PhD Programme in Philosophy

Doctoral School Fulltime studies in English Faculty of Social Sciences

Education at the Doctoral College of Philosophy will be provided in Polish or English language. The curriculum of the Doctoral College of Philosophy consists of three groups of subjects: general university subjects (including classes in law, ethics of scientific research and didactical methods at academic institutions), subjects provided within the scope of colleges at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and, finally, authorial subjects offered to doctoral students within the scope of the Doctoral College of Philosophy. Among them one may enumerate:  Criticism of Historical Sources in Philosophy, Methods of Text Analysis, Great Philosophical Disputes, Mysticism in Eastern Christianity, Philosophical Contexts of Iconic Turn, Aesthetics Dimensions of the Political Aesthetics in Practice, Applied Rhetoric, Contemporary Philosophical Anthropology, Contemporary Political Ontologies, Individual and his Society in American Neo-Psychoanalysis, Methodology of Social Science: A Historical Perspective, Social Order and the Struggle for Recognition: Contemporary Approaches in Political Philosophy, Archetype and Image: Anthropologic View on Imagerious Process and many others.

The courses will be selected by the doctoral student and his/her doctoral thesis supervisor. The emphasis will be put on carrying out their own research by doctoral students. They will be treated as professionals who have significant contribution in broadening of the knowledge. Our programme assumes promotion of mobility  both in international dimension and between the university and other entities and within the university among various disciplines.

Recruitment rules to the Doctoral College of Philosophy at the Doctoral School of the University of Wrocław  


List of required documents

  1. Application (including information on the planned subject of doctoral thesis and the name of the proposed research supervisor);
  2. Personal questionnaire completed in applicable online candidate recruitment system;
  3. Diploma of graduating from 2nd degree studies or uniform Master’s studies or other document entitling to apply for admission to a doctoral school (the original will be available for inspection to verify its conformity with the original); in the case of diploma acquired abroad (outside of Poland) an apostille or certification by the Polish consulate is required.
  4. Translation of diploma and transcript of grades to Polish language
  5. A written opinion of the research supervisor selected from among independent research fellows of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Wroclaw regarding the draft outline of doctoral thesis including the declaration of providing research guidance for the candidate;
  6. The initial outline of doctoral thesis;
  7. A certificate or a statement confirming the knowledge of English language at B2 or equivalent level (FCE, TOEFL- 550, IELTS 5,5-6,5, BEC Vantage and other equivalent international certificates); the candidates for whom English was a lecturing language during a previous stage of education or for whom it is a native language, are released from the obligation of presenting the certificate.
  8. The copy of a document confirming the legalisation of stay in Poland along with the original for inspection (in case of foreigners); it is possible to be admitted to the entrance exam without the copy of the document confirming the legalisation of stay and to present the document in case of positive result of the entrance exam.
  9. The documents should be submitted in Polish or English language.
  10. The confirmation of the recruitment fee payment

Rules of recruitment

  1. The candidates will be admitted to the Doctoral College of Philosophy of the Doctoral School of the University of Wroclaw based on a competition within the scope of the available limit of places.
  2. The result of the competition expressed in points will be determining the admission to the Doctoral College of Philosophy of the Doctoral School of the University of Wroclaw.  
  3. The following items are scored: draft outline of doctoral thesis accepted by the proposed research supervisor, research achievements to date and activity in student  research clubs, answers during the oral entrance exam to questions regarding the draft outline of doctoral thesis and general knowledge of the candidate in the given research discipline.
  4. The entrance exam can be conducted in the form of a videoconference upon the consent of the recruitment commission.
  5. The minimum score required to be admitted to the Doctoral College of Philosophy is 60 points.
  6. The following scoring is defined for the draft outline of doctoral thesis, research achievements and entrance exam:


Assessed topic

Requirements/detailed description



Initial outline of doctoral thesis

Acceptance by a proposed research supervisor; Volume 20-40 thousand characters including spaces, content encompassing as minimum: introduction and definition of a research topic including the justification, review of the literature on the subject, methodology and approach to the research; planned content of doctoral thesis, bibliography in Harvard style

0-30 points


Research publications

A copy of the publication or a statement confirming the admission to printing should be attached:


  1.          5 points – articles published in journals listed in databases: Scopus, Web of Science, ERIH Plus and own monographs published by publishers from the list of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) dated 18 January 2019.


  1.          3 points – other articles in journals from the list of journals of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education dated 25.01.2017, list from 2019 or the chapters in edited volumes published by publishers from the list of MNiSW dated 18 January 2019.


c. 1 point  – other research articles or chapters

0-10 points


Participation in research projects

Confirmation of participation from the project leader or decisions on allocation of funds should be attached.

  1.          3 points – role of a research fellow or a leader in projects: NCN, NCBiR, MNiSW, H2020, ERC, European Commission and other foreign institutions and organisations
  2.          1 point – role of a research fellow or a leader in other projects


0-5 points


Activity in student scientific clubs, participation in organisational committees of conferences or activity promoting the science

A statement from the organisers of the event should be attached, in case of student scientific clubs – a statement issued by the research club supervisor.

The commission shall award the score based on qualitative assessment of the achievements.

0-5 points


Active participation in a scientific conference (including a presentation, poster etc.)

Conference program and certificate/statement from the organisers should be attached

  1.          1 point – student-doctoral conference,
  2.          2 point – nation-wide conference,
  3.          3 point – international conference (minimum 30% of participants with the papers from outside the country of the organiser)

0-5 points


Research scholarships and awards awarded both within and outside the University, participation in student exchange programs  (Erasmus+, Most,  other)

A certificate, confirmation or a diploma should be attached.

The commission shall award the score based on qualitative assessment of the achievements.

0-5 points


Entrance exam – discussion on the submitted draft outline of doctoral thesis


0-20 points


Entrance exam – assessment of general knowledge in the area of the given discipline

Random questions from the list of exam topics

0-20 points




0-100 points


The list of exam topics (entrance exam)

1. Ancient and modern roots of European culture.

2. Scientific and social implications of philosophical systems in the period between 17th and 21st centuries.

3. Sources and main currents in contemporary social and political philosophy.

4. Ontological and epistemological theories in European philosophy.

5. Art and beauty as subject of aesthetics.

6. Individual in the world of culture.

7. Main currents of contemporary thought.

8. Elements of practical and applied philosophy.

9. Main ethical traditions.

10. Debates in contemporary moral philosophy.

11. Specific character of selected subdisciplines in philosophy with special focus on methods and examples of conceptual definitions.


Recommended literature

Ayer A. J. (different editions). Philosophy in the Twentieth Century.

Bochenski J. M. (different editions). The Methods of Contemporary Thought. trans. by P. Caws.

Boucher D., Kelly P. (eds.), (2003). Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gadamer H.-G. (different editions). The Beginning of Philosophy. trans. by R. Coltman.

Kymlicka W. (different editions). Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schnädelbach H. (1984). Philosophy in Germany 1831-1933. trans. by E. Matthews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Schrödinger E. (different editions). ‘Nature and the Greeks’ and ‘Science and Humanism’. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Singer P. (different editions). Practical Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Strauss L., Cropsey J. (eds.), (different editions). History of Political Philosophy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Tatarkiewicz W. (different editions). A History of Six Ideas: An Essay in Aesthetics. trans. by Ch. Kasparek.

Tatarkiewicz W. (different editions), Analysis of Happiness. trans. by E. Rothert, D. Zielinska.