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University of Silesia in Katowice

Doctoral School

Doctoral School at the University of Silesia

The Doctoral School at the University of Silesia in Katowice was established on 14th May 2019. The first group of doctoral students began their education on 1st October 2019. The aim of the Doctoral School is to educate doctoral students at the University of Silesia. Its major goal is for the doctoral students to prepare top quality doctoral dissertations and be prepared for participating in academic and social life as researchers, academic teachers, specialists and effective administrators of knowledge.  The school accomplishes this goal through high-quality education delivered in cooperation with faculties of the University of Silesia and providing administrative support for doctoral students, as well as support regarding their research activity. The most significant aspects of such support are:

  • selecting an experienced supervisor well prepared to work with a doctoral candidate
  • organising international cooperation
  • helping doctoral students to obtain funding for their research and mobility
  • organising various forms of activity, such as summer school, open lectures and scientific conferences
  • activity aimed at popularization of science, especially creating publicity for research conducted by doctoral students

Research fields and disciplines

The school educates doctoral students in all the 21 disciplines in which the University of Silesia is entitled to confer the doctoral degree. For organisational purposes, the disciplines have been divided into three large fields, integrating several areas of science:

  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 technology,
    • materials engineering,
    • mathematics,
    • biological sciences,
    • chemical sciences,
    • physical sciences,
    • Earth and related environmental sciences;
  3. the field of social sciences, comprising the following disciplines:
    • communication and media studies,
    • political science and public administration,
    • law,
    • sociology,
    • education,
    • psychology.

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