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Unique Teaching Program
SWPS University’s Doctoral School - Our Difference

We have developed a unique doctoral education model, which we offer in collaboration with international institutions that support universities in providing professional development for researchers. We accept candidates intent on academic and research careers. We provide them with optimal conditions for realizing their research aspirations, and we help them to launch their scientific careers. We understand that the most effective format of education, which ensures successful defense of doctoral theses requires several components such as: mentorship, collaboration with other researchers, networking, and sharing knowledge and experience with international colleagues.

Candidates considering a doctorate in culture and religion studies should demonstrate broad knowledge of socio-cultural issues, in particular contemporary anthropology, interdisciplinary analyses combining cultural studies and aesthetics that concern various artistic practices, topics related to popular culture and new media of expression and communication, and cultural economics.

  1. Top specialists

    Our doctoral students have an opportunity to work with renowned specialists, including: Professor Dorota Ilczuk – an acclaimed economist and theorist specializing in culture management and creative industries, or Professor Mirosław Filiciak – media researcher whose research interests include the impact of new media on cultural participation, the Internet, computer games, transformation of television, contemporary culture, and informal distribution of information. Our academic team includes lecturers from the Faculty of Humanities in Warsaw and SWPS University’s Institute of Humanities.

  2. Interdisciplinary approach

    Doctoral programs offered by SWPS University’s Doctoral School are addressed to individuals who see a doctorate as an important step in the development of their research careers. Due to the inter- and transdisciplinary character of research in the discipline of culture and religion studies we accept graduates of various sub-disciplines of humanities and social sciences.

  3. Flexible Teaching Program

    Our teaching program includes lectures, seminars, workshops and individual meetings with thesis advisors. This enables you to gain theoretical knowledge and methodological and practical skills indispensable to carry out advanced research in the area of culture and religion studies. At the same time, flexibility of our program allows you to change and complete courses from other disciplines than your main discipline. Topics discussed during our seminars and workshops are presented from diverse perspectives and offer various scientific approaches.

  4. Working in research teams

    From the very beginning, our doctoral students work with researcher teams whose research interests are aligned with those of the student. Doctoral candidates participate in various initiatives and projects, observe other researchers, become familiar with the academic environment, and take part in conferences and debates. Working with expert researchers helps students to acquire theoretical knowledge and methodological and practical research skills indispensable for carrying out advanced research.

  5. Mentoring program

    As a student of the Doctoral School you can take advantage of our innovative mentoring program, which provides you with additional guidance on your way to a doctoral degree. The program offers group workshops, peer-mentoring meetings conducive to integration of doctoral students, exchange of knowledge and best practices among doctoral candidates, and individual consultation with mentors, who advise you on the development of your research career.

  6. Funding for research-related activities

    Doctoral students are eligible to receive funding for participation in conferences and other research-related activities deemed crucial for their doctoral research. You can also take advantage of various opportunities concerning collaboration with research centers abroad, which organize international conferences and symposia, and offer fellowships.

  7. Partnering with the European University Association (EUA)

    We are a member of the European University Association (EUA), which represents more than 850 universities and national conferences of rectors in 49 European countries. EUA plays a key role in the Bologna process and influences EU policy on higher education, research and innovation. Through constant interaction with a range of other European and international organizations, EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard.

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Doctoral scholarships
Funding of your doctoral education

We offer free of charge doctoral studies for full-time students. Throughout the whole period of doctoral studies, students receive tax-free scholarships in the amount equal to 37%, and 57% after the mid-term assessment, of a professorial remuneration specified in the government’s regulation. The scholarships are subject to social insurance deductions, which means that doctoral students contribute to their state pension capital over the period of doctoral studies. In practice, the amount of doctoral scholarships, after pension deductions, amounts to at least: net PLN 3,076.53 (before the mid-term assessment), and net PLN 4,739.51 (after the mid-term assessment).

Our Doctoral School also accepts doctoral fellows who receive scholarships from research programs carried out by researchers from SWPS University. Detailed information is available in the Admissions Regulations.

Collaboration with research teams/centers
Learning practical skills from the the best

Review information on our research centers and teams and peruse the list of thesis advisors to select the center/team that will be most aligned with your research topic. This is the first step towards your application to SWPS University’s Doctoral School. You can work with research centers and teams located at any campus of SWPS University.

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Center for Cultural Research of Technologies

The team researches technologies from the cultural point of view. We are interested not only in contemporary media, but also in historical research focused on social practices and their technological determinants. The scope of our analysis also includes narrations, which are developed in relation to technology. Our team members are experienced in carrying out research, using a wide range of methodologies and research tools, including ICT solutions aligned with the cultural analytics paradigm.

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Creative Economy Research Center

The Center gathers theorists and practitioners specializing in creative economy. The researchers not only focus on the analysis of the creative economy in Poland and Europe, but they also contribute to its development. To this end, the Center collaborates with individuals as well as public, private, commercial and non-profit institutions.

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Select a research center and thesis advisor
Step by step instructions

  1. Review our research centers

    Before you apply to our Doctoral School, review our Research Centers and choose a center or team, whose area of expertise is aligned with the topic of your doctoral thesis. Review the biographies of thesis advisors, in particular their research interests and requirements concerning doctoral candidates. Choose an expert with whom you would like to collaborate.

  2. Contact your chosen research center

    E-mail the head of the center/research team, where your thesis advisor works. Present the scope of your proposed research project, and indicate the researcher whom you have chosen as your thesis advisor. You may also contact the selected thesis advisor directly.

  3. Obtain recommendation of the Head of the Center

    Once you receive initial approval of your potential thesis advisor, submit a request for a formal recommendation to the Head of the Research Center. You will need this document while registering in our Application Portal.

Guide to Doctoral Studies
Before you apply to SWPS University’s Doctoral School

What is a doctorate? What does the research process look like? What are the steps to writing your doctoral thesis? How does a collaboration between a doctoral student and a research center looks like? Review our Guide to Doctoral Studies to learn more about our doctoral program, mentoring, scholarships, and grants for doctoral students.

Review our Guide to Doctoral Studies

Thesis advisors
available in 2024/2025

Review profiles of the available thesis advisors. Read the attached overviews describing their research interests and thematic scope of doctoral thesis, which they can supervise.

Thesis advisors

Filiciak, Mirosław Center for Cultural Research of Technologies
Bio
Tak
Specialization
cultural researcher specializing in the relationship between new media and cultural participation
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Mirosław Filiciak
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Associate Professor
City
warszawa
Position
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Faculty
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Ph.D. / Associate Professor Mirosław Filiciakcultural researcher specializing in the relationship between new media and cultural participation
Ilczuk, Dorota Creative Economy Research Center
Bio
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Permanent employee
Tak
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Specialization
Professor of Economics and Cultural Management
First and last name
Dorota Ilczuk
Academic degree or title
Professor
City
warszawa
Discipline
culture-and-religion-studies
Position
profesor
Faculty
Array
Institute
Array
Professor Dorota Ilczukeconomst specializing in creative industries management

Auxiliary Thesis Advisors

Felczak, Mateusz Center for Cultural Research of Technologies
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Mateusz Felczak
Role in the Institute
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Specialization
cultural researcher
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
warszawa
Position
adiunkt
Role in the Research Center
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Faculty
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Array
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Mateusz Felczakcultural researcher
Piwowar, Kuba Center for Cultural Research of Technologies
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Tak
Specialization
sociologist and cultural researcher
First and last name
Kuba Piwowar
Academic degree or title
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
Role in the Faculty
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Role in the Institute
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City
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Position
adiunkt
Role in the Research Center
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Kuba Piwowarsociologist and cultural researcher

Application
step by step

Review detailed rules and regulations
  1. Fill in the Application Form.
    (June 3-17, 2024)
  2. Submit copies of the required documents to the Office of the Doctoral School by June 17, 2024
  3. Attend an interview (July 9-24, 2024).
  4. Wait for the admission announcement (by September 30, 2024)
  5. Submit original documents for review to the Office of the Doctoral School as soon as you are admitted (mandatory condition).

Required
documents

  • personal data form
  • application and motivational letter, addressed to the Admissions Committee appropriate to a particular discipline
  • Master’s degree diploma, including a diploma supplement or a university transcript, and your Grade Point Average (GPA) (copy)
  • documents confirming your achievements (copy)
  • overview of your proposed doctoral dissertation
  • confirmation of the application fee payment
  • formal approval of a research center or a research team
  • statement confirming your employment as an academic lecturer or a researcher
 

Documents

Rules and regulations

Forms

Fees
and scholarships

Application fee

Application fee is PLN 400

The application fee is nonrefundable regardless of the admission decision. Graduates of SWPS University are exempt from the application fee.

 

Funding of doctoral education

Full-time
Free of charge as it is funded by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEiN).
Scholarships for doctoral students
Over the period of doctoral studies, students who do not already hold doctoral degrees, receive tax-free scholarships in the amount equal to 37% (before the mid-term assessment), and 57% (after the mid-term assessment), of a professorial remuneration specified in the Minister’s regulation.
before mid-term assessment after mid-term assessment
net PLN 3,076.53 net PLN 4,739.51