Dear Graduate of MA studies,
Become a PhD student at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw, under the new PhD Programme in English.
Fulfil your dream of advancing your academic career and earning the PhD degree under the supervision of one of our professors and in cooperation with a selected group of the Faculty’s experienced teachers.
As a student in our PhD Programme, you will have the opportunity to spend one semester at one of 90 universities in Europe under the Erasmus scholarship as well as the opportunity to spend one semester at one of the most reputable universities anywhere in the world.
You will also get the chance to participate in many international seminars and conferences.
Our competences and openness will help you fulfil your ambitions.
We will be pleased to welcome you to our group of PhD students!
Professor Jakub Zajączkowski
Director of the IIR UW
The PhD Programme offered at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw is addressed to English-speaking students – graduates of the second-cycle studies (uniform master-level studies or equivalent). It is intended for active and creative people who wish to develop their research interests and broaden academic knowledge by conducting scientific research.
The study programme is addressed to graduates of second-cycle studies (full Masters programme or equivalent) – with no restrictions concerning the field. The candidates should be active and creative people who wish to pursue further studies and comprehensively develop their skills by broadening their academic knowledge and conducting research.
The aim of the studies is for the graduates to be educated specialists with the academic degree of doctor of social science in the field of political science, doctor of social science in the field of safety studies, doctor of social science in the field of public policy.
The courses and research realised during the studies concern the multi-aspect analysis of social and political phenomena in Poland, Europe and the world. Studies are conducted in a full-time mode in Polish and in English and in an extramural mode in Polish. They are implemented according to a unified curriculum in the field of compulsory subjects and didactic development courses.
They are conducted in a two-way system. On the one hand, the students conduct their own research projects under the care of the supervisor or the support supervisor, and on the other hand, they participate in classes (obligatory or to choose) and didactic practices. The learning cycle includes a group of general subjects, and related to the chosen specialization (discipline), elective courses (optional), preparing a doctoral student to do research activities and developing teaching skills, as well as didactic practices. Moreover, students are required to actively participate in the organizational work for the University, the Faculty and its institutes.
The programme of the research performed under the care of the supervisor or the support supervisor covers three learning paths of political science, public policy, and safety studies. The PhD student can also pursue an interdisciplinary path.
The students who pass doctoral exams and submit and successfully defend their PhD dissertations will be granted the academic degree of Doctor of Social Science in the field of Political Science, Doctor of Social Science in the field of Safety, or Doctor of Social Science in the field of Public Policy.
Organization of studies
The studies last four years. They are realized in the form of lectures, seminars, works hops, and students’s individual work under the care of the scientific tutor (supervisor or suport supervisor). Students are obliged to practice internships in the form of teaching classes in the university or participation in teaching under the supervision of a experienced academic teacher. The size of teaching practices cannot be smaller than 10, but not greater than 90 per academic year.
Classes for full-time studies are offered from Monday to Friday (in special cases, with the permission of the tutors, it is possible to organize classes on Saturday or Sunday). Classes for extramural studies are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays.
Download: Organisational assumptions of studies
Rules of recruitment for doctoral studies in the academic year 2018/2019
Full-time studies in English
Description of the recruitment procedure:
Admission on the basis of the complete set of delivered documents
Faculty of Political Science and International Studies
- Authorisation to award the following academic degrees:
Doctor of Social Sciences in the field of political science, Doctor of Social Sciences in the field of safety, Doctor of Social Sciences in the field of public policy
– „International Relations and Governance”;
– „Security Studies” ;
– the PhD student can also pursue an interdisciplinary path
- Duration of studies: 4 years; PhD students who manage to realize the full program of study and prepare a doctoral thesis can graduate in 3 years
- Form of studies: full-time (paid)
- Maximum number of students to be admitted: 20 (min. of 10 students are required to start the programme)
- Deadline for registration in the online IRK system: not applicable
- Required documents:
a) application addressed to the Rector of the University of Warsaw for admission to the degree programme, together with the candidate’s consent to the related financial conditions (download)
b) copy of the Master’s (magister) degree diploma and the curriculum, or a declaration that the diploma will be submitted before the starting date of the doctoral programme (no later than on 1 October 2018). In the event the diploma is not submitted by the deadline indicated in the declaration, the candidate will not be admitted to the doctoral programme;
c) copy of the Bachelor’s (licencjat) degree diploma and the curriculum (in order to assess whether the Master’s (magister) degree diploma authorises its holder to pursue a doctoral programme in Poland, or in order to validate the qualifications);
d) synopsis of the doctoral thesis together with a list of reference sources of 10-20 items;
e) confirmed information (certificates) on the candidate’s scientific activity (participation in conferences, scientific clubs, scientific organisations, research published) in the years 2016-2018;
f) certificate confirming the competence in English at a minimum of level B2;
g) certificate confirming the competence in a foreign language (other than the English language and the candidate’s native language) at the C1 or C2 level (any official language of the country of the candidate’s citizenship will be also considered the candidate’s native language);
i) personal questionnaire (download);
j) copy of the candidate’s passport;
k) 1 photo (3.5cm/4.5cm).Only official documents in English will be considered.
- Time for filing documents: 29 June 2018;
Place of submission of documents: sekcja ds. stopni naukowych i studiów doktoranckich WNPiSM [Office for Academic Degrees and Doctoral Programmes] (Gmach Audytoryjny – Auditorium Building), Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, room no. 210 (working hours) or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org A person who does not submit the required documents by the deadline indicated above will be removed from the list of candidates.
- Description of the admissions procedure:The admissions procedure consists of 2 stages: analysis of qualifications for the studies based on the submitted documents, and an optional interview. The admissions decision is made following the first stage.The interview will be set up for those who have been admitted to the programme and would like to apply for a doctoral scholarship.
- The language of the admissions procedure, including the interview:
- Criteria and the manner of assessment:At the first stage of the admissions procedure, the candidate may receive from 0 to 25 points.
- Assessment of the doctoral thesis synopsis (max 9 points)
– topic of the thesis, subject of research, research questions and methods
– theoretical framework and references to the current state of research
– list of primary reference sources (10-20 items)
- Competence in foreign languages (excluding the English language) (max 6 points)
– points awarded depending on the level of competence: C1 – 2 points, C2 – 3 points
– in the case of language competence at a lower level: 0 points
- Scientific activity (max 10 points), which may comprise:
– a book publication:
a monograph by one author – 4 points
a chapter in a work by multiple authors or co-authorship of a monograph – 2 pointsEvidenced by submitting: a copy of the pages with the name of the author or authors, title of the publication, name of the publishing house, place and year of edition, and the ISSN number – if awarded, as well as the original publication for inspection. Certificates on any work accepted for publishing will not be considered.
– a scientific article – 2 points.Evidenced by submitting: a copy of the pages of the journal with the name of the author or authors, title of the publication, name of the publishing house, place and year of edition, and the ISSN number – if awarded, as well as the original journal for inspection. Certificates on any works accepted for publishing will not be considered.
– presentation of a paper at a conference – 1 point.
Evidenced by submitting: the original certificate issued by the conference organiser and the conference programme.
– other documented forms of scientific activity – 1 point.
Scientific internships, active participation in science festivals, activity in scientific clubs (evidenced solely with an original certificate issued by the festival organiser, mentor of the scientific club, etc.).
- Based on the (optional) interview the candidate may receive from 0 to 25 points.
During the interview with the candidate the commission will assess the following:
– erudition in the field of social sciences (0-3 points)
– ability to express oneself logically (0-2 points)
– ability to present arguments (0-2 points)
– knowledge of research methods in social sciences (0-3 points)
– proper use of scientific categories within the discipline of science related to the major chosen by the candidate (0-4 points)
– properly formulated topic of the research project connected with the planned doctoral thesis (0-2 points)
– ability to formulate the concept of the research problem (0-2 points)
– original character of the research questions and subject (0-3 points)
– relevance of the topic of the planned doctoral thesis in relation to the chosen discipline of science (0-2 points).The interviews are planned to be scheduled between 3 and 7 September 2018.The candidates will be informed of the specific date of the interview individually.
- The minimum number of points required to be admitted to the doctoral programme:
The minimum number of points required at the first stage of the admissions procedure will be the number of points awarded to the candidate who ranked last within the specified maximum number of students to the programme.The minimum number of points for the interview will not be set.
- Announcement of results:
6 July 2018 (results of the first stage of the admissions procedure);
10 September 2018 (results of optional interviews)
- The results of the first stage of the preliminary admission and the results of interviews will be announced at:
the WNPiSM website – page ‘News’
- Starting date of the doctoral programme: 1 October 2018The doctoral programme is a fee-paying programme. The tuition fee is EUR 4,000 for the academic year (+the administrative fee of EUR 200 for the 1st year of studies).At the student’s written request, the Dean of WNPiSM may consent to payment of tuition fees in 2 instalments for an academic year:
1st instalment – 27 September 2018
2nd instalment – 9 March 2019
Applicants failing to submit all the required documents by the set deadline will be removed from the candidate list.
Master’s degree diploma (original or official copy) should be submitted before the date of commencement of the Ist year of the doctoral studies (2 November 2018).
The studies are paid. Tuition is EUR 4000,- for the academic year (plus EUR 200,- fee for the first year). It is possible to pay in 2 installments for the academic year after approval by the Dean of Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw at the written request of the student.