PhD in English Language and Literature

Overview of the Programme:

The PhD Programme in English Language and Literature at the University of Opole, Poland, offers qualified candidates a unique opportunity to develop their research projects in the field of linguistics (both theoretical and applied) and literary studies. Doctoral students pursue an intensive and individualized course of study with experienced professors who are committed to facilitating the students’ intellectual development and scholarly achievements. Faculty professors of the Institute of English, University of Opole, where the PhD programme is based, are ready to share their expertise in a wide range of linguistic, literary, and cultural fields, such as historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, lexicography, literacy studies, second language acquisition, literary criticism and theory, as well as English, Irish, American or Australian literature. The duration of the PhD programme is four years. Doctoral students are expected to complete their obligatory coursework (core curriculum) during the initial two years of the programme and work on their dissertations participating in workshops and tutorials with their academic advisors in the third and fourth year. At the University of Opole, teaching is considered to be an integral part of academic training, thus every doctoral candidate will be given a chance to develop his or her teaching skills through a supervised teaching experience. Students may teach independent introductory courses or serve as teaching assistants for courses taught by a staff member of the Institute of English.



PhD Learning Outcomes for academic year 2017-2018








Class schedule  

Class Schedule winter 2017-2018

Class Schedule summer 2017-2018


Teaching Staff:


prof. Dorota Brzozowska

prof. Łukasz Grabowski

prof. Janusz Malak

prof. Liliana Piasecka

prof. Ewa Piechurska-Kuciel

prof. Mirosława Podhajecka

prof. Jan Zalewski


prof. Marek Błaszak

prof. Ilona Dobosiewicz

prof. Jacek Gutorow

prof. Tadeusz Lewnadowski

prof. Paweł Marcinkiewicz

prof. Klara Szmańko

prof. Ryszard Wolny


Admission Procedures and Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. Application form (downloaded from IRK) signed by the candidate
  2. A valid copy of an MA diploma*.
  3. A Xerox copy of an ID card/passport to be validated by the admission staff at the University of Opole
  4. Grade Point Average (diploma supplemnt, Dean’s Office certificate). In the case of a two-level study programme (BA+MA), grade point average of both levels is calculated.
  5. Information concerning foreign language proficiency
  6. Information concerning academic achievements (membership in scholarly associations; participation in academic conferences, copies of academic publications)
  7. Current curriculum vitae
  8. Research project (1000 words)
  9. One photograph 35×45 mm (electronic version should be uploaded to IRK during the registration process)
  10. Letter of recommendation from their academic advisor
  11. Copy of their MA thesis
  12. Statement of purpose that discusses the reasons why they want to undertake postgraduate studies, and their academic interests

* Foreigners are required to submit (1) an MA diploma obtained in Poland or (2) a legalized or apostille stamped diploma or another document confirming graduation from a college/university which makes the candidate eligible for a PhD program.

Admission Deadlines

The documents should be delivered in person or by mail from September 1 to September 15, 2017 to: Dziekanat Wydziału Filologicznego (room 7) Pl. Kopernika 11 45-040 Opole, Poland Electronic versions may be sent to:

Admission Criteria

a) Applicants must have a Master’s degree in English philology or another academic discipline in the field of language and literature studies. Applicants who do not have a Master’s degree in English philology must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official test scores equivalent to Cambridge Proficiency Exam (C2 level) . For the list of valid certificates see Dziennik Ustaw September 26, 2016. Poz. 1586.

b) Applicants must submit a research project in the field of language studies/literature studies to be evaluated by a qualified member of PhD Programme in English Language and Literature staff (for the staff list see

Admission Scores

a) 10  points – Grade Point Average Below 4.0 – 0 points From 4.0 to 4.2 – 2 points From 4.2 to 4.4 – 4 points From 4.4 to 4.6 – 6 points From 4.6 to 4.8 – 8 points From 4.8 to 5.0 – 10 points

b) 20 points – academic achievements Peer-reviewed academic publications – 3 points for article Presentations at academic conferences – 2 points for presentation Active membership in scholarly associations – 1 point

c) 35 points – research project (elements to be evaluated: problem statement, methodology, relevant literature, appropriate language)

d) 35 points – interview with the Admission Committee (elements to be evaluated: candidate’s knowledge, scholarly potential of proposed research project, ability to conduct an academic discussion in English).

Admission Dates and Deadlines:

All application and supplemental materials must be received by the admissions staff by September 15, 2017.

Interviews with candidates will take place on September 21, 2017

Admission decisions will be announced by September 30 2017 at

Registration at

Academic year starts on October 1, 2017.

Candidates who do not submit all the required documents within the submission dates will be rejected.

Contact:, tel. +485415937, mgr Anna Laskowska

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Doctoral students admitted to the programme are eligible to apply for various types of scholarships funded by, among others,: the Rector of the University of Opole, the Mayor of Opole, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Scholarships are granted on the basis of students’ academic performance and community service. For further information, contact the PhD Programme coordinators at


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