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Jagiellonian University in Kraków

address: Department of Admissions
ul. Gołębia 24, room 18
31-007 Kraków, Poland
phone: +48 12 663 14 01
+48 12 663 14 08
+48 12 663 14 41, 14 81
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PhD in Biophysics




Four years (8 semesters)



ECTS points

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Doctoral students are required to participate in:
- A lecture (60 hrs per year) and classes (60 hrs per year) on theoretical and experimental methods of molecular biophysics (use of advanced quantum mechanics in spectroscopic studies, biomolecular computing and biophysical modeling, elements of theory of stochastic processes and their application in modeling chemical kinetics, elements of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, methods of isotope and florescence tracing, femtosecond techniques in biomedical studies, methods of observing single molecules, analysis of structural transformations, use of hadron accelerators and molecular beams in medicine and radiological studies, risk evaluation) in the first or second year of study within the span of two years. Lectures and classes are offered in Polish or in English. To receive a credit for the lecture, students are required to pass an examination no later than at the end of the first semester of the third year.
- A doctoral seminar ( at least 30 hrs per year) throughout the studies. The most suitable type of the seminar (or seminars) is selected by the head of the doctoral study programme upon consultation with the doctoral student’s advisor. The seminar (number-grade) credit is awarded by the professor supervising the seminar at the end of each academic year.
- A class in the English language (60 hrs per year) in the first year of study. A number-grade credit for the class is given at the end of the academic year.
- The Kraków Seminar in Physics (interdisciplinary seminars organized by the Polish Physics Society) and in the Joint Academic Meetings of the Section of Biophysics and the Section of Medical Physics of the JU Faculty of Physics. Doctoral students are also required to conduct classes throughout the three years of study – 90 hours per year in the case of scholarship-holding students and 30 hours per year in other cases. In the fourth year scholarship-holding students are required to conduct no more than 15 hours of classes in the year. Before defending the doctoral thesis, the student should first
pass an examination in the English language
pass an examination in an additional subject: philosophy, bioethics or economy
pass an examination in the subject “Experimental and theoretical methods of molecular biophysics”.
The student should formally declare his/her intent to receive a doctoral title no later than at the end of the third year.
Additionally, the programme study includes workshops in biophysics which are organized by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and by few institutions in Kraków (Jagiellonian University, Institute of the Nuclear Physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Centre of Oncology). The JU Institute of Physics will support an exchange of doctoral students in biophysics between the Research Center in Jülich (Germany), GSI Darmstadt (Germany), Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark) and Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany).


for the non-Polish nationals who enrol pursuant to the rules other than applicable to Polish nationals – 9000 PLN/year
for Polish nationals and the non-Polish nationals who enrol pursuant to the rules applicable to Polish national – no


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Language of instruction: Polish, English


e-mail: [email protected]



Jagiellonian University in Kraków

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