Environmental and Plant Biotechnology (EPB)



Master Degree study (M.Sc.)  

Full time

Program starts: October 2021

No tuition fee for students from Poland, EU and EFTA countries

  3 semesters (1 year and 6 months)

Environmental and Plant Biotechnology (EPB) is a unique Master's Degree program offered in English for students from around the world who wish to be in the forefront of biotechnological developments.

EPB gives the opportunity to get the knowledge and skills in modern methods and techniques of environment preservation, reclamation and use in a sustainable manner for human benefits.

Biotechnology, combining the newest scientific achievements, technological advancements and the application of living organisms like microbes and plants, gives invaluable and unlimited possibilities to interact with the environment in a responsible manner, the environment we all live in and benefit from.

  Environmental and Plant Biotechnology

Environmental and Plant Biotechnology


EPB students get interdisciplinary knowledge and skills based on proficiency in biological, agricultural and technical sciences extended to advanced levels in the fields related to the use of biotechnology in solving environmental problems, in particular they learn:

  • genomics, proteomics and regulation of gene expression,
  • physiology of plants and microorganisms exposed to stress,
  • effect of natural and anthropogenic compounds on organisms' development and degradation of natural environment,
  • techniques of microorganism, plant cell and tissue cultures in vitro,
  • analytical methods and biotechnologies useful in study plant and microorganism metabolic processes and in environmental protection,
  • bioremediation, phytoremediation and physico-chemical methods for environment decontamination,
  • biotechnology of water, sewage and activated sludge, waste management,
  • reclamation of post-industrial lands,
  • biotechnology in crop improvement,
  • environmental protection policy,
  • protection and management of intellectual property rights.

During lectures, laboratories, trainings and trips, students are acknowledged with processes ongoing in microorganisms and plants at molecular, cell and system levels. They gain the experience and skills in analytical and biotechnological ways to monitor environmental changes, to protect biodiversity and to act for bioremediation of polluted water and reclamation of contaminated and degraded post-industrial lands, including biotechnological ways of sewage utilization and waste management. Biotechnological and conventional approaches of crop improvement for sustainable agriculture will be also addressed. Students also develop teamwork and social skills while learning in international and multicultural communities.

Environmental and Plant Biotechnology


Specialization courses

Bioremediation and soil reclamation
Biotechnology of water, sewage
    and activated sludge
Crop improvement
Instrumental analysis
Introduction to geomatics
Restoration ecology of post-industrial sites
Soil chemistry and microbiology
Waste management

Core courses

Genetic engineering
Molecular biology
Physiology of stress in plants
Plant and microbial proteomics

General education courses

Environmental protection policy
    and intellectual property
Ethics in biotechnology
Polish language
Foreign language
Physical education


Facultative courses

Students can choose facultative courses that enable to tailor the program of their study to the areas, which they are most interested in.

Anatomical features of micropropagated plants
Antioxidant activity mechanisms in plants
Biological and biotechnical methods of plant protection
Diversity of plant anatomy as habitat adaptation
Embryology of flowering plants
Flora of brown fields
GMO development and assessment techniques
Isotopes and antibodies in diagnostics
Laboratory practice
Manipulations on plant protoplasts and cells
Molecular phylogenetics
Molecular techniques in mycological research
Natural resources of chemically degraded areas
Phylogenetics and phylogeography in mycology
Phytochemicals and microorganisms for biotechnology
Plant cell biology
Plant genetic transformation
Plant genomics
Plant virology
Sustainable horticulture systems
Systematic botany in phytotechnologies
Systematics and characteristics of crop plants
Tissue cultures for crop improvement
Tissue cultures for fruit crops

Study program — download  

Environmental and Plant Biotechnology

Graduate profile

After completing the EPB study program, graduates have comprehensive, theoretical knowledge, skills and competence distinguishing them as competitive candidates in the European labour market. Graduates understand in-depth issues related to the application of modern biotechnological approaches in protection and sustainable use of environmental resources. They have skills to use a range of state-of-the-art analytical and biotechnological methods to monitor and rationally manage environmental quality. In particular, they can be involved in projects concerning environmental protection, biological remediation of polluted water and land, reclamation of degraded areas, sewage treatment, waste management, and plant cultivation and improvement.

Graduates have sufficient professional competence to start up business as an independent entrepreneur, or to be recruited as an employee of administrative units and local governments, workplaces, and other entities. They are prepared to work in industrial laboratories and research institutions utilizing biotechnological approaches. They are also well qualified to continue their education and solve scientific problems within the framework of doctoral studies at universities worldwide.

Graduates of the EPB program are also well qualified to:

  • consult industry, farmers, extension specialists, investors and policy makers in formulating appropriate Environmental Protection packages based on biotechnological methods as elements of the environment-friendly agricultural policy,
  • play a leading role in integrating multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in the process of enhancing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security at a local, national and global scales,
  • be engaged in teaching and training activities at various levels of environmental protection and related issues.

Environmental and Plant Biotechnology

Who can study EPB ?

Undergraduates with BA, BSc., Eng. or equivalent Diploma in life science

The most welcome are undergraduates possessing a Bachelor (BA or BSc.) degree, Engineer (Eng.) or equivalent Diploma in biotechnology, biology, agricultural sciences or environmental protection.

Candidates with a Diploma in other related studies are also strongly encouraged to apply if possess most of the following competences:

  • knowledge in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and basic understanding of maths, physics, biophysics, physiology etc,
  • skills on principle methods, techniques and tools used in biotechnology.


Fee type Candidates from
EU and EFTA countries, Switzerland
and other eligible persons(1)
other countries
Enrollment fee 20 Euro 20 Euro
Tuition fee 0 1000 Euro per semester

(1) persons from other countries are also eligible to study in Poland without paying a tuition fee if they meet requirements listed in the section 'Rules and mode of enrollment' (for example: non-nationals who have been granted a permit to settle in Poland; non-nationals who have the status of refugee granted in Poland; see more)

Candidates are required to pay enrollment fee of 18 EUR to the following bank account: PL 98 2490 0005 0000 4600 7337 5379; Alior Bank SA, BIC(SWIFT): ALBPPLPW.
Please, add the information for the beneficiary: "EPB admission fee" and name and surname of the candidate.

Recruitment start 15th May 




Deadline (2)



Registration Site

31 May


Preliminary qualification results - to facilitate visa application process (if required)


15 June


Pay the enrollment fee

see the Fee section above

15 July


Final confirmation (if all documents are correct)

31 July


Come to Krakow and start EPB studies

1 October

(2) check for possible deadline extensions

Documents required

Document type Notes
1. Diploma Copy of the Diploma with Apostille and diploma supplement or transcript of records (more) or other documents confirming possessed education
2. English translated Diploma
(if not issued in Polish)
English translation of the Diploma (and other documents confirming possessed education) provided by a sworn translator
3. Certificate in English Document assessing the English skills of the candidate
4. Medical certificate Document stating that there are no contraindications to undertake education in a chosen field of study and form of education
5. Passport or ID card copy Copy of the first page of the passport containing photo and personal information or the copy of both sides of ID card
6. Enrollment fee Confirmation of the enrollment fee payment (see the Fee section above)

Additional requirements for candidates after the receipt of the final acceptance letter
(before they start EPB studies)
Document type Notes
1. Insurance Document that certifies the candidate's possession of health insurance or casualty insurance for the period of studying in Poland
2. Photograph Four photographs (35 mm x 45 mm) taken according to the guidelines for issuing visa
3. Payment Candidates who are to pay a tuition fee must send the payment confirmation

Environmental and Plant Biotechnology

Contact person

EPB study program:
e-mail: epb@urk.edu.pl

Foreign Student Advisor (general inquiries):
Natalia Kopczyńska
e-mail: admissions@urk.edu.pl
address: Al. Mickiewicza 21, 31-120 Krakow
room: 116
telephone: +48 12 662 42 91


Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture
University of Agriculture in Krakow
AL. 29 Listopada 54
31-425 Krakow

e-mail: epb@urk.edu.pl


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12 662 52 69
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