The Faculty of Medical Sciences in Katowice (WNMK) was established under the Ordinance of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of June 16, 1975 transforming one Faculty of Medicine of the Silesian Medical Academy into two faculties: the Faculty of Medical Sciences based in Katowice and the Faculty of Medical Sciences based in Zabrze. In the same year, the first recruitment of students for the medical faculty took place. The Clinical Teaching Team in Tychy was incorporated into the WNMK and for its needs the Central Teaching Hospital in Katowice-Ligota was transferred in 1974. This decision significantly supplemented the academic clinical facilities, previously based mainly on the City Hospital No. 4 in Katowice, which in 1960 was transformed into a Clinical Hospital. Important events in the development of the clinical infrastructure serving the growing teaching needs of WNMK were the commissioning in 1977 of the first Polish Institute of Ophthalmology in Katowice (since 1989 functioning as a department and clinic on the premises of a new clinical hospital) and the Upper Silesian Medical Center in Katowice – Ochojec, which is the seat of dynamically developing Chairs and clinics of cardiology and cardiosurgery, since 1986 in the structure of the Upper Silesian Center of Cardiology. In the years 1990 – 2001 WNMK had a Nursing Department, which was eventually incorporated into the Department of Care and Health Education.

    In the initial period of the faculty’s activity, an urgent need was to recruit, for the needs of WNMK, research and teaching staff as well as to provide an appropriate teaching infrastructure and research base. A significant improvement in this respect, and at the same time a factor conducive to the consolidation of the department, was the commissioning of the first complex housing medical theory departments and the administration of the Military University of Lodz (building C1 in Katowice-Ligota, 1978), with, among others, Chairs and Departments of Normal Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Pathomorphology, General Medical Biology. In the following years, not without obstacles related to financial difficulties, further complexes of medical theory plants were put into operation (buildings C2 and C3 in Katowice – Ligota). Thus, teaching facilities were created, housing not only 15 departments and departments of the theory of medicine, but also lecture halls, a library, dean’s office and faculty administration rooms. In the following years, units representing the area of medical theory were gradually modernized, improving both the teaching infrastructure and the instruments for conducting scientific research. In 2005, the Experimental Medicine Center was incorporated into the structure of the Faculty as an experimental and breeding unit. A very significant event was the opening, in 2012, of the first in Poland and one of the most modern in Europe Medical Teaching and Simulation Center, where selected classes in the medical education program are conducted. At the same time, in the first twenty years of WNMK’s operation, the clinical units in Katowice were consolidated and the modernization programs in these units were continued.

    The structure of the WNMK today was largely shaped at the end of the 20th century. It is also a period of dynamic development of activity in the field of teaching, research and clinical activities. WNMK achieved a high position on the map of Polish academic medicine. WNMK employees joined the activities of domestic and international scientific communities.



    The Faculty’s base is constituted by the Medical Theory Institutes located on the Katowice-Ligota campus, which includes: 11 Chairs and 7 Departments, the Foreign Language Center, the Center for Research on Educational Effects, Doctoral Studies and the Center of Experimental Medicine. There is also a Medical Education and Simulation Center on the campus – the most modern medical education center in Poland.  The clinical base of the Faculty consists of 5 clinical hospitals of the Medical University of Silesia located in Katowice, including mainly:  University Clinical Center prof. K. Gibiński located in Katowice Ligota at 14 Medyków Street and in Katowice at 35 Ceglana Street (, Independent Public Clinical Hospital for them. Andrzej Mielęcki (, Independent Public Clinical Hospital – Upper Silesian Medical Center for them. prof. Leszek Giec (, Independent Public Clinical Hospital – Upper Silesian Children’s Health Center  ( The Faculty also uses units based on the so-called „Foreign base” located at the Hospital of Dr. Urbanowicz and Dr. Kośny in Chorzów and in the Provincial Specialist Hospital st. Barbara in Sosnowiec.


    681 people are employed at the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Katowice, including: 342 academic teachers (45 professors, 65 habilitated doctors, 232 doctors and masters), 142 scientific and technical employees, 40 administrative employees, 152 service employees and 5 library service employees.




    The main research trends are the use of stem cells in cardiology, neurology, studies of the hormonal activity of adipose tissue and its therapeutic modification, physiological experiments on the processes of neuroregeneration, and the use of cell culture in pharmacology and experimental nephrology.


    Significant advances are also made in neurosurgery, cardiosurgery, and ophthalmology and orthopedics. It is worth mentioning the cutting-edge research in the field of obesity and diabetes, as well as other endocrine diseases in children and adolescents.

    Faculty: MEDICINE

    Degree: MD

    Program: International/European

    Length of studies: 6 years (12 semesters)

    Number of ECTS: 360

    Accreditations & Recognition:

    • Polish Accreditation Committee,
    • Accreditation Committee of Academic Medical Universities,
    • US Department of Education,
    • Medical Board of New York,
    • Medical Board of California.


    Medical program in English language is offered at the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice since 1996. It meets education standards established by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland.

    The University is supervised by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Science and Higher Education.


    We offer two types of medical program – European and International. Candidates can apply for admission twice a year – in fall semester (European and International programs) and in spring semester (International program). We accept applications from both foreign candidates as well as from Polish citizens.


    Graduates from both programs obtain MD diploma and medical degree equivalent to those obtained by all graduates from Polish medical universities.



    1. Register and make an account on SUM’s platform.

    2. Follow the instructions and submit the application via the platform.

    3. Attach scanned documents to the application.

    4. Pay the application fee of 85 PLN.

    5. Once the application is submitted, you will be notified through the University’s online account or your email address regarding the status of the application.

    6. Once the University Admission Committee verifies your documents, you will be notified about further procedures.

    7. Upon completion of qualification procedure, candidate’s number will be added to the ranking list.

    8. NOTE: Candidates may be required to attend the entrance examination as specified in § 4 of Conditions and recruitment procedure for studies pursued in English at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice in the academic year 2023/2024 (Terms and procedures of admission 2023-2024)

    9. Ranking list will be published on the website once the qualification procedure is completed for all candidates.

    10. Candidate is required to send/post the printed & signed application form with original or notarised copies of all required documents to the University’s mailing address before the start of the academic year 2023/2024 (before October 2, 2023).

    Candidates are required to apply through Electronic Application Form to which scan copies of the following documents must be attached:

      • original or notarized copy of high school diploma,
      • identification document (to be presented for verification),
      • scanned ID/passport photo (resolution: 300 DPI),
      • certificate documenting English language fluency level,
      • receipt of registration fee payment in the amount of 85 PLN (transferred to this account number),
      • health certificate confirming no objections to take up studies in respective fields – applies to candidates who were successfully admitted to the study program by the University Admission Committee,
      • Apostille – in case when the high school/college diploma was issued by an institution operating in the educational system of a Hague Convention Contracting country, as of October 5th, 1961, which waives the requirement of legalization of foreign government documents,
      • certificate issued by the Polish Superintendent of Education stating an approval of high school/college diploma – in case of documents not recognized in Poland by operation of law, issued in a country with which Republic of Poland did not sign a mutual educational. document recognition contract, or a document from a country with which Poland has the above-mentioned contract but the document is not covered in it, NOTE: this certificate is to be obtained only after arrival to Katowice.


    All documents must be issued in English language. If the original document is issued in another language, a sworn translation into English is required.


    Upon satisfactory verification of the Electronic Application Form candidate is required to submit printed and signed Application Form with original or notarized copies of all attached documents to the University mailing address, as per the automated e-mail message to be received from the University Admission Committee.

    In case candidate’s leaving certificate lacks required subject/ subjects or certificate is issued by other country than mentioned in Terms and procedures, candidate will be required to attempt an oral entrance exam in English language as per the date indicated in the Application Form.

    During the entrance exam candidate’s knowledge (on Polish high school level) will be evaluated in the following fields of study:

    • biology (mandatory)
    • chemistry or physics, as per candidate’s choice


    Entrance exam will be conducted using remote method through MS Teams platform. Make sure your computer settings allow your webcam, microphone, and speakers/headphones work on Teams application, In special cases, Examination Committee may conduct the exam at the University location.



    Final result obtained in the entrance exam is given in points and determines candidate’s position on the rank list.

    Each candidate can attempt the entrance exam only once during one admission process.


    In order to prepare for the entrance exam please review the following SYLLABUS.


    Candidates will be admitted to the English language medical program based on a ranking list. Points based on school leaving certificate or obtained in the entrance exam will determine candidate’s position in the ranking list. Ranking list will be announced on the website once the qualification procedure is completed for all candidates. IMPORTANT NOTE: please use your candidate number to monitor your position in the ranking list.