Educational process at the Doctoral School

As part of their education, the doctoral students learn about the methodology of scientific research and get acquainted with advanced tools for planning and conducting research and formulating results. Another immensely crucial element of a scientist’s work is the ability to hold scientific discourse. Therefore, the doctoral students at the PBS Doctoral School acquire skills to write, publish, and present scientific work. We strive for our doctoral students to have broader scientific knowledge apart from their development in a given discipline. For this reason, the doctoral students attend lectures held by the finest specialists, experts in their respective fields, where they learn about the current trends in development in various fields of science and technology. Conducting scientific research is very expensive, so throughout practical classes the students also gain skills of obtaining funding for their research from national, private, and participatory funds. As future academic teachers, the participants of the course also gain pedagogical competence. On the other hand, as future contributors to the economic sector, the doctoral students learn how to transfer scientific knowledge onto the economic grounds.

The timeframe of the Doctoral School schedules 4 years of education. In the first three months of the course, the Scientific Discipline Council appoints a supervisor or supervisors and an assistant supervisor who directly oversee the scientific development of the doctoral student. The student then needs to formulate a Personal Research Plan required to pass the first year of the course. This plan is a specific road map of scientific research and other undertakings that ultimately lead to attainment of the doctoral degree. After the second year, the student undergoes a mid-term assessment of their scientific progress, which is mandatory for continuing the course. Consistent adherence to the Personal Research Plan and steady progress in the role of an academic teacher should allow the student to receive a doctoral degree promotion after 4 years. Throughout this entire time the doctoral student receives a doctoral grant in the amount regulated by the appropriate legislation.

Educational process

Most of the classes are shared between all of the disciplines, but some subjects, due to their specific nature, are held separately for either technical disciplines or natural sciences disciplines. Fully completing the curriculum of the PBS Doctoral School guarantees achieving education level equivalent to level 8 within the Polish Qualifications Framework.

A detailed curriculum is provided below

Study plan no. 1

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  • l - lecture; s - seminar
  • red - exams; yellow - subjects run separately in groups of technical and natural science disciplines
subjects hours hours per semester
l s l s l s l s l s l s l s l s
1 Research Methodology and Planning 60 30   30                          
2 Philosophy of Cognition 15 15                              
3 Rhetoric 15 15                              
4 Numerical Methods 15 15                              
5 English Language in Science 60   15   15   15   15                
6 Essential Information on Grants 15     15                          
7 Data Analysis - Statistics, Data Visualization 45     15 30                    
8 Preparation of Articles and Scientific Presentations 30         15   15                  
9 Contemporary Trends in Scientific Development 60           15   15   15   15        
10 Academic Entrepreneurship 30             15   15              
11 Invention Techniques 15               15                
12 Ethics in Science 15                     15          
13 Teaching Module 90                 30   30   15   15  
14 Internship 60                           30   30
15 Dissertation Workshop 150   15   15   15   15   15   15   30   30
hours in semester 675 105 90 90 90 75 75 75 75