Will begin in late
April 2018

About 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 Most Important Courses

Research Method

The course aims at having PhD candidates acquainted with the past and present linguistic theories and paradigms, interrelations between different linguistic branches, showing how to acquire and classify data, process them, and present conclusions as regards the branch of linguistics as well as the linguistic paradigm.

Specialist Lecture Series

Modern linguistics has focused on the spoken language, giving the written language scant attention. However, it can be claimed that writing is inseparable from modern science and scholarship, and it has always been central to the development of the modern university as an institution meant to generate knowledge. The focus of our class will be therefore academic discourse. We will raise questions which are relevant to all academics, who are both teachers and students, namely: What does it mean to become academically literate? How can academic literacy be developed at the secondary and tertiary levels of education?

Supervised Teaching

Supervised teaching is meant to give the students experience in real classroom context on an undergraduate level, first as observers, and as teacher trainees in the future. Moreover, the student will acquire interpersonal and communicative skills that allow for a successful transmission of knowledge to undergraduate groups. S/he will learn to give feedback and evaluate their work in a just and thoughtful manner.

The Structure of the Programme

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.

Admission Procedures & Requirements

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Application form (downloaded from IRK) signed by the candidate
  • A valid copy of an MA diploma
  • A Xerox copy of an ID card/passport to be validated by the admission staff at the University of Opole
  • Grade Point Average
  • Information concerning foreign language proficiency
  • Information concerning academic achievements (membership in scholarly associations; participation in academic conferences, copies of academic publications)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Research project (1000 words)
  • One photograph 35×45 mm (electronic version should be uploaded to IRK during the registration process)
  • Letter of recommendation from their academic advisor
  • Copy of their MA thesis
  • Statement of purpose that discusses the reasons why they want to undertake postgraduate studies, and their academic interests

    Admission criteria

    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.

    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 www.doctorate.uni.opole.pl)
    Admission scores
    • 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
    • 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

    • 35 points – research project (elements to be evaluated: problem statement, methodology, relevant literature, appropriate language)
    • 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 should be delivered in person or by mail in the period from September 1 to September 15 2018 to:
      Dziekanat Wydziału Filologicznego (room 7) Pl. Kopernika 11
      45-040 Opole, Poland
      Electronic versions may be sent to

      Interviews with candidates will take place on September 21, 2018
      Admission decisions will be announced by September 30, 2018
      – candidates’ individual IRK accounts
      – webpage https://wyniki.uni.opole.pl

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