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Study catalog

Basic information

Language of instruction

Polish

Duration

3 years

Wydział Nauk Ścisłych i Technicznych

Katowice

Profil kształcenia: ogólnoakademicki

Informator ECTS

Description

Degree programme characteristics

Have you ever wondered why the sky at sunset is red and blue during the day? Do you know how leaves turn yellow in the autumn or how photovoltaic panels work? Do you understand the principles of vaccine design? Or maybe you are thinking about why luminol in contact with a trace amount of blood shines with a delicate but clearly blue light? And what exactly is this luminol...?!

These are just some of the questions that you may find answers to on the Internet, but complete understanding of the explanations is possible only due to chemical studies.  So if you are characterized by unlimited curiosity, you are a person who is not afraid of experimenting independently in the laboratory (although under the supervision of qualified academic staff), we invite you to familiarize yourself with our offer and to study Chemistry at the University of Silesia - our educational offer is aimed at you!

Studies in Chemistry

The initial semesters of the Bachelor’s degree studies are focused on building solid foundation in the basic fields of chemistry (analytical, physical, inorganic and organic chemistry), enriched with knowledge in biology, mathematics or physics necessary for a proper understanding of chemical sciences. In addition to compulsory subjects, which are the common ground of all chemical degree programmes available at Polish universities, we offer you the opportunity to select individual teaching paths that allow you to develop your individual interests. The wide range of directional classes that are chosen during the fifth semester of studies includes:

  • Drug chemistry,
  • Organic and biological chemistry,
  • Inorganic and structural chemistry,
  • Physical chemistry with electrochemistry,
  • Chemical analytics,
  • Chemistry of polymers and ceramic materials,
  • Chemistry of luminescent materials,
  • Computational chemistry.

During the studies, you will learn how to analyse materials using various instrumental techniques, for example chromatographic or spectroscopic methods, which are standard equipment of any laboratory in which you would like to find employment in the future.

By participating in the classes that constitute the curriculum of the Bachelor’s degree studies you will be in the qualified hands of academics with recognized scientific achievements. The high quality of education is evidenced by the accreditation granted by the Polish Accreditation Committee (PAC).

The full-time 1st cycle studies in the degree programme of Chemistry last only three years after which the graduate is provided with the Bachelor's degree. Graduates of the 1st cycle studies have the opportunity to continue their education at the 2nd cycle studies where they can broaden their acquired chemical knowledge and develop their interests during classes as part of major modules. A detailed description of the majors included in the offer of the 2nd cycle studies can be found at   https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wnst/studia/student/kierunki/specjalizacje/#1640783170005-f25b4fe5-2064

So if to study Chemistry, why at the University of Silesia?

The answer is extremely simple, but covers several points:

  • By modernizing the curriculum, we cooperated with the representatives of chemical companies, students and graduates, taking into account the current situation on the labour market and basing on the best Polish and European models.
  • Laboratory classes are conducted primarily by the method of experiment (learn-by-doing).
  • The scope of education is closely related to scientific research conducted by employees of the Institute of Chemistry.
  • In addition to the basic classes (lectures, seminars), we also offer workshop classes or the so-called tutoring, allowing for the development of the Master-Student relationship.
  • The most talented students conduct individual research projects under the guidance of an academic from the first year of studies, often also involved in international scientific teams.
  • Activity in the university scientific circle gives you the opportunity to conduct your own scientific research and present the results of your work at national (and international) conferences.
  • Aspects of practical education have been extended with the possibility of conducting four-week internships in companies and institutions with a chemical profile, cooperating with the Katowice Institute of Chemistry.
  • We offer participation in additional, free classes improving social and specialist competences, i.e. workshops, certified trainings, study visits to employers and specialist classes at employers.
  •  We offer a wide selection of teaching projects financed from the European Social Fund and student exchange programs known as MOST (national trips) and Erasmus+ (internships abroad at partner universities in Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Romania, Belgium, Italy, France... and many more).

Career prospects (profile of the graduate)

What next? - Career prospects

The 20th century was supposedly the century of physics. The 21st century is the age of biology. Where is the place for chemistry? EVERYWHERE. Chemistry is a central part of scientific progress. It has been an integral part of both physics and biology, which dominated individual centuries. The work of a chemist is so omnipresent and subtly all-pervading that (unfortunately) it is too often taken for granted. Chemists can be:

  • architects creating materials with appropriate resistance, strength and aesthetics;
  • physicists determining the structure of molecules using quantum mechanics;
  • art experts verifying the authenticity of the work;
  • biologists explaining fundamental life processes;
  • doctors, designing new drugs and constructing diagnostic tools;
  • molecular cooks bringing out a perfectly pure taste in a surprising form;
  • forensic specialists reconstructing the course of events step by step;

Chemists can also be engineers in a very basic sense of the word, building molecules - atom by atom...

As the graduate of studies at the Institute of Chemistry of the University of Silesia, you will be equipped with a comprehensive education in the field of chemical sciences, which will prepare you to work in various branches of the chemical industry. You will also find yourself on the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, biomedical and related fields. Because you will be characterized by the ability to think critically and use the acquired knowledge and skills when solving real research problems both in team and individual action, you will also be needed in forensic laboratories (our graduates find employment at the Jan Sehn Institute of Forensic Research in Krakow) or scientific and implementation institutions. However, most of our graduates of Bachelor’s degree studies continue their education at the 2nd cycle studies.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "new" Polish maturity exam (issued after 2005)

For candidates with NEW MATURA EXAM

Admission to studies is based on secondary school-leaving grades – the results of the below-indicated subjects taken in the written part of Matura exam are taken into consideration:

Chemistry

Better of the following results:

-

basic level x 1

or

-

advanced level x 2

Mathematics

Better of the following results:

-

basic level x 1

or

-

advanced level x 2

Biology

Better of the following results:

-

basic level x 1

or

-

advanced level x 2

Physics and Astronomy

Better of the following results:

-

basic level x 1

or

-

 advanced level x 2

weight a = 40%

weight b = 20%

weight c = 20%

weight e = 20%

 

Method of calculating points (candidate’s result):

WK = a x Ch + b x M+ c x B + d x F

where:

WK — candidate’s result,

Ch – result in chemistry at the basic or advanced level (Ch=0 when the candidate did not take an exam in chemistry),

M – result in mathematics at the basic or advanced level,

B – result in biology at the basic or advanced level (B=0 when the candidate did not take an exam in biology).

F – result in physics and astronomy at the basic or advanced level (F=0 when the candidate did not take an exam in physics or astronomy), 

Comments:    

  • Admission to studies is decided by means of the place on the ranking list, created on the basis of the candidate’s result (WK).
  • If the number of candidates does not exceed the determined limit of places, all candidates with a result higher than 0 will be admitted.
  • If the candidate took a specific subject in Matura exam at both levels, the result in the level which will be more favourable for the candidate after multiplying by the relevant weight and conversion rate will be taken into account.
  • If the candidate did not take a specific subject in Matura exam, they will receive zero points in this subject, but they can still join the admission process, as long as their result in at least one subject (chemistry, mathematics, biology, physics and astronomy) on the secondary school-leaving certificate is higher than 0%.

A study candidate is obliged to submit a relevant medical certificate confirming the lack of medical contraindications to take up studies in this degree programme.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "old" Polish maturity exam (issued before 2005)

For candidates with OLD MATURA EXAM (taken until 2004 inclusive):

The grades (results) on the Matura exam achieved by the candidates who took Matura exam until 2004 (the so-called old Matura exam) are converted proportionally into the new Matura exam grade scale in the following way:

Matura exam until 1991

(grade in per cent)

Matura exam after 1991

(grade in per cent)

6 — 100 %

5 — 100%

5 — 90%

4 — 85 %

4 — 75 %

3 — 40%  

3 — 50 %

2 — 30 %

Points in the following subjects are taken into account: chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics or physics and astronomy, taken by the candidate in writing (if the exam was written) or orally (no written exam) on the secondary school-leaving certificate and in the certificate issued by OKE (Regional Examinations Board).

After converting grades into points, the candidate’s result (WK) will be calculated as described in the point concerning the new Matura exam.

Note:

  • If the exam level (basic or advanced) was not specified on the secondary school-leaving certificate for a selected subject, the default level is basic. 

A study candidate is obliged to submit a relevant medical certificate confirming the lack of medical contraindications to take up studies in this degree programme.

International Baccalaureate

  • The candidate who obtained the International Baccalaureate diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureat Organization based in Geneva, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of International Baccalaureate are calculated according to the following indicators:

IB Diploma

Standard level

Higher level

7

100%

100%

6

86%

85,71%

5

72%

71,43%

4

58%

57,14%

3

44%

42,86%

2

30%

28,57%

1

0%

14,29%

In case the candidate does not submit the International Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the IB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the IB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from IB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

European Baccalaureate

The candidate who obtained the European Baccalaureate diploma, issued by European Schools in accordance to the Luxemburg Convention of 21 June 1994 about the European School status, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of European Baccalaureate are treated as results of the extended “new” Polish maturity exams and are calculated according to the following indicators:

EB exam

“new” Polish maturity exam

9,00 ÷ 10,00

100%

8,00 ÷ 8,95

90%

7,00 ÷ 7,95

75%

6,00 ÷ 6,95

60%

5,00 ÷ 5,95

45%

4,00 ÷ 4,95

30%

In case the candidate does not submit the European Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the EB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the EB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from EB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

Secondary education certificate, or equivalent, obtained outside of Poland

The candidate who has obtained the secondary school graduation certificate (or another document) issued outside Poland may apply for studies. The document has to entitle the holder to undertaking Bachelor studies in the country in which the document was issued.

For candidates which are Polish citizens or apply for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens, the admission procedures defined in the programme’s description apply.

Foreign candidates applying for studies on other basis (tuition-paying, tuition-free, scholarships) are accepted for studies under regulations other than noted in the admission criteria. 

If programme’s admission criteria require mark in Polish language :
The candidates applying as Polish citizens or on the same rules as Polish, which finished secondary education outside Poland, will have the mark of that country’s language taken into account instead of Polish language mark.

In the case of candidates who have a secondary school-leaving certificate or other document authorising them to take up 1st cycle studies or long-cycle studies issued abroad, the grades in the document authorising them to take up studies in the country of document issue are taken into consideration. Additionally, WKR may take into consideration the grades in external exams in the countries where such exams are conducted, e.g.: result of CT exam in the case of Belarus, result of EGE exam in the case of Russia, and result of ZNO exam in the case of Ukraine. The results of these exams shall be regarded as equivalent to Polish advanced Matura exam.

Note: If programme’s admission criteria under “new” Polish maturity exam include additional entrance exams the results of BOTH entrance exam and secondary school graduation certificate are considered.

Exceptions from admission procedures

Nazwa olimpiady / konkursu Tytuł uprawniający do ulgi Limit miejsc Uwagi
Ogólnopolski Konkurs Chemiczny laureat 10
Olimpiada Biologiczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Chemiczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy Ekologicznej laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Fizyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Informatyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Innowacji Technicznych i Wynalazczości laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Matematyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy Technicznej laureat lub finalista

Szczegółowa procedura uznania powyższych uprawnień dostępna jest na stronie https://us.edu.pl/kandydat/rekrutacja-na-studia-krok-po-kroku/olimpiady-i-konkursy/

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

Payment for semester
dla Polaków i cudzoziemców uprawnionych do kształcenia na studiach stacjonarnych w języku polskim bez ponoszenia opłat za studia.

No tuition fees


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

Opłata wnoszona w całości

2 650,00 PLN

Opłata w 3 częściach

  • 924,00 PLN
  • 924,00 PLN
  • 952,00 PLN

Contact

Faculty's contact details

Wydział Nauk Ścisłych i Technicznych

ul. Bankowa 14
40-007 Katowice
32 359 15 50

https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wnst

dziekanat.wnst@us.edu.pl

Contact for foreigners

Biuro Rekrutacji Cudzoziemców

Bankowa 12, pok. 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
admission@us.edu.pl