The studies can be undertaken by individuals with a master’s degree or an equivalent degree in any field of study. Also, non-holders of the aforementioned degree can apply for admission to the studies on condition that they are beneficiaries of the Diamond Grant programme.
An additional, obligatory, formal requirement is a written permission from an independent research fellow who is a member of the Council of the Faculty of Philosophy at UPJPJII, or from an individual authorised by the Council of the Faculty of Philosophy to act in the capacity of a research supervisor.
The candidates seeking to undertake the course of study conducted in the Polish language must meet the requirements concerned with the studies conducted in the Polish language (the obligation to prove the knowledge of the Polish language applies to foreigners only – see details below).
The candidates seeking to undertake the course of study conducted in the English language (which concerns both the Polish citizens and foreigners seeking to undertake the course of study in the English language) are obliged to submit a document certifying knowledge of the English language. A complete list of documents that entitle the holder to undertake doctoral studies in the English language is to be found in Annexe no. 2 to the Ordinance of the President of the Council of Ministers of 16 December 2009 on the manner of conducting the qualifying procedure in the civil service (Journal of Laws 2009, no. 218, item 1695, as amended), on-line: http://isap.sejm.gov.pl/DetailsServlet?id=WDU20092181695.
The admissions process for the candidates for doctoral studies (third-cycle studies) is conducted by the Department Admissions Committee (hereinafter called the Committee) headed by the Director of Doctoral Studies, and attended by two independent research fellows from the Department and a representative of the Doctoral Students’ Council (as a non-voting observer). The Committee is appointed by the Council of the Faculty of Philosophy.
Admissions to the studies are granted by way of competition governed by the following principles:
1. The candidates whose applications meet the formal conditions shall be admitted to the application interview.
2. The individuals who have failed to meet the formal requirements shall not be admitted to the subsequent qualifying stages. Their names shall be entered on the ranking list, with the total number of points 0, and the substantiation: “application rejected – unmet formal conditions.” Such candidates shall receive an administrative order stating a refusal to admit the candidate to the doctoral studies.
3. The enrolment process is conducted by way of competition, the result of which is determined by the final result (Wk) obtained in the manner described below.
4. The individuals with the status of a beneficiary of the Diamond Grant programme shall obtain the maximum number of points in the admissions process (the ultimate outcome of the qualifying procedure Wk=45 points) and thus shall be exempt from the obligation to take the application interview.
5. The next stage of the admissions process is an application interview during which the candidate shall:
a) present to the members of the Committee his scope of research interests and discuss a doctoral dissertation proposal in the context of national and international source literature, addressing his own academic accomplishments (publications);
b) answer the questions asked by the Committee members and concerned with the analysis of a philosophical text selected from a set list.
6. During the application interview the following assessment scale shall be applied: 0 (unsatisfactory, a failing mark - unmet requirements for the candidates for doctoral studies) to 5 (very good).
7. Each one of the members independently evaluates two aspects of the provided answer: (a) the capacity to perform a philosophical analysis (0-5), (b) the doctoral dissertation proposal (0-5). While evaluating the candidate’s answer, the specificity of the third-cycle studies and the substantive requirements for doctoral students of philosophy are taken into consideration.
8. The result of the evaluation of the capacity to perform a philosophical analysis (Wa) is a sum of the appraisals of the capacity to perform a philosophical analysis made by each member of the Committee. The candidate who obtains a total Wa result of less than 6 points shall be negatively assessed in the admissions process, which shall be entered in the admission record. The name of the candidate shall be entered on the ranking list with a note of the negative admission outcome, along with the specific information on which section was negatively assessed (an administrative decision to refuse to admit the candidate to the doctoral studies shall be made as well).
9. The result of the evaluation of the doctoral dissertation proposal (Wd) is a sum of the appraisals of the doctoral dissertation proposal made by each member of the Committee. The candidate who obtains a total Wd result of less than 6 points shall be negatively assessed in the admissions process, which shall be entered in the recruitment record. The name of the candidate shall be entered on the ranking list with a note of the negative recruitment outcome, along with the specific information on which section was negatively assessed (an administrative decision to refuse to admit the candidate to the doctoral studies shall be made as well).
10. The result concerned with the mean of the marks obtained during the studies Ws shall be rounded to the second decimal place. If, during the previous studies, a scale different than the one adopted at UPJPII was used, the result shall be calculated according to the following formula:
S – the mean of the marks obtained by the candidate, calculated according to the scale applicable at the educational institution that issued the diploma,
M – the highest mark in the scale applicable at the educational institution that issued the diploma,
m – the lowest mark in the scale applicable at the educational institution that issued the diploma.
11. The final Wk result of the admissions process shall be calculated according to the following formula:
Wk = 3* Ws + Wa + Wd.
12. After all the interviews have been conducted, a ranking list shall be compiled following the final Wk admission result. In the case of the negative outcome of the assessment of the candidate, an additional note shall be made in the record to the effect of a lack of the right qualifications, along with a short description of the reason.
13. Besides the obligation to meet the above-presented conditions, in order to qualify for the studies, the candidate must obtain at least 25 points (Wk).
14. The ranking list will serve to compile a list of the candidates who qualify to be admitted to the studies.
15. The decision to admit the candidate shall be made after the registration for the studies has been effected.
Prescribed reading to be selected from for the purpose of the application interview for the studies in the Polish language (the candidate is obliged to choose and prepare to discuss only one set book):
1. Arystoteles, Etyka Nikomachejska, [w:] Arystoteles, Dzieła wszystkie, t. 5, tłum. D. Gromska, Warszawa 1996, ks. I–II, s. 77–122.
2. Scheler M., Resentyment a moralność, tłum. J. Garewicz, Warszawa 1977, s. 27-129.
3. Roman Ingarden, Książeczka o człowieku (wiele wydań).
4. Józef Tischner, Myślenie religijne [w:] Myślenie według wartości (wiele wydań).
5. Karol Wojtyła, Osoba: podmiot i wspólnota, [w:] K. Wojtyła, Osoba i czyn oraz inne studia antropologiczne, Wydawnictwo KUL, Lublin 1994, ss. 371-414.
6. Michał Heller, Filozofia przypadku. Kosmiczna fuga z preludium i codą, Copernicus Center Press, Kraków (wiele wydań).
7. Ernan McMullin, Ewolucja i stworzenie (wiele wydań).
8. Ernan McMullin, Wartości w nauce, „Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce”, 24 (1999), s. 7-
25 oraz 25 (1999), s. 30-46 (cz. II) [obowiązują obie części] dostępne online:
część I: http://www.obi.opoka.org.pl/zfn/024/zfn02402McMullin.pdf
część II: http://www.obi.opoka.org.pl/zfn/025/zfn02506McMullin.pdf
Prescribed reading to be selected from for the purpose of the application interview for the studies in the English language (the candidate is obliged to choose and prepare to discuss only one set book):
1. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, transl. W. D. Ross, Kitchener 1999, books 1-2, p. 3-32.
2. Scheler M., Ressentiment, transl. L. A. Coser, Marquette 1998, ch. 1-3, p. 3-48.
3. Wojtyła, Karol, The Person: Subject and Community, [in:] K. Wojtyła, Person and Community. Selected Essays, trans. Th. Sadok, Peter Land, New York 1993, ss. 219-
4. Tischner, Józef, selected essays:
Thinking in Values
Wandering within the Heart of
For the Existence of
Man: An Ontological Argument
Freedom As a Manner of
Existence of the Good
Phenomenology of the Encounter
The Offroads of Encounters
A Response to a Question, or: Reciprocity
Evil in the Domain of Dialogue
The Axiological-I in Dialogue
5. Heller, Michael. Philosophy of Chance. A cosmic fugue with a prelude and a coda. Kraków: Copernicus Center Press (many editions).
6. McMullin, Ernan. Evolution and Creation. Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press 1985, 1987.
7. McMullin, Ernan. Values in Science. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Volume Two: Symposia and Invited Papers (1982), pp. 3-28 www.jstor.org/stable/192409 (read online free)
Information for candidates without a master’s degree in philosophy
The candidates who do not hold degrees in philosophy (and have earned a master’s degree in a different discipline), and who have been admitted to the studies are additionally obliged to take, as part of the obligatory programme, the so-called foundation course. As part of this programme, they are obliged to pass the exams in the following subjects on an extramural basis: (1) history of philosophy (all); (2) logic; (3) metaphysics; (4) philosophy of God; (5) philosophy of religion; (6) anthropological philosophy; (7) philosophy of science; (8) philosophy of cognition; (9) ethics; (10) social philosophy.
The foundation course shall be undertaken in the first year of studies. It is possible to prolong the period during which the examinations in the above-mentioned subjects can be taken – this can be done only upon the request of the doctoral student, and the period can only be prolonged by no more than another year of study. Getting credits for this course is a prerequisite for the director of doctoral studies recognising the master’s degree as equivalent to the canonical licentiate in philosophy (Regulations of the Doctoral Study Programme at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow of 19 September 2016, Clause 12, items 2-3).