Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR)

Szkoła Nauk Społecznych


Nowy Świat 72
00-330 Warsaw, Poland

phone + 48 22 657 28 78

The Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR) at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences educates students at the postgraduate level. We offer programmes with the possibility of obtaining a British Master of Arts degree from Lancaster University, one of Britain’s leading Universities, as well as doctoral studies. 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. Doctoral students recruited to the three Institutes to begin their studies in the academic year 2019-20 will be members of a single interdisciplinary doctoral school. They will still defend their theses to be awarded doctorates in one of the four disciplines, but will enjoy the benefits of working in a broader interdisciplinary environment.

We offer high academic standards, programmes following the British system of education, close links to leading Polish social research institutions, and the individual attention of our faculty members. Our programmes are intended to appeal to students with creative and independent minds who are ready not only for an intensive accumulation of knowledge, but also for a critical way of viewing existing interpretations and conceptions. We expect our students to be intellectually open-minded and full of new ideas. When they leave our graduates have research and analytical skills in the social sciences/humanities equipping them for careers in academic, professional and public life.

Students who successfully complete one of three ‘tracks’ of our postgraduate programme have the possibility of being awarded one of three diplomas by Lancaster University: Master of Arts in Society and Politics; Master of Arts in Economy and Society; or Master of Arts in Culture, Media and Society.

Alumni of our postgraduate programme are eligible to continue on to the School’s PhD programmes. They must however complete the usual application procedure.

It is of course possible to apply directly to the GSSR to begin the first year of your doctoral studies in Philosophy, Political Studies, Psychology or Sociology.

The PhD programme lasts four years – the maximum period for such a programme normally allowed by Polish law (limited additional time is permitted for students interrupting their studies for various reasons). PhD students follow individual programmes of study under the guidance of supervisors chosen from among leading Polish academics. PhD students also have the opportunity to spend some time studying at a university in another EU country within the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme.

All (ie regardless of citizenship) accepted for doctoral studies starting in October 2019 will receive a stipend and will not be required to pay fees.

All applicants to the MA programme from non-EU neighbouring countries of Poland (i.e. Belarus, Russia and Ukraine) will be considered for a full scholarship funded by the GSSR.


Facts & figures

  • Established in 1992
  • Part of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (rated A+ by the Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education)
  • Lancaster University is one of Britain’s top ten Universities
  • Students from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa
  • Available full scholarships for applicants from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia


  • MA Programme
    phone: (48 22) 657-27-08; e-mail:

    PhD Programme phone: (48 22) 657-28-78; e-mail: