PhD in Social and economic geography and spatial management


Area of Studies

business studies and management sciences



Degree (in English)


  • English
Course Duration

4 years (8 semesters)

ECTS points



UPWr Doctoral School

Tuition and Other Fees


Application Deadline(s)

July each year

Course Description

Course Profile

What is the UPWr Doctoral School?

We emphasise self-development and problem-solving skills to teach our students to approach their work with an open mind and innovative methods. Such an approach allows us to shape open and innovative researchers who will enter the world of international science by conducting groundbreaking research.



The school’s programme of education has been developed by its leading scientists to ensure that you as a PhD student get the best that the university has to offer. The interdisciplinary programme involves research with the direction and guidance of a selected supervisor and publishing research findings in the best international journals. The school encourages participation in training courses, and scientific conferences. At the Doctoral School, young scientists are required to do at least one international research internship during the programme.


PhD in Social and economic geography and spatial management

Possible research topics comprise of the following areas: social and environmental systems, management of natural resources, ecological footprint, ecosystem services, local government, sustainable development, measuring quality of life, the circular economy, local food, demographic changes, IT systems for spatial and economic analysis, social data science.


How do I finance my PhD?

There is no tuition fee for PhD studies. As an international PhD student, you are granted a monthly scholarship of at least 1000 euro for covering all living expenses. Additionally, you may receive funds for research projects or for publishing scientific articles in recognized journals.


How is the research environment?

UPWr allows you to become part of the Wrocław international scientific community, setting you on the track to a successful career at any university in the world. Our individual “one-to-one; master – student” approach helps to shape each student’s career path.


How can I apply?

Please check the list of possible research topics which are listed on our website, then contact the supervisor to agree on the details.

The application period usually starts in April and lasts till July. You will be asked to provide all documents proving your education and scientific achievements. Afterwards, the interviews are conducted with each candidate.

Education Requirements

You must hold at least a master’s degree in a relevant field.

Other Requirements

A candidate for the PhD student of the UPWr Doctoral School should contact a potential supervisor to discuss the subject and scope of the PhD dissertation.

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