

Programme description

What is Ethics at the Jagiellonian University? This interdisciplinary second-cycle programme is intended for graduates of other programmes, including those who already pursue professional acitivity and want to acquire additional general ethical competencies and competencies in the field of ethical analysis concerning the area of their primary academic field. The modular structure of the programme enables students to get to know specific ethical issues faced by scientific, administrative, social and political institutions. Together with students of such programmes as law or biotechnology, they work on models of professional ethics. As a result, they acquire the most important competence of a graduate (future ethics specialist): the ability to merge strictly professional and general ethical perspectives, technical aspects, and the (inter-) human dimension. Four interdisciplinary modules are planned according to the principle “from humanistic approaches, typical of ethics and philosophy, to practical approaches related to working on the living and dead human body”. Hence the modules are arranged as follows: “Cultural anthropology”, “Law and Ethics”, “Medical anthropology in historical and archaeological research” and “Biotechnology“.

Information regarding Faculty

The Faculty of Philosophy is one of the oldest faculties of our university, founded in 1364. The A+ category was granted to the Faculty by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Study programmes conducted at the Faculty lead in rankings prepared by the Education Foundation “Perspektywy”, talented students win the prestigious Diamond Grant programme every year and succeed in Polish and international contests. The Faculty of Philosophy is the place where a human being is in the centre of research interest. Studies are an excellent opportunity to learn more about oneself, other cultures and religions as well as understand the world, an individual, and society.

The Faculty consists of 5 institutes: Institute of Philosophy, Institute of Pedagogy, Institute of Psychology, Institute of Religious Studies, Institute of Sociology and Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations. Classes are taught in the Institute of Philosophy in the very centre of Kraków.

Rankings, distinctions, accreditations

  • Scientific category A in the main discipline of Philosophy awarded to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków by the decision of the Minister of Education and Science

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 operate 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 Philosophy, f. e. Students of Ethics Academic Circle.

Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes, such as Erasmus+, Utrecht Network, bilateral exchange programmes, European university Una Europa, or the domestic mobility programme called MOST.

More than just studies

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See also

Careers Service

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


Due to technological development, the labour market forced the emergence of a new type of specialists, i.e. people dealing with its ethical aspects, e.g.:

  • admissibility of using technology to diagnose and treat diseases
  • treatment of human remains in the course of research
  • solving intercultural conflicts

These are, for example, experts on professional ethics, members of ethics committees, administration employees dealing with delicate social issues (persons with disabilities or chronically ill, victims of mobbing, etc.), persons prepared to work at the intersections of academic ethics and economic, social and political practice. The study programme prepares graduates to develop independently in the above mentioned areas. The programme curriculum was designed so that graduates of other programmes, including those who already professional activity, could additionally acquire general ethical competencies and competencies in the field of ethical analysis as regards their primary academic field.

While supplemented with a teacher’s training, the programme prepares and authorises to teach ethics and philosophy in schools.

Further education possibilities


The study programme is conducted at the Institute of Philosophy, a unit of the Faculty of Philosophy. The Institute is located in the historic centre of Kraków. For more information, please contact:

ul. Grodzka 52
31-044 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 663 17 32