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Since 1992, GSSR has been the PhD school of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In the academic year 2019-2020, under the provisions of the new law on higher education and science, GSSR became the home of two additional institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences: the Institute of Psychology and the Institute of Political Studies.

Post-graduate education at GSSR is the foundation of a PhD from one of three Polish Academy of Sciences institutes – IFiS, IP, and IPS. GSSR students have the option of obtaining a PhD in one of four disciplines: Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, and Political Science. Admissions to Philosophy are suspended for the academic years 2023/2024 and 2024/2025.

The PhD program lasts four years – the maximum period for such a program normally allowed by Polish law (limited additional time is permitted for students interrupting their studies for various reasons specified in Ministerial regulations).