PhD Study


Curriculum of PULS PhD Studies  – 4 years of study
The Curriculum may be modified depending on the number of doctoral students.
The total number of teaching hours for courses, lectures and seminars from the first to the fourth year of studies is 214 hours, including 48 hours of obligatory and optional monograph lectures as well as 150 hours of courses and seminars and 16 hours of teaching traineeship.
I. Obligatory courses – the 1st year of studies
Pedagogics with elements of ethics – 16 h (8 h lectures/8 h workshops)
Philosophy of science – 16 h lectures
Methodology of empirical sciences – 8 h lectures
Statistics and experimentation – 16 h (8 h lectures/8 h workshops)
English language course – 30 h
Seminar – minimum 16 h/year

II. Monograph lectures – depending on thematic packages for individual Faculties
1st year of studies – 16 h obligatory lectures
2nd year of studies – 16 h obligatory lectures
3rd year of studies – 16 h optional lectures

III. Seminar
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year of studies – minimum 16 h/year                                       

IV. Teaching traineeship
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year of studies – 16 h/year



To register you have to send first via e-mail and, after having the acceptance from IRO, via post the following documents:

  • an application for admission to doctoral studies;
  • a copy of a university graduation diploma confirming the completion of graduate (2°) studies or regular M.Sc. studies granted in Poland or an authorised or apostille stamped diploma or another document confirming their graduation from a university abroad, which within three months from the beginning of their studies will be considered, on the power of regulations on validation of foreign diplomas or on the power of an international agreement, to be equivalent to the respective Polish diploma certifying the completion of graduate (2°) studies or regular M.Sc. studies, or authorising their holders to undertake doctoral studies in the Republic of Poland. The copy of the diploma needs to be supplemented with a copy of a register of courses taken with respective marks/grades received.
  • a document confirming the command of the English language at the minimum level B2 of the Common European Framework of References fir Languages or another equivalent document. Documents confirming command of the English language include also certificates, diplomas or other documents confirming completion of a secondary school abroad, in which classes were given in English;
  • a copy of their valid passport;
  • a Curriculum Vitae;
  • a characteristic of research activity and a list of scientific achievements;
  • two reference letters, characterising achievements of the candidate and indicating their predispositions for research activity;
  • a preliminary approval by the scientific supervisor from the Poznań University of Life Sciences together with the accepted research subject for the doctoral dissertation and information on funding for the research;
  • a frame project of PhD thesis with the schedule;
  • a medical examination certificate, stating a lack of objections to undertake doctoral studies;
  • 3 biometric passport photographs.



PULS PhD Studies tuition fees are specified each year by the PULS Rector.

Tuition for each year of study is paid as two semester tuition fees not later than:
- 31 of August of each academic year for the winter semester;
- the last day of February of each academic year for the summer semester.

The tuition for the academic year 2018/2019 is 1900 Euro per semester + 200 Euro for the first year of the studies.


Available positions:

The PhD studies in the field of Wood Technology focuses on the optimal use of the renewable lignocellulosic material both in classic and modern industries. Our education offer is exceptional because during PhD studies at our Faculty students will gain knowledge in the rage of

- chemical wood technology,

- mechanical wood technology,

- furniture design,

- biomaterials engineering.

PhD thesis proposals



Topic content

Supervisor (contact)

1. Reliability of wooden joints in skeletal structures Stress analysis in glue line. Strength and stiffness analyses of adhesive joints. Durability of wooden joints under static and dynamic loading. Reliability of wooden frames.

prof. dr hab. Jerzy Smardzewski

2. Design of lightweight honeycomb panels with auxetic core Modelling of auxetic honeycomb. Analysis of elastic properties of honeycomb. Numerical modelling of sandwich panels with auxetic core. Modelling of physical models. Testing of physical models of lightweight honeycomb panels with auxetic core.

prof. dr hab. Jerzy Smardzewski

3. Gluing of modified wood - characteristic of wood/veneer as material for gluing
- methods of modification of wood/veneers densification
- properties of modified wood/veneers
- characteristic of adhesives in liquid state
- interaction between non- and modified wood/veneer with adhesives
- strength and durability of glue lines
- resistance of glue lines after aging tests

dr inż. Tomasz Krystofiak

4. Gluability of some materials with wood and wood based products - characteristic of some materials
- specific of wood and wood based materials as substrate for gluing
- activation of surface before gluing
- characteristic of adhesives in liquid state
- processes of wettability and adhesion
- strength and durability of glue lines
- resistance of glue lines after aging tests
dr inż. Tomasz Krystofiak
5. Finishing of modified wood with lacquer products - characteristic of wood as material for finishing
- finishing of wood with conventional and UV lacquers
- comparison of economic-technological aspects of different systems of modified wood finishing
- aesthetic-decorative features of lacquer coatings
- wettability and adherence of lacquer coatings to substrates
- resistance of lacquer coatings to selected mechanical, thermal, and chemical factors
- resistance of lacquer coatings after aging test
dr inż. Tomasz Krystofiak
6. Kinetics of lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysis by cellulolytic enzymes of insects origin Efficiency of the hydrolysis process of lignocellulosic biomass catalysed by the cellulolytic enzymes from insects will be investigated. Some kinetic parameters of cellulolytic process will be calculated to determine progress of the reaction. Methods based on HPLC,UV-VIS, FTIR to estimate produced sugars will be elaborated.

dr Kinga Szentner,
dr hab inż. Izabela Ratajczak,

7. Phytoextraction of trace elements in different artificial and environmental systems Analysis of selected Salix taxa potential in phytoremediation of trace elements in model and environmental conditions. Salix cuttings cultivated in different systems (especially with other plants), generate changes in rhizosphere, what will be analyzed and in phytoremediation practice.

dr hab. Mirosław Mleczek / prof. dr hab. Piotr Goliński,


Defense strategies of tree and scrub species to heavy metals during phytoremediation

-mechanisms of plant response to soil pollution with toxic elements (heavy metal ions) including hormonal regulation of oxidative stress and metal detoxification

-analysis of key molecules/secondary metabolites involved in extraordinary resistance of some species to elevated level to toxic elements in soil

-determination of environmental factors adjusting plant survival and reducing metal toxicity rate and their impact on response mechanisms

dr Kinga Drzewiecka



Impact of metal-metal interactions on phenolic compounds in trees Phenolic compounds profile and their content in different tissue in tress under metal stress including interaction between metals and their effect on biosynthesis of phenolic compounds.

dr Monika Gąsecka,

prof. dr hab. Piotr Goliński,

10. Metal-metal interactions in modulation of trace and nutritional elements phytoextraction in trees Analysis of two tree species and role of mutual interactions between selected toxic element in natural phytoextraction process. Changes in nutritional elements content  being an effect of interactions will be analyzed.

dr hab. Mirosław Mleczek /

prof. dr hab. Piotr Goliński,

11. Characterisation of archaeological waterlogged wood by PY-GC/MS It is planned to apply the technique - pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS), to characterise waterlogged archaeological wood and to study degradation patterns of wood in natural environments. The technique will be applied to samples from the archaeological excavations and data will be compared to those relative to native sound wood of the same species. The method results valuable in the analysis of ancient wood artefacts, avoiding the long wet-chemical procedures that are commonly used in wood analysis, and allowing us to use a minimal sample size.

dr hab. Magdalena Zborowska



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