Comparative Literature, Ph. D.

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  • 48 months
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Jagiellonian University ,
Comparative Literature, a 4-year PhD programme in English for foreigners and Polish students is an innovative offer aimed at young humanists from around the world, who are interested in gaining a dual doctoral degree (from the Jagiellonian University and an American/European university) based on integrating the research on the most current trends of contemporary cultural studies with interests in Polish and Central European literature.
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The aim of the dual Comparative Literature Ph. D. programme at the Jagiellonian University is raising a challenge to the existing methods and ways of running courses on the tertiary level of education. Contemporary PhD programmes usually concentrate on studying a selected discipline. CASH places an emphasis on studying certain themes and problems. The formula of the 4-year cycle was planned in such a manner that students might freely develop in the international, multicultural and multilingual environment, which will enlarge their intellectual and life experience.

Teaching guidelines:

We are interested in researching literature in its two basic aspects: as a single creative act and in institutional involvement. The approach turns university teaching into the space of emotional and intellectual engagement of students, who can discover their own academic and existential dilemmas in the discussion on literature.

The idea of introducing a tripartite module of interpretation of literature in the place of a traditional curriculum based on particular disciplines (or subdisciplines) is connected with the need to depart from the traditional university model based on a rigid division of faculties and the construction of a new open model preparing young humanists for a competent research and forming a modern formula of "humanitas".

Semester Abroad Option

The Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities also offers a study abroad doctoral programme in comparative literature for students who are already PhD candidates in other institutions of higher education, either in Poland or abroad. The tuition fee is $5000 per semester.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The CASH PhD program is connected with changing the relationship between existing disciplines in the humanities, and consequently with the change of structure of university teaching aimed at the youngest researchers in literature and culture. Our presupposition is that literature – as one of the most significant instruments in human self-reflection – can form the centre of the university education in the humanities. We understand, however, that there is no single, obligatory definition of literature, hence the limits of the study of literature are flexible and surrender to the constant work of definition. Thus the thematic structure of study and the curriculum of the dual PhD program will adhere to the following modules:

  • Literature
  • Media
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

Human being defines himself incessantly by referring to the past, by constant renewal of attempts to represent the world and by participation in the public sphere. By making a literary text the point of departure for humanistic reflection we open literature not only to other disciplines – history, art history, philosophy, psychology – but also to existence and politics. For literature is not a set of texts detached from reality, but a dynamic instrument of cultural community formation, which draws on various experiences and is expressed in different languages.

Candidates eligible to apply for the programme are the holders of a higher education diploma (Magister degree or its foreign equivalent) in any field.

Diamentowy Grant grantees who are not holders of of the Magister title are also eligible to apply for the programme, provided they are students in or graduated from one of the fields specified above.

English is the language of instruction of the whole study programme.

Qualification rules

Ranking lists will be prepared on the basis of the following criteria, translated into a specific number of points:

  1. outline of a research project; character of the proposed doctoral thesis and its possible practical application is evaluated during the admission process, graded on 0–100 scale and weighted at 50%;
  2. an interdisciplinary essay that reviews a literary text within a broad philosophical and cultural context, graded on 0–100 scale and weighted at 30%;
  3. the course of studies leading to the conferral of Magister (Master) degree (with special emphasis on academic achievements, publications) graded on 0–100 scale and weighted at 20%.
Admission procedure information

After receiving documents submitted by the candidate, Faculty Admission Board reviews the essays and meets to evaluate other submitted document as stated above.

Final result calculation

The final qualification result is a number from 0 to 100, accurate to the second decimal place, reflected by the sum total of points earned in all parts of admission procedure.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 3200 International
  • EUR 3200 EU/EEA


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