PhD in Economics

Full-time Doctorate Studies

Studies description

Faculty of Economic Sciences (WNE) conducts full-time doctorate 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 doctorate students (after consultations with their supervisor).

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

Doctorate 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 doctorate student profile is an ability to conduct didactic courses in all fundamental areas of economics and advanced courses in which they specialise.

PhD programme at the Faculty of Economic Sciences is a Math-oriented programme - for details please look at the curriculum.

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, The Head 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.


Applicants for doctorate studies are admitted in two rounds.

The first round applies to applicants, whose studies are paid.  The first round applicants submit scans of the required documents in pdf format to CnEzR%W7bIZ`BTdr4]#[7]%7Jp9DXAcF}Jmc{ by 5th May. Only Applicants with positively evaluated project proposals and project’s feasibility to carry out at the Faculty of Economic Sciences can initiate the recruitment procedure.

The second round is for the applicants who pay a tuition fee and for those who do not pay a tuition fee. Candidates applying during a second round of recruitment should submit the prospectus of a research project accepted and signed by a potential doctorate thesis supervisor. 

The right to study without paying a tuition fee is granted to the citizens of Poland, of the European Union Countries and member countries of the European Economic Area.

Admission requirements:

  • Registration of the candidate in the online IRK system
  • Submission of the required documents to the Dean’s Office (Faculty of Economic Sciences University of Warsaw, 00-241 Warsaw, 44/50 Długa Street, room B013).
  • Acceptance of the candidate to the doctorate studies based on evaluation of the submitted documents and the recruitment interview assessment.

Registration period in the IRK system

  • 1 June till 10 June (I round)
  • 1 September till 14 September (II round)

Deadline for submitting documents

  • until 10 June (I round)
  • until 14 September (II round)

For admission details see: Resolution No. 11 of the Faculty of Economic Sciences Council of the University of Warsaw of February 28th 2018 on the recruitment rules for doctoral studies in the 2018/2019 academic year

Required documents

  1. Recruitment application generated from IRK system (Internet Registration System),
  2. Master’s degree diploma or a certificate of estimated completion of studies (for students of a last year that complete their studies at abroad institutions),
  3. A transcript of records from studies containing an average score from I cycle and II cycle studies or uniform master studies,
  4. CV
  5. 3 current photographs of yourself, taken according to ID photographs standards
  6. Information on English language proficiency (a certificate confirming English language proficiency on at least B2 level or equivalent required. For candidates who completed studies conducted in English language such a certificate is not required),
  7. Personal questionnaire,
  8. Description of the candidate’s academic interests,
  9. Information on academic activity, especially about publications, participation in academic conferences, awards, internships, work in academic circles and other academic achievements,
  10. A prospectus of a research project that can be the basis of a doctorate thesis,
  11. In regard to candidates applying during a second phase of recruitment, the prospectus should be accepted and signed by a potential doctorate thesis supervisor and it should contain the supervisor’s opinion concerning the prospects of the proposed research,
  12. In case of International Candidates, a letter of request for admission to doctorate studies addressed to Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Quality of Education of the University of Warsaw (example).

For admission details see: Resolution No. 11 of the Faculty of Economic Sciences Council of the University of Warsaw of February 28th 2018 on the recruitment rules for doctoral studies in the 2018/2019 academic year

More on IRK system.


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 doctorate 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 June 2016 on detailed procedure and conditions for conducting activities in the doctorate, habilitation proceedings and proceedings on awarding the title of professor (Journal of Laws of 2016, item 882) must be fulfilled.

Financial Aid / Bursaries

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

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

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

Details in notes and regulations can be found on UW website 

Tuition Fees

International students are charged a fee:
- 4 500 Euro a year in 2016/2017
- 3 000 Euro a year in 2017/2018
- 200 Euro additional one-time payment

More information

Advice on preparing doctorate 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. Doctorate students, alike their supervisors, represent various methodological approaches. Therefore, there is no one scheme which must be followed in preparing doctorate dissertation. Doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate studies must make.

For many decades, economic sciences have been developing and the number of publications in this area is constantly experiencing rapid growth. Doctorate 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, doctorate 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 doctorate 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. Doctorate students participating in larger research programs have an easier task because data collection is no longer just their problem. In other cases, doctorate students should be aware of resources that can be used for this purpose.

The last – but by no means least important – element of the doctorate 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 doctorate dissertation can be summarized as follows. A candidate for the doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate degrees and habilitation and for awarding the title of professor (Journal of Laws of 2015, item 1842, as amended)

The condition for opening a doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate 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 doctorate 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 Doctorate and Postgraduate Studies or via Zarzad Samorzadu Doktorantow (Doctorate Students Government).

The former is following:

  • The Office for Doctorate 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, CnEzR%W7bIZ`BTdr4o]UX~N/]#['T4\EgRwUAqB}Bmh+xC6N-?v).
  • 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 (Doctorate 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 



Some info about dormitories:

Contact person

Monika Pomijan-Mróz

tel.: 22 55 49 167,
fax: 22 831 28 46,
e-mail: CnEzR%W7bIZ`BTdr4o]UX~]#[-_1h8l5$yAIFKJ\{tTS^Ik


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