The School of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine in Sosnowiec, of the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, is one of the biggest Schools of Pharmacy in Poland. It was instituted on 1st July 1971 under the Regulation of the Minister of Health and Social Policy of 26th May, 1971. During the first, ceremonial inauguration of the academic year 1971/1972, the oath was pledged by 40 newly admitted first-year students of the School of Pharmacy. Eight years later, in 1979, The Minister of Health and Social Policy issued an ordinance on establishing the Department of Medical Analytics of the School of Pharmacy in Sosnowiec. The regulation came into force on 1st October 1979, while the first students were admitted to the Division of Medical Analytics in the academic year 1979/1980.

In 2001, by the Resolution of the Silesian Medical Academy Senate, the name of the Department of Medical Analytics was changed into the Division of Laboratory Medicine which is used to this day. In the academic year 2002/2003, another field of study, apart from pharmacy and medical analytics, was introduced, i.e. cosmetology and, one year later, biotechnology.

Over the years, the School of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine in Sosnowiec was acquiring the entitlements to confer the doctor’s degree and postdoctoral degree (habilitation) in various scientific field and disciplines. In the years 1988 – 2001, The School was authorized to confer the doctor’s degree in the natural and biological sciences. Subsequently, in the following years, the entitlements to give the doctoral degree in the field of pharmaceutical sciences were acquired (1998), as well as in the field of medicine in the discipline of medical biology (1998), after which the entitlements to confer the postdoctoral degree (habilitation) of medical sciences, in the discipline of medical biology (2003) as well as the postdoctoral degree (habilitation) of pharmaceutical sciences (2013) were obtained.

The School is involved in realizing the programs of post-graduate education. In 1996, the Unit of Specialized Education was instituted (now the Unit of post-graduate Education). The Unit was responsible for conducting specialist trainings at the beginning only in the field of hospital pharmacy but later on also in the range of laboratory medical diagnostics. At present, at the School there are specialist trainings in community pharmacy, laboratory medical diagnostics, laboratory medical hematology, medical microbiology and laboratory medical transfusiology. The Unit of post-graduate education also served the organizational function of the lifelong learning of pharmacists and laboratory diagnosticians.

The post-graduate education at the School of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine in Sosnowiec also includes third-degree studies – doctorate. In 2004, the Unit of Doctoral studies was established which was awarding the doctoral degree to its students initially in medical sciences in the field of medical biology, while later also in pharmaceutical sciences.

In the academic year 2010/2011, the post-graduate studies in medical analytics and cosmetology with elements of aesthetic medicine were launched at the School of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine. Moreover, in the same academic years, another course named information technologies in medicine and pharmacy was offered, while one year later medical biotechnology was added. Since the academic year 2013/2014 the offer of post-graduate studies was extended to include cosmetology with elements of podiatry, pharmaceutical marketing (in cooperation with University of Economics in Katowice), industrial pharmacy, homeopathy in alternative medicine and pharmacy (presently suspended) and monitoring of clinical studies. The vision of development of the University as a center integrating and consolidating the academic community with the local community was reflected in the actions undergone by the University Authorities. On the initiative of the then Vice-Rector for the Post-graduate Affairs, Professor Krystyna Olczyk, in October 2012, the Third-Age University began its activity at the School, which refers to the tradition of Common Universities propagating the knowledge concerning the medical and pharmaceutical care. Under the Third- Age University lectures and additional classes are organized including English course, information technology training, cosmetology classes as well as movement and artistic forms of classes for seniors. The Third-Age University of the School of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine was awarded a certificate „Senior-friendly place” in 2015 by the organizers of the plebiscite – the Local Initiatives Association in Sosnowiec and the Department of Cooperation with Non-Governmental Organizations of the Municipal Council in Sosnowiec. The success of this enterprise commenced launching of next Third-Age Universities at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, i.e. at the School of Medicine with the Division of Dentistry in Zabrze and at the School of Health Sciences in Katowice.

The School of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine in Sosnowiec also conducts the educational project ‘High School Student’s University’, intended for students interested in studying the fields conducted at the School. This form of education, being a perfect opportunity to familiarize high school students with the academic community, is also a wonderful occasion to broaden their knowledge and interests in the area of science. Participation in classes as well as passing the final exam, organized in the form of the National Competition, is a chance for students of obtaining extra points taken into consideration in the recruitment process for studies at the School of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine in Sosnowiec.


Degree: MASTER

Length of studies: 5,5 years (11 semesters)

Program Description:

The Master of Pharmacy (Unified Master’s Degree) program is a comprehensive and advanced educational pathway for individuals aspiring to become skilled and knowledgeable pharmacists. This program integrates both undergraduate and postgraduate studies into a unified educational experience, ensuring that graduates are well-prepared to excel in the dynamic and vital field of pharmacy.

Program Highlights:

  1. Integrated Curriculum: Our unified master’s program seamlessly combines foundational pharmaceutical knowledge and clinical practice. Students embark on a progressive journey, building a strong foundation in pharmaceutical sciences while simultaneously honing clinical skills.
  2. Patient-Centered Approach: The program places a strong emphasis on patient care. Students learn to collaborate with healthcare professionals and provide optimal medication management to improve patient outcomes.
  3. Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Students delve into the science of drugs and therapeutics, gaining a deep understanding of drug actions, interactions, and their impact on human health.
  4. Cutting-Edge Clinical Training: Extensive clinical rotations and hands-on training in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals and community pharmacies, provide students with real-world experience and the opportunity to apply their knowledge.
  5. Research Opportunities: The program encourages research engagement, allowing students to contribute to pharmaceutical advancements and develop critical research skills that can benefit the profession and healthcare as a whole.
  6. Ethical and Professional Development: As future pharmacists, students explore the ethical responsibilities and professional standards that guide their practice. This ensures they provide safe and compassionate care to patients.
  7. Global Perspective: In an interconnected world, students gain a global perspective on pharmacy, understanding how international healthcare trends, regulations, and innovations impact the profession.
  8. Career Readiness: Graduates of this unified master’s program are prepared for a diverse range of pharmacy-related careers, including community pharmacy practice, hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry roles, research positions, and academia.

Career Opportunities:

Upon successful completion of the Master of Pharmacy (Unified Master’s Degree) program, graduates are well-equipped for various career paths, including:

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Professional
  • Academia and Education
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Healthcare Consultant

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, the candidate’s number will be added to the ranking list.

7. If you will see on the ranking list the candidate’s number with the mark next to it, and if it says’ Pass’ then you have gotten accepted into SUM and CONGRATULATIONS!

8. 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 submit the following documents to the Admission Committee:


  • original or notarized copy of high school diploma,
  • application form,
  • identification document (to be presented for verification),
  • 3 photos – required ID or passport photos, with candidate’s name and surname signed on the back of the photo,
  • 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.