• Faculty : The Faculty of Humanities
  • Language: English

Doctoral Studies in Literature and Linguistics

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University’s (UMCS) Faculty of Humanities announces a four-year doctoral (Ph.D.) programme in literary studies, cultural studies and linguistics, with English as the language of instruction.
Head of the programme: Adam Głaz  - qbpg.fghqvrf@hzpf.cy

A four-year doctoral (Ph.D.) programme in literary studies, cultural studies, and linguistics, with English as the language of instruction. Specific areas of specialization include:  American literature, American culture, American film studies, British culture, British and American cultural history, media studies, cultural theory, Jewish studies, Polish literature from Middle Ages to the 18th c., Polish culture from the Middle Ages to the 18th c., religion in Poland, general linguistics, cognitive linguistics, English linguistics, historical linguistics, gender linguistics, language and culture, translation studies, phonology, phonetics, applied linguistics, foreign language methodology, computer-assisted language learning.

The programme is offered to Polish and non-Polish nationals, holders of an M.A. or an equivalent degree in philology, literature, literary studies, cultural studies, linguistics or a related discipline, obtained from a higher-education institution in Poland or in other countries. Holders of M.A. degrees in other disciplines can also apply but must produce a list of their publications and/or other kinds of academic achievement in the areas specified.

A fluent command of English is necessary (European C2 level). This is taken for granted in the case of graduates of programmes in English; graduates of programmes in other languages must produce a relevant statement/certificate.

Additionally, the applicant’s command of English will be verified during an interview.


STEP 1. Make contact with a potential supervisor of your dissertation and make preliminary arrangements prior to applying. Although not formally required, this first step is strongly advised as we cannot accept applicants with unspecified interests or with interests falling outside the areas we research and teach in. The following specialized areas of research are possible:

1. Literary studies:

2. Cultural studies

3. Linguistics

STEP 2. Online registration (May 5 to August 31, 2015):
Online registration in the IRK system (registration guidelines)
and Online submission of documents. Please send pdf scans of the relevant documents at qbpg.fghqvrf@hzpf.cy (the originals of the documents should be produced for verification during the interview or, if the latter is conducted online, upon acceptance to the programme.)

STEP 3. Interview. The shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview between June 29 and July 17, 2015, and - should vacancies remain - in early September 2015 (the exact dates will be established individually). In special cases (e.g. for applicants whose presence will entail troublesome or costly travel arrangements) the interview can be conducted in the form of a video-conference. The applicants will need to show an interest in literary studies, cultural studies or linguistics, an aptitude for conducting research, and fluency in English. They will also be asked to present, in writing, a research project in the area of their choice (this should be submitted online prior to the interview). (Note: Admission to the programme does not mean automatic acceptance of the project: this is subject to negotiation with the student's supervisor.) The applicants will be evaluated for:

  • their performance in the interview (issues in contemporary literary studies, cultural studies or linguistics) max. 10 points;
  • their academic achievements (publications, conference participation, etc.) and research project; max. 10 points.

A minimum score of 10 out of the maximum 20 points counts as a successful interview. Scores are transferred into grades according to the following schema:

  • Score 0-9 = fail (Grade 2.0)
  • Score 10-11 = satisfactory (Grade 3.0)
  • Score 12-13 = between satisfactory and good (Grade 3.5)
  • Score 14-15 = good (Grade 4.0)
  • Score 16-17 = between good and very good (Grade 4.5)
  • Score 18-20 = very good (Grade 5.0)

Admission will be offered to top 10 candidates. This, however, also depends on the applicants' specialized area of research and the number of students accepted by individual supervisors. The results of the admissions procedure will be made known to the applicants by e-mail.

STEP 4. Payment and submission of documents. After being informed of the outcome of the admission procedure, the successful applicants will be requested to send or otherwise submit the photocopies of all documents to, along with the originals for verification, to the address that will be provided;

pay the tuition fee for the first year of the programme (unless exempted or not applicable) plus a one-off initial payment of 200 EUR. The details for making the payment will be supplied together with the Admission Committee's decision.

upload an electronic version of their photograph to the IRK system and pay 17 PLN (approx. 4 euros) )for the student electronic ID.

Maria Curie Skłodowska University
Online Application System

Bachelor and Master programmes taught in English
Enolment enquiries:
International Student Office
Phone: +48 81 537 29 26
hrs. 8.00 – 15.00

Admissions Office
pl. M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 5
20-031 Lublin
tel. +48 81 537 58 80
hrs. 9.00-14.30

Courses of Polish language
The Polish Language and Culture Centre for Polish People from Abroad and Foreigners
ul. Weteranow 18
20-038 Lublin, Poland
tel. + 48 81 533 27 86 or +48 81 537 28 76
fax + 48 81 537 56 15
cbybavn@cbpmgn.hzpf.yhoyva.cy http://www.umcs.pl/en/cjkp-en.htm

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