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1,5 year

Faculty of Natural Sciences


Education profile: General academic

ECTS guidebook


Programme overview: During the 2nd cycle studies in Applied Geology you will gain advanced knowledge in the field of practical applications of geology. The duration of studies is 3 semesters, ending with the MSc Eng. degree.  You can choose one of the following five majors:

  1. Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy (GiMŚ)
  2. Geophysics (GF)
  3. Prospecting Geology (GP)
  4. Mineral Resources Management (GZSM)
  5. Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology (HiGI)

The above majors are launched in a specific academic year if at least five students are recruited. After completing these studies, you can continue education during four-year doctoral studies in one of the following two doctoral schools: Doctoral School at the University of Silesia in Katowice and International Environmental Doctoral School associated with the Centre for Polar Studies. The programme allows students to gain advanced knowledge in the field of applied Earth sciences.

What makes us stand out?                                                               

  • interesting studies with the option to choose a major and many elective courses,
  • small course groups, easy access to advanced laboratory devices, individual academic tutoring that fosters the master-apprentice relationships,
  • inclusion of students in work within research programmes, possibility to conduct your own scientific research and develop scientific publications based on it,
  • opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment for research on atmospheric pollution installed in a hot-air balloon (the only one in Poland of this kind),
  • research with the use of specialist geophysical and geodetic equipment, thermal imaging cameras, drones, as well as mobile and on-site laboratory for research on water and soil,
  • analyses of chemical composition of a majority of solids, liquids and air using a wide range of spectrometres, microscopes, analysers and other equipment,
  • Silesian Water Centre which deals with water in a complex manner, from the hydrobiological, hydrological, hydrogeological and other perspectives,
  • International Centre for Polar Studies which enables research in the polar regions,
  • possibility to participate in student exchange programmes: Erasmus, Most, CEEPUS,
  • „Graduate of geology at the University of Silesia” is a renowned brand.

What will you learn?

  • what basics of general geology are indispensable for a geology engineer,
  • what the advanced applications of computer techniques in Earth sciences are,
  • what basic entrepreneurship is and how to navigate in the labour market for geologists,
  • how to prepare environmental impact reports,
  • what geomaterials are, how we study and use them,
  • what the advanced techniques of research on air pollution are and what we actually breathe,
  • the applications of geophysics in geology (and more),
  • what natural risks are, how to study and and prevent them,
  • what methods of prospecting geology are and how a modern Earth treasure hunter works,
  • how to develop computer geological models and what possibilities to create forecasts and take decisions they provide,
  • how to administer mineral raw materials, use and dispose of waste,
  • how to protect and use water resources,
  • how geology is applied in construction, hydraulic engineering and geotechnics,
  • other interesting things in selected elective courses.

You will know how to...

  • solve theoretical problems and practical geological tasks in the field of the selected major,
  • use in practice the acquired research methods applied in geology and geophysics,
  • analyse pollution of atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere, use monitoring methods relevant for sphere to design corrective and remedial actions in the environment,
  • take decisions related to the management of water resources, minerals and energy, including energy from renewable sources,
  • work with state-of-the-art equipment, software for interpretation and databases used in geology, visualise the gathered knowledge in the form of maps (created in the GIS environment), computer models,
  • thanks to knowledge of foreign language and social competencies – work in international research teams.

What about your future?

Our graduates work in:

  • mining industry (deep and open cast mines of energy resources, metal ores, rock and chemical raw materials); energy, chemical and steel industry, construction (especially road and hydro-engineering, exploration companies in Poland and around the world,
  • institutions specialised in financing, administering and managing geological activities, mining activities, environmental protection, water management, energetics (WFOŚiGW, PGW - Polskie Wody, as well as in district, provincial and mining authorities),
  • geological authorities in Poland and around the world (Great Britain, Australia, Denmark, Belgium),
  • municipal services (water supply, waste management, sewage treatment), laboratories,
  • companies related to environmental protection (preparing EIA reports, designing solutions and devices for supporting environmental protection, law offices),
  • universities and research institutions in Poland and around the world, consulting and expert companies, and they are willing to share their knowledge and experience with their young fellow students, because the joint experience of studying in “Żyleta” (the tallest academic building in Poland) connects people, not only professionally.

Admissions criteria

The candidates with an Engineer’s degree diploma in the field of applied geology, engineering geology, geology, mining and geology, water management or related disciplines, who have the best achieved learning outcomes for the degree programme: Applied Geology - 1st cycle studies, may apply for admission.

Admission to studies: based on the submission of required documents submitted by the candidate (upon prior registration in Online Application System).

In the case when the number of candidates exceeds the limit of places, admission is decided by means of the ranking list, created on the basis of the average study grade.

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.

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

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

Tuition paid in full


Tuition paid in 3 installments

  • PLN1,056.00
  • PLN1,056.00
  • PLN1,088.00


Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Natural Sciences

ul. Będzińska 60
41-200 Sosnowiec
32 368 92 61
32 368 96 79
32 368 96 76

Contact for foreigners

International Admissions Office

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