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Admission for the academic year 2024/2025

Admission to the Doctoral School for the academic year 2024/2025 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. 478 of the Senate of the University of Silesia in Katowice of November 28th 2023 regarding the principles and the mode of admission for the Doctoral School at the University of Silesia in Katowice in the academic year 2024/2025. The information below is a selection of the most important admission conditions and information.

Link to the resolution (in Polish): https://aktyprawne.us.edu.pl/423-lista/d/6903/5/

Translation of the resolution No. 478/2023:

Resolution_478_2023 ENG

Appendix_478_2023_1 ENG

Scientific disciplines Scientific disciplines
  1. Humanities, Theology and Arts:
  • Philosophy,
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literary studies
  • Culture and Religion Studies,
  • Arts Studies
  • Polish Studies
  • Theology
  • Film and Theatre
  • Fine Arts and Art Conservation
  • Music
  1. Natural sciences as well as engineering and technology:
  • Computer Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Earth and Related-Environmental Sciences
  1. Social Sciences:
  • Communication and Media Studies,
  • Political Science and Public Administration
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Social and Economic Geography and Spatial Management.
Admission limit Admission limit

Humanities, theology and art – 20 vacancies.

Exact and natural sciences, as well as engineering and technical sciences – 22 vacancies.

Social sciences – 22 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



June 10th 2024, at 12:00 p.m.

opening of the registration in the IT system
2. June 10th 2024  

deadline for making the list of admission committee members public (subsequent changes allowed if it is necessary to change or add a committee member)


June 21th 2024, until 3.00 p.m.

closing of the registration in the IT system and submitting all documents in the system, subject to point 7


June 25th-July 1st 2024


expert evaluation of draft research plans
5. July 4th 2024,

until 3.00 p.m.

the announcement of the results of the first stage of admission and the timetable for the qualification interview



9–12 July 2024


qualification interviews (number of days depends on number of candidates)


July 15th 2024,

until 12.00 p.m.


the deadline for delivering the diploma that confirms completion of studies or applying for an extension of the deadline for delivering a graduation diploma (must consist date, not later than September 10th)


July 16 2024

until 3.00 p.m.

the announcement of the lists of candidates qualified for admission

July 17-19, 2024

Wednesday 9:30 –12:30, 13:30-15:00

Thursday 9:30–12:30, 13:30–15:00

Friday 9:30–12:00

registering of candidates qualified for admission, information about qualification for candidates from reserve list

July 23 th 2024

9:30–12:30, 13:30–15:00

registering of candidates qualified for admission from reserve list

September 10th 2024, until 12:00 p.m.


the deadline for submitting the diploma of graduation in the IT system, for candidates who applied for an extension of the deadline for delivering a graduation diploma (point 7);


September 11th 2024, until 3.00 p.m.

informing candidates from the reserve list about qualifications

14-15 September

Thursday 9:30–12:30, 13:301–5:00

Friday 9:30–12:00

entries of the candidates referred to in point 12

September 19th 2024, until 12:00 p.m.

deadline for announcing the list of candidates 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 0-10 (average of experts’ ratings). Scales:2.

Note – The research plan draft is assessed in the first stage of admission. If a candidate obtains 5 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 3 points)
  • importance of the project for the discipline (justification for researching this area, novelty of the project) (up to 2 points)
  • general research plan (initially indicated stages of the research procedure) (up to 2 points)
  • research methodology (methods, techniques, research tools) (up to 2 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 0-10 (average of all members of the commission, excluding the secretary). Scales: 5.

Note – a candidate who receives less than 6 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
  • 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, Scales: 1

Items assessed:

  • conference presentations (max. 3 points) [1]
  • authorship or co-authorship of publications in publishing houses and magazines from ministerial lists (monograph – 10 pts, chapter in a monograph – 2 pts, article in a journal – 5 pts; max. 12 pts)[2]
  • implementation of a research project financed from external funds (manager – 4 points, contractor – 2 points; max. 4 points)[3]
  • inne osiągnięcia naukowe lub artystyczne (maks. 3 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, Scales: 1.

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] 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.

[3] Project number and financing institution.


Admission Committee Admission Committee

The Admission Committee will be appointed by the Rector.

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.

Link to the system: https://irk2.us.edu.pl/en-gb/

The system will be available on June 10th.

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

Document templates will be published.

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 ; more: Participation in admission before finishing master’s studies),
  •  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; ordinance 3-2024 – 1b – project-of-the-research-plan-2024
  2. written opinion of the scientific employee of the University of Silesia in Katowice who performs the role of a scientific supervisor of the candidate with the consent for being the doctoral student’s supervisor or auxiliary supervisor; the opinion should refer to the candidate’s former performance and their suitability for academic work; ordinance 3-2024 – 2b – opinion of the scientific advisor of the candidate 2024
  3. written opinion of an additional academic or researcher with at least a doctoral degree; ordinance 3-2024 – 3b – opinion of an additional academic teacher or reseracher with at least PhD degree 2024
  4. list of the candidate’s scientific achievements – valid form; ordinance 3-2024 – 4b – Scientific-achievements-and-international-cooperation-2024
  5. 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, 2023;
  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 400;
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