We expect those completing the PhD programme to be able to:
- analyse and formulate relevant research questions aimed to make a significant contribution to their respective fields of research.
- conceptualise and implement research designs and methodologies that make it possible to push the boundaries of knowledge in their respective research fields
- communicate orally and in writing effectively and clearly, participate actively in international conferences, collaborate in international research groups, and publish in top journals
- hold positions in leading academic and research institutions, conduct research, development, and innovation projects in various organisations outside the academic environment
Applicants must have an interest in research in addition to excellent academic transcripts. The programme is open to graduates of various disciplines (including e.g. management, finance, economics, law, engineering, psychology, and other related disciplines), who aspire to make significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the development of the field of social sciences through their scientific and research activity.
- Courses taught by internationally acclaimed faculty;
- An inspiring, creative, challenging, and supportive environment that stimulates its members to explore issues that matter to them;
- An atmosphere of collegiality and mutual support;
- An opportunity to engage at deep levels of research, a chance to create, question, and reflect on knowledge.
The standard duration of doctoral studies is four years. In the first two years, doctoral students are required to complete their scientific-methodical courses. Years 3 and 4 focus mainly on writing the doctoral dissertation. The course of study ends with a “defence” of the dissertation. In the course of study, doctoral students gain experience in the area of conducting research and disseminating its results as well as planning, implementing, and applying for funds for research projects - everything under the supervision of experienced researchers.
Those doctoral students who find the researching and teaching activities of KU’s faculty members highly relevant to their interests are given four years to conduct a personal research project from start to end. These four years are an opportunity for them to prepare for their future entry into the world of international academia by means of publishing activity and through participation in scientific conferences.
KU doctoral school has two processes in place aimed to monitor students’ progress:
- Research Seminars: each of the doctoral students presents their progress in their research at least once per year. The objective is not to evaluate the work performed but to help the student in their research orientation. This workshop-type meeting brings together doctoral students, dissertation supervisors, the programme director, and other faculty members from KU or from outside KU, selected in accordance with the subject of the dissertation.
- Annual Assessment: each of the doctoral students presents and discusses the results of their activity (progress made in their independent research project, dissemination of research results, involvement in research projects, etc.) and their plans for the following year. The objective is to review the work performed in a given year and to prepare a plan for the year to follow. Participants include: the supervisor of the dissertation, the programme director, and - possibly - other faculty members from KU or from outside KU. It takes place in June.
The main goal of the PhD programme is to help its participants acquire and develop the skills required in the practice of a researcher and of an academic teacher. Doctoral students also work on their dissertations - research project of great significance and of the utmost quality. Apart from the dissertation element, doctoral studies include also a general and thorough research training, a chance to explore a chosen specialization, and a teaching training module.
Do you wish to become a researcher prepared to work at the world’s best universities? Are you looking for a rigorous PhD programme run by one of the best research institutions/business schools in Central Europe? If so, Kozminski University’s full-time PhD programme in social and legal sciences is the programme for you.
Taking part in the doctoral programme at Kozminski University offers a chance for high-calibre researchers exploring disciplines such as management, economy, finance, or law to to work closely with academics at the forefront of their respective fields, to become part of a vibrant research community, and to benefit from the resources and reputation of the university.
The doctoral programme at Kozminski University provides a rigorous framework of training modules and courses that cover a wide range of topics and research methods. The curriculum involves also working closely with dissertation supervisors. Kozminski University is a relatively young school but it is also a research centre whose list of achievements in different scientific disciplines is already very impressive.
The PhD programme is an opportunity for doctoral students to get prepared to enter the world of international academia by taking part in scientific projects and industry-specific events as well as by means of their publishing activity.
We attach great significance to three criteria: your prior academic background; the relevance of your proposed research problem; the fitness of your proposal for the overall research activity of our faculty.
Applicants to the Kozminski University PhD programme must hold a master’s degree or equivalent and need to have documented proficiency in the English language.
- Application form,
- Concept of research,
- copies of diplomas and transcript of your grades (applies to both bachelor’s and master’s degree studies),
- List of publications,
- Two recommendations,
- Declaration of a senior faculty member of Kozminski University on consent to the academic supervision,
- Potential supervisors and their fields of interest,
- List of academic activities (e.g. active and passive participation in scientific conferences),
- Health certificate - in the case of applicants from outside the European Union
Resolution regarding rules of recruitment to Doctoral School in academic year 2020/2021
Send us the required documentation (until September 26)
An interview with the selected applicant, organised and conducted by the Admissions Committee - from 28th to 30th of September
The decision will be made known to the applicant by the date to be confirmed by the till October 04
Programme is free of charge
Scholarship per month – 2350pln