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Basic information

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2 years

Faculty of Natural Sciences


Education profile: General academic

ECTS guidebook


Specializations offered:          

  • General and Experimental Biology
  • Ecology and Nature Conservation
  • Evaluation of Natural Resources

Foreign language course offered:              English,7

Web page of the Faculty:                  

Characteristics of the study:

During the MSc studies, completed with the defense of the master dissertation, students deepen their knowledge and skills in biological science and, under the supervisor’ direction, perform, by themselves, the researches in general and experimental biology or ecology and environmental protection. Proposed forms of teaching include lectures, seminars, bachelor, specialization and MSc practical trainings, laboratory classes, listening classes as well as field classes.

The workshops and Master’s projects are conducted in the modern, well-equipped laboratories or in the field, while the seminars provide essential theoretical support on how to plan research experiments and how to prepare, discuss and present Master’s thesis. Besides, the curriculum of this degree scheme contains courses from the following disciplines that are common and obligatory for all students, i.e. plant and animal phylogenetics and taxonomy, selected aspects of the ecology, mechanisms of evolution and bioethics. The important component of the curriculum is also to familiarise a student with modern information technology as well as with the application of statistical tools in life sciences. Apart from the obligatory courses, which compose a main scaffold of the curriculum, numerous facultative courses are offered, enabling individual profiling of the educational path of the students according to their interests and preferences and in connection with the chosen specialisation. This offer is additionally supplemented by a plethora of courses from related fields of study, such as biotechnology and environmental protection.

General and Experimental Biology

The graduate of this specialisation obtains a solid and up to date knowledge on the general and experimental biology and related biological disciplines. Practical, specialised skills of the alumnus, supported by the essential theoretical knowledge are linked to the use of advanced equipment of the biology laboratories as well as both basic and advanced techniques used in biological material analyses.

Ecology and Nature Conservation

The graduate of this specialisation obtains a solid and up to date knowledge on the ecology and nature conservation and related biological disciplines. The knowledge possessed during the study enable to identify threatened species and habitats and invasive alien species and evaluate the biological diversity.

The program of specialization beside an obligatory module on biological diversity protection, offers numerous and versatile facultative courses which provide a students with the advanced knowledge on various aspects of ecology and  nature conservation including between others adaptation of organisms to the environment, bioindicators and biomarkers of environmental stress, soil biology, biological methods for assessment of the environment quality, dendrology, environmental and ecological education, social ecology, phytosociology, ecosystem creation and restoration.

Evaluation of Natural Resources

The graduate has a broad and systematic knowledge of general biology and demonstrates in-depth knowledge and skills regarding the wide-ranging problems concerned with the evaluation of natural resources and biodiversity protection. The graduate is able to correctly identify and describe different natural environments, with particular consideration of elements listed in all national and European legislation, and in other publications related to the protection of biodiversity. The graduate can use molecular research techniques for developing effective conservation projects regarding the genetic resources of plants and animals. The graduate has the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out an inventory and evaluation of natural resources and to analyse the results with a critical approach. A graduate of this speciality has the theoretical and practical background to use modern statistical tools and information systems for the acquisition, collecting, processing and visualization of geographic data (GIS). Thus, a graduate of this speciality is prepared to carry out scientific research using computer modelling and to prepare professional reports which have a practical use. In addition, the graduate is aware of the need to document the current state of the natural environment. He/she has acquired the knowledge and skills necessary in the design of databases, storage and management of environmental data, following all relevant legal regulations in this area.

Professional prospects:

Graduates can be employed in scientific institutions and production plants, analytical, control and diagnostic laboratories, museum natural departments, health care institutions, pharmaceutical and food industry, in plant growing and animal husbandry, in the environmental protection and economy institutions and agencies, in the custom offices (due to the convention about international market of wild animals and plants), in the offices of environmental protection of local governments, in the advisory centers for EU funds application, in the consulting firms, non-governmental organizations or in the educational institutions and ecological education centers.

Additional important information for candidates:

Study program, according to the assumptions of National Qualification Framework, is realized in the ECTS system which enables students to take part in international Exchange, study abroad and, as the result, look for a job abroad. Students can acquire the authorization for becoming teachers within the frames of educational programme offered additionally.

Admissions criteria

Persons holding an undergraduate, graduate or engineer’s degree diploma studies in the scope of biology or the related disciplines may apply to be admitted to studies.

In case of candidates in other programmes than biology (related disciplines), the decision regarding admitting to the recruitment procedure will be undertaken by the recruitment committee on the basis of an analysis of obtained learning effects and the curriculum of completed studies.

Recruitment is held on the basis of the assessment of the required documents submitted by the candidate (upon prior registration in the Online Application System).

If the number of candidates exceeds the limit of vacancies, the order of acceptance will be determined by the place on the ranking list created on the basis of the average of grades from studies.

The candidate is obliged to submit the relevant Medical certificate regarding lack of health counterindications for the commencement of studies in the given programme.

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2021/2022

Payment for semester
for Polish citizens and foreigners entitled to education at full-time studies conducted in Polish without paying the tuition fee.

No tuition fees

Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

To be announced

Semestral fee will be announced at a later date.


Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Natural Sciences

ul. Jagiellońska 28
40-032 Katowice
32 200 95 65

Contact for foreigners

International Admissions Office

Bankowa 12, room 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73