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Doctoral Studies

Doctoral studies - General education goals - The concept of education

Graduates with a master’s degree obtained from a higher education institution of a general academic profile can enroll in the Faculty of Modern Languages doctoral studies program. The cycle consists of 8 semesters and in order to graduate doctoral students have to obtain at least 59 ECTS points.

The educational path offered by the doctoral studies is personalized to the highest degree possible. Doctoral students complete individual research projects which they have proposed during the recruitment process. They are supervised by advisors or supervisors who are specialists in the given area of research. The students also take part in PhD seminars which correspond to their predispositions, interests and future career choices, both academic and professional. Furthermore, they participate in additional classes that are related to the academic disciplines they have selected. These other courses, both optional and obligatory, are determined to a certain degree by the topic and scope of students’ research projects.

Flexible program requirements enable doctoral students and their supervisors to design individualized studies programs which highlight the key areas of their research projects. The unique education program not only creates ideal conditions for in-depth research in linguistics or literary studies, but it also encourages interdisciplinary approach to all subjects.
In accordance to the principles of the Bologna process, the doctoral studies program at the Faculty of Modern Languages emphasizes harmonious education and development of desired competences and skills. To do so the program underlines various topics and subjects which are not directly related to the research topic and which are realized through classes focused on the development of general skills.

Institutions which co-create the program are: Institute of French Studies, Institute of German Studies, Institute of Iberian and Iberian-American Studies, Department of Italian Studies, Department of Hungarian Studies and Department of Formal Linguistics.

Above all, the doctoral studies program teaches students how to conduct independent research and how to contribute to the didactic process in all types of research centers and higher education institutions. It also prepares them to participate in academic life both in Poland and abroad. The graduates find work in many sectors of public life and business, especially those which require high intellectual competences. The program develops skills sought after in the job market such as capacity for self-study and team-work. It promotes the ability to make choices and to find one’s place in different surroundings. It strengthens the ability to take decisions and the spirit of responsibility.

The application of heuristic methods brings into focus student’s individual work. Special emphasis is placed on abstract thinking, reasoning, detecting difficulties and solving problems autonomously. What is more, students learn how to assess critically their own work and the work of others, and they gain skills connected with teaching methods and methodology of research.

Doctoral students acquire an in-depth knowledge of the humanities – linguistics and literary studies. They are prepared to present their doctoral dissertations, to participate in scientific conferences and other thought exchange initiatives, and to conduct classes in academic subjects chosen by them. The PhD graduates are fully conscious of the significance of their knowledge and skills, and are thus able to design their own paths of further intellectual and personal development. They are ready to undertake work which requires only the highest competences.

Obligatory and optional courses (including PhD seminars) are classes designed by distinguished specialists representing various areas of academic research, which in turn guarantees a high level of learning. A well-organized personnel structure enables the optional courses system – the majority of academic lecturers work in the position of research and didactic workers. The number of senior academic staff members accounts for more than 30% of all academic lecturers. The Faculty of Modern Languages employees are renowned specialists whose interests and competences encompass all the research directions in the academic disciplines they represent.