First-cycle studies (3 to 4 years) leading to the professional title of alicencjator inżynier(Engineer, in the field of engineering, agriculture or economics). This is the Polish equivalent of the Bachelor’s degree. It is focused on preparing students for future employment or for continued education within the Master’s degree programmes. To obtain this degree, students must earn 180-240 ECTS credits.
Bachelor (BA, Licencjat) Obtained following the completion of 3-3,5 year-long vocational/technical college studies
Bachelor (BSc, Inżynier) Obtained following the completion of 3,5-4 year-long college studies in technical sciences, agriculture and economy.
Second-cycle studies – Master’s degree programme(1.5 to 2 years) following the first cycle studies and leading to the professional title of Master (magister, or an equivalent degree depending on the study course profile). It is focused on theoretical knowledge as well as application and development of creative skills. In artistic disciplines, the focus is on the development of creativity and talents. Master’s degree holders may enter a doctoral programme (third-cycle studies). To obtain the degree, students must earn 90-120 ECTS credits.
Master (MA, MSc, MBA, Magister)
Equivalent degrees: Master of Art, Master Engineer, Master Engineer Architect, qualified physician, dental surgeon or veterinarian. Granted following the completion of 5-6 year long uniform university studies. The MSc may also be obtained following the completion of 2-2,5 years-long supplementary mater’s degree studies, which may be taken by persons with a college diploma.
In addition to the general structure, 11 fields of study including acting, art conservation and restoration, canon law, dentistry, law, medical analysis, medicine, production and photography, pharmacy, psychology and veterinary medicine, offer long-cycle programmes only.
Long-cycle studies – Master’s degree programme(4.5 to 6 years) leading to the professional title of Master (magister, or an equivalent degree depending on the study course profile). To obtain this degree, students must earn 270-360 ECTS credits. Such single long-cycle studies are based on an integrated study programme which contains both basic studies and in-depth specialisation. Completion of this degree will provide a qualification corresponding to the Master’s degree at the second-cycle studies.
Example: MD in Medicine/ MBBS, Masters in Pharmacy, Dental Surgery, etc.
Third-cycle studies – Doctoral degree programmes(normally 3 to 4 years) accessible for graduates of Master’s degree programme, leading to a PhD degree, offered by the university type schools as well as some research institutions (departments of the Polish Academy of Sciences as well as research and development institutions). The PhD degree is awarded to candidates who submit and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation before the thesis committee and pass the doctoral examination.
Doktor (PhD, Doktor) A degree awarded to those who pass doctoral exam and successfully defend dissertation. To qualify for the academic degree of doctor one must hold a master or equivalent degree.
RECOGNITION: POLISH DEGREES ARE WELL-RECOGNIZED ALL OVER THE WORLD & ARE EQUIVALENT THROUGHOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION