Basic information

Language of instruction

English, Polish


4 years



PhD students participate in courses prepared by various laboratoriess of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection (see the programme of PhD studies). Course examples: Advanced molecular cytogenetics; Chromatin immunostaining methods; Plant morphogenesis in vivo and in vitro; Cyto- and histochemical analysis of embryonic animal tissues; Biomarkers in studies of exposure and effects of xenobiotics in the environment; Biotechnology of microorganisms; Practical bioinformatics; Plant functional genomics; Techniques for biodiversity of soil microorganisms, plants and animals.

The aim of all courses of the programmeis to teach the students how to apply a variety of advanced research methods with support of the faculty labs. Additionally, the students have the opportunity to improve their presentation skills through attending workshops on Effective presentation. They can also participate in departmental and faculty's seminars, as well as in a selection of lectures provided by guest researchers in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme – LLP/Erasmus. All courses are in English.

All PhD students are involved in research projects leading to the achievement of PhD degree. Students will be supervised by the senior academic staff. The projects are conducted in collaboration with future supervisor and are in line with the research profile of the department involved. 

Admissions criteria

Studies in English.

  1. The admissions are conducted through the proper committee of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection on the contest basis.
  2. The candidates for PhD studies are accepted for carrying certain scientific projects conducted under the supervision of independent faculty members. The list of research problems intended for cooperation with PhD students comprises of subjects proposed by faculty members and is announced on the website of the Faculty before the admission starts.
  3. Candidates who hold Master’s degree (or equivalent) in biology or in related discipline and have submitted the required documents are subject to admission contest.
  4. The candidates should receive the written consent of the scientific Faculty’s member to become their scientific supervisor. They are also required to submit the project of their research work approved by Faculty’s supervisor.
  5. The admission basis is the interview regarding the research work proposed by the candidate and candidate’s motivation for scientific work. The interview is conducted in English and will be assessed: from 0 to 10 points. The candidate is required to receive at least 5 points. Receiving less than 5 points or not appearing on the exam excludes the candidates from the further qualification procedures.
  6. If the number of candidates who passed the interview with the positive result exceeds the limit of plaes, the candidates are accepted basing on the additional criteria:
    1. Number of points received during the interview;
    2. Documented scientific achievements from last 5 years (publications in the magazines of MNiSW: list A – 5 points, list B – 3 points, other publications – 1 point), statement at the scientific conference - 2 points (maximum one report from one conference), participation in the research grant - 3 points;
    3. Documented participation in at least month-long research internship – 2 points.

The candidate’s place in the ranking list is determined by the sum of gathered points.

Required documents:

  • Candidate’s personal questionnaire from the Online Application System,
  • Candidate’s CV,
  • Candidate’s Master’s diploma (copy confirmed by the University), certificate with the average grade of studies (issued by the Dean’s office of candidate’s former university). In case the candidate finished two-stage studies (Bachelor + Master), such certificate is required for each stage of higher education.
  • Two standard (passport-format) photographs and its scan,
  • Copy of the candidate’s identity document,
  • Written consent of the Faculty’s independent staff member to become the student’s scientific supervisor of the employee of the Faculty of Physics and the project of candidate’s research work approved by Faculty’s supervisor,
  • Supervisor’s statement on research financing,
  • Statement of  the Head of the Chair/Department of the Faculty about the possibility of doctoral training in form of conducting classes or participating in participation in such, and providing access to research infrastructure
  • Copy of the candidate’s identity document,
  • The candidate for studies is obliged to submit an appropriate medical certificate confirming the lack of contradictions to undertaking studies in this field,
  • Certificate of knowledge in foreign language,
  • (optional) application for doctoral scholarship,
  • Supplement to the diploma (including all scientific achievements from the period of studies),
  • List of candidate’s scientific interests including the list of publications,
  • Two standard (passport-format) photographs and one scan of the photograph.

Note: If former stage of candidate's education was not conducted in English, the candidate is required to submit a certificate of fluency in English on B2 level at least.

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2017/2018

Payment for semester
for Polish citizens and foreign candidates applying for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens

No tuition fees

Polish citizens and foreigners applying for studies on the rules applicable to Polish citizens do not settle the tuition fee for full-time studies on the University of Silesia.

Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

€ 2600.00