Comparative Literature, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
The aim of the dual Ph. D. Comparative Literature programme at 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.


The doctoral study programme in English reflects a new understanding of the relations between particular fields in the humanities and a new model of university education on a doctoral level. A traditional division into academic classes has been replaced by a fourfold structure which is the basis of the programme. The four paths (or leading subjects) are:

  • Literature (main subject)
  • Media
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

The idea behind such a structure reflects a growing need to revise the existing, strict university divisions into disciplines and sub-disciplines and to build a new open model. Throughout the four years of study the paths can be selected depending on the interests of doctoral students. The new formula is not meant to draw contrast and comparison between particular disciplines but to show a relational model of the humanities, which goes well beyond the existing subject divisions. It is based on a holistic approach adopted by many Western universities, which focus on studying culture as a whole.

  • Literature as a path refers to literary tradition from the earliest time up to now.
  • Media as a path refers to visual culture (fine arts, theatre, film)
  • Philosophy as path refers to an intellectual tradition encompassing philosophical, psychological, social and religious elements
  • Politics as a path refers to public sphere and public discourses

Doctoral students are required to complete all courses throughout the four years of study. In each semester the Centre offers a compulsory course within the literature path and an additional seminar within other paths. In the course of their studies doctoral students must earn 76 ECTS credits for classes and seminars. They may earn credits at a different JU faculty or even at a different (Polish or foreign) university if agreed upon by the head of the doctoral programme. To be able to take the final oral examination in the eight semester students are required to have all courses completed.

Doctoral students who come from other universities (exchange students or members Study Abroad programmes) or from other JU faculties may attend any class offered by the Centre on a fee-paying basis.

The programme lasts four years (8 semesters). To earn the doctoral tile students are required to earn 240 ECTS credits and defend their doctoral thesis. Classes they attend, formal intent to earn the doctoral title, doctoral thesis and the defense of doctoral thesis are all included in the total 240 ECTS credits.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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

  • outline of aresearch project; character of the proposed doctoral thesis and its possible practical application is evaluated during the admission process, graded on 0100scale and weighted at 50%;
  • an interdisciplinary essay that reviews aliterary text within abroad philosophical and cultural context, graded on 0100scale and weighted at 30%;
  • the course of studies leading to the conferral ofMagister(Master) degree (with special emphasis on academic achievements, publications) graded on 0100scale and weighted at 20%.

  • Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

    • EUR 12200 International
    • EUR 12200 EU/EEA


    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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