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Faculty of Chemistry
 Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland   tel.: (+48-22) 822 0211, fax: (+48-22) 822 5996

The Polish Scientific Research Council surveys regularly rank the Chemistry Department of the University of Warsaw among the top graduate and research institutes in terms of the excellence of its faculty and the quality of faculty research and publications. Furthermore, the Polish Chemical Society considers this department to be one of the best schools nationwide.

June 1939. Ceremony of erection. Mr. Ignacy Moscicki, President of Poland - on the left. Aerial wiev ~1955 Today's wiev Inauguration of the Academic Year Students laboratory The Faculty Council Hall Świętosławski Lecture Hall Annualy picnic in the garden of the Faculty - 2009 statystyka

1. Chemistry Department


Vice-Dean (scientific & financial affairs)

Vice-Dean (personal & international affairs)

Vice-Dean (student affairs)
Prof. Dr. D.Sc. Paweł Kulesza

Prof. Dr. D.Sc. Zbigniew Stojek

Dr. D.Sc. Magdalena Skompska

Dr. D.Sc. Andrzej Kudelski

The Polish Scientific Research Council surveys regularly rank the Chemistry Department of the University of Warsaw among the top graduate and research institutes in terms of the excellence of its faculty and the quality of faculty research and publications. Furthermore, the Polish Chemical Society considers this department to be one of the best schools nationwide. The faculty is of international repute. Keeping close relations with their colleagues abroad, the scientists often inspire new scientific ideas. The laboratories at the Department are well equipped, enabling students and staff to conduct high level research activities. The undergraduate, graduate, and advanced graduate programs offer unique learning opportunities that combine general education with basic skills and knowledge in chemistry. These programs equip people for employment in various chemistry related fields.

Currently, 700 students are enrolled at the Chemistry Department of the University of Warsaw and, each year, 80-90 students obtain their M.Sc. Diploma. Students who achieve a grade-point average of 4.0 receive scientific stipends. Students, who obtained their M.Sc. diplomas at the Department, are encouraged to continue their studies as Ph.D. students. The Ph.D. studies are tuition-free; students receive stipends and are usually eligible for a low cost accommodation in a residence. At the moment, about 100 students are enrolled in a Ph. D. program at the Department.

1.1. History

Beginning in 1915, Chemistry at the University of Warsaw was developed under the auspicies of the Philosophy Department. In 1927, thanks to the effort of highly recognized professors: Wiktor Lampe, Wojciech Swietoslawski, Stefan Pienkowski and Stanislaw Thugutt, a separate Department of Mathematics and Science was established. In 1952, the Physics and Chemistry Department was created and was soon divided into two separate units. This lead, in 1955, to the formation of the independent Chemistry Department at the University of Warsaw. Since 1955, the Chemistry Department has been located in a separate building at Pasteura 1. This building was erected in 1939, just before the beginning of the Second World War in order to accommodate the Chemistry Department. Instead, however, it was used by Troops during the war. Nowadays, the building at Pasteura 1 hosts most of the laboratories, lecture halls, seminar rooms, classrooms, and auditorium as well as the machine and computer facilities. Inorganic, Organic, Physical Chemistry and Technology Faculties are located at Pasteura 1. Another building, at Zwirki i Wigury 95/97 built later, is a base for Physics, Radiochemistry, Education, and recently, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratories.

1.2. Student's Office

The Chemistry Department Student’s Office is located in the main building at Pasteura 1 to the left of the main entrance, and it is open from 11:00 till 14:00 every day except Fridays and Saturdays. The telephone number to the Office is +48 (0)22 822 02 11 extn. 317.

1.3. Library

The Chemistry Department Library is located in the main building at Pasteura 1 and, during the term, it is open from 9:00 till 19:00 on weekdays and from 9:00 till 14:00 on Saturdays (phone +48 (0)22 822 02 11 extn. 343). Photocopiers are located in the Library and also in the main hall.

2. Admissions

Students are admitted to the Chemistry Department on the basis of a rigorous assessment of their transcripts. All applicants for undergraduate admissions must fulfill the University of Warsaw admission requirements defined by the Rector. The criteria for the admissions are revised each year. Students should refer to the Warsaw University www address: to obtain up-to-date criteria.

3. Degrees, Transfer Applicants

Starting from 2007, the former 5-year M.Sc. program has been divided into a 3-year B. Sc. program (I level) and further 2-year M.Sc. program (level II), thereby adopting an education congruent with other European universities. The Department also adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), enabling students to continue their studies in other countries, e.g. according to the Erasmus and Sokrates programs. The ECTS system also promotes individual studies and helps to organize credit transfers between the Departments.

A minimum of 60 ECTS points are required to complete each year of B. Sc. Studies (total 180) and 120 ECTS points to complete the M.Sc. Program (total 120).

3.1. Bachelor Studies (B.Sc., level I)

In the Bachelor’s program, the courses are divided into mandatory and electives. For instance, all students are required to take basic inorganic, organic and physical chemistry courses and then decide which section they are primarily interested in and choose their courses accordingly.

The B.Sc. students are also required to pass an English test (level B2) by the end of the 6th semester. The English classes are not mandatory, but, if chosen as electives, they are a part of regular classes. The students can also take English classes (240 hours) outside the Chemistry Department.

Additionally, the B.Sc. students are required to participate in physical education activities, including various sport sections. The students also need to take courses that are not related to their subject of studies (8-12 ECTS points) which are offered at other Departments of the University of Warsaw.

After completing all the courses and gaining 180 ECTS points, the B.Sc. students have to write a thesis and pass the final exam in order to obtain a B.Sc. diploma.

3.2. Master Studies (M.Sc., level II).

4. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)    

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a system created by the European Union Committee to facilitate student's exchange between universities according to the agreement between the EU member states. The ECTS is based on a mutual trust between participating institutions and operates on the following principles:

      · Acknowledgement and implementation of uniform educational program at each university.
      · Agreement between the universities on the requirements related to passing the courses
        and obtaining degrees.
      · Use of a common credit system in grading student's work.

A student receives credit points for passing an exam, completing the laboratory class and participating in tutorials as well as for other activities related to his/her studies. Usually 1 credit point is equivalent to 30 hours of a student’s work. This is the time required to participate in class activities and to prepare for the exam, including the examination time. Therefore, the ECTS points reflect the various degrees of difficulty in each activity. The physical education activities, including participation in sports events are not related to the ECTS points. The ECTS system does not, however, replace traditional grades, meaning that grades are used to assess a student level of knowledge about each subject, while the ECTS points are used to assess a student work load.

Each semester a student is expected to accumulate 30 ECTS points (60 per year). Therefore, for B.Sc., a student has to obtain 180 points (6 semesters x 30 points), and for M.Sc., additional 120 points (4 semesters x 30 points).


5. Student's Services

5.1. Financial Aid

The chemistry Department offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist students in meeting their educational expenses. Students can receive scientific, social, and occasionally an additional financial support. Scientific scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of outstanding academic achievements. In particular, exceptional students are awarded stipends funded by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Mayor of Warsaw. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Among the types of aid offered are loans, grants and scholarships. Handicapped students can receive financial aid from the Student's Union.

5.2. Living Accommodation

Housing for undergraduate and graduate students is available in two residence halls (95/97 Zwirki i Wigury Str. and 6 Radomska Str.) located within walking distance of the Chemistry Department.