Admissions 2023/2024 – current


  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.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, 2023, 00:00 – 6th of July, 2023, 23:59

Date of the exam: 14th of July, 2023; Time: 12:00 – 13:00; Location: Faculty of Psychology, 5/7 Stawki Str. (

Announcement of results (IRK): 18th of July, 2023

Reception of documents (room 1, ground floor):

  • I round: 21st, 24th-25nd of July, 2023 (21st: 10 AM – 3 PM; 24th: 1 PM – 5 PM; 25th: 10 AM – 3 PM)
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 26th-27th of July, 2023 (26th: 10 AM – 3 PM; 27th: 1 PM – 5 PM)
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 28th, 31st of July, 2023 (28th: 10 AM – 3 PM; 31st: 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, 2023, 00:00 – 11th of September, 2023, 23:59

Date of the exam:

Announcement of results (IRK):

Reception of documents (room 1, ground floor): –


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

  • Coming soon…

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. Bermudez, J. L. (2014). Cognitive science: an introduction to the science of the mind.
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

2. Dienes, Z. (2008). Understanding Psychology as a Science: An Introduction to Scientific
and Statistical Inference (chapter 3). Palgrave.

3. Nieder A. (2012). Supramodal numerosity selectivity of neurons in primate prefrontal and
posterior parietal cortices. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the
United States of America, 109(29), 11860–11865

4. Online introductory Python programming course:

5. 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

6. Starr, A., Libertus, M. E., & Brannon, E. M. (2013). Number sense in infancy predicts
mathematical abilities in childhood. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of
the United States of America, 110(45), 18116–18120.

7. Testolin, A., Dolfi, S., Rochus, M., & Zorzi, M. (2020). Visual sense of number vs. sense
of magnitude in humans and machines. Scientific Reports, 10(1),

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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