Sulowski Stanisław prof. dr hab.

Doctoral studies

Dear Graduate of MA Studies,

The Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw, offers you full-time doctoral studies in English. The PhD programme is addressed to graduates of second-cycle studies (full Masters programme or equivalent) – with no restrictions concerning the field. The aim of the studies is for the graduates to be educated specialists with the academic degree of doctor of social science in the field of political science, doctor of social science in the field of security studies, doctor of social science in the field of  public policy.

It is noteworthy that the University of Warsaw ranks in the third hundred (places 201-300) of the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 in the field of social sciences – political sciences. The Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw, is reported as the best in Poland in the fields of political science and international relations (2018).

Our PhD programme is conducted in a two-way system. On the one hand, the students conduct their own research projects under the care of the supervisor or the support supervisor, and on the other hand, they participate in classes (obligatory or to choose) and didactic practices. The learning cycle includes a group of general subjects, and related to the chosen specialization (discipline), elective courses (optional), preparing a doctoral student to do research activities and developing teaching skills, as well as didactic practices. The programme of the research, performed under the care of the supervisor or the support supervisor, covers three learning paths of political science, public policy, and security studies. The PhD student can also pursue an interdisciplinary path.

The doctoral studies programme is intended for active and creative people who wish to develop their research interests. You can pursue further studies and comprehensively develop your skills by broadening academic knowledge and conducting research. You will have the opportunity to spend one semester at one of 90 universities in Europe under the Erasmus scholarship, as well as  the opportunity to spend one semester at one of the most reputable universities anywhere in the world. You will also get the chance to participate in many international seminars and conferences. Last but not least: you will gain an experience in working in multinational environment.

Our competences and openness will help you fulfil your ambitions. We will be pleased to welcome you to our group of PhD students!

Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Sulowski
Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies

WARNING! Due to RESOLUTION NO. 412 OF THE SENATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW of 17 April 2019
on the terms and conditions, and procedure of enrolment for Doctoral Schools at the University of Warsaw in the academic year 2019/2020
the admission process for PhD studies has changed.

The document

Schedule

Year 1st

Course name (form of course) Number of teaching hours Type of examination ECTS credit (total) Semester
Methodology of social sciences (obligatory) 20 Exam 3 1 and 2
Quantitative research methods (obligatory) 15 Exam 2 1
Qualitative research methods (obligatory) 15 Exam 2 2
PhD Proseminar (course conducted for the students as a single group, as a propaedeutic course for the field of study) – distinct for each discipline 15 Pass 1 1
PhD Seminars conducted by the thesis supervisor/assistant supervisor (to choose from the list of thematic seminars) 15 Pass 1 2
Methodology of didactic activities (obligatory) 15 Graded Pass 2 1
Workshops: Methodology of research activities (course to choose from the offer of some dedicated workshops) 10 Graded Pass 2 2
Placement (Teaching practices) (10 hours per year as minimum)[1] Min. 10 Pass 1 2
Individual research activity connected with the PhD thesis* 1 and 2
ECTS credit – Total 14

In order to complete Year 1 the student should[2]:

  • Obtain at least 14 ECTS credits.
  • Complete all courses according to the program of the 1st year of study (confirmed in  the student’s book or exam card).
  • Complete teaching practices (at least 10, but not more than 90 teaching hours) and obtain written confirmation of the placement.
  • (* as a part of individual research activity connected with the PhD thesis) present the concept of the doctoral thesis accepted by the supervisor and confirm participation in at least 1 scientific conference.
  • Submit the report on the research and scientific activity in a given academic year approved by the supervisor.
  • The deadline for submission of all required documents is outlined by the detailed rules of the doctoral studies and organization of an academic year schedule set by the Rector of the University of Warsaw.

Year 2nd

Course name (form of course) Number of teaching hours Type of examination ECTS credit (total) Semester
Discipline “Governance and International Relations” – Theories of politics  (obligatory)Discipline ”Security Studies” –  Introduction to security studies (obligatory) 15 Exam 2 3
Discipline “Governance and International Relations” – Methodology of international studies (obligatory)Discipline ”Security Studies” –  Theories of security studies (obligatory) 15 Exam 2 4
Didactic Methods and Approaches – Workshop in the teaching class + guided self-education with consultation under e-learning (course to choose from the offer of some dedicated workshops) 24 Graded Pass 4 3
Courses related to the discipline belonging to the field of doctoral studies (optionally within the disciplinary or interdisciplinary path) At least 30 (Total) Graded Pass At least 4 (Total) 3 and/or 4
PhD Seminars conducted by the thesis supervisor/assistant supervisor (to choose from the list of thematic seminars) 30 Pass 2 3 and 4
Placement  (Teaching practices) (10 hours per year as minimum)[3] min. 10 Pass 1 3 and/or 4
Individual research activity connected with the PhD thesis * Ungraded credit 3 and 4
ECTS credit – Total 15 (min.)

In order to complete Year 2 the student should[4]:

  • Obtain at least 29 ECTS credits till the end of the 2nd academic year.
  • Complete all courses according to the program of the 2nd year of study (confirmed in  the student’s book or exam card).
  • Complete teaching practices (at least 10, but not more than 90 teaching hours) and obtain written confirmation of the placement.
  • (* as a part of individual research activity connected with the PhD thesis) present the developed concept of the doctoral thesis accepted by the supervisor, as well as present:

– fragments of the PhD dissertation with the approval of the supervisor;

– at least 1 research note, or elaboration of thematic bibliography (approved by the supervisor), or at least 1 review article, or publication of the       research note or the review article should be evidenced by the copy of the publication (for inspection), or (in case of adoption for printing) by the       confirmation signed by the scientific journal’s chief editor or assistant editor

  • Submit the report on the research and scientific activity in a given academic year approved by the supervisor.
  • The deadline for submission of all required documents is outlined by the detailed rules of the doctoral studies and organization of an academic year schedule set by the Rector of the University of Warsaw.

[1] Teaching classes in the university or participation in their conducting, including the preparation or participation in the preparation of e-learning courses,

under the supervision of a tutor, a supervisor or other experienced academic teacher

[1] Achievements of the doctoral studies are taken into account to pass the subsequent year of studies, only

Year 3rd

Course name (form of course) Number of teaching hours Type of examination ECTS credit (total) Semester
Courses related to the discipline belonging to the field of doctoral studies (optionally within the disciplinary or interdisciplinary path) At least 45 (Total) Graded Pass At least 6 (Total) 5 and/or 6
PhD Seminars conducted by the thesis supervisor/assistant supervisor (to choose from the list of thematic seminars) 30 Pass 2 5 and 6
Placement  (Teaching practices)(10 hours per year as minimum)[5] At least 10 Pass 1 5 and/or 6
Individual research activity connected with the PhD thesis * Ungraded credit
ECTS credit – Total 9 (min.)

In order to complete Year 3 the student should[6]:

  • Obtain at least 38 ECTS credits till the end of the 3rd academic year.
  • Complete all courses according to the program of the 3rd year of study (confirmed in the student’s book or the exam card).
  • Complete teaching practices (at least 10, but not more than 90 teaching hours) and obtain written confirmation of the placement.
  • (* as a part of individual research activity connected with the PhD thesis) present fragments of the PhD dissertation with the approval of the supervisor, as well as present at least 1 paper or communiqué at a scientific conference, confirmed by the conference’s organizer.
  • Submit the report on the research and scientific activity in a given academic year approved by the supervisor.
  • The deadline for submission of all required documents is outlined by the detailed rules of the doctoral studies and organization of an academic year             schedule set by the Rector of the University of Warsaw.

 

PhD students who manage to realize the full program of study and prepare a doctoral thesis can graduate in 3 years (it demands to complete at least 45 ECTS credits till the end of the 3rd academic year).

Year 4nd

Course name (form of course) Number of teaching hours Type of examination ECTS credit (total) Semester
Courses related to the discipline belonging to the field of doctoral studies (optionally within the disciplinary or interdisciplinary path) At least 30 (Total) Graded Pass At least 4 (Total) 7 and/or 8
PhD Seminars conducted by the thesis supervisor/assistant supervisor (to choose from the list of thematic seminars) 30 Pass 2 7 and 8
Placement  (Teaching practices)(10 hours per year as minimum)[7] At least 10 Pass 1 7 and/or 8
Individual research activity connected with the PhD thesis * Ungraded credit 7 i 8
ECTS credit – Total 7

In order to complete Year 4 the student should[8]:

  • Obtain at least 45 ECTS credits till the end of the 4th academic year.
  • Complete all courses according to the program of the 34th year of study (confirmed in the exam card).
  • Complete teaching practices (at least 10, but not more than 90 teaching hours) and obtain written confirmation of the placement.
  • (* as a part of individual research activity connected with the PhD thesis) present fragments of the PhD dissertation with the approval of the supervisor, as well as at least 1 scientific article published in a peer reviewed journal or book, evidenced by the journal’s/book’s table of contents, or (in case of adoption for printing) by the confirmation signed by the scientific journal’s chief editor/assistant editor or the publishing house’s editor (in case of a book).
  •  Submit the report on the research and scientific activity in a given academic year approved by the supervisor.
  • The deadline for submission of all required documents is outlined by the detailed rules of the doctoral studies and organization of an academic year             schedule set by the Rector of the University of Warsaw.

[1] Teaching classes in the university or participation in their conducting, including the preparation or participation in the preparation of e-learning courses,

under the supervision of a tutor, a supervisor or other experienced academic teacher

[2] Achievements of the doctoral studies are taken into account to pass the subsequent year of studies, only

[5] Teaching classes in the university or participation in their conducting, including the preparation or participation in the preparation of e-learning courses,

   under the supervision of a tutor, a supervisor or other experienced academic teacher

[6] Achievements of the doctoral studies are taken into account to pass the subsequent year of studies, only

[7] Teaching classes in the university or participation in their conducting, including the preparation or participation in the preparation of e-learning courses, under the supervision of a tutor, a supervisor or other experienced academic teacher

[8] Achievements of the doctoral studies are taken into account to pass the subsequent year of studies, only, also from the previous years if not obtained

Credit of earlier stages of studies based on them.

Rules on appointing an academic tutor

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RESOLUTION NO. 3/2017

OF THE BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

of 25 January 2017

on appointing an academic tutor to a doctoral student

and a supporting supervisor of a doctoral thesis

In order to ensure academic supervision of doctoral students and to support them in their independent research work, the Board of the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies resolves as follows:

1 //

  1. Pursuant to the Ordinance of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 13 April 2016 on doctoral degree programmes and doctoral scholarships, an academic tutor to a doctoral student at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies must be an academic teacher employed at the Faculty and holding at least the degree of doktor habilitowany in the disciplines of science in which the Board of the WNPiSM Faculty is authorised to award the degree of doktor or in related disciplines, and with academic research published within the previous 5 years.
  2. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean of WNPiSM may consent to the role of an academic tutor to a doctoral student studying at the Faculty being performed by an academic teacher or a research employee employed at another unit, if he or she meets the conditions specified above.

2 //

  1. A doctoral student is required to initiate cooperation with an academic tutor by the end of the first year of studies and to deliver to the head of the doctoral programme the academic teacher’s written consent to such supervision immediately. The written consent must also include a statement of the academic teacher on the number of persons who prepare their doctoral theses under his/her supervision at the given time, including the doctoral student to whom the submitted consent pertains, as well as including any persons who are not students of the doctoral programme at WNPiSM but who plan to defend their theses before the Board of the WNPiSM Faculty.
  2. If a doctoral student has difficulty finding an academic tutor, he/she is required to report this problem to the head of the doctoral programme by the end of the first year of studies in order to obtain assistance.
  3. An academic tutor is approved by the Dean. The Dean may authorise the head of the doctoral programme to perform this role.
  4. A doctoral student or the head of the doctoral programme may apply to the Dean for a change of the academic tutor. Such an application should be submitted together with a justification, in writing and signed.

3 //

  1. Out of concern for the quality of cooperation with doctoral students, it is hereby established that one academic teacher may provide supervision for no more than 6 doctoral students at the same time, including any persons who are not students of the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies.
  2. The limit of persons under the supervision of an academic teacher includes also any persons for whom the academic teacher acts as the supervisor of a doctoral thesis which has not been defended yet.
  3. If at the time when the resolution comes into force, the limit specified in point 1 above is exceeded, the academic teacher may not become tutor to any additional doctoral students until the number of doctoral students under his/her supervision is lower than 6 persons.

4//

  1. The Board of the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies may appoint a supporting supervisor in relation to a specific doctoral assessment procedure, at the written request of the candidate for the position of a supporting supervisor and of the doctoral student.
  2. Appointment of a supporting supervisor takes place – in a vote by secret ballot – at the time when the doctoral assessment procedure is initiated and the thesis supervisor is appointed.

5 //

  1. The role of a supporting supervisor may be performed by an employee of the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, or of another unit, holding the degree of doktor and whose academic and research achievements and qualifications are compliant with Article 20(7) of the Act of 14 March 2003 on academic degrees and titles and on degrees and titles in arts, and they are related to the subject of the supervised doctoral assessment procedure.
  2. A person may perform the function of a supporting supervisor in relation to only 2 doctoral assessment procedures at the same time.
  3. If at the time when the resolution comes into force the limit specified in point 2 above is exceeded, the employee may not be appointed as supporting supervisor until the number of doctoral students under his/her supervision is lower than the limit set above.

6 //

  1. A supporting supervisor works under the guidance of the thesis supervisor who sets the principles of cooperation between the supporting supervisor and the doctoral student.
  2. Appointing a supporting supervisor may be preceded with an agreement concluded between the thesis supervisor, the supporting supervisor and the doctoral student, specifying the duties (tasks) of the supporting supervisor and the manner of their performance during the preparation of the thesis by the doctoral student

7 //

  1. By submitting a thesis for assessment, the thesis supervisor confirms in writing that the supporting supervisor has fulfilled his/her tasks and thus the information on the supporting supervisor’s participation in the work is to be included on the thesis’ title page.
  2. The Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies confirms that the supporting supervisor has fulfilled his/her tasks with an appropriate certificate. The specimen certificate is provided as an appendix to this resolution.

8 //

  1. A supporting supervisor may be dismissed from his/her role at any stage of the doctoral assessment procedure in relation to which he has been appointed if the thesis supervisor submits a request to this effect to the Faculty Board.
  2. The role of a supporting supervisor expires automatically upon the change of the thesis supervisor.
  3. In the case of circumstances described in point 1 and 2 above, the employee may not include the information on his/her role of a supporting supervisor in his/her academic record.

9 //

The Faculty Board may appoint the supporting supervisor – without the right to vote – to sit on the commission for the doctoral assessment procedure in relation to which he/she performs the role of a supporting supervisor.

10 //

Participation of a supporting supervisor in the doctoral assessment procedure is not subject to any form of contract which would result in payment of a salary

11 //

The following resolutions of the Board of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science of the University of Warsaw hereby expire:

–    on the rules of appointing a supporting supervisor in the doctoral assessment procedures of 29 May 2013,

–    on the maximum number of doctoral students mentored by a supervisor or a supporting supervisor of 26 February 2014.

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The resolution comes into force on the day of its adoption.

Dean of the Faculty

of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw

Prof. UW dr hab. Stanisław Sulowski

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Head of doctoral studies

Head of Programmes in International Relations

Professor Barbara Szatur – Jaworska

Office hours and venue:

17 september 2019  10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
27 september 2019 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Room 210 (2st floor)
Auditorium Building
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28

Rules of conducting a doctoral assessment procedure

ORDINANCE NO. 4/2017 

OF THE DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW

of 2 October 2017

on the rules of conducting a doctoral assessment procedure

at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies

of the University of Warsaw

 

The Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw is authorised to confer the degree of doktor nauk społecznych [doctoral degree in social sciences] in the discipline of:

  • political science,
  • security science,
  • public policy.
  1. Examination of the application for the doctoral assessment procedure
  2. A doctoral assessment procedure is initiated at the request of the person applying for the degree of doktor in the discipline of: political science, security science, public policy.
  3. For the doctoral assessment procedure to be initiated, the candidate for the degree must be an author of a scientific book published or accepted for publishing, or of at least one scientific article published in a peer-reviewed journal from the list of scientific journals announced by the minister competent for science based on the regulations on financing science, or of a publication being a part of peer-reviewed materials published following an international scientific conference.
  4. An application for the doctoral assessment procedure, including a detailed synopsis of the doctoral thesis, should be first discussed and approved at a meeting of an appropriate unit or chair. An approved application is then submitted to the Office for Academic Degrees and Doctoral Programmes [Sekcja ds. stopni i studiów doktoranckich]. The Office for Academic Degrees and Doctoral Programmes submits the documents related to the doctoral assessment procedure to the teams for doctoral assessment procedures appointed by the Faculty Board in the discipline of: political science, security science and public policy.
  5. The teams for doctoral assessment procedures determine whether the subject of the thesis falls within the scope of the Faculty Board’s authorisation to confer the degree of doktor, whether the submitted documents, and in particular the synopsis of the doctoral thesis, demonstrate appropriate scientific quality and indicate that the works on the thesis are highly advanced, which is the basis for initiating the doctoral assessment procedure, and whether the title of the thesis has been properly formulated. If the thesis synopsis and/or title require supplementation or amendments, the application is returned to the candidate.
  6. The academic staff member who has consented to be the thesis supervisor may be present at the team’s meeting (without the right to vote). Such an academic staff member may, with the consent of the candidate, make changes in the submitted application during the team’s meeting.
  7. If the candidate has met the requirements, the relevant team submits to the Faculty Board its recommendation to initiate the doctoral assessment procedure, appoint the thesis supervisor (and a co-supervisor, if applicable) and (if a relevant request has been submitted) a supporting supervisor.
  8. A specimen application and the list of other documents required for initiating a doctoral assessment procedure have been provided as Appendix 1 to these Rules.
  9. The application for the doctoral assessment procedure is examined at the meeting of the Faculty Board. The candidate’s academic tutor applying for the position of the thesis supervisor is also present at the meeting. The Faculty Board, by secret ballot and with an absolute majority of the votes cast with at least half of the members entitled to vote present, adopts the resolutions on:

– initiation of a doctoral assessment procedure

– appointing a thesis supervisor

– appointing a supporting supervisor

  1. The Faculty Board may terminate a doctoral assessment procedure if a doctoral student fails to submit his/her doctoral thesis within four years from the initiation of a doctoral assessment procedure.
  2. If a resolution on rejection of the application for the doctoral assessment procedure is adopted, the Chairperson of the Faculty Board notifies the candidate of this decision in writing and with a justification.
  3. In justified circumstances, a candidate may request a change of supervisor, supporting supervisor or the subject of the doctoral thesis. Such changes are approved with a resolution of the Faculty Board, upon consulting the relevant team for doctoral assessment procedures.
  4. Doctoral thesis
  5. A doctoral thesis should present an original solution to a scientific problem and demonstrate the candidate’s general theoretical knowledge in the given discipline of science as well as the ability to conduct independent research. A doctoral thesis must be its author’s individual achievement; it may also constitute an independent and distinct part of a collective work if it demonstrates the candidate’s individual contribution to the development of the work’s concept, performance of the experimental part, preparation and interpretation of the results.
  6. A doctoral thesis should be submitted in four copies together with a summary in English and in Polish and an opinion from the thesis supervisor presenting the description and assessment of the thesis.
  7. A doctoral thesis prepared in a language other than Polish should include a summary in English and in Polish.

III. Doctoral degree exams

  1. The Faculty Board appoints members to the examination committees for conducting doctoral degree exams. The examination committee is composed of persons holding the academic title of profesor or the academic degree of doktor habilitowany. This requirement does not concern examiners conducting exams in a modern foreign language.
  2. Doctoral degree exams are conducted within the following scopes:
  3. a) the primary discipline compliant with the subject of the doctoral thesis – with the examination committee composed of at least four persons holding the title of profesor in the field of science or art to which the given discipline of science belongs, or the degree of doktor habilitowany in the given discipline of science, or persons who have acquired qualifications equivalent to those resulting from holding the degree of doktor habilitowany under Article 21a of the Act and who conduct research or teaching activity in relation to this discipline of science, including the thesis supervisor, the second supervisor or a co-supervisor;
  4. a) an additional discipline – with the examination committee composed of at least three persons among whom at least one holds the title of profesor in the field of science or art to which the given discipline of science belongs, or the degree of doktor habilitowany in the given discipline of science, or who has acquired qualifications equivalent to those resulting from holding the degree of doktor habilitowany under Article 21a of the Act and who conduct research or teaching activity in relation to this discipline of science;
  1. c) a modern foreign language – with the examination committee composed of at least three persons among whom at least one teaches this language in a higher education institution and the remaining persons hold the degree of at least doktor.
  2. If the candidate fails to pass one of the doctoral degree exams, the candidate may apply to the Faculty Board for re-taking the exam. Such an exam may be held no sooner than after the lapse of three months from the date of the first exam and no more than once.
  3. Appointing reviewers
  4. The teams for doctoral assessment procedures in the discipline of: political science; security science; public policy submit to the Faculty Board their recommendations on two reviewers for the submitted doctoral thesis. A reviewer must hold the title of profesor or the degree of doktor habilitowany. The role of reviewer may not be performed by a person in relation to whom there are justified doubts as to his/her impartiality.
  5. Upon receiving the last review, all reviews and the thesis summary are immediately sent in an electronic form to the Central Commission for Degrees and Titles.
  6. Accepting the doctoral thesis and its approval for a public defence
  7. The Faculty Board, at the request of the relevant team, appoints the Doctoral Commission responsible for: accepting the doctoral thesis, approving it for a public defence and accepting the defence. The Commission is composed of the members of the Faculty Board holding the title of profesor or the degree of doktor habilitowany in the field of science to which the primary discipline relevant for the thesis subject belongs, and the members of the Faculty Board holding the title of profesor or the degree of doktor habilitowany in a related discipline of science, the thesis supervisor and the reviewers. The supporting supervisor may be present at the meetings of the commission conducting doctoral degree exams and of the Doctoral Commission, upon the invitation of the chairperson of the Faculty Board and without the right to vote.
  8. The Doctoral Commission, having read the doctoral thesis and the opinions of the supervisor and the reviewers, adopts by secret ballot a resolution on acceptance of the doctoral thesis and its approval for a public defence and sets the date of the defence. In the event a doctoral thesis is not accepted and not approved for a defence, the Doctoral Commission presents this matter to the Faculty Board together with a justification and the Faculty Board adopts a resolution on this matter.

A summary of the doctoral thesis is posted on the Faculty’s website directly after the Doctoral Commission adopts the resolution on acceptance of the doctoral thesis, while the reviews are posted on the day on which they are submitted by the reviewers. The summary and the reviews are available on the website at least until the day on which the degree of doktor is awarded.

  1. Defence of the doctoral thesis
  2. Information on the date of the public defence is sent to organisational units authorised to award the degree of doktor nauk społecznych [doctoral degree in social sciences] in the discipline of: political science, public policy, security science. No later than ten days before the date of the defence an announcement on the defence of the doctoral thesis is posted on the noticeboard for doctoral students and on the Faculty’s website.
  3. The doctoral thesis defence takes places at an open meeting of the Doctoral Commission with the thesis supervisor, supporting supervisor and reviewers present.
  4. The course of the doctoral thesis defence is minuted.
  5. During a doctoral thesis defence:
  6. a) The Chairperson of the Commission announces that the candidate has met the conditions specified by regulations on the doctoral assessment procedure, has passed the doctoral degree exams, has submitted a doctoral thesis which has received positive opinions from the reviewers and the thesis supervisor, has been accepted and approved for a defence.
  7. b) The thesis supervisor presents the candidate and his/her academic achievements.
  8. c) The candidate presents the main aims of the doctoral thesis – a summary of his/her academic achievements, which has been also submitted in a written form, and the reviewers present their opinions on the doctoral thesis.
  9. d) If a reviewer is absent, the chairperson of the Doctoral Commission decides that a review is read out by one of the Commission members.
  10. e) The Candidate expresses his/her opinion on the reviews.
  11. f) The Chairperson opens a discussion during which all those present at the meeting may voice their opinions and the candidate answers any questions asked.
  12. After the doctoral thesis defence, the Doctoral Commission holds a closed meeting at which it adopts a resolution on accepting (or rejecting) the public defence of the doctoral thesis.
  13. The Doctoral Commission prepares a draft resolution on the award of the degree of doktor and submits it to the Faculty Board.
  14. A doctoral thesis may be awarded distinctions according to the rules specified in a relevant resolution of the Faculty Board.
  15. The Faculty Board, by secret ballot and with an absolute majority of the votes cast with at least half of the members entitled to vote present, adopts the resolutions on the award of the degree of doktor.
  16. The resolution of the Faculty Board on the award of the degree of doktor becomes valid upon its adoption.

VII. Terminating a doctoral assessment procedure

 

  1. A doctoral assessment procedure is terminated at the Dean’s request if:
  2. a) the candidate has not taken the doctoral degree exams or has failed to pass them,
  3. b) the Doctoral Commission has not accepted the doctoral thesis and has not approved it for a public defence.
  4. A doctoral assessment procedure may be terminated at the request of the Dean or the thesis supervisor if the candidate has not submitted his/her doctoral thesis within four years from the date of initiating the procedure.
  5. The Faculty Board may terminate a doctoral assessment procedure at the request of the candidate.

This ordinance enters into force on the day of its signing. Ordinance no. 3/2017 of 15 May 2017 becomes ineffective.

The above Rules have been specified pursuant to the following acts: Act of 14 March 2005 ‘Law on Higher Education’, as amended

Act of 14 March 2003 on academic degrees and titles and on degrees and titles in arts, as amended

Ordinance of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 26 September 2016 on a detailed course of actions in the doctoral assessment procedure, the procedure for award of the degree of doktor habilitowany and the procedure for award of the title of profesor

Appendix 1 

Documents required for initiating a doctoral assessment procedure

Doctoral programme students and graduates

 

  1. Application to the Board of the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw for initiation of a doctoral assessment procedure, together with the proposed subject of the thesis and indication of the thesis supervisor.

The application must include:

– information on the area of knowledge, field and discipline of science in relation to which the doctoral assessment procedure is to be initiated;

– application for a consent to submit a doctoral thesis in a language other than Polish;

– information on the chosen foreign language (doctoral degree exam);

– information on the chosen additional discipline for the doctoral degree exam (please choose from: political science, philosophy, public policy, security science).

  1. A scientific book published or accepted for publishing or at least one scientific publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal of at least national reach, as specified by the minister competent for science based on the regulations on financing science, or in a peer-reviewed report from an international scientific conference.
  2. Consent from the academic tutor to provide academic supervision and adopt the role of the thesis supervisor.
  3. Consent from the second academic tutor to provide academic supervision and adopt the role of the thesis co-supervisor, if applicable.
  4. The candidate’s recommendations regarding the thesis supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable).
  5. Application of the academic tutor for appointment of a supporting supervisor, if applicable.
  6. Consent of the supporting supervisor to provide academic supervision.
  7. Opinion of the academic tutor (with an indication of the percentage of the thesis already written and accepted).
  8. List of the candidate’s scientific publications.
  9. Synopsis of the doctoral thesis.
  10. Plan of the doctoral thesis.
  11. List of references collected for the purpose of the doctoral thesis.
  12. Résumé/CV.
  13. Declaration on the payment of costs of a doctoral thesis defence if the thesis is submitted more than two years after the date of graduation from the doctoral programme (applies to doctoral programme students and graduates).
  14. Information on the course of the doctoral assessment procedure if the candidate has already applied for the degree of doktor in the past.

Persons who apply for a doctoral assessment procedure as part of an individual procedure must submit also:

  1. higher education diploma,
  2. declaration on the payment of costs of the doctoral thesis defence,
  3. personal questionnaire form.

A candidate who is a beneficiary of the ‘Diamond Grant’ [Diamentowy Grant] programme established by the minister competent for science must submit an application for a doctoral assessment procedure together with:

1) copy of a document certifying his/her status of a beneficiary of the programme ‘Diamentowy Grant’;

2) opinion referred to in Article 11(3) of the Act.

Dean of the Faculty

of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw

Prof. UW dr hab. Stanisław Sulowski

Principles of awarding Distinctions to doctoral theses

RESOLUTION NO. 88/2017

OF THE BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

of 26 April 2017

on the principles of awarding Distinctions to doctoral theses

 

A doctoral thesis may be awarded distinctions if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. a) the doctoral thesis defence has taken place no later than 4 years after the initiation of the doctoral assessment procedure;
  2. b) the doctoral degree exams have been passed by the candidate for a doctoral degree with the grade ‘very good’;
  3. c) the request for awarding distinctions to a doctoral thesis has been submitted by the thesis reviewer or reviewers;
  4. d) the request for awarding distinctions to a doctoral thesis has been approved by a qualified majority of two-thirds of the members of the Doctoral Commission, after the acceptance of the public doctoral thesis defence.

The request for awarding distinctions to a doctoral thesis should be submitted by the Chairperson of the Doctoral Commission during the meeting of the Faculty Board at which the matter of conferring the doctoral degree is considered.

A doctoral thesis has been awarded distinctions if the request of the Doctoral Commission has been approved with the absolute majority of votes of authorised members of the Faculty Board.

The resolution comes into force on the day of its adoption.

Dean of the Faculty

of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw

Prof. UW dr hab. Stanisław Sulowski

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