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Education in Doctoral School of Science and Natural Sciences - Academia Scientiarum Thoruniensis (74510404)

(in Polish: Kształcenie w szkole doktorskiej nauk ścisłych i przyrodniczych)
doctoral school
full-time, 4-year studies (8 semesters)
Language: English, Polish

General information

The Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in exact and natural sciences in the disciplines of astronomy, mathematics, biological sciences, chemical sciences, physical sciences, earth and environmental sciences, also known as Academia Scientiarum Thoruniensis (AST) was established on 15 May 2019 by the regulation No. 67/2019/164of the NCU Rector.


The Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences provides 6-8 semesters for the implementation of the education program and individual research plan. The performance of the individual research plan is assessed by the commission on a mid-term basis.

The aim of education at the Doctoral School is to provide students with specialist knowledge in exact and natural sciences, conduct research and teaching activities, prepare a doctoral dissertation and obtain a doctoral degree.

Education at the AST Doctoral School offers classes in the form of specialist monograph lectures, courses and internships aimed at improving doctoral students' skills in teaching at universities and obtaining grants, conducting workshops and specialist seminars. An integral part of the training is to implement research within the framework of a doctoral project selected from a published list.

Courses are divided into modules:

  1. Basic courses / 210 hours / 21 ECTS
  2. Professional development courses / 70+60 =130 hours / 8 ECTS
  3. Specialist courses / 30 hours/ 2 ECTS

Some courses are interdisciplinary.

The implementation of a selected doctoral project in one of the school’s disciplines is an integral part of education at the AST. The project is carried out according to an individual research plan under the direction of a supervisor (or supervisors).

A mid-term assessment is conducted in the middle of the four-year education period in accordance with the Act on Higher Education and Science, the framework of which is defined both in the Act and in the Rules of Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences. The School education program and the description of learning outcomes are based on the characteristics of the second degree for qualifications at level 8 of the Polish Qualification Framework, specified in the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of November 14, 2018 on the characteristics of the second degree of learning outcomes for qualifications at levels 6-8 of the Polish Qualification Framework (Dz.U. 2018, item 2218).

The AST graduate will acquire specialist knowledge of their discipline and other disciplines of exact and natural sciences and will have skills in conducting scientific and teaching activities. The graduate will gain specialist training under the supervision of distinguished scientists, will be prepared to obtain the degree of doctor, and take up independent scientific and teaching work at universities or institutes in Poland and abroad.

The AST graduates will be awarded doctoral degrees in their disciplines in accordance with the rules and powers granted to respective Discipline Councils at the Nicolaus Copernicus University.   

Resolution No. 31 of the Senate of the Nicolaus Copernicus University of June 28, 2021 on the framework education program in Doctoral School of Medical and Health Sciences



Recruitment schedule 

  • registration via the IRK website (NCU online application system): 12 - 25 June 2023
  • submitting documents: 19-29 June 2023
  • interviews: 3 -17 July 2023
  • publication of the results of the recruitment procedure: 24 July 2023

Admission procedures:

Visit the following page for details on admission procedures: https://irk.umk.pl/pl