Doctoral School

Doctoral School of the Military University of Technology

The Doctoral School of the Military University of Technology is the first doctoral school in higher military education in Poland. This is a new formula for the structured training of doctoral candidates introduced into the higher education system under the provisions of the Act – Law on Higher Education and Science. It replaced the gradually phased-out (until 2023) doctoral studies (third-level studies). 


The WAT Doctoral School creates the conditions for national and international exchanges, to provide a supportive evaluation PhD student and a space for integration,  entrepreneurship and individual’s initiatives. After graduating from the WAT Doctoral School and obtaining a doctorate degree, young scientists will be prepared to carry out research in interdisciplinary and international teams and analyze, present and publish the results of the research and investigations.


The MUT Doctoral School offer foreigner candidates education (in English) in following scientific disciplines:


  1. Engineering and Technical Sciences: Material Engineering
  2. Natural Sciences: Chemical Science


Lists of potential PhD thesis supervisors with proposed research topics for the 2022/2023 academic year


The process of education in the doctoral school lasts 8 semesters and is aimed at preparing the PhD student for the preparation of the doctoral dissertation and obtaining a Doctoral degree. It is conducted on the basis of the training program, including the Individual Education Program. Education at the Doctoral School ends with the submission of a doctoral dissertation. The WAT Doctoral School has one training program (curriculum) for doctoral students in all scientific disciplines. It includes at least 300 teaching hours and mines as standard. 20 hours of apprenticeships – a total of at least 30 ECTS credits. The training program  consist of:

  • general module for doctoral students of all scientific disciplines, with a total of 9 ECTS credits;
  • Individual Education Program IEP for a candidate with optional modules related to specific scientific disciplines, at least 200 hours each, to which at least 20 ECTS credits have been assigned;
  • traineeships in the form of teaching activities or participation in teaching activities of 20 to 180 hours – max. 60 hours per year from the third semester (according to the IEP) to which 1 ECTS point is assigned.


The doctoral student is obliged to pass general module and Individual Education Program. IEP is created by student in consultation with the mentor, from optional modules. The doctoral candidate selects subjects from the optional module assigned for specific scientific discipline. In this way IEP is very flexible and is tailored for the specific need of student’s IRP. Optional activities may also include subjects from the other module from different scientific disciplines, optional subjects outside the university in a national or foreign scientific institution and other forms of education (traineeships, traineeships, training, applications, etc.) carried out in and outside the WAT.

Individual research plan

Individual Research Plan IRP, which is a plan for the doctoral student to conduct scientific research aimed at preparing a doctoral dissertation, which is his kind of "scientific road map" and the type of contract between: doctoral student – doctoral school – supervisor. The Individual Research Plan is developed by a PhD student in collaboration with the supervisor (assistance supervisor, if appointed) within 12 months of the start of the training in university. It contains in particular, the subject, concept and scope of the doctoral dissertation, the timetable for its preparation, including the date of its submission and the deadline for meeting other requirements laid down in the Law on Higher Education and Science. The IRP may also specify the place and date of the traineeship or study trip to a national or foreign university, the submission of a paper, the preparation and submission of a grant application and the issue of scientific publications. 

Scientic care

The scientific care of the PhD students and the preparation of the their doctoral dissertation is carried out under support of the mentor-supervisor, who serve also as a guide throughout 8 semester structured training. The scientific care provided by the mentors includes, in particular, participation in the preparation and ongoing monitoring of the implementation of IEP and IRP, carrying out a semester evaluation of student’s scientific development. Mentors are appointed during the first three months of education at the WAT Doctoral School. Within 30 calendar days of the start of the academic year, the doctoral student shall apply to the relevant scientific discipline council for the designation of a mentor (or auxiliary mentor). The doctoral student may make a preliminary selection of the mentor and the research topic from the offer of the WAT Doctoral School. Lists of potential mentors from among academic teachers the highest scientific and didactic qualifications, leading research teams and projects, are prepared by Scientific Discipline Councils.  


In addition, the experienced personnel of the WAT Doctoral School provides assistance for candidates in process of education and research organization application for financial support (scholarship, grants etc.), students exchange program and supports the Doctoral Government.  

Contact details

Doctoral School Office 
building 135, room 5.10 (V floor)
Szkoła Doktorska WAT
ul. gen. Sylwestra Kaliskiego 2B
00-908 Warszawa
phone +48 261 837 132