The Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR) at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences educates students in English at the postgraduate level.
In 2019 under the provisions of the new law on higher education and science, the GSSR became the home of a new doctoral school with our partner institutes in the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institutes of Psychology and of Political Studies.
We offer programmes giving the possibility of obtaining a British Masters degree from Lancaster University, as well as individual study programmes leading to a doctorate awarded by one of three Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences: the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, the Institute of Psychology or the Institute of Political Studies.
The School has a strongly international flavour. The majority of our students come from outside Poland, from Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. Courses are taught by visiting lecturers from universities both within and outside Poland.
Our commitment to international education is also a commitment to achieving the best international standards. GSSR is also the only Polish representative among the 32 institutions in the world eligible to receive students within the Civil Society Leadership Award Scheme. Our partnership with Lancaster University brings us within the scope of the British systems for ensuring academic standards and best practice (see a British MA ). Lancaster University has been named University of the Year 2018, and International University of the Year 2020 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide .
Doctoral students are expected to participate in one (or more) of the many research projects of the Institutes as they follow their individual programmes of study. Many of these projects involve international cooperation, such as the POLPAN project in cooperation with Ohio State University, or the Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life which enables exchange of GSSR students with the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy in Cologne. GSSR research grants are also available for the student’s own research.
The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology was again awarded the highest rating, A+, in the most recent (2017) evaluation by the Polish Ministry for Science and Higher Education’s Committee for Evaluation of Academic Units.
The Institute is a partner in Graduate SPIRIT , an EU Erasmus+ funded project with 8 other European graduate schools.