Fields of Study Ranking 2017 is an structured information about 61 most popular fields of study in Polish universities - public and non-public. The evaluated fields of study in the Ranking were conducted on faculty level and covered full time Master level.

It was decided that a unit must have at least one right to confer doctoral degree, regardless of field and discipline. A unit had to be included in the ranking survey.

The ranking is based on 11 to 13 indicators grouped in six criteria. Depending on the field of study, a given indicator may be included in the various weight percentages.


  • Academic reputation - a number of indications based on survey conducted among academic staff (full professors as well as PhDs with habilitation, who have obtained their academic titles within the past three years). In the past three years, a total of 2512 full professors and PhDs with habilitation partcipated in the survey. The survey did not take into account the votes in favor of the institution being the principal place of employment of the respondent. The survey was conducted in CAVI metod. Each respondent definded a field and discipline of study, discipline of study, the area in which he or she is currently teaching at university. The survey was completed by Education Foundation “Perspektywy”.


  • Economic fate of graduates - the new criterion measured by the indicator of the earnings level of graduates of a university and the indicators of their employment - following the nationwide survey "Economic fate of graduates" conducted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education with the use of ZUS (Social Insurance Company) data. The indicator takes into account the three survey parameters: earning wages in the county of residence (weight 50%), the percentage of graduates present in ZUS registers (weight 25%), and the risk of unemployment against the unemployment rate in the county of residence (25%).
  • Employer reputation - a number of indications resulting from the survey conducted by the company INDICATOR conducted on a representative group of employers following instruction by "Perspektywy". The survey was conducted in 2017 by CATI- CAVI method on a group of 1800 companies located in Poland. The measure covered companies from all sections of the PKD and all voivodships. Companies identified three key areas of the company's business related to the respective fields of study and then indicated univeristy gaduates they employ (or would like to recruit). The employment of university graduates was additionally rewarded. The research was conducted by the Center for Marketing Research INDICATOR, commissioned by the Education Foundation Perspektywy.


  • Parametric evaluation - rating given by KEJN to individual units of universities not the faculty. Index ranking depends on the category given to the unit. In the case of units with many fields of study the unit will have the same index ranking in the groups in which it is classified. Source: KEJN data.
  • Rights to confer academic degrees - sum of the rights to confer PhD degrees with habilitation was weighted 1,5 and the ratio of rights to confer PhD degree was weighted 1 for the the university leading a field of study. Rights in the field related directly to the ranked field of study are the highest awarded. If the unit has rights to confer PhD with habilitation, it was awarded a weight of 6, if it has only right to confer PhD it received a grade with a weight of 4. If the unit has rights to confer in other disciplines not related to the field of study, then received respectively grades 2 and 1. Source: POL-on data base (integrated information system for higher education).
  • Academic degrees - the number of obtained - PhD degrees with 1 weight and PhDs with habilitation with 1.5 weight to the total number of full-time staff in the unit. Source: POL-on data base (integrated system for higher education).


  • Publications - measured by the ratio of the number of publications in the SCOPUS database covering years 2011-2015. Each publication is assigned (according to the SCOPUS – ASJC data base) to the right branch of science taking into account the relevance of the title (journal publication). Source: SCOPUS
  • Citations - measured by the ratio of citations in 2011-2015, in relation to the number of the cited publications. Source: SCOPUS
  • H-index - measured using the modified Hirsch method for the years 2011-2015. The publications were assigned to the fields of study in the same way as described in the "publications" criterion. The H-index-h is defined as the number of publications that have reached the number of citations equal to or greater than h. Source: SCOPUS


  • The quality of accepted candidates by university- a new indicator measured by the results of the secondary school leaving of people who, as of October 1, 2016, undertook studies in the first year of full-time studies in a given field of study in a unit (for 2016 graduates). The indicator both reflects the quality of the institution (the most talented graduates choose universities with the best marks) and creates the quality of the institution as the talented students influence the higher education. Note: The indicator has been included in the pilot only in the technical group. Source: university survey.
  • Academic staff with highest qualifications - defined as the ratio of the number of academic staff (PhD's weighted 1.0, PhDs with habilitation weighted 1.5 and full professors  weighted 2.0) to the total number of  students studying in the unit (students of full-time studies weighted 1.0, studernts of part-time studies weighted 0.6). Source: POL-on data basis, surveys of universities.
  • PKA distinctive and Peer Accreditation Commissions- current assessment of the distinctive PKA posession for distinguishing fields of study, for which the entity has obtained the distinctive note from Polish Accreditation Commision. Source: PKA data, peer accreditation commissions – KAUT, UKA, etc.


  • Patents and protection rights - the number of patents and other rights in the Polish Patent Office in the years 2015 - 2016 in relation to the number of professors, PhDs with habilitation and PhDs full-time employed in the unit. In the case of technical fields, the criterion is based on the nominal number of patents without reference to the academic staff. Source: POL-on.
  • Vocational qualifying examinations – additional criteria specific to the particular field of study were introduced in the case of three courses (law, medicine, dentistry): the results of the vocational qualifying examinations - the State Medical Examination and the results of the examinations for legal apprenticeship. The criterion included the ratio of a passed exam. Source: examination committee data.

Note: KEJN- Committee for Evaluating Research Institutions.
PKA – The Polish Accreditation Commitee

Note: PhD with habilitation is the degree between doctoral degree and full professor title.