Basic information

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2 years


The Master’s degree programme in Biotechnology equips students with specialist knowledge of various aspects of biotechnology. Students get to know the molecular basis of biological processes, as well as receive advanced knowledge on disciplines such as bioinformatics, bioethics, plant and microbial biotechnology.

The programme focuses also on the use of different experimental techniques in various types of laboratories, which makes our students stand out in the biotechnology industry. Additionally, in the frame of the programme the students participate in lectures provided by guest researchers in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme-LLP/Erasmus.

Career opportunities:

Most graduates are expected to start laboratory-based careers in institutions connected with the food and pharmaceutical industry, health care, environmental protection, plant breeding, pest control or similar branches of science and economy. The Master’s degree programme also prepares graduates to continue on to post-graduate studies, e.g. PhD, in the same or similar field of study.

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Admissions criteria

A minimal number of candidates for the studies to be open is 10.

1. Learning outcomes expected to be presented by a candidate.

A prerequisite for a candidate who wishes to apply for the admission to the second-cycle studies in English is to submit a certificate (e.g. FCE Cambridge, TOEFEL) proving the knowledge of English, otherwise the English language skills of a candidate are evaluated  during interview with the English Recruitment Board.

A candidate is expected to present the knowledge, qualifications and skills acquired at first-cycle, second cycle-studies or a uniform  MSc studies related with natural sciences; especially a candidate should:

  • be familiar with basic concepts and terminology related with natural sciences
  • define and interpret the basic natural phenomena and processes
  • be able to apply the basic techniques and research used in natural sciences
  • present knowledge in maths, physics and chemistry necessary to understand the basic natural phenomena and processes

2. Verification of a candidate qualifications

Verification of a candidate qualifications is based on a supplement to diploma or a transcript of records. The verified candidates are classified according to a mean mark of the studies and in case when two or more candidates got the same mean mark, then the following criteria are taken into consideration: mark for diploma dissertation and mark for the final exam, respectively. Based on these criteria the ranking list is created to fill up the limit of places.

Apart from the documents listed in the recruitment resolution, the candidates have to submit to the Recruitment Board (having registered in the Candidate Registration Electronic System of the University of Silesia) a document confirming the mean mark of the studies as well as the mark for the diploma dissertation and of the final examination, authenticated by the University (Academy) of graduation. These marks can be considered as additional qualification criteria.

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.

Candidate for studies is obliged to submit an appropriate medical certificate confirming the lack of counter indications to studying this field of study.

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

€ 2300.00