Admissions 2022/2023


  1. Create an account in the IRK system
  2. Complete your personal data and attach the required documents;
  3. Select the chosen programme of study – Cognitive Science, full-time, second cycle 
  4. Pay the application fee (~100 PLN);
  5. Take part in the admission process (entrance exam);
  6. If you have been qualified, submit the required documents;
  7. You will receive the decision on admission to the programme.

We understand that you may not be a fan of instructions, but check out the links below. This information can save you hours of your precious time, dozens of emails and a lot of stress.

Watch a video about the general IRK application procedure:

See a presentation with a Cognitive Science candidate „road map”: ADMISSIONS 2022.pdf



Admission rules for candidates with Polish and foreign diplomas

Candidates can apply for studies if they have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, engineer’s degree or equivalent.


Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

The admissions criteria are the same as for candidates with Polish diplomas.


Checking the Candidates’ competences to undertake studies conducted in English language

Candidates are obliged to hold an accepted by the UW document confirming English language knowledge at least at B2 level.

A complete list of documents to certify proficiency in English (points 5-8):



Phase 1 of registration (through the IRK system): 6th of June, 2022, 00:00 – 5th of July, 2022, 23:59

Date of the exam: 14th of July, 2022; Time: 12:00 – 13:00; Location: Faculty of Psychology, 5/7 Stawki Str. (

Announcement of results (IRK): 19th of July, 2022

Reception of documents (room 1, ground floor):

  • I round: 20th-22nd of July, 2022 (20th: 10 AM – 3 PM; 21st: 1 PM – 5 PM; 22nd: 10 AM – 3 PM)
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 25th-26th of July, 2022 (25th: 10 AM – 3 PM; 26th: 1 PM – 5 PM)
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 27th-28th of July, 2022 (27th: 10 AM – 3 PM; 28th: 1 PM – 5 PM)
  • in case of not fulfilling the limit druring previous rounds the Admission Committee will announce next deadlines


Phase 2 of registration (through the IRK system): 17th of August, 2022, 00:00 – 12th of September, 2022, 23:59

Date of the exam: 21st of September, 2022; Time: 12:00 – 13:00; Location: Faculty of Psychology, 5/7 Stawki Str. (

If you live abroad and cannot take the (stationary) exam on the campus, please download and send the signed request for an online exam to:

Announcement of results (IRK): 26th of September, 2022

Reception of documents (room 1, ground floor):

  • I round: 27th (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM) – 28th (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM) of September, 2022
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 29th-30th of September, 2022


Limit of places:

32: 20 in the Phase 1 (June/July) and 12 in the Phase 2 (August/September)


Admissions Committee address

Admissions Committee (Cognitive Science)
Faculty of Psychology
University of Warsaw
Stawki 5/7
00-183 Warsaw, Poland


Tuition fees

The programme is free for students from Poland, EU, EFTA and Swiss Confederation. For other students the tuition is 2600 EUR for each year.

Application and tuition fees



The applicant is qualified on the basis of an entrance written exam in English which measures the basic knowledge of cognitive science and formal logic, as well as the ability of critical reading of scientific papers. It will be a multiple-choice test with one correct answer, based on the following readings:

  1. Abubshait, A., & Wiese, E. (2017). You Look Human, But Act Like a Machine: Agent Appearance and Behavior Modulate Different Aspects of Human-Robot Interaction. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 1393.
  2. Bermudez, J. L. (2014). Cognitive science: an introduction to the science of the mind. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Chen, B., Vondrick, C. & Lipson, H. (2021). Visual behavior modelling for robotic theory of mind. Scientific Reports, 11, 424.
  4. Dienes, Z. (2008). Understanding Psychology as a Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Statistical Inference (chapter 3). Palgrave.
  5. Online introductory Python programming course:
  6. Partee, B. H., ter Meulen, A., & Wall, R. E. (1990). Mathematical methods in linguistics. Dordrecht: Kluver Academic.
    • Chpt 1, pp. 3-26
    • Chpt 2, pp. 27-37
    • Chpt 3, pp. 39-53
    • Chpt 6.1-6.4, pp. 97-112
    • Chpt 7.1-7.2, pp. 135-145
  7. Richardson, H., & Saxe, R. (2020). Development of predictive responses in theory of mind brain regions. Developmental science, 23(1), e12863.

Maximum number of points from the qualification exam: 100. Within the current admission limit applicants will be qualified on the basis of their exam score, which shall not be lower than 60%.






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