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Uniwersytet Wrocławski

The Doctoral College

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Start of electronic registration for Polish citizens: 02/08/2021 (

Start of electronic registration for foreigners: 02/08/2021 (

The last day of registration and payment of recruitment fees for Polish citizens and foreigners (the date of the transfer is decisive): 31/08/2021, 10:00 a.m.

Date and place of submission of documents for Polish citizens

Until 31/08/2021, 1:00 p.m.

Dziekanat Wydziału Nauk Społecznych,
pok. 35 ul. Koszarowa 3; 51-149 Wrocław

Data and place for submitting documents for foreigners

Until 31/08/2021, 1:00 p.m.

Biuro Współpracy Międzynarodowej
pok. 36
pl. Uniwersytecki 1;
50-137 Wrocław

Date and place of oral exam

13.09.2021, godz. 9:30, Institute of International Studies, room 229

ul. Koszarowa 3
51-149 Wrocław

Announcement of the results of the qualification procedure: COMING SOON

          The qualification procedure taking into account the current epidemic situation:
          On-line exam using electronic means of communication (Skype / MS Teams / Cisco Webex), after prior individual arrangement of                  with the Secretary of the Recruitment Committee.
          Admission limit: 4 candidates (3 candidates in second term)


Recruitment rules to the Doctoral College of Sociology at the Doctoral School of the University of Wrocław  



The form of recruitment procedure





The entrance exam


1) the evaluation of the research project outline

2) oral exam (interview)

3) assessment of scientific and teaching activity before starting education at the Doctoral School


Thematic scope of the entrance exam


List of exam issues:

  1. Basic concepts in sociology

  2. Macro- and micro-perspectives on society

  3. Sociological theories: basic assumptions and concepts

  4. Basic problems of the subfields of sociology

  5. Contemporary theories of social change

  6. Sociological approaches to globalization

  7. Culture and identity

  8. Conceptualization and social research design

  9. Key debates in contemporary social science methodology

  10. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to data analysis in sociology


Recommended literature



  • Babbie Earl (2016) The Basics of Social Research, Boston: Cengage Learning.

  • Berger, Peter (2011) Invitation to Sociology. A Humanistic Perspective, Open Road Media.

  • Cresswell, John (2019) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches, London: Sage.

  • Denzin, Norman., Lincoln, Yvonna (2011) The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, 4th edition, London: Sage.

  • Giddens, Anthony (2009) Sociology, London: Polity Press.

  • Mills, C. Wright (2000) The Sociological Imagination, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Ritzer, George, Stepinsky, Jeffrey (2018) Sociological theory (10th edition), London: Sage Publications.

  • Roberts, Kenneth (2009) Key concepts in sociology, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

  • Silverman David (2010) Doing Qualitative Research, Sage: London.

  • Turner, Johnatan H. (2002) The Structure of Sociological Theory. Wadsworth Publishing


The evaluation criteria



Detailed assessment criteria



formulation and justification of the research problem: the correctness of addressing the problem in the context of debates in sociology, the importance of the planned undertaking, the innovation of the proposed research (0-10 points)

conceptualisation of the research problem, including embedding in the sociological theory, adopted conceptual apparatus (0-10 points)

literature review: presentation of the state of art, adequacy of source selection and their topicality (0-5 points)

methodology: the adequacy of the research methods and techniques, the way of their implementation in the designed research (0-10 points)

research plan containing a description of the research tasks and their advisability (assumed effects) along with the work schedule (0-10 points)

project feasibility: assessment of the workability of research implementation and its impact on expanding the frontiers of existing knowledge (0-5 points)



2) EXAM:


two questions about general knowledge in the field of sociology in accordance with the given list of issues;

a question about the research project presented, covering one of the following issues:

1) methodology of the proposed research,

2) research problem, including its justification, accuracy, importance for the development of the discipline, linking of formulated research questions and hypotheses,

3) the topic / area of research, including e.g. the state of theory, literature on the subject, conducted research.

The answer for each question is rated on a scale of 0-10 points.


TOTAL FOR EXAMS: 0-30 points




The assessment based on the documents presented, including:

reviewed scientific publications, with particular reference to publications indexed in the SCOPUS and Web of Science databases

participation in lectures at national and international scientific conferences

participation in research projects

activity for promoting science

activity in scientific student clubs, etc.

teaching classes at an academic level





The minimum score required to obtain positive result of the recruitment procedure


The maximum score possible to obtain during the recruitment procedure



Language of the recruitment procedure


Polish / English


List of required documents

1. application including information on the planned subject of doctoral thesis and the name of the proposed research supervisor;

2. application for admission to the Doctoral School printed from the IRK / IRC system, signed by the candidate with consent to processing of personal data for the purposes of the qualification procedure and possible education at the doctoral school;

3. The photocopy of the diploma of graduating from 2nd degree studies or uniform Master’s studies or the equivalent studies together with the original for inspection to verify its conformity with the original, or - for the beneficiaries of the "Diamond Grant" program - a photocopy of the diploma of completing the Bachelor’s degree (together with the original for inspection by the university) or a certificate from your dean's office on completing the third year of uniform master's studies together with a certificate confirming the status of the beneficiary of the "Diamond Grant". Diplomas acquired abroad require authentication in the form of legalisation or apostille;

4. A written opinion of the research supervisor selected from among independent research fellows of the Faculty of Social Sciences of University of Wrocław regarding the draft outline of doctoral thesis including the declaration of providing research guidance for the candidate;

5. Preliminary research project for the purposes of the doctoral dissertation;

6. A certificate or a statement confirming the knowledge of English language at B2 or equivalent level (FCE, TOEFL- 550, IELTS 5,5-6,5, BEC Vantage and other equivalent international certificates). The candidates for whom English was a lecturing language during a previous stage of education or for whom it is a native language, are released from the obligation of presenting the certificate.

7. documents confirming the foregoing scientific and teaching activity, including a list of publications (together with copies), scientific conferences (together with certificates of participation) and documents confirming teaching, research, student and popularizing activity.

8. a statement of the candidate for the Doctoral School of the University of Wrocław containing information: whether she/he has or does not have a doctoral degree, is an academic teacher or researcher, is a doctoral student at another college of the Doctoral School of the University of Wrocław or another Doctoral School (according to the required form:

The documents should be submitted in Polish or English.

9. The confirmation of the recruitment fee payment.

Foreigners also submit:

1.translation into Polish of a diploma or other document entitling to undertake education at the Doctoral School. The translation must be certified by a Polish sworn translator (entered on the list of sworn translators kept by the Minister of Justice), a sworn translator from the EU (if a sworn translator institution exists in a given country) or a Polish consul.

2. The copy of a document confirming the legalisation of stay in Poland along with the original for inspection. It is possible to be admitted to the entrance exam without the copy of the document confirming the legalisation of stay and to present the document in case of positive result of the entrance exam.


Additional information



Education at the College takes place in English.

The documents referred to in item 6 should be submitted in Polish or English. The exception are the documents in item 6.3, which must be translated into Polish.