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Doctoral School

Admission for the academic year 2021/2022

Admission to the Doctoral School for the academic year 2021/2022 is an open, international contest. The contest is run in three fields, which correspond with fields of education in the Doctoral School:

  • the field of humanities, theology and the arts,
  • the field of science and natural sciences, and engineering and technology,
  • the field of social sciences.

The contest is carried out by the admission committee of the Doctoral School, appointed by the Rector of the University of Silesia.

The legal basis for the conducted proceedings is Resolution no. 74 of the Senate of the University of Silesia in Katowice of January 26th 2021 regarding the principles and the mode of admission for the Doctoral School at the University of Silesia in Katowice in the academic year 2021/2022 and Resolution no. 140 of the Senate of the University of Silesia of May 25th 2021. The information below is a selection of the most important admission conditions and information.

Link to the resolution (in Polish):



Translation of the resolution No. 74: Resolution_74_2021_eng, Appendix_Resolution_74_2021 ENG

In the resolution No. 140 one change was implemented – information and communication technology has been added to the list of disciplines in the admission.

Scientific disciplines Scientific disciplines

The Doctoral School admissions PhD students of all disciplines in which the University of Silesia is entitled to confer doctoral degrees. Admission takes place in the following areas:

  1. the field of humanities, theology and the arts, comprising the following disciplines:
    • philosophy,
    • history,
    • linguistics,
    • literary studies,
    • culture and religion studies,
    • theology,
    • film and theatre,
    • fine arts and art conservation;
  2. the field of science and natural sciences, and engineering and technology, comprising the following disciplines:
    • information and communication
    • materials engineering,
    • mathematics,
    • biological sciences,
    • chemical sciences,
    • physical sciences,
    • Earth and related environmental sciences;
  3. the field of social sciences, comprising the following disciplines:
    • social and economic geography and spatial management
    • communication and media studies,
    • political science and public administration,
    • law,
    • sociology,
    • education,
    • psychology

In the admission procedure, a candidate indicates the discipline in which he or she wants to conduct scientific work. During the admissions procedure, the admission committee may decide to qualify the candidate to a different discipline than the one proposed if it has a clear substantive justification. It is not possible to choose more than one discipline at the admission stage. In the case of projects that are interdisciplinary in nature, this aspect should be emphasized in the project description.

Admission limit Admission limit

Humanities, theology and art – 25 vacancies.

Exact and natural sciences, as well as engineering and technical sciences – 25 vacancies.

Social sciences – 25 vacancies.

The specified limits are not internally divided into disciplines.

At the request of the admission committee, the rector may agree to admit more candidates than the limit.

Admission schedule Admission schedule
  1. June 28th 2021 — opening of the registration in the IT system
  2. June 28th 2021 — the latest date on which examiners’ names are to be published on the Doctoral School website
  3. July 10th 2021 — the deadline for applying for an extension of the deadline for delivering a graduation diploma (see point 12)
  4. July 10th 2021 — closing of the registration in the IT system and last term for uploading all documents except diploma
  5. July 11-16th 2021 — expert evaluation of draft research plans
  6. July 19th 2021 until 3 p.m. — the announcement of the results of the first stage of the admission and timetable for qualification interview
  7. July 21st-23rd 2021 — qualification interviews (number of days depends on number of candidates)
  8. July 26th 2021 until 12 p.m. — the deadline for delivering the diploma that confirms completion of studies
  9. July 27th until 2 p.m. — the announcement of the lists of candidates qualified for admission
  10. July 28-30th 2021 — registering of candidates qualified for admission (30 July until 12:00)
  11. August 2nd 2021 until 2 p.m. — term of announcing the final list of candidates admitted to the Doctoral School
  12. September 13th 2021 until 2.30 p.m.— the deadline for submitting the diploma of graduation in the ICT system, for persons referred to in point 3
  13. September 13-14th 2021 until 12 p.m. — entries of the candidates referred to in point 12
  14. September 15th 2021 — deadline for announcing the list of people admitted to the Doctoral School
Admissions criteria Admissions criteria

Criterion 1

Research plan draft (up to 12,000 characters with spaces), not including bibliography (literature).

Three experts assess each project – researchers representing the scientific discipline in which the candidate wants to study

Number of points 0-20 (average of experts’ ratings)

Note – The research plan draft is assessed in the first stage of admission. If a candidate obtains 10 points or less from at least 2 of the 3 evaluators is not qualified for any further procedure.

 Assessment criteria

The project should include:

  • scientific purpose of the project (scientific problem that the candidate undertakes, research questions and hypotheses) (up to 5 points)
  • importance of the project for the discipline (justification for researching this area, novelty of the project) (up to 4 points)
  • general research plan (initially indicated stages of the research procedure) (up to 5 points)
  • research methodology (methods, techniques, research tools) (up to 5 points)
  • literature (up to 30 most important bibliographic items that the candidate intends to use) (up to 1 point)
  • if the candidate will be part of the research team, describe their contribution to the research project

Criterion 2

Admission talk

The candidate who qualifies for the second stage of the assessment participates in an interview with the area admission committee. The committee comprises two representatives of each scientific discipline belonging to the area (see – Scientific disciplines), one representative of doctoral students, a secretary, and a chairman. All committee members can participate in the interview and ask questions. During the interview, the candidate presents the planned project – the concept of the doctorate. The interview admission may concern the project itself and related issues and issues related to the candidate’s education and experience.

Number of points 0-50 (average of all members of the commission, excluding the secretary)

Note – a candidate who receives less than 30 points in this criterion will not be eligible for the Doctoral School, even if he has a sufficient number of points on the ranking list.

 Assessment elements:

  • “defense” of a research project – answers to questions concerning the project presented by the candidate
  • knowledge of the research area
  • knowledge of the English language appropriate to the area (see § 8 sections 4 of the resolution)
  • predisposition to conduct research and present its results.

 Criterion 3

Science achievements

The points obtained in this criterion are counted for the candidate’s final evaluation and announced to the candidates only after the end of the procedure.

Number of points 0-22

Items assessed:

  • conference presentations (domestic conference – 1 point, foreign conference, i.e. held abroad – 3 points; max. 3 points) [1]
  • authorship or co-authorship of publications in publishing houses and magazines from ministerial lists [2] (monograph – 10 pts, chapter in a monograph – 2 pts, article in a journal – 5 pts; max. 10 pts)[3]
  • implementation of a research project financed from external funds (manager – 4 points, contractor – 2 points; max. 4 points)[4]
  • inne osiągnięcia naukowe lub artystyczne (maks. 5 pkt)

Criterion 4

International experience

Points received in this criteria are counted for the candidate’s final evaluation and announced to the candidates only after passing the procedure.

Number of points 0-8

Assessed elements

  • participant in the Erasmus program or other international exchange (max. 3 points),
  • projects with foreign research scientists, including internships and foreign scholarships (max. 5 points)

Obligatory method of confirming achievements

[1] Confirmation of active participation by the conference organizer.

[2] https://www.gov.pl/web/edukacja-i-nauka/nowy-rozszerzony-wykaz-czasopism-naukowych-i-recenzowanych-materialow-z-konferencji-miedzynarodowych, https://www.gov.pl/web/edukacja-i-nauka/wykaz-wydawnictw-publikujacych-recenzowane-monografie-naukowe

[3] In the case of the text accepted for publication – confirmation of acceptance for printing (an e-mail from the publishing house or DOI number is sufficient), in the case of a published text – the first page of the article and the table contents with the author’s name.

[4] Project number and financing institution.


Admission Committee Admission Committee

The Rector of the University of Silesia in Katowice has been appointed admission committees whose task is to conduct the admission procedure to the Doctoral School for the academic year 2021/2022.

Information about the committees is available here: admission committees


Registration in the admission procedure Registration in the admission procedure

The admission procedure is carried out electronically. All documents and information are accepted only this way, through the university’s ICT system: https://irk.us.edu.pl/. The system will be open on June 28, 2021.

Information and documents necessary in the admission process Information and documents necessary in the admission process

Download applicable document forms (project of the research plan, scientific achievements)

List of necessary documents to be prepared and placed in the IRK system:

  1. a copy of the diploma confirming the qualifications referred to in § 1,
  •  in the absence of a diploma – a certificate of awarding the professional title issued by the institution which awarded the title; in the case of admission of a candidate to the Doctoral School, a copy of the diploma should be provided immediately after its receipt,
  •  in the case of graduating from a university abroad, it is required to certify a diploma or other document in the form of legalization or apostille and a sworn translation of the document into Polish or English (if the document was issued in a language other than the languages mentioned above);
  1. draft research plan (max. 12 thousand characters with spaces, not including bibliography) – valid form – link above;
  2. written opinion of the candidate’s research tutor with consent to perform the function of the doctoral student’s supervisor (there is no applicable template);

4. written opinion of another academic teacher or researcher with at least a doctoral degree on the candidate’s achievements to date and his predisposition to research

  1. (there is no applicable formula);
  2. list of the candidate’s scientific achievements – valid form – link above;
  3. documents confirming scientific achievements (information in the form).
    • scientific conferences – confirmation of active participation by the conference organizer
    • published texts – the first page of an article and the table of content with author’s name
    • texts accepted for print – confirmation of acceptance for print (an e-mail from the publishing house or DOI no. will suffice)

Also, during the procedure, the candidate is required to set up an account in the university’s IT system and then:

  1. to consent to the processing of personal data to the extent necessary to conduct recruitment;
  2. submit a declaration of not completing education at another doctoral school and of unemployment as an academic teacher from October 1, 2021;
  3. post an electronic photo following the requirements for issuing ID cards;

4. Fill out the registration form with all required details and information, including:

  • personal and correspondence data of the candidate,
  • correspondence data of the candidate’s, including the e-mail address through which communication with the candidate will take place,
  • information about the scientific discipline in which the candidate intends to prepare a doctoral dissertation,
  • the title of the project that the candidate wants to implement as part of work on the doctoral dissertation,
  • information about the candidate’s research supervisor (name and surname, academic degree or title, affiliation, business e-mail address),
  • the candidate’s ORCID number;

5. pay the application fee in the amount of PLN 190.

Records of candidates shortlisted for admission Records of candidates shortlisted for admission

Candidates who, after the interviews, will be on the list of persons qualified to the Doctoral School must still register. Failure to comply with this last, formal step within the prescribed period means no admission to the Doctoral School!

More about documents and terms: Enrollment of candidates qualified for the Doctoral School 2021/2022

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