PhD in Economics

Full-time Doctorate Studies

Studies description

Faculty of Economic Sciences (WNE) conducts full-time doctoral studies in the area of economics.

Programme of doctorate studies includes obligatory common part, which comprises courses in advanced macroeconomics, advanced microeconomics, advanced econometrics and economic research methodology. The remaining part of the programme consists of specialised courses chosen by doctoral students (after consultations with their supervisor).

Thanks to such a construction of the programme of doctorate studies, besides a sound theoretical knowledge doctoral students obtain a possibility to deepen their specialised knowledge as part of additional courses, conducted by eminent specialists in their fields. Preparing doctoral dissertation consists of independent elaboration of economically important dilemma (under guidance of a supervisor).

Doctoral studies prepare graduates to work both as scientists employed by Polish or foreign academic institutions as well as participants in the economic and public life on management or expert level. Graduates possess skills which allow them to independently conduct scientific research, take part in research projects, prepare scientific publications and to undertake specific practical tasks and solve practical dilemmas. An important element of the doctoral student profile is an ability to conduct didactic courses in all fundamental areas of economics and advanced courses in which they specialise.

Study Recipients

Doctorate studies at the Faculty of Economic Sciences are addressed to distinguished graduates primarily of economic departments, who envisage their career path in the scientific and research area and in key economic institutions.


  • Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Cieślik, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw
  • Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Charemza, University of Leicester, UK
  • Prof. Reka Futasz, Central European University
  • Prof. dr hab. Jacek Hołówka, Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw 
  • Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Maciejewski, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, Director of Studies
  • Prof. dr dr h. c. Oded Stark, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw 
  • Prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Siwiński, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw 
  • Prof. dr hab. Tomasz Żylicz, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw


Schedule of doctorate seminars - PDF file.


For admission details see: Resolution No. 13/2016 of the Faculty of Economic Sciences Council of Warsaw University on the admission process for PhD programmes in 2016/2017 academic year dd. March 2nd 2016


Form of studies - full-time
Duration - 4 years
Language - English 

Programme of studies

Terms of Completion 

  1. Requirement of completion of full-time doctorate studies is passing courses of compulsory and elective courses provided for in the Rules of full-time Doctorate Studies of the Faculty. 
  2. To obtain doctoral degree in economics the requirements set forth in the Act of the 14 March 2003 on Academic Degrees and Titles and on Degrees and Titles in Art (Journal of Laws of 2003, no. 65, item 595 with amendments) and Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the 3 October 2014 on detailed procedure and conditions for conducting activities in the doctoral, habilitation proceedings and proceedings on awarding the title of professor (Journal of Laws of 2014, item 1383) must be fulfilled.

Financial Aid / Bursaries

Doctoral student can apply for the following benefits from the Financial Assistance Fund:

  • need-based bursary,
  • special bursary for disabled persons,
  • award for the best doctoral students;
  • special need benefit.

The above benefits are awarded based on doctoral student’s application for a given academic year and can be given to Polish citizens and foreigners from the European Union countries who are doctoral students of the University of Warsaw. 

Details in notes and regulations can be found on UW website 

Tuition Fees

Tuition fee charged from international students:
- 4 500 Euro a year
- 200 Euro of additional one-time payment

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Advice on preparing doctoral dissertation

Doctorate study at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw (WNE UW) is not linked to particular school of economic sciences. Doctoral students, alike their supervisors, represent various methodological approaches. Therefore, there is no one scheme which must be followed in preparing doctoral dissertation. Doctoral candidates should consider few papers that could be an inspiration for people trying to avoid traps stemming from a lack of experience in preparing such type of projects. Before outlining your research plans, it is important to refer to the following books:

  • Blaug, Mark (1995), Metodologia ekonomii [Methodology of economics], Warszawa, PWN.
  • Mayer, Thomas (1996), Prawda kontra precyzja w ekonomii [Truth versus precision in economics], Warszawa, PWN.
  • Backhouse, Roger E. (1997), Truth and Progress in Economic Thought, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.
  • Thomson, William (1999), ?The Young Person's Guide to Writing Economic Theory?, Journal of Economic Literature, vol. XXXVII, s. 157-183.
  • Thomson, William (2001), A Guide for the Young Economist, Cambridge, MIT Press.
  • Dow, Sheila C. (2002), Economic Methodology: An Inquiry, Oxford University Press.

Many professors at WNE UW recommend their potential doctoral students to use the guidelines, which are summarized below. Adapting them, although at times may seems difficult, will allow the student to eliminate topics which would be surreal or threaten completion of the work within few years, which the students has at his/her disposal.

Although no one expects from the candidates for doctoral students to present mature and full concept of dissertation – such a requirement is set at time of opening the dissertation officially – however, the quality of presented project is an important component of assessment made by the Admission Committee. As a result we encourage candidates to give this matter due attention and carefully prepare the project, best in consultation with an experienced researcher (potential supervisor). These guidelines are designed to outline the most important principles, the fulfillment of which gives a chance to prepare a good dissertation within four years of study.

First of all, the subject of the dissertation should belong to economic discipline researched at WNE UW. Not all issues pertaining to economic practice are eligible as a topic of doctoral dissertation prepared under the supervision of Faculty members. For example, issues related to management, law, commodities, or technics may be more competently investigated in other university faculties or at other universities. The competence of the employees of the Faculty covers, a very wide range of issues, yet not the whole science of economics. Finding the right topic of dissertation and potential supervisor is therefore the first choice a candidate for doctoral studies must make.

For many decades, economic sciences have been developing and the number of publications in this area is constantly experiencing rapid growth. Doctoral candidate has a right not to know the mainstream literature on the topic of interest. Nevertheless, he/she should be aware that many questions were already posed before and some of them have been fully answered. Therefore, it may happen that some research ideas are not original and thus are not worth considering. It is only worth to consider a subject, which – despite the practical importance – does not yet have a satisfactory theoretical solution. For this reason, the project must be properly rooted in the economic literature. The candidate should demonstrate basic knowledge of topic-related literature. He/She should also envisage their expected contribution to the literature and indicate what interesting research questions have not received an adequate answer.

It is relatively easy to recognize a project, which is not adequately rooted in the literature. The author should outline his/her dissertation like no one before has recognized certain problems or could not solve them. It cannot be ruled out that sometimes such a feeling can be justified, but usually the reality is different. Similar or even the same questions have already been posed, but the author of the project is not able to detect.

After selecting the subject of the dissertation, doctoral student should put forth hypotheses. These are statements that as a result of research should be confirmed, or negated. A common mistake made in particular by inexperienced researchers is formulating hypotheses that are unfalsifiable, that is impossible to refuse. That is, there is no a real situation in which one could find evidence negating such hypothesis. Even if we sense that the hypothesis is true, we should have a concept of empirical analysis or experiment, in which – certain circumstances – the hypothesis could be negated.

Again, it is relatively easy to recognize which hypothesis is not falsifiable. Such statement is impossible to overthrow by means of any empirical analysis or experiment. A statement – even if interesting – is not suitable as the subject of scientific inquiry because it cannot be resolved with scientific methods.

After posing (falsifiable) hypothesis the candidate needs to check whether it is possible to collect data within four year period, by means of which the hypothesis could be tested. Data availability is often one of the most troublesome obstacles on the path to verify the economic theories. The reasons are many. Data can be aggregated to a level that makes it impossible to check the behaviour of economic agents. Data from different countries or periods may not be comparable due to diverging definitions. Some information is protected by trade secret. Finally, there is also data whose exact measurement is difficult or even impossible given the current state of knowledge. Therefore, students should be careful of posing hypotheses that are deemed to an uncertain or long-term verification. We expect doctoral student to have some awareness in the matter of data. He/She should know whether the needed data is available, or will he/she have to gather them him/herself (e.g. by gathering questionnaires from economic entities); or will trade secrets not pose a barrier or there will be practical impossibilities. Feasible projects cannot be based on data, whose availability was not even initially investigated. Doctoral students participating in larger research programs have an easier task because data collection is no longer just their problem. In other cases, doctoral students should be aware of resources that can be used for this purpose.

The last – but by no means least important – element of the doctoral dissertation is methodology. Scientific work is distinguished from journalism and popular writings by the use of rigorous research procedure.  It should be immediately stipulated that economic science employs various research approaches, not all of which require mathematics. For example, a project in the field of economic history does not have to use a formal model. It is expected, however, that it will comply with the requirements applicable to historical works including basing it on primary rather than secondary sources of information. On the other hand, it is difficult to imagine a project on inflation and international trade, which would neglect strict measurement of key variables necessary for avoiding formalization.

Many economists cannot imagine verification of scientific hypothesis without the use of a statistical model. Construction and testing of such a model makes it much easier to make inferences, but it is not a sine qua non “scientific" research procedure. Preference for statistical models is justified by practical means. With such a model it is relatively easily to accurately build arguments, however, it is also possible without it, but more difficult and less resistant to the concerns of the critics.

In summary this advice, requirements for doctoral dissertation can be summarized as follows. A candidate for the doctoral student should present an outline of the study (1) in accordance with scientific competence developed at WNE UW, (2) duly rooted in the economic literature, (3) concentrated around major research hypothesis whose verification can be performed (4) based on realistic available data and (5) with the use of adequate scientific method.

Procedure for opening doctoral degree

Legal basis:

  1. Act of 14 March 2003 on the academic degrees and academic titles and on degrees and title in arts (Journal of Laws No. 65, item 595 as amended).
  2. Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 30 October 2015 on detailed rules and conditions for carrying out activities in the procedures for doctoral degrees and habilitation and for awarding the title of professor (Journal of Laws of 2015, item 1842, as amended)

The condition for opening a doctoral degree is to have published or accepted for publication a scientific book or at least one scientific publication in a refereed journal at least of national range determined by the minister responsible for science, or in reviewed report of the international scientific conference (art. 11.2 of the Act of 14 March 2003).

The Candidate should submit:

  • Application to the Dean with a request to initiate a doctoral degree (example)
  • The original or a certified copy of the document stating of the master degree.
  • Personal questionnaire (form)
  • The proposed topic and idea of dissertation with an indication of the field and discipline (economics)
  • A list of scientific works and information about activities of popularizing science
  • Information whether the candidate has already applied for granting doctoral degree in the same discipline.

Additional documents may be attached:

  • Certificate confirming the knowledge of a foreign language
  • An application for permission to present a doctoral dissertation in a language other than Polish.

The PhD dissertation should offer a genuine solution to the scientific problem and demonstrate a general theoretical knowledge of the candidate in a given discipline.
The doctoral dissertation may take the form of a book manuscript, a book published or thematically coherent collection of articles published or accepted for publication in the scientific journals determined by the minister responsible for science, if it meets the conditions set out in para 1 of the Act of 14 March 2003.

PhD student submits doctoral dissertation in 5 hard copies and in one pdf file on CD.
Each copy shall include a Summary in English and Polish.



University of Warsaw can provide accommodation for incoming doctoral students, but it should be noted that there is a limited amount of student boarding houses and University Hotels, therefore the accommodation depends on apartment/room availability.

There are two possibilities to apply for a help or booking: through the Office for Doctoral and Postgraduate Studies or via Zarzad Samorzadu Doktorantow (Doctoral Students Government).

The former is following:

  • The Office for Doctoral and Postgraduate Studies can send an application to the University of Warsaw Hotel “HERA” depending on apartment availability (Belwederska street 26/30, phone: 22 5531004, 22 5531001, 3|qaOg/sQdxLDu8]0iHX~AwZ]#[vbdCBM*YD\5*!cES'r*9tJhG).
  • In some instances there is also a possibility of sending an application by our office to Hotel “SOKRATES” (the Hotel provides apartments mainly for University staff). 


The latter is as follows:

  • Zarzad Samorzadu Doktorantow (Doctoral Students Government) collects applications for accommodations – documents attached
  • since 7th July to 30th July 2015 to be sent by the PhD students 
  • since 3rd August to 13th September 2015 to be sent by the Candidates for PhD students

A place for PhD student can be awarded in double room.

Application (wniosek) should be provided personally or submitted by traditional post.

Applications sent  by email  will not be accepted.

Part with information about income should  be skipped by the Foreigners.


Address for sending application: 

Biuro Zarzadu Samorzadu Doktorantow 

Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

Ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 24

00-927 Warszawa 



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Contact details

Ph.D. Students' Office (programmes taught in English):
Faculty of Economic Sciences,
University of Warsaw
ul. Dluga 44/50,
00-241 Warsaw, Poland

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