International Doctoral School

International Doctoral School of TUL

Regulations for the International Doctoral School (IDS) at Lodz University of Technology

§1. Introductory Provisions

The International Doctoral School (IDS) at Lodz University of Technology (TUL) was established by the Rector of the Lodz University of Technology on 18 December 2013.

The IDS offers science and technology doctoral programs that can be conducted in the following units at TUL:

    Faculty of Mechanical Engineering,
    Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering,
    Faculty of Chemistry,
    Faculty of Material Technologies and Textile Design,
    Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences,
    Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering,
    Faculty of Technical Physics, Information Technology and Applied Mathematics,
    Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering,
    Institute of Papermaking and Printing.

Participating in the International Doctoral School at TUL and completing doctoral training leads to obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD).

A doctoral program within IDS is planned for 4 years.

Participants of IDS are called doctoral or IDS students.

This document describes admission procedures, organization of the School, and rights and obligations of doctoral students.

For provisions regulating terms and conditions concerning participating in PhD Schools established at different faculties at TUL refer to „Regulamin Studiów Doktoranckich w Politechnice Łódzkiej” passed by the Senate of TUL on 30 May 2012.

§2. Admission Procedure

1. Admission into IDS takes place on a continuous basis. The admission procedure comprises two stages.
2. In the first stage, a candidate for the IDS participant contacts the director of the School and sends application documents that include:

  • CV,
  • a copy of Master of Science (or equivalent) diploma,
  • transcript of records,
  • motivation letter (max. 1 page),
  • letter of recommendation.

At this stage a candidate is expected to examine a list of projects offered at IDS and published on the IDS web page and contact a supervisor assigned to a selected project. A supervisor interviews a candidate via internet or in person. The overall qualifications of the applicant are judged based on the application documents and the interview. The director of the IDS together with the supervisor makes a decision to admit a candidate to the second stage of the admission procedure.

3. The second stage includes an interview with the candidate in the presence of a Selection Committee including: the director of the IDS, a supervisor, and the other representative of the supervisor’s faculty. The interview is held at TUL. The aim of the interview is to confirm sufficient scientific qualifications of the applicant and his/her communication skills in English. The other purpose is to discuss research experience and interests of a candidate. An offer of admission to the IDS is made by the Selection Committee. The offer includes the affiliation of a candidate to a specific research group.

§3. Organization of IDS

1. After admission to IDS a supervisor together with a doctoral student set up a list of supplementary courses necessary to be completed by the student prior to commencing of the research project.

2. After fulfillment of the requirements described in a separate document an IDS student may apply for admission to one of a PhD Schools at TUL. A student admitted to a PhD School is removed from the list of IDS participants.

3. Participation in the IDS terminates after obtaining a PhD degree. A PhD degree is conferred on a candidate after fulfillment of the requirements listed in the Polish "Law on Higher Education", i.e. after

  • passing required doctoral examinations;
  • submitting and defending a PhD thesis written in English and supplemented with an abstract written in Polish.

4. After consulting a supervisor a director of the IDS can make a decision to terminate the student’s participation in IDS if conditions described in the contract agreement are met. In particular this may happen due to:

  • a lack of progress in the research work,
  • failures to submit progress reports,
  • delays in paying tuition fees,
  • violation of ethical standards in carrying out research work.

5. Each IDS participant is required to submit annual progress reports approved by a supervisor. Reports should describe the scientific activities of the participant in the reporting period.

6. IDS offers general courses (e.g. Academic Writing and Scientific Communication) and specialized subjects related to disciplines studied by IDS participants. A list of offered courses is announced at the beginning of the academic year and is tailored to the needs and interests of the IDS participants.

§4. Rights of IDS student

An IDS student is entitled to:

  1. attending all undergraduate or graduate courses offered at TUL being in the scope of his/her interest,
  2. an access to infrastructure available at TUL needed to conduct a PhD research project,
  3. using sport facilities available at TUL,
  4. using library resources of TUL,
  5. an office space with an access to internet.

§5. Obligations of IDS student

An IDS student is obliged to:

  1. attend courses included in his/her individual doctoral program approved by a director of the IDS and a supervisor of the student,
  2. submit yearly reports of progress where he/she presents obtained research results,
  3. pay tuition fees as regulated by the contract signed by the IDS student and TUL.