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Doctoral School


Our Interdisciplinary Doctoral School is an umbrella for various activities related to the third level education available at SWPS University. The School comprises three faculties: Warsaw Faculty of Psychology, Wrocław Faculty of Psychology, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The interdisciplinarity character of the School stems from four disciplines, including: psychology, sociology, cultural studies and literature studies.

Our Interdisciplinary Doctoral School is currently undergoing an intense process of internationalization. We are developing new English modules and courses, in cooperation with numerous international institutions. Additionally, we participate in international tenders that provide funding for doctoral education, such as: H2020 International Training Networks, and the European Social Fund (through NCBiR).

Currently the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School offers two programs:

  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program
  • ICT & Psychology in cooperation with Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (program in English)

Please go to the Doctoral Programs tab for detailed information about these programs.

A full doctoral program in English will be offered in 2019/2020 academic year, at the earliest.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral School - Education Model

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General goals of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School at SWPS University include:
1. To establish international integrated and comprehensive doctoral programs at SWPS University
2. To align the doctoral programs with the Bologna Process, Salzburg II Recommendations, SWPS University policy and strategy 2017-2022 and into the general strategy for science set by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Alignment of SWPS Universtiy's Interdisciplinary Doctoral School with the Salzburg II Recommendations:
  • Doctoral training is the advancement of knowledge through original training, which has to meet the needs of the employment market wider than academia
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to offer the advancement of knowledge through original training via own educational model; (2) to facilitate and navigate career understanding and development of and by young scholars within academia and beyond, with the help of a Mentoring Line; (3) to provide a supportive environment for the development of doctoral dissertations embedded in Research Centers & Labs of SWPS University.
  • Embedding research in institutional strategies and policies
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to embed doctoral education into ‘2017-2022 Strategy of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and into the developing academic brand of SWPS University Labs & Hubs; (2) to embed the program into the recent policy of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which addresses the Salzburg II Recommendations.
  • The importance of diversity through joint doctorates
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to develop and strengthen joint doctorates not only within SWPS University Labs & Hubs and other research groups, but also with institutional partners, who are linked with the university through research consortia and other academic initiatives.
  • Doctoral candidates as early stage researchers
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to create horizontal, non-hierarchical opportunities for young scholars to develop their careers, predominantly through participation in SWPS University Research Centers & Labs; (2) to recognize the contribution of young scholars to the creation of new knowledge by commensurate acknowledgements in publications.
  • The crucial role of supervision and assessment
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to make transparent arrangements for supervision and assessment based on a framework of shared responsibilities between doctoral candidates, supervisor(s) and SWPS University; (2) to actively involve the Research Centers & Labs and other research groups in the supervision and assessment of doctoral candidates; (3) to create an Assessment Board.
  • Context-sensitive and best practices of European universities
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to make doctoral candidates aware of the Central and East European (CEE) context, where doctoral programs are conducted; (2) to provide courses to enhance mutual understanding of people from different cultures and from different backgrounds; (3) to create grass-root supportive environment through Research Centers & Labs; (4) to apply best practices developed by European universities that have long-standing traditions of running doctoral programs and to vernacularize their experience by adjusting it to the local conditions.
  • Duration
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to make an effective use of the standard 48-month doctoral program in Poland, across the five blocks of the educational model; (2) to adjust the composition of courses from each block to the level of doctoral studies, including: freshman, junior doctoral candidate, senior doctoral candidate, and young scholar.
  • The promotion of innovative structures
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to promote an innovative structure of the doctoral educational model of SWPS University, especially by embedding doctoral dissertations into Research Centers & Labs; (2) to effectively target students from various backgrounds, including the Polish Diaspora and international students from other continents.
  • Increasing mobility
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to offer a doctoral program that is interdisciplinary, intersectoral and inter-spacial (between campuses) in nature and works across Research Centers & Labs of SWPS University; (2) to promote and support research stays of doctoral students in other international universities.
  • Funding
    Approach of SWPS University: (1) to secure diversified funding opportunities; (2) to enhance international joint supervision; (3) to enhance international revision procedures by establishing international doctoral committees.


120supervisors & supporting supervisors
825 students admitted since 2002
330students in the Program currently
141upgrades to PhD level
83doctoral degrees granted
18% success rate in relation to the number of admitted students



The Interdisciplinary Doctoral School offers three paths to Doctoral Degree:

1. Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program (Interdyscyplinarne Studia Doktoranckie)

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program (IDP) (in Polish: Interdyscyplinarne Studia Doktoranckie) is the core program of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School. The main language of instruction at the IDP is Polish (70 percent of courses) with some courses delivered in English (30 percent).


IDP offers doctoral studies in the following disciplines:

culture studies
literature studies


Starting in academic year 2018/2019 we will offer additional modules thought in English. The modules are funded by the European Social Fund (via the National Center for Research and Development):

Module 1. City & Diversity – delivered in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam
Module 2. Qualitative Longitudinal Study – delivered in cooperation with University of Leeds
Module 3. EEG – delivered in cooperation with the Department of Neurosurgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and California Institute of Technology
Module 4. Winter School Academic Skills 2019 – delivered in cooperation with international trainers and scholars.

Register for Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program »

Contact: sdoktora@swps.edu.pl

2. ICT & Psychology - there are no admissions to this program in academic year 2019/2020

ICT & Psychology program is a new, entirely interdisciplinary doctoral program funded by the European Social Fund (via the National Center for Research and Development) that combines Information and Communication Technologies with Psychology. It is a joint program, conducted by the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJAIT), the leader of the program, in close cooperation with SWPS University. The program is delivered entirely in English.


For more information, please go to the following websites:

SWPS University of Humanities and Social Sciences »

Program Coordinator at SWPS University:
Professor Aneta Brzezicka 
Contact: abrzezi2@swps.edu.pl

Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology »

Program Coordinator at PJAIT:
Professor Adam Wierzbicki
Contact: adamw@pjwstk.edu.pl

3. Extramural Doctorates (in Polish: doktorat z wolnej stopy)
Under the auspices of SWPS University’s Faculties with the support of IDS

The so-called extramural doctorate (in Polish: doktorat z wolnej stopy) is a type of doctorate, which follows a different formal process than the traditional doctorate. Initially, this type of a doctorate is based on an informal relation with a supervisor and his/her agreement to supervise the student. This step usually takes three years and is followed by a legitimization of the doctorate, i.e. a formal upgrade procedure in front of the Faculty Council (in Polish: otwarcie przewodu doktorskiego). Once the Faculty Council votes on the proposal of the doctorate and accepts it, a formal contract is signed.

Extramural Doctorate Process

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The prerequisite to the upgrade procedure is at least one publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal from the A, B, or C lists found on the academic journal register of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW).

Extramural doctorates are conducted under the auspices of SWPS University’s Faculties. However, doctoral students who choose the extramural doctorate path can enroll in paid courses (both general and dedicated) offered by the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School, such as: doctoral seminars, courses in methodology and statistics and other courses available through the in-house programs.

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Faculty of Arts and Social Scieces
Contact: biuro.wnhis@swps.edu.pl

Warsaw Faculty of Psychology
Contact: dziekan@swps.edu.pl

Wrocław Faculty of Psychology
Contact: amokrzycka@swps.edu.pl

SWPS University in Sopot


4. The Interdisciplinary Doctoral School is awaiting the formal approval to offer other forms of doctoral studies, including:
  • Industrial European Doctorates (in Polish: doktorat wdrożeniowy) to be provided in cooperation with the Copernicus Science Center.
  • International doctorates conducted within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network, where the University of Maastricht will be the leading institution.
5. Summer & Winter Doctoral Schools


Doctoral School Team

258 izabela grabowskaAssociate Professor Izabela Grabowska
Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School

258 aneta brzezickaAssociate Professor Aneta Brzezicka
International Programs Coordinator

258 joanna szenAssistant Professor Joanna Szen-Ziemiańska
Mentoring Expert

258 justyna ziolkowskaAssociate Professor Justyna Ziółkowska
Mentoring Expert

258 agata jastrzebowskaAssistant Professor Agata Jastrzębowska-Tyczkowska

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program Board

258 Magda MarszalProfessor Magdalena Marszał-Wisniewska
Dean’s Representative for Doctoral Studies in Psychology
Faculty of Psychology in Warsaw

258 zaleeskiewicz tomaszProfessor Tomasz Zaleśkiewicz
Dean’s Representative for Doctoral Studies in Psychology
Faculty of Psychology in Wrocław

258 Wojciech BursztaProfessor Wojciech Burszta
Dean’s Representative for Doctoral Studies in Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Warsaw

258 mikolaj czesnikAssociate Professor Mikołaj Cześnik
Dean’s Representative for Doctoral Studies in Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Warsaw

259 tadeusz rachwalProfessor Tadeusz Rachwał
Dean’s Representative for Doctoral Studies in Literary Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Warsaw

Doctoral Students’ Council

The Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) is a student organization that supports the needs of doctoral students, brings together doctoral students of all faculties and years of study, represents the doctoral student body at various forums at SWPS University and provides a platform for a variety of initiatives supporting doctoral students and alumni.

Twice a year (during the summer and winter semesters) the Council organizes a Doctoral Student Conference. An active participation in the conference is one of the requirements of the doctoral program and at the same time it provides an opportunity for doctoral students to present their first research findings and achievements. Additionally, the Conference provides a space for interdisciplinary discussions and for learning about research conducted in other disciplines of study.

The Council organizes team building and training trips that allow doctoral student to integrate and to learn from each other and from the alumni. These events serve as a forum for best practice sharing so that new students could learn from the experiences of their older colleagues and apply the learnings while working towards their own doctoral theses.

Members of the Council represent doctoral students at various official bodies, including the Scholarship Commission, the Commission for the Financial Support of Low Income Students, the Research Committee, the Inter-Faculty Committee for Disciplinary Procedures, the National Representation of Doctoral Students and Warszawskie Porozumienie Doktorantów (the Warsaw Association of Doctoral Students).

Our goal is to support doctoral students in the process of developing their careers. We are the bridge between doctoral students and the authorities of SWPS University and of the SWPS University Doctoral School and we are also fellow travelers on the challenging road towards doctoral degrees.

Contact: samorzad.doktorancki@swps.edu.pl

International Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series "The Challenges of Humanities of the 21st Century"

“The Challenges of Humanities of the 21st Century” is a series of lectures by distinguished specialists, who represent various disciplines from the field of humanities. The events are aimed at students of SWPS University's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, however all interested parties are welcome. The format includes post-lecture informal discussions on topics presented by the invited experts. The friendly atmosphere of the events is conducive to networking, which lends itself to opportunities of future internships at universities or research centers around the world.

Agenda 2019/2020

Louise Ryan 258Professor Grzegorz Sędek, Professor of Psychology at SWPS University
Date: 12.10.2019 | Title: Impact of aging on judgements and decision making (lecture in Polish)»

Agenda 2018/2019

Louise Ryan 258Professor Louise Ryan, Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Professor at SWPS University in 2018/2019
Date: 24.05.2019 | Title: Telling network stories: Migrants’ relationality, identity and belonging in place over time »

258 Billede Eva Gemzøe MikkelsenAssociate Professor Eva Gemzøe Mikkelsen, from the University of Southern Denmark
Date: 05.04.2019 | Title: Case Study: Management of bullying in a minimum-security prison »

Brita Bjorkelo 258Professor Brita Bjørkelo, cand.psychol, PhD, from the Norwegian Police University College.
Date: 05.04.2019 | Title: Whistleblowing and Workplace Bullying: A Linear, Circular or Mixed Relationship? »

258 paul verhaeghenProfessor Paul Verhaeghen, Professor of psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Psychology
Date: 12.04.2019 | Title: Minding your morals: How trait mindfulness relates to the moral foundations, prejudice, and awareness of privilege »

Adam Wierzbicki 258Professor Adam Wierzbicki, Vice-Rector of the Polish-Japanese Academy for Information Technology
Date: 02.03.2019 | Title: Social Informatics: Introduction And Research Problems »

Louise Ryan 258Professor Louise Ryan, Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Professor at SWPS University in 2018/2019
Date: 16.11.2018 | Title: Differentiated embedding as a framework for understanding migrants reaction to Brexit »

Alexander HasgallAlexander Hasgall, Ph.D., Head of the European University Association-Council for Doctoral Education
Date: 13.10.2018 | Title: Doctoral Education in Europe and Landscape of Doctoral Schools »

214x258 Charles AbrahamProfessor Charles Abraham, University of Melbourne
Date: 11.10.2018 | Title: Behavior Change Interventions: Design and Evaluation, Deconstruction and Implementation »

Agenda 2017/2018

karl teigenEmeritus Professor Karl Halvor Teigen, University of Oslo, Department of Psychology
Date: 22.05.2018 | Title: The Language of Uncertainty - After 30 Years »

erik lohreErik Løhre, Ph.D., University of Oslo, Simula Research Laboratory
Date: 22.05.2018 | Title: Using Intervals to Communicate Uncertainty »

258 Margaret ArcherEmeritus Professor Margaret S. Archer, University of Warwick, Department of Sociology
Date: 17.05.2018 | Title: Reflexivity: Mediating Between Structure & Culture to Influence Agency »

258 Ori FriedmanAssiciate Professor Ori Friedman, University of Waterloo, Department of Psychology
Date: 09.05.2018 | Title: The Psychological Basis of Ownership: Evidence from Studies of Young Children »

David LeiserProfessor David Leiser, Ben Gurion University of Negev, Department of Psychology
Date: 23.04.2018 | Title: The Primate Toolbox and the Modern World »

someoneProfessor Jeremy Tambling, Manchester University, Department of Literature
Date: 13.04.2018 | Title: Cities and Capitalism: Questioning New Technology »

russel kingProfessor Russell King, University of Sussex, Department of Geography
Date: 16.03.2018 | Title: Brexit and Mobility: Between Connection, Disruption and Affect »

258 ann whiteProfessor Anne White, University College London
Date: 16.02.2018 | Tittle: The Impact of Migration on Poland: EU Mobility and Social Change »

258 barbara klimekProfessor Barbara Klimek, Arizona State University
Date: 12.01.2018 | Tittle: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Soacial Ipact, Soacial Innovation and Sustainbility »

258 michal kosinskiMichał Kosiński, Ph.D., Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Date: 24.11.2017 | Tittle: Digital Footprints »

Agenda 2016/2017

peggy levittProfessor Peggy Levitt, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Date: 26.06.2017 | Title: Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display »

peggy levittProfessor Peggy Levitt, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Date: 22.06.2017 | Title: Transnational Social Protection: Setting the Agenda »

258 barbara klimekProfessor Barbara Klimek, Arizona State University
Date: 11.01.2017 | Title: Community Development Model: Application for Developing Community Programs »

258 gotfried EngbersenProfessor Godfried Engbersen, from Erasmus University Rotterdam
Date: 10.10.2016 | Title: Refugees and the role of social media »

Audio & Video
Doctoral Education in Europe and Landscape of Doctoral Schools - dr Alexander Hasgall

REFLEXIVITY: Mediating Between Structure and Culture - Prof. Margaret S. Archer

Brexit and Mobility: Between Connection, Disruption and Affect - Prof. Russell King

How Culture and Language Influence Perception of Our Environment - Prof. Debi Roberson

Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display - Prof. Peggy Levitt

Community Development Model: Application for Developing Community Programs - dr hab. Barbara Klimek

Refugees and the Role of Social Media - Prof. Godfried Engbersen

Memberships & Collaborations

Member of Vitae
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VITAE is a non-profit organization based in the UK that has been enhancing the skills of researchers and supporting transitions of doctoral students to industry, for over 45 years. It is also experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.

Member of the European Council for Doctoral Education
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The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is the largest European network in this field, covering more than 30 countries and bringing together a community of academic leaders and professionals from over 230 universities awarding doctoral degrees and institutions working on issues related to doctoral education and research training.

Collaborating Research Centers & Labs

Office of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School

  • + 48 22 517 99 03
  • sdoktora@swps.edu.pl
  • Chodakowska 19/31
    03-815 Warsaw, Room 212
  • Office Hours:
    For doctoral students:
    Monday to Wednesday: 13.00-15.00
    Saturday and Sunday: office closed (July 1st to September 30th)
    For candidates:
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 13:00-15:00

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