Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR)

Szkoła Nauk Społecznych


Nowy Świat 72
00-330 Warsaw, Poland

phone + 48 22 657 28 78

The Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR) at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences educates students at the postgraduate level. We offer programmes with the possibility of obtaining a British Master of Arts degree from Lancaster University, one of Britain’s leading universities, as well as doctoral studies. In 2019 under the provisions of the new law on higher education and science, the GSSR became the home of a new doctoral school with our partner Institutes in the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institutes of Psychology, and Political Studies. Doctoral students recruited to the three Institutes are now members of a single interdisciplinary doctoral school. They will still defend their theses to be awarded doctorates in one of the four disciplines (philosophy, political studies, psychology, or sociology). Nevertheless, they will enjoy the benefits of working in a broader interdisciplinary environment.

We offer high academic standards, close links to leading Polish research institutions, and the individual attention of our faculty members. Our programmes are intended to appeal to students with creative and independent minds ready not only for an intensive accumulation of knowledge but also for a critical way of viewing existing interpretations and conceptions. We expect our students to be intellectually open-minded and full of new ideas. When they leave, our graduates have research and analytical skills equipping them for careers in academic, professional, and public life.

Students who successfully complete one of three ‘tracks’ of our postgraduate programme following the British system of education have the possibility of being awarded one of three diplomas by Lancaster University: Master of Arts in Society and Politics; Master of Arts in Economy and Society; or Master of Arts in Culture, Media and Society.

Alumni of our postgraduate programme are eligible to continue to the doctoral school. They must, however, complete the usual application procedure. 

It is, of course, possible to apply directly to the GSSR to begin the first year of your doctoral studies in Philosophy, Political Studies, Psychology, or Sociology.

The PhD programme lasts four years – the maximum period for such a programme usually allowed by Polish law (limited additional time is permitted for students interrupting their studies for various reasons). PhD students follow individual programmes of study under the guidance of supervisors chosen from among leading Polish academics. PhD students also have the opportunity to spend some time studying at a university in another EU country within the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme.

All (ie regardless of citizenship) applicants accepted to the doctoral school receive a stipend and are not required to pay fees.


Facts & figures

  • Established in 1992
  • Part of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (rated A+ by the Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education)
  • Lancaster University is one of Britain’s top ten Universities
  • Students from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa
  •  Available full scholarships for Phd applicants


  • MA Programme
    phone: (48 22) 657-27-08; e-mail:

    PhD Programme phone: (48 22) 657-28-78; e-mail: