Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biotechnology at Jagiellonian University


The Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biotechnology consists of over 80 scientists working in 15 departments. Our mission is to educate students in the area of biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology and conduct scientific research aimed at understanding the chemical and physical processes which occur in living organisms.

Currently, 350 students study at the Ist, IInd and IIrd level of higher education, leading to a BSc, MSc o PhD degree. The Faculty offers courses (taught in English) for foreign students, who visit our Faculty in a capacity of Erasmus exchange scholars. Foreign students can also enrol in a two-year Biotechnology in English Programme.

Scientific research conducted at the Faculty concentrates on problems of biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology, and embraces various aspects microbiology, immunology, virology, cell biology and plant physiology. The Faculty is engaged in scientific collaboration with over eighty Polish and foreign academic centres. In recent years the Faculty has developed collaborative links with pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as with hospitals.

Jagiellonian University

The Jagiellonian University, often shortened to UJ; historical names include Latin: Studium Generale, University of Kraków, Kraków Academy, The Main Crown School, and Main School of Kraków) was established in 1364 by Casimir III the Great in Kazimierz (district of Kraków). It is the oldest university in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest universities in the world. It was positioned by QS World University Rankings as the best Polish university among the world's top 500 and the ARWU as second-best Polish higher-level institution. In 2006, The Times Higher Education Supplement ranked Jagiellonian University as Poland's top university.

The university fell upon hard times when the occupation of Kraków by Austria-Hungary during the Partitions of Poland threatened its existence. In 1817, soon after the creation of the Duchy of Warsaw the university renamed as Jagiellonian University to commemorate Poland's Jagiellonian dynasty, which first revived the Kraków University in the past.

The structure of the Jagiellonian University is unique in Poland. Among the 15 faculties, there are three which comprise the Collegium Medicum: The Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Health Protection. These three were separated from the University in 1950, following the Soviet model, and reincorporated in the Alma Mater in1993. Until recently, the Jagiellonian was the only Polish university with medical faculties, although currently the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń also has them.

The Jagiellonian University educates on the three levels: Ordinary, Masters, and Doctoral, following the principles of the Bologna Process. There are well over a hundred degrees and specialties available in Polish, as well as over a dozen in English. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has been implemented in all courses and specialties, enabling trouble-free linking of studies at UJ with studies in other European countries. Together with the development of co-operation with a number of universities worldwide, this has enabled a great increase in student mobility.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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MSc in Molecular Biotechnology

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Poland Kraków

We cordially welcome students from other countries to visit and study at our Faculty. The opportunities for foreign students include [+]

We cordially welcome students from other countries to visit and study at our Faculty. The opportunities for foreign students include: Erasmus and Erasmus-Mundus studentships "Molecular Biotechnology" studies leading to MSc degree PhD studentships  MSc in Biotechnology "Molecular Biotechnology" (leading to MSc in Biotechnology) is a programme of studies dedicated to foreign students. "Molecular Biotechnology" is a programme of studies leading to MSc degree. Students are obliged to collect 30 ECTS for each semester, i.e. a total of 120 ECTS for the whole Master's programme. At the end of the programme the student will write a Master's thesis, which should describe the results of her/his research project. The results of this project will be presented during a Faculty seminar for MSc candidates (a short oral presentation), and the thesis will be evaluated by the reviewers and subsequently defended during a Master's exam. During a Master's exam a student is expected to answer questions covering all areas of knowledge and expertise covered by the "Molecular Biotechnology" programme of studies. Obligatory courses Introduction to medical biotechnology  Plant biotechnology Transgenic plants Principles and perspectives of gene therapy Molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis Viral vectors in medical biotechnology Optional courses Applications of phage displayed peptide libraries Advanced methods in biology at the molecular level Molecular biology of plant growth and development Introduction to photobiology and photomedicine Monoclonal antibodies – practicals Biology of nitric oxide Melanin and pigment cells Genetic information – origin and modern methods of study Nuclear receptors in gene regulation and diseases Molecular principles of bacterial pathogenesis Mechanisms of cell trafficking from leukocyte homing to metastasis Plant Photobiology Selected methods of cell engineering Fluorescence and confocal microscopy Digital image analysis Note: a list of optional courses available in English changes semester by semester. Eligibility Candidates are expected to have: at least a BSc degree (or an equivalent, usually awarded after three years of university studies) a good command of English, at least on a CAE level B (the candidates whose mother tongue is English, or those who received a degree at a university or faculty, where all teaching is conducted in English do not need to provide any English language certificates). Ranking list The recruitment process leads to forming a ranking list of candidates, in the order of the points scored (0–100 points).  The points are calculated in the following way: the level of education is assessed on the basis of scores listed in the transcript of records (an official document form the university, which the candidate attended, listing all subjects studied and the marks earned by the student). The number of points is 0 – max. 20; it is calculated on the basis of student's achievements in chemistry, physics and mathematics – max. 5 points; cell biology – max. 5 points, biochemistry – max. 5 points, cell biology – max. 5 points, microbiology and immunology – 5 points, and an interview conducted in English, 0 – max 80 points. The interview is aimed at assessing the candidate's skills in communicating in English, including the terminology of biological sciences and chemistry, as well as her/his abilities and motivation The minimum number of points required for admission to Biotechnology in English is 70. Tuition fees Registration fee: EURO 50 (to be paid prior to August 25, 2016) "Molecular Biotechnology" fees: EURO 2000 – for students from member countries of European Community EURO 4000 – for students from countries outside European Community [-]


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Jagiellonian University

Address Gołębia 24
Krakow, PL
Website http://www.uj.edu.pl/
Phone +48 12 422 10 33