Interdisicplinary PhD Study Programme in Medical and Health Sciences

Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Medical and Health Sciences

Field of study: Doctoral Programme is offered in disciplines in which the Jagiellonian University has the authority to award a doctor’s degree, there are: medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, health sciences

Programme type: doctoral programme in medical and health sciences

Tuition fee: education at the Doctoral School of Medical and Health Sciences is free

Number of semesters: 6 semesters
Admission period: 30.06.2022-22.08.2022

Number of participants: will be announced in June 


Head of the Programme – prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Stolarz-Skrzypek, email:

And administrative service:

Magdalena Guzik, MA e-mail:

Language: English
How to apply: electronic registration OAS (the Jagiellonian University Online Application System), excluding a special competition procedurę

Programme description:
The Doctoral School of Medical and Health Sciences offers interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Medical and Health Sciences conducted in English that lasts 6 semesters
PhD study programme offered by the School is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach to teaching Medical Sciences and Health Sciences, comprising basic courses and a broad selection of optional courses from various disciplines (disciplines Courses are run in English by the academic staff of the JU Medical College Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Health Sciences as well as specialists from other institutions.
Graduate’s profile:
In the Doctoral School of Medical and Health Sciences, a PhD student acquires the following competences: competences covering advanced theoretical issues relevant to the scientific DSMHS profile and methodological competences preparing for conducting and publishing scientific research; academic competences (e.g. scientific publications, scientific communication, fundraising for research, research ethics, dissemination of research results, etc.); professional and soft competences (e.g. career planning, preparation for teaching, project management, managerial skills, business communication, etc.). The graduate is prepared to be employed at a research and teaching position at every academic centre in Poland and abroad.

For whom:
Persons with a degree of MA/MSc., MSc. Engineer or equivalent in any other discipline and persons referred to in Article 186(2) of the Act may apply to DSMHS. The candidate should demonstrate knowledge or interests in the field of the selected research topic (announced on the School’s website) in the discipline in which she/ he is going to prepare a doctoral dissertation and a very good command of the English language.

Each PhD student receives a scholarship in the amount set by law or more, depending on the source of funding.

The statutory (minimum) scholarship amounts are:
before the mid-term evaluation (up to 24th month): PLN 2 104.65 net (that is: PLN 2,371.70 gross minus the compulsory pension disability pension contribution)
-after a positive mid-term evaluation (after four semesters): PLN 3 242.29 net (that is: PLN 3,653.70 gross minus the compulsory pension and disability pension contribution)
The amount of the doctoral scholarship paid from the grant depends on the amount specified in the agreement, but may not be lower than the statutory scholarship specified above. The doctoral scholarship is not taxed.

Programme structure:
1. Programme of Studies at the Doctoral School of Medical and Health Sciences (DSMHS) was developed in accordance with the Act of July 20, 2018, Law on Higher Education and Science, and current JU guidelines.
2. The education in DSMHS lasts for six semesters and following the Doctoral Pro-grammes on the basis of the Study Programme and the Individual Research Plan (IRP).
3. DPs are offered in one or more disciplines in which the Jagiellonian University has the authority to award a doctor’s degree.
4. The IRP has to be presented to the DP Head within 12 months from the beginning of education. The DP Head approves the plan after consulting the supervisor, the Programme Committee and the Doctoral Committee if appointed.
5. The study programme in DSMHS leads to learning outcomes for qualifications at level 8 of the Polish Qualifications Framework.
6. The language of the study programme is English.
7. Persons with a degree of MA/MSc., MSc. Engineer or equivalent in any other dis-cipline and persons referred to in Article 186(2) of the Act may apply to DSMHS. The requirement is verified at the registration stage.
8. The number of ECTS credits assigned to the programme is at least 30 ECTS credits, of which: minimum 20 ECTS credits are related to preparing a PhD student to conduct and publish scientific research, including 15 ECTS credits obtained by the end of the III semester.
9. PhD students may choose optional courses at other faculties outside of JU Medical College in a total maximum of 3 ECTS credits.

The DSMHS Study Programme consists of four modules:
Module I: Methodological education (compulsory part);
Module II: Education in secondary scientific competences (compulsory part);
Module III: Specialist education in the discipline in which the Individual Research Plan is implemented (optional courses);
Module IV: Complementary professional and soft skills education (optional courses).

The Study Programme is implemented by selecting courses belonging to a particular module.
An obligatory research internship of at least two weeks, conducted at a research centre abroad, is introduced into the Doctoral School’s Study Programme. The internship will be financed under the available JU programmes within bilateral agreements or other programmes, including Erasmus plus. The internship will be implemented after the mid-term evaluation. After agreeing with the supervisor, a PhD student applies to a foreign research centre and requests for its funding.


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