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PhD Programmes

Astronomy

PhD study in astronomy covers broad range of theoretical and observational research subjects, from analysis of optically variable objects (like accreting binary stars or active galactic nuclei), high energy astrophysics, multiwavelength astronomy, radioastronomy, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.
Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University participates in ESO, has access to the SALT optical telescope, collaborates in HESS and CTA projects  (gamma-ray astrophysics) as well as in the network of LOFAR radio telescopes array, also participate in the VIRGO gravitational waves detector. Our researches use also several world class Earth bound radio (VLA, 100m Effelsberg) and space (Chandra, XMM, Fermi) observatories.

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Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology

The PhD programme in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and biotechnology is conducted in Polish, lasts for 8 semesters and leads to the achievement of learning outcomes for qualifications at level 8 of the Polish Qualifications Framework. The number of ECTS credits assigned to the programme is at least 40 ECTS. The main form of implementation of the teaching programme in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and biotechnology, especially in higher years, is scientific-research work. The programme offers courses developing professional and didactic skills as well as general knowledge. The vast majority of classes are optional. Doctoral students are also obliged to undergo a period of professional practice in the form of teaching classes for students

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Biophysics (Physical Sciences)

The PhD programme in Biophysics offers candidates solid knowledge of physics and mathematics, an opportunity to learn, develop and participate in multifaceted research programmes in the field of broadly defined biophysics. From atomic force spectroscopy, NMR, mass spectrometry, impedance spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, Ramanovskaya, optical pliers, patch-clamping, and other state-of-the-art research equipment to computational modelling, research groups active in the PhD programme in Biophysics have a range of complementary tools at their disposal that can be used to solve topical problems and answer biological questions. PhD studies at the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences creates a real possibility of interdisciplinary approach to research issues.

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Biology (Biological Sciences)

The curriculum in "Biology" prepares for obtaining a PhD in the discipline of biological sciences. More information about the programme can  be found here.

The subject of doctoral theses concerns research in the field of:

  • Botany: plant cytology, plant ecology, classical and experimental embryology, phytogeography, phytosociology, in vitro cultures of plant tissues and organs, lichenology, mycology, paleobotany, plant taxonomy. 
  • Environmental biology: ecosystem research, biodiversity, evolutionary ecology, ecotoxicology, natural resources management. 
  • Developmental biology: anthropology, cell and tissue biology, development and reproduction biology, endocrinology, faunistic, genetics and speciation processes, neurobiology and immunology, hormonally dependent cancers, xenoestrogens and reproductive disorders.

Numerous optional seminars, lectures and courses are offered in these subjects.

The PhD programme in Biology provides an opportunity to achieve learning outcomes in the area of knowledge, skills and social competencies defined for level 8 of the PQF.

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Chemistry (Chemical Sciences)

The individually developed PhD programme in Chemistry enables the acquisition of broad knowledge which is the basis for future professional careers, competencies necessary for scientific research and the acquisition and development of didactic and professional skills. The curriculum  primarily consists of scientific research carried out as part of the preparation of a doctoral dissertation, in accordance with an individual research plan prepared by the doctoral student in consultation with the supervisor. Similarly, compulsory and optional courses allow for very flexible selection of the education content. 

Compulsory courses dedicated to the PhD programme in Chemistry, developing professional skills include a doctoral seminar, an English language course at C1 level and a choice of 3 out of 5 modules: advanced computational and structural techniques; synthetic and analytical; spectroscopic; microscopic; an individually selected course from the offer of the Jagiellonian University. As part of the optional courses, developing general knowledge, a seminar at the Doctoral School of the Jagiellonian University is offered, interchangeable with participation in PTChem lectures and Seminars of the Faculty of Chemistry.

Soft skills and general knowledge classes include selected courses (lectures or workshops) to be chosen from a list announced before the beginning of the year. The doctoral student also participates in a workshop course, which enables teaching practices and conducts or co-conducts teaching classes of up to 60 hours per year.

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Physics (Physical Sciences)

The Ph.D. programme in physics involves a combination of courses, the completion of an original, scholarly piece of research that is then presented as a Ph.D. dissertation and the academic intership mainly focused on academic teaching skills. The courses available within the Ph.D. programme in physics are in form of lectures, classes, seminars, tutorials, computer labs and others. They cover various fields in physics and Ph.D. student together with supervisor decide which offered courses are most compatible with needs and interests of given student and his individual research programme. Total minimum number of 40 ECTS points have to be collected during the programme. The research activities of the department are broad and cover practically all fields of physics, both in theory and experiment. For a more detailed description of research areas, see the website of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the JU. Interdisciplinary and inter-departmental research activities also are possible.

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Computer Science

The Ph. D. programme in computer science offers an opportunity to start a research carrier in many areas of computer science. Each of our students follows an individual study program, attends advanced lectures and conducts research. A student chooses a supervisor (from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science), which advises him and monitors his progress.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science is one of the best research groups in computer science in Poland. It employs researchers specializing in various areas of theoretical and applied computer science. Their experience allows students to quickly and efficiently join interesting research projects and work in a dynamic environment.
All of our students receive a scholarship, which increases after a positive mid-term evaluation. Additional funding will be available for the best students.

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Technical Computer Science

The technical informatics education program at the School of Exact and Natural Sciences conducted in cooperation with the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. The program is designed to prepare a PhD Student to independently conduct scientific work in computer science and to give him the opportunity to learn about the latest research results.

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Mathematics

Jagiellonian University in Kraków is a leading centre for mathematical research in Poland and provides a vibrant and active environment for students from Poland and around the world seeking a PhD degree in mathematics.
In the four-years PhD programme, the doctoral student will work under the supervision of a professor on a research project leading to a PhD degree in mathematics. A teaching program for PhD students consists of advanced lecture courses, research seminars, reading classes, a doctoral colloquium, and can be further extended by other activities (summer schools etc).
A first degree is required to enter the program. It will usually be a master degree, but in exceptional cases, a bachelor degree may suffice.
Every PhD student will be receiving a scholarship (37% of the minimal wage of a professor). The scholarship increases to 57% of the minimal professor's wage after a positive mid-term evaluation conducted after two years.
The mathematical research conducted at the Jagiellonian University covers most fields of modern mathematics. For a more detailed description of research areas, see the website of the Institute of Mathematics of the Jagiellonian University http://www.im.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut

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Biomedical Sciences (Biological Sciences)

PhD Programme in Biomedical Sciences is a programme at the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences the Jagiellonian University in Krakow with a strong inter-disciplinary, international inter-sectoral research and training dimension.

We will recruit early stage researchers (ESRs) in an open call, targeting the most talented and motivated ESRs in the fields of Biological and Medical Sciences. The recruitment process will adhere to the guidelines set in the code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers and the European charter for researchers, ensuring transparency of the recruitment process based on the merit and skills of applicants. The recruitment process will not discriminate applicants based on their personal features.

Training will be focused on the interest and expertise of researchers working at the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology https://mcb.uj.edu.pl/ (MCB), Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics http://jcet.eu/ (JCET) and National Synchrotron Radiation Centre https://synchrotron.uj.edu.pl/ (SOLARIS).

The program covers various areas of biology (synthetic, structural, molecular, cellular, developmental) and utilises plants, viruses, bacteria, invertebrates and vertebrates. The program is also linked to interdisciplinary studies in Endothelial Biomedicine.

The applicants are free to choose the research topic and supervisors from the focus areas based on their personal interests and qualifications. After the successful admission of the applicants, PhD candidates first perform rotations between 5 autonomously selected research groups. A rotation is a period of roughly two-three months in which students perform research in a laboratory. On the basis of this experience, students can choose to affiliate with a research group. It is also an excellent opportunity for students to learn to think across disciplines and build up initial collaborations and cross-disciplinary skill sets.

The program is carried out in English, either in eight-semester or in six-semester system. 

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Earth and Environmental Sciences (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

The PhD programme in Earth and Environmental Sciences includes training in physical geography and geological sciences. Recruitment takes place separately for physical geography and geological sciences; admission limits are separate and separate ranking lists are drawn up. Recruitment is based on an interview, during which the Candidate's scientific interests, substantive knowledge of the subject matter of the planned research and motivation to study at the Doctoral School are discussed.

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PhD Programme in Biology (Biological Sciences)

PhD Programme in Biology is carried out in English, in full-time, eight-semester system. 

This PhD programme covers courses representing various areas of biological sciences, including training in modern methodology and mastering skills useful in professional academic and nonacademic career. Choice of facultative classes and possibility of gaining credits for courses offered outside of the University ensures flexibility and helps to adjust participation in classes to the individual research plan of the student. 

For everyone who will be accepted for the PhD programme in Biology a scholarship is guaranteed.

PhD students are recruited to the specific research topics offered by the faculty members. Some of the competitions listed below are held outside the OAS system (Online Application System). We kindly ask you to follow the recruitment rules described in each competition. 

Each year, PhD students and their advisors/promotors write individual research plan for a given year. Until the end of four semester student’s achievements are evaluated (mid-term evaluation) by the committee. 

Doctoral dissertations are prepared under the supervision of scientific staff of the Faculty of Biology (members of the Institute of Botany, Institute of Environmental Sciences or Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research). PhD programme in Biology lead to the scientific Doctoral title in the discipline of biology. More information about the programme can be found here.

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