The optical sciences include studies on light propagation, detection and its overall interactions with matter. Discoveries in optics and photonics have a profound impact on the development of science and technology. The Nobel Prize in Physics, since its foundation in 1901, was granted more than 25 times for achievements directly related to optics.

The University of Warsaw offers a wide variety of optics- and photonics-themed master’s studies which provide students with both a solid grounding in many areas of modern science and necessary tools they need to become proficient researchers or entrepreneurs in this complex field.

Master’s studies last 2 years and are completed with a defence of a master’s thesis. Courses take place in modern, well-equipped laboratories, lecture halls and computer rooms.

The program of studies is constructed in a way which enables students to spend as much time as possible on the development of their scientific career. Their research, which often results in publications and prestigious awards, is conducted under the supervision of scientists from numerous groups at the University of Warsaw and/or collaborating institutions. Thanks to such an approach, students have a significant impact on the direction of their research and thus are fully credited for their achievements made before finishing the studies.


Master’s studies offered by the Faculty of Physics (more information can be found here)

  1. Physics with available specializations:
    • Optics (EN / PL)
    • Computer Modelling of Physical Phenomena (EN / PL)
    • Geophysics (EN / PL)
    • Physics of Condensed Matter and Semiconductor Nanostructures (EN / PL)
    • Theoretical Physics (EN / PL)
    • Photonics (PL)
    • Nuclear and Particle Physics (PL)
    • Nuclear Methods of Solid-State Physics (PL)
    • Methods of Physics in Economics (PL)
    • Physics teaching and popularisation (PL)
  2. Nanostructural Engineering with available specializations:
    • Photonics (PL)
    • Modelling of Nanostructures and New Materials (PL)
    • Nanotechnologies and Characterization of New Materials (PL)
  3. Applications of Physics in Biology and Medicine with available specializations:
    • Molecular Biophysics (PL)
    • Molecular Design and Bioinformatics (PL)
    • Medical Physics (PL)
    • Neuroinformatics (PL)
  4. Astronomy (PL)
  5. Optometry (PL)
  6. Forensic Science (PL)
  7. Nuclear Power Engineering and Nuclear Chemistry (PL)
  8. Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (PL)


Master’s studies offered by the Faculty of Chemistry:

  1. Chemistry (EN / PL)
  2. Applied Chemistry (PL)
  3. Medicinal Chemistry (PL)
  4. Advanced Instrumental Analysis (PL)
  5. Forensic Science (PL)
  6. Nuclear Power Engineering and Nuclear Chemistry (PL)

Welcome Point

The University of Warsaw has established a special unit called “Welcome Point” dedicated to supporting foreign students starting their education in Poland. On their website,, one can find comprehensive information about visa support, finding accommodation and more.

Admission and enrolment

Detailed information about admission procedures and requirements are published annually on a dedicated website:

In case of additional questions concerning details on enrolling for Master’s studies which are not covered on the website, please contact the appropriate Dean of Student Affairs:

Faculty of Physics
Prof. Krzysztof Turzynski

Faculty of Chemistry
Assoc. Prof. Beata Krasnodebska-Ostrega

“Starting” courses

Newly admitted students can take free “Starting” courses organized by the Faculty of Physics which take place every September. Their purpose is to help some of the students catch up on physics and mathematics before the start of their first semester.

Local organizations

All students are welcome to be a part of local student organisations. They provide a great opportunity to participate in interesting scientific projects and cooperate with more experienced PhD students and academic personnel.

Students involved in research exploiting light are united in three main organisations:

Students can also join the Faculty of Physics Choir which does not only enrich major events organized at the Faculty of Physics, but is also a great outlet for students to unwind (