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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 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
  • organizing international cooperation
  • helping doctoral students to obtain funding for their research and mobility
  • organizing various forms of activity, such as summer school, open lectures, and scientific conferences
  • the activity aimed at the popularization of science, especially creating publicity for research conducted by doctoral students

 

Rules and Regulations of the Doctoral School

The most important act regulating the operation of the Doctoral School is the Regulations of the Doctoral School:

Applicable regulations:

from October 1, 2022 – Resolution No. 257/2022 of April 26, 2022, of the Senate of the University of Silesialink to the resolution.(in polish)resolution_257_2022 EN

Earlier versions of the terms and conditions:

  • in force until September 30, 2021 – attachment to Resolution No. 430/2019 of September 24, 2019, of the Senate of the University of Silesia – link to the resolution.
  • applicable to all PhD students from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022 – Resolution No. 75/2021 of January 26, 2021, of the Senate of the University of Silesia – link to the resolution

Resolution 75_2021

In addition, the Doctoral School operates based on the following:

  • The Law on Higher Education and Science (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1668) and the regulations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education based on it – link to the act
  • Statute of the University of Silesia in Katowice – link to the Rector’s announcement
  • Organizational regulations of the University of Silesia in Katowice – link to the Rector’s announcement
  • other national and internal regulations
  • ordinance of the Dean of the Doctoral School

Research fields and disciplines

The school educates doctoral students in all the 22 disciplines in which the University of Silesia is entitled to confer the doctoral degree. For organizational 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:
    • social and economic geography and spatial management,
    • communication and media studies,
    • political science and public administration,
    • law,
    • sociology,
    • education,
    • psychology.

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