PhD studies on Advanced methods in biotechnology and biodiversity

Starting from the academic year 2009/2010, Faculty of Biology and Environment Protection, University of Silesia has launched a new programme of PhD studies on Advanced Methods in Biotechnology and Biodiversity. From 2009 up to 2013 the studies were financially supported by the UPGOW project at the University of Silesia within the EFS funds.

PhD students participate in courses provided by various labs of the Faculty (see the programme of PhD studies), e.g.: 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. All courses aim at training the students in application of a wide variety of advanced methods that are used in research led by the faculty labs. Additionally, the students have the opportunity to improve their presentation skills attending the Effective presentation workshop. They can also participate in departmental and faculty 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 also involved in research projects leading to the PhD degree. The supervision is provided by the senior academic staff. The projects are conducted in collaboration with the future supervisor and are in line with the research profile of the department involved. 

Recruitment procedure

The recruitment of candidates for the first year of full-time studies is carried out by the Recruitment Committee appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection.

Both Polish and foreign students are eligible to apply. A candidate for the studies may be a person, who holds Master degree in Biology or equivalent degree in the discipline that is adequate to the proposed PhD project. The duration of doctoral studies is up to four years. On-line recruitment registration is open at the University of Silesia recruitment website. Candidates are obliged to provide printed applications to the Faculty Office.

The complete application submitted to the Faculty Office should include:

  • an application form for the doctoral studies;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • diploma of the M.Sc. or equivalent degree with supplement;
  • a letter of recommendation from the faculty staff and his/her declaration of will to become the supervisor;
  • synopsis of the research project that will lead to the doctoral degree;
  • declaration of the future supervisor on the availability of funds necessary to conduct research project by the PhD student;
  • health certificate stating that there are no restrictions against taking up doctoral studies in the field of biological sciences;
  • list of the candidate’s publications and conference presentations (please include also copies of the first page of each publication);
  • certificates of foreign language skills;
  • an application for awarding a scholarship addressed to the studies manager
  • three ID photos.

A candidate for the doctoral studies is obliged to undergo an interview in English, conducted by the Recruitment Committee. The interview is evaluated in a scale of 1-10 points. Candidates who have not obtained at least 5 points from the interview will not be considered for admission.

Qualification for the study will be based on the ranking list. On the ranking list will not be included candidates who received from the interview less than 5 points. 

The ranking list is established on the basis of qualification score which is a sum of points calculated based on the following elements:

  1. the outcome of the interview with a candidate (5 to 10 points);
  2. the scientific achievements documented by the list of publications and conference presentations of the past five years: publication from the Part A of the List of Journals of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education – 5 points; from the Part B of the List – 3 points; other publications – 1 point; conference (oral, poster) presentation – 2 points (up to one report from one conference), participation in a research grant – 3 points;
  3. the documented stay on, at least, one month academic internship – 2 points

The candidates may apply for stipends financed by the Rector of the University of Silesia.

For further information please contact:

for foreigners:
International Students Admissions Office
University of Silesia
ul. Bankowa 12, Katowice
phone: +48 32 359 20 71

for Polish candidates:
Dziekanat Wydziału Biologii i Ochrony Środowiska
tel.   32 2009 461
fax   32 2009 361