Doctoral School of Social Sciences


Doctoral Study Programs at UMCS are organized within 3 Doctoral Schools: Doctoral School of Social Sciences,  Doctoral School of Humanities, and Doctoral School of Quantitative Sciences and Natural Sciences. Each School offers doctoral programs in several disciplines. As of the academic year 2019/2020, the Doctoral Schools at UMCS work based on the following legal acts: 

  1. Parliamentary Act of the 20th of July 2018 – Law on tertiary education and science (Dz. U. 2018 item. 1668)
  2. Regulations introducing the Act Law on tertiary education and science, of 3rd of July 2018 – (Dz. U. 2018 item. 1669);
  3. RESOLUTION No. XXIV – 26.8/19 of the Senate of Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin passed on the 24th of April 2019 on the bylaws of Doctoral School of Social Sciences
  4.  RESOLUTION No. XXIV - 27.24 / 19 of the Senate of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin from May 29, 2019.on recruitment to the Doctoral School of Social Sciences in the academic year 2019/2020 
  5. BYE-LAWS of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences in Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin 

The Doctoral School of Social Sciences offers programs in the following disciplines:

  • economics and finance
  • legal sciences
  • management and quality sciences
  • pedagogy and psychology
  • political sciences and administration
  • social communication and media
  • sociological sciences.


The Directors of Doctoral Schools are appointed by the UMCS Rector as heads of the Schools. The Directors work in cooperation with Councils and  Directors of Research Institutes; Deans of Faculties; Doctoral Students’ Government; social and economic partners who are working in the fields of doctoral studies. 


SPOTLIGHT Prof. Agata Zietek, UMCS Rector Representative for Doctoral School of Social Science  

“My professors at UMCS were the great minds. They thought me how to understand the world, opened my eyes and mind. They become my scientific guides, mentors, and my best friends.  I am proud to be part of the Maria Curie Skłodowska University community as a researcher, as a teacher, and later as a Director of the Doctoral School in Political Science. Now I want to guide my students to a new scientific adventure. The UMCS Doctoral School of Social Sciences will provide them with multidimensional, interdisciplinary, intellectually challenging, and stimulating environment for studying and research”

Doctoral School Councils are advisory and evaluating bodies in the Doctoral Schools. The Councils consist of the Director and Deputy Directors of the School, professor or other members of faculty with considerable scientific achievements in the fields represented in the School who are recommended by the Councils of Research Institutes. Each scientific discipline functioning within the School is represented by two members of the faculty. Two representatives of doctoral students of the Doctoral School appointed by the Doctoral Students’ Government are also members of the Council.

Study Programs in the Doctoral Schools last 8 semesters (4 years) and are organized based on the teaching curriculum and individual research plans of doctoral students.  They allow doctoral students to achieve the effects of learning on level 8 of PQF

The teaching curricula of the Doctoral Schools include courses addressed to all the students of the Doctoral School and courses addressed to the doctoral students in a specific academic discipline. The program may also include Internships and other non-credit courses and activities.

Individual Research Projects are prepared by the admitted doctoral students according to the guidelines announced by Councils of Research Institutes at the beginning of the first academic year of the doctoral program.  Doctoral students prepare Individual Research Projects in cooperation and with the assistance of their academic supervisors. The Projects include in. al. the topic, methodology and the schedule of research, schedule of preparation and writing of the doctoral dissertation; planned publications, research visits, conference contributions related to the doctoral research.  


Doctoral Programs at UMCS are tuition-free. Doctoral students get Doctoral Scholarships for the duration of the program. The average amount of doctoral scholarships is 2100 PLN.  Students can apply for additional funding e.c. scholarships from national and international academic funding programs,  programs offered by municipal and regional authorities,  grants for research, conferences, and study visits. 

UMCS Doctoral Program in Political Science and Administration (in English) offers 4 doctoral STER Scholarships based on academic achievements to the foreign doctoral students in the Program. STER Scholarships are available only to first-time international students in Polish universities (students who never studied in Poland before). The scholarships will be awarded after the first semester of the Program based on the doctoral students’ evaluations. The scholarships are awarded for a year and are supplementary to the doctoral scholarships every doctoral student gets for the duration of the program. The average amount of the STER Scholarship will be 2000 PLN. The STER Scholarships Program is funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) within the STER Programme – Doctoral Scholarships for Foreigners. 


The Doctoral Schools admit persons who hold Master’s diploma (magister), Master-Engineers diploma (magister inżynier), or equivalent diploma. Candidates should provide a copy of the Master’s diploma, as well as Academic Curriculum Vitae (CV) and the Outline of Individual Research Plan. 

The academic CV should include in. al. obtained of university degrees and other educational history, awards and scholarships, significant achievements in research and professional work, other most important professional or academic experiences,  teaching experience, administrative and organizational experience, publications, conference presentations,   participation in organizations and societies, other skills (incl. technological), knowledge of foreign languages.  


Candidates to the Doctoral Program in Political Science and Public Administration (in English) should supply the following:

  1. Application for admission to UMCS Doctoral School of Social Sciences (generated by the UMCS Online Application System (IRK System)
  2. Copy of the Master's Degree Diploma or equivalent
  3. Outline of the Individual Research Project the candidate intends to prepare for the doctoral dissertation
  4. Current photograph, consistent with the requirements applicable when issuing identity cards in Poland
  5. Documents confirming the previous academic achievements of the Candidate:

a) mandatory

  • diploma thesis prepared for the studies, under which the Candidate obtained a Master's Degree
  • academic CV and documents confirming participation in scientific conferences, membership in scientific clubs and associations, research projects, etc.
  • opinion letter on the Candidate’s predisposition for the academic research and teaching, the opinion letter should be prepared by a person at least with a doctorate

b) optional

 A full list of requirements for Candidates and required documents can be found at the  UMCS Online Application System (IRK System)


The limit of admissions to the Doctoral School of Social Sciences for the academic year 2019/20 is 19 places.


The recruitment to the Doctoral School of Social Sciences in the academic year 2019/2020 will take place according to the following schedule:

17/06/2019 Registration of Candidates in the UMCS Online Application System (IRK System)  starts

17/06/2019 Reception of Candidates' documents starts at the Registration Office, School of Social Sciences, Address: ul. Weteranów 18, 20-400 Lublin, Poland

20/07/2019 Registration of Candidates in the UMCS Online Application System (IRK System) closes

22/07/2019 Reception of the documents from the Candidates closes. Documents sent by post must reach the Registration Office by 22/07/2019, 24:00  Address of the Registration Office of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences: Weteranów 18, 20-400 Lublin, Poland. Foreigners can send scans of documents to the e-mail address of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences

27, 29-31/07/2019 Interviews with Candidates in the following disciplines:

27/07/ 2019, legal sciences, sociology;

29/07/2019, economics and finance, management and quality studies;

30/07/2019, pedagogy, psychology;

31/07/2019, political science and public administration, social communication science and the media;

03/08/2019 Announcement of the list of admitted doctoral students

 RECRUITMENT PROCEDURE consists of two stages.

The first stage includes:

  1. evaluation of an outline of the Individual Research Project provided by the Candidate (max. 30 points)
  2. originality / scientific value of the project (max. 10 points)
  3. theoretical foundation and bibliography of the project (max. 7 points)
  4. the methodological framework of the project (max.7 points)
  5. feasibility of the project (max. 6 points)
  6. evaluation of the candidate's previous scientific achievements (max.10 points)

The second stage includes an interview during which the Candidate can receive a maximum of 60 points for:

  1. Candidate’s justification for the selection of the topic of the  Individual Research Project (max. 20 points)
  2. Candidate’s orientation in issues related to the Individual Research Project (max. 20 points)
  3. Candidate’s knowledge of the project's methodology (max. 20 points)

In total, the candidate can get 100 points for both stages of the procedure. Candidates who will receive at least 30 points from the first stage will be admitted to the interview. Candidates who obtained at least 35 points for the interview are included in the ranking list of applicants.

The total number of points obtained during the recruitment procedure determines the place of the candidate on the ranking list of applicants. The UMCS Doctoral School offers Candidates 19 places for the academic year 2019/20.


Doctoral Schools UMCS, ul. Weteranów 18, 20-038 Lublin, e-mail: 

In case of questions regarding the Doctoral Program in Political Science and Public Administration (in English) please contact Prof. Agata Ziętek



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