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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 2016/2017 is 1900 Euro per semester + 200 Euro for the first year of the studies.


Available positions:



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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 / prof. zw. dr hab. Stanisław Proszyk,

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 / prof. zw. dr hab.Stanisław Proszyk,
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 / dr hab.Stanisław Proszyk,

Fire retardancy of wood through its surface modification

Combustion of natural polymers, wood and lignocellulosic materials (charring rate of wood); Chemistry of fire retardancy (fire retardancy of lignocellulosic boards and panels); Test methods (MFT, cone calorimeter test); Progress in fire retardants for wood and lignocellulosics; Preparation and characterization of flame retardant (solvent base and emulsion paints; wood surfaces coated with multifunctional alkoxysilanes by sol-gel deposition; wood surface modification with alkoxy- and aminosilanes, polyphosphatic carbamate, silanes and potassium carbonate, ceramic coating); Weatherability of fire coating.

prof. dr hab. Bartłomiej Mazela

7. 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 to estimate produced sugars will be elaborated.

dr hab. Elżbieta Lewandowska,

8. 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,


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