Admissions 2024/2025 – 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, 2024, 00:00 – 10th of July, 2024, 23:59

Date of the exam: 16th of July, 2024; Time: 12:00 – 13:00; Location: Faculty of Psychology, 5/7 Stawki Str. (

Announcement of results (IRK): 22th of July, 2024

Reception of documents (room 1, ground floor):

  • I round: 23rd-25th of July, 2024
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 26th, 29th of July, 2024 
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 30th-31st of July, 2024
  • 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): 19th of August, 2024, 00:00 – 12th of September, 2024, 23:59

Date of the exam: –

Announcement of results (IRK): –—-

Reception of documents (room 1, ground floor): 

  • I round:
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round):—-
  • in case of not fulfilling the limit druring previous rounds the Admission Committee will announce next deadlines

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

Marta Juśkiewicz
Room 423, 4th floor

Tel. +48 22 55 49 803


Tuition fees

  • The programme is free for students from Poland, EU, EFTA and Swiss Confederation. For other students the tuition is 3000 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. Abarbanell, L., & Li, P. (2021). Unraveling the contribution of left-right language on spatial perspective taking. Spatial Cognition & Computation21(1), 1-38.
2. Bermudez, J. L. (2014). Cognitive science: an introduction to the science of the mind. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

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

4. Huang, C., Mees, O., Zeng, A., & Burgard, W. (2023, May). Visual language maps for robot navigation. In 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (pp. 10608-10615). IEEE.

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. Vukovic, N., & Shtyrov, Y. (2017). Cortical networks for reference-frame processing are shared by language and spatial navigation systems. NeuroImage161, 120-133.


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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