Ph.D. Blended

Social and Economic Geography, Land Management

Pedagogical University of Krakow

48 months
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The Social and Economic Geography, Land Management programme is free of charge irrespective of country of origin. Each doctoral student receives a monthly scholarship to cover the costs of living. It is addressed both to students planning an academic career as well as those who treat PhD studies as an opportunity for personal development and a factor aimed at improving a professional career. 


Possible subject areas for a PhD project include:

1. Labour geography, in particular: 

  • transition processes on the labour market of university graduates; 
  • human functioning on the labour market in different regions of Poland and the world and in changing socio-political-economic conditions;
  • vocational typologies and their impact on socio-economic development in selected regions of the world
  • conditions of educational labour market in Poland and in the world

2. Research on the concept and optimization of geographical education at school and academic level, including primarily:

  • tutoring in geographical education
  • quality of education in higher education
  • working with pupil/student with special educational needs
  • specification of geography teachers' careers
  • effectiveness of new teaching-learning methods and strategies

3. Methodological innovations in social geography, mainly in the field of:

  • methods and techniques of social qualitative research
  • methods of qualitative primary and secondary data analysis

4. Socio-demographic transformations in Poland and in the world, in particular:

  • the process of aging of the population
  • fertility behaviour
  • internal migration of population
  • suburbanisation and reurbanisation processes
  • functional and spatial relationships in functional urban areas

5. Spatial development of cities.

6. Contemporary transformations of industry and services.

7. Creating a tourist destination product.

8. Impact of tourism on socio-economic development of the destination and its inhabitants, including the phenomena of overtourism, undertourism.

9. Competitiveness and sustainable development of tourist destinations.

10. Influence of tourism on development of selected mountain regions

11.Shaping the image and/or brand of a destination.

12. The importance of network cooperation in the construction of competitive tourist products.

Programme Structure

The doctoral training at the Pedagogical University of Krakow consists of:

1) The Study Program (available here:, which includes

a) courses in general academic skills 

b) research methodology courses

c) specialist courses or workshops

d) elective intedisciplinary courses.

Courses are taught mostly in English. If a course is not taught in English, international doctoral students receive individual instructions and tutoring. 

Additionally, doctoral students participate in conferences and academic exchanges, publish articles, practice teaching, practice research skills at other universities in Poland and abroad.

2) The individual research plan, which is prepared by the doctoral student in cooperation with their supervisor(s) and implemented over the course of studies, with end-of-semester reports. The research plan leads to the submission of a doctoral dissertation.


Each instructor must prove significant experience in the subject they teach, as well as an international research dossier in the discipline. 

PhD supervisors are appointed strictly on the basis of their research competence and experience in the area of the doctoral student’s project. Where justified, a second supervisor may be appointed from another Polish or foreign university.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • July 1-September 3: online registration and project submission
  • September 22: interviews
  • September 23: final results







Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

1) The MA or equivalent degree gives you the right to pursue doctoral training in a doctoral school in Poland if it fulfils at least one of the following criteria:

  • it gives access to doctoral studies or gives right to start doctoral proceedings in the country where it was obtained;
  • it confirms completion of a joint programme provided by foreign higher education institutions and gives access to doctoral studies or gives right to start doctoral proceedings in at least one of the country in the education of which it was provided is recognized on the basis of an international agreement.

2) An academic degree (MA) awarded by an authorized institution operating in the education system of one of the EU, EFTA, OECD countries is recognized as equivalent to the appropriate Polish one. It may also be recognized on the basis of an international agreement or, if there is no such agreement, by way of nostrification. 

Tuition Fee

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    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 48 months.

The programme is free of charge irrespective of country of origin. Each student receives a monthly scholarship (min 450 EUR) to cover the costs of living. 

Living costs for Kraków

2000 - 3400 PLN /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


On top of the monthly subsistence scholarship, doctoral students can benefit from:

1) The Doctoral School's research fund (conferences, materials, publications, research stays). 

2) Echange programs, including ERASMUS +.

3) External grant programs, including those offered by Poland's governement agencies (NCN, NAWA).

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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