About the Academy


The Academy of Cosmetics and Health Care is a private university which offers graduate programmes of study in health and social sciences. With over one thousand students enrolled, the Academy employs academic staff of approximately 90 people qualified in various scientific fields on both permanent and temporary contracts.

The mission of the Academy of Cosmetics and Health Care is to provide its students with an education of high academic value, placing emphasis on the advancement of scientific research. At the same time, educational objectives address the needs of the world outside the academia-labour demand in the areas of health sciences and healthcare.


The Academy was founded in 2000 by the Vocational Development Centre in Warsaw, a non-profit educational institution established in the 19th century.  The Academy is situated in one of the most picturesque places in Poland— the  Old Town in Warsaw.  Adjacent to the historic Old Town, the Academy premises comprise lecture rooms, research centres and laboratories.  With over ten years of experience, the Academy provides its students with an education in the interdisciplinary fields of health care and health protection.



Academy Authorities


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Katarzyna Pytkowska
for Research

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Jacek Arct
for Student Affairs

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Sergiusz Dzierzgowski
Dean of the Faculty
of Cosmetology Department

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Karolina Leleń-Kamińska

Members of the academic staff are experts in medicine, cosmetology, cosmetic chemistry, technology, quality assurance systems and the marketing of consumer goods, primarily cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Over ten years of academic tradition also means that a number of Academy teachers are recruited from among the Academy graduates.

These are not only remarkable scientists with higher academic degrees that deliver lectures and run courses at the Academy. An important group of academic teachers constitute practitioners who hold prominent positions in business, industry and in the institutions responsible for health policy and social welfare in Poland. Students, therefore, are taught by both remarkable theorists and successful practitioners who have the first-hand experience of the realities of the market.


Teaching Standards and Student Facilities

Over a decade of teaching experience is also reflected in the Academy’s unique curricula which offer a wide selection of courses within the framework of the ECTS system. Irrespective of the chosen programme of study, from the second year on students advance their knowledge by choosing specialized courses.


One of the major objectives of the Academy educational policy is not just to respond to the needs of the present-day labour market, but to anticipate its future trends in the broad context of social and civilizational changes. This assumption underlies the efforts of the Academy staff to actively promote Podology as a rapidly growing academic discipline and health care specialisation, whose rising importance responds to civilizational and demographic changes in technologically advanced societies.

Students’ theses are based on research findings that come from their own experimental work, supervised by the Academy staff. The adopted approach guarantees that students obtain thorough theoretical knowledge and sound practical skills within the areas significant for the functioning of  a modern democratic society.


The Academy holds classes and lectures in the premises let to it by its founder, the Vocational Development Centre in Warsaw. Along with lecture rooms, provided with professional multimedia equipment, at students’ disposal are:  state-of-the-art cosmetic chemistry laboratories, professional esthetic cosmetology and podology practice rooms, a cosmetics efficacy testing laboratory and a cell culture laboratory.

The Academy has its own well-equipped reading room and a library with a collection of specialist publications in cosmetology, commodity science, healthcare and social sciences. In addition to scientific books and journals, students have a free access to a network of international online scientific fulltext databases.


The Academy  is committed to excellence in preparing its students for professional life. Due to the fact that the Academy cooperates with students’ prospective employers, organizing on-the-job training and summer internships, students gain professional experience in the course of study. Additionally, the Academy itself offers commercial services in cosmetology and esthetic podology in the form of student practice. This policy of combining theory with practice accounts for the increasing popularity of the Academy with students not only from Poland, but also from other countries.

Educational Offer

The Academy offers degree programmes in the following fields: 

• Cosmetology (two-cycle programme: BSc and MSc)


Cosmetology (BSc and MSc programmes) - a unique programme of study, offered only in several EU countries. It prepares highly qualified specialists in beauty business for their professional career in one of the fastest growing market segments. The interdisciplinary programme covers a wide range of issues, including the basics of dermatology and skin biology, chemistry and physical chemistry of cosmetic products, evaluation methods, and toxicology of commercial products, as well as esthetic cosmetology, focusing on manual and machine treatments.

Areas of Specialisation:

• Esthetic Cosmetology

• SPA&Wellness
• Podology


• Massage and Physiotherapy
• Cosmetic Chemistry




Courses and Non-Degree Postgraduate Studies

The Academy offers not only degree programmes that enable students to obtain a Master of Science (MSc), Engineer (Eng) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees, but also lifelong learning programmes, the Academy offer courses and non-degree postgraduate studies.

The postgraduate study programme enables professionals to improve their qualifications, enhancing their employability. The curriculum is particularly attractive for recent graduates in theoretical programmes of study, as they learn practicalities of the areas of knowledge that are highly valued in the labour market. The postgraduate courses are also addressed to professionals who are not satisfied with their present careers, seeking new challenges and opportunities. The postgraduate programmes enjoy remarkable popularity..



Postgraduate Programmes:

• Cosmetology
• Cosmetology in Medicine
• Podology
• Prevention and Therapy of Obesity
• English in Beauty Business


Training and a study programme in MODULES "Cosmetic Chemistry and Technology"



The Academy conducts research in chemistry, cosmetic technology, skin biology, esthetic cosmetology and the marketing of cosmetics. Research results from the period of the past few years have been disseminated in over 250 scientific articles and conference lectures. Research is conducted at both levels, basic and applied, covering the following areas:

• search for new active substances and methods of harnessing them from alimentary industry waste
• product quality, safety and efficacy-bioavailability testing and the modification of product activity through the use of appropriate ingredients
• market analyses and product marketing

Research is conducted in fully equipped Academy’s own laboratories and in cooperation with the Medical University of Warsaw and the Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry.








The Academy has established a partnership with industrial organizations, whose members are the largest businesses in the cosmetic industry, producers and distributors of cosmetic ingredients, as well as renowned beauty salons and spa and wellness centres.

The Academy cooperates with the members of the cosmetic industry in the area of optimisation and new technology development, technological expertise and specialised educational services for the personnel of the businesses operating in the cosmetic industry. So far, the Academy has offered training to the staff of such companies as Henkel Poland, Johnson & Johnson, Vichy – L’Oreal, Pierre Fabre and many others.

The Academy is dedicated to disseminating knowledge about cosmetology, beauty care and healthy lifestyles, as well about the quality of manufacturing of cosmetics and home care products. In order to meet this objective, the Academy plays a crucial role in organising and supporting scientific conferences, congresses, fairs and science festivals, attended by members of the scientific circles and professionals involved in cosmetology, cosmetic chemistry, healthcare and social work.



The Academy boasts its own publishing house, which has issued a significant number of titles, including monographs in the broadly defined field of cosmetology. The Academy of Cosmetics and Health Care Publishing House has established cooperation with the American media institution Allured Books, popularising its specialty science books and reference materials, and printing select titles in their Polish translations.

The Academy issues its own bilingual scientific quarterly “Cosmetology Today,” which presents latest research results of Polish and international academic institutions, and recent developments in cosmetology and related fields.








The Academy of Cosmetics and Health Care
13 Podwale Street, 00-252 Warsaw, Poland

Rector’s Office

Phone: (+ 48 22) 635 14 47
Fax: (+ 48 22) 635 79 23

E-mail: rektorat@wszkipz.pl