Study description: Studies in Geology consist of two cycles. The 1st-cycle lasts three years, during which students acquire a basic knowledge of geology. The programme includes a set of subjects which form the basis of geology (mathematics, physics and chemistry in Earth sciences), more than ten subjects associated strictly with geology, general subjects (environmental protection and modelling), foreign languages (a choice between English, German, French, and Russian), and a range of field activities. Indoor classes include lectures, practical laboratory classes and seminars. Field trips are scheduled for the pre-holiday and holiday period, and comprise about 30 days per year. Field activities take the form of practical exercises in attractive natural regions in Poland. Students acquire first-hand knowledge about geological phenomena, observe and document them, get acquainted with specialist measurement methods, geological and geophysical work techniques, and prepare maps and geological sketches. Graduates of the 1st-cycle studies receive a bachelor’s degree, which entitles them to apply for admission to two-year MSc (2nd-cycle) studies.

Second-cycle students can choose from one of the following five specialisations:

1) Geochemistry and Mineralogy, which involves the study of minerals, rocks and organic matter, and their use in practice, the circulation of chemical elements in nature, as well as the processes leading to the formation of rocks and mineral deposits.

2) Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, which is dedicated to the reconstruction of the chronology of geological events on Earth, methods for determining rock age, the study of fossil fauna and flora, and the identification of fossil ecosystems.

3) Dynamics of the Lithosphere and Geological Cartography, which is concerned with the geology and the tectonics of the Earth’s lithosphere, geological interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery, geological mapping.

4) Protection of the Lithosphere and Deposit Resources, which deals with the exploration, identification and documentation of deposits, the economics and protection of mineral resources, and the use of geophysical methods in geology and environmental protection.

5) Hydrogeology and Protection of the Aquatic Environment, which deals with the identification, management and protection of groundwater resources, as well as the protection of the hydrosphere against human contamination.

At the end of the 2nd-cycle studies (supplementary master’s studies) graduates are conferred an MSc degree after having submitted their master’s thesis and passed the master’s exam.

Career prospects: employment with the Polish National Geological Service, with geology, exploration and mining companies, institutions dealing with environmental protection, land development planning, use of minerals and rock resources, water management, water engineering, land reclamation and irrigation, etc. After completing complementary courses in teaching, some graduates go on to work in educational establishments.

Candidates for Geology studies must enjoy good health and be physically fit (field classes). They cannot have serious eye defects, such as colour blindness, and cannot suffer, for example, from fear of open spaces, epilepsy, or heart or respiratory failure