Basic information

Language of instruction



4 years


The scientific activity of students is based on current researches carried out in the Institute of Physics and includes subjects conducted by experimental and theoretical research groups.

The main experimental research topics are:

  • properties and technology of mono- and polycrystalline intermetallic compounds and perovskites;
  • properties and technology of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric materials;
  • properties and technology of magnetic materials;
  • investigation of crystal structures and their defects; molecular dynamics and phase transitions;
  • electromagnetic interaction in biological materials;
  • nuclear reactions, nuclear structure and applications of nuclear methods and technology.

The theoretical research activities include:

  • Theory of condensed matter;
  • Statistical Physics;
  • Theory of elementary particles;
  • Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology.


Career opportunities:

Several employment options are possible. Candidates have the opportunity to continue their scientific career in directions such as: academic activity, laboratory research (eg. for an industrial companies) or computer programming.

Admissions criteria

  1. The candidates should meet the following requirements:
    1. Own a Master’s diploma in physics, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry or related discipline,
    2. Have sufficient fluency in English to study and conduct research in the programme,
    3. Submit the recommendation letter of the supervisor of student’s Master thesis and the recommendation letter of an independent employee of student’s mother university,
    4. Receive the written consent to become the student’s scientific supervisor of the employee of the Faculty of Physics,
    5. Submit the CV,
    6. Pass an exam on basics of physics on Master studies level; the range is defined in the list of topics below,
  2. Submit required documents, i.e.:
    1. Candidate’s personal questionnaire from the Online Application System,
    2. Copy of candidate’s Master’s diploma or the certificate of finishing the Master diploma exam. The document must contain the final grade of studies,
    3. Two standard (passport-format) photographs and one scan of the photograph,
    4. Copy of the candidate’s identity document,
    5. The certificate with the average grade of studies (issued by the Dean’s office of candidate’s former university). In case the candidate finished two-stage studies (Bachelor + Master), such certificate is required for each stage of higher education.
    6. Declaration of choosing two of the topics for oral exam chosen of the following: Introduction to atomic and molecular physics; Introduction to nuclear physics; Introduction to condensed-matter physics; Introduction to particle physics; Introduction to astrophysics; Introduction to Solid State Theory; Selected issues in quantum and statistical physics; Mathematical and physical methods in econophysics.
  3. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of places for studies, the candidates are admitted basing on the number of points (marked as S) defined as:

    S=0.3 A+0.05 B+0.05 C+0.5 D+0.1E

    Where A, B, C, D and E are the number of points received in the following criteria:

  • A: average of grades of studies (in case of 2-level studies: average of both undergraduate and graduate studies),
  • B: grade of the diploma thesis,
  • C: grade of the thesis defense,
  • D: grade of the interview and oral exam,
  • E: assessment of the academic achievements (scale: 2-5).

The candidates submit:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s diplomas along with the supplement with grades,
  • Certificate of the grades received for the Maste’s thesis and exam,
  • Certificate with the average grade of studies,
  • Certificate on the applied grade scale – along with the wxplanations.

During the application the candidates are obliged to submit translations for all documents issued in other language than Polish or English. At this stage such translation do not have to be prepared by Polish sworn translator.

During the enrolment (after acceptance for studies) the candidates are obliged to submit translations for all documents issued in other language than Polish. Such translations must be prepared by Polish sworn translator or confirmed by Polish Consul of the country in which the document was issued.

In case of a candidate from a country where the Master’s thesis defense is not obligatory, the Faculty’s committee may alow such to be proceeded on the basis of the document allowing to undertake doctoral studies in the country in which it was issued.


Note: If former stage of candidate's education was not conducted in English, the candidate is required to submit a certificate of fluency in English on B2 level at least.

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2017/2018

Payment for semester
for Polish citizens and foreign candidates applying for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens

No tuition fees

Polish citizens and foreigners applying for studies on the rules applicable to Polish citizens do not settle the tuition fee for full-time studies on the University of Silesia.

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

€ 2600.00


Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

ul. Uniwersytecka 4
40-007 Katowice
32 359 11 30

Contact for foreigners

International Students Admissions Office

Bankowa 12, room 78
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
+48 32 359 20 71