Framework programme of doctoral   studies at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and  Informatics at Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT) – including a supplement for  the “InterPhD2” (POWER) programme

  • The doctoral education programme consists of:
    • doctoral study programme outlined in this document,
    • independent research, which is conducted within a scientific group of a supervisor who is also  responsible for the organization of this research including the provision of funding to cover  research expenses.
  • The doctoral programme prepares students to pursue the profession of an academic teacher or a researcher  and leads to the achievement of learning outcomes, understood as the  qualifications at level 8 of the Polish Qualifications Framework specified in the Act of 22 December 2015 on the Integrated Qualification System (Journal of Laws of 2016, items 64 and 1010 and 2017 item 60).
  • In particular the doctoral educational programme  prepares a PhD student to
    •  conducting independent research;
    •  participation in research  and  cooperation within  research teams,  on local, national  and  international scale;
    •  preparation and publishing of  a scientific publication in a form of a book or in a form  at least one scientific paper  in a recognized peer-reviewed scientific journal or in a form  peer-reviewed report at  an international scientific conference;
    • teaching at university level;
    • passing  doctoral examinations and submitting a  doctoral dissertation written   under the supervision of a thesis supervisor or a thesis supervisor and a co-supervisor / a second supervisor / an auxiliary supervisor;
    •  participating in the life of the scientific community in the country and abroad.
  • The framework  programme is divided into modules that correspond to the learning outcomes  defined in the  Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education  of 10 February 2017  regarding  doctoral education in higher education and research entities.
  • Within each module there is a minimum and a maximum number of ECTS points that a student is expected to gain.
  • Within  selected modules there are obligatory components.  
  • To complete the study  programme a student has to get from 32 to 45 ECTS credits (from 38 ECTS credits  in the InterPhD2 programme) , successfully complete the obligatory components and get a minimum number credits within each module or activity.
  • Upon a written application, supported and commented on by students’ advisor, the head of the PhD programme may accept deviations  from the framework programme.



 ECTS - credits


Description indicating obligatory components





I)  Basic courses related to the field of science/technology 









Compulsory courses may be different for each field of science – each course is 2 to 3 ECTS credits for 15 hours of classes.




II) Focused courses or workshops or  research internships corresponding to the research area



- Elective courses or activities related to student’s thesis (from  2 to 3 ECTS for 15 hours)


(guided self-study courses are permitted if they are equivalent to at least 30 hours – for the  maximum of  4 ECTS credits)


- Research internships  (lasting more than 2 weeks) in an external research institution or a  research laboratory   (the number of ECTS credits to be assigned by  the head of the PhD programme  -the  maximum of  5   ECTS for an internship lasting for at least one semester),


-  trainings, workshops  and summer schools

(a summer school should comprise   at least  15 hours of lectures - the number of ECTS credits to be assigned by the , the head of the PhD programme  -the  maximum for  a summers school is 2ECTS credits)


The maximum number of  ECTS credits  for  internships, training workshops and summer schools is 5 ECTS  credits)

III) Courses aimed at the development of teaching/professional or transferable skills





- activities and classes developing  transferable (soft)  skills

-  classes developing teaching skills covering methodology and teaching  delivery methods including new media - 

(this component  is compulsory,   minimum 15h, and 5 ECTS) 

-  classes related to IPR  

-  classes related to a chosen auxiliary field of science  


(The head of the doctoral studies may decide on certain classes to be obligatory). Classes should be selected primarily from the list of common courses  for this module published each year by the Department of Scientific Affairs)

It is also possible to suggest an alternate  class/activity – these are to be approved by a student’s advisor and the head of the doctoral studies) 



IV) Activities developing skills needed for presenting the research results and participation international   research




Research seminars in English -  min. 4  ECTS,  max. 6 ECTS

  • PhD  seminar or   Faculty’s doctoral  workshop up to 30 hours  - as a participant – 2 ECTS – compulsory component ,


  • Focused PhD Seminar   no 1  or   Faculty’s doctoral  workshop  (up to  15 hours)  – 2 ECTS) –  presentation of own research results is required. A compulsory component , 


  • Focused PhD Seminar   no 2  or   Faculty’s doctoral  workshop  (up to  15 hours)  – 2 ECTS) –  presentation of own research results is required. – the second seminar is optional . 


Research papers[*]  - min. 5 and  max. 10 ECTS  credits (with a minimum 1 and maximum 4 ECTS for conference papers) 


  • Papers in JCR journals  (in English)   -  4 ECTS,[†] 
  • Papers in journals listed on  Ministry’s list B  (in English)   -  2 ECTS ,
  • Conference papers (in English)  – 2 ECTS ,  only for conferences listed in   ISI Web of Science/Scopus/DBLP, 
  • Conference papers (in English)   – 1 ECTS, 
  • Other conference or journal publications – 0,5 ECTS.






Teaching  [‡]

Year I:   30  hours per year  assisting in teaching

Years II-IV - min. 60 hours,   max. 90 hours  teaching (laboratories/recitations/practicals)








Supplementary MSc level courses



no ECTS credits

90 or 180 h.

Supplementary  MSc level courses:  obligatory for students who obtained their MSc degree in the field of science  that is different than the one that they chose for PhD  (90h. for the  graduates  of Faculty of  ETI  and 180h for the graduated of other faculties.



[*]Excluding  conference abstracts. If a  publication is co-authored by several PhD students, the number of ECTS  credits is divided by the number  of PhD  students. 

[†] ECTS  credits are awarded by evaluating the floor function  of the accumulated points for publications with a maximum of 10 ECTS credits. Unless a student applies earlier, the ETCS credits are awarded at the end of semester 8.    

[‡]  Applies only to students who are not employed as teaching assistants at GUT. (Students who are also employed teaching assistants  at GUT are not required to take part in the additional  teaching activities specified by in the framework programme.


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