What are the most popular fields of study in Poland?


Each year, more than 400,000 young people choose to start their studies (both full-time and part-time) in Poland. Graduating from a good university gives you great opportunities to look for your dream job. For this reason, many high school graduates decide to apply for the desired faculties every year. What are the most frequently chosen fields of study in Poland?


The most popular fields of study

For many years, the most frequently chosen field of study has been computer science. In the academic year 2019/2020, almost 33,000 candidates have applied for this field of study as it guarantees high possibility of fruitful careers after graduation. According to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the second most popular field of study is psychology with almost 26,000 people interested. However, it indicates that the list does not include universities supervised by the Ministry of Health like all medical universities. So if we add up the number of candidates for all medical faculties, medicine is the leader in the ranking according to educational statistics. About 35,000 eager high school graduates are trying to get medical courses. The third most popular direction is management. It is worth noting that in the previous academic year, psychology was the third and management was the second most frequently chosen field of study. It should be remembered that the number of applications from candidates for a given field of study is the result of the popularity of the field of study and university (measured by the total number of awarded degrees), but also of the formal conditions enabling candidates to apply for admission even to several fields of study at one or more universities.


What is worth following when choosing a university and a field of study?

The most important thing is to recognize the labor market. In this way, you can learn about the requirements of employers and the demand for specialists in specific fields. Future students are more and more demanding when it comes to teaching staff in universities. Most young people do not want to have lecturers who teach only theory, and do not work in the industry (i.e. their only employer is the university). Candidates believe that practitioners and people who deal with matters related to the subject taught on a daily basis can provide them with much more knowledge than the rest of the academic staff. Future students also hope that lecturers-practitioners will familiarize them with the realities of the profession and learn skills that may be useful in a given industry. State-owned universities, which still rely on the theoretical model of teaching, struggle with the problem of professionally active staff.

Studying in Poland is worth considering because it offers many opportunities on the labor market. Before choosing a university and a field of study, get to know your strengths and weaknesses, and then confront them with the trends prevailing on the market. Conscious choice will have a positive impact on your further career, so you need to approach it in an analytical way.