The BioPlanet Doctoral School offers the Ph.D. degree program in Biological Sciences and in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The School has been established jointly by four institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences: the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS (the leading member), the Institute of Paleobiology PAS, the Mammal Research Institute PAS, and the Institute of Parasitology PAS.

The Institutes contributing to the BioPlanet Doctoral School carry out interdisciplinary research concerning problems at the interface of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences, at a high international level.

Our well-balanced curriculum offers unparalleled opportunities for gaining knowledge on the selected issues of Biology, Paleobiology and Biogeology. The interdisciplinary profile of the doctoral program in our School and renowned scientists provide students with in-depth training in the broad area of Natural Sciences and the understanding of fundamental biological and evolutionary processes of the living world.

The BioPlanet Doctoral School offers Ph.D. dissertation topics in Zoology, Ecology, Parasitology, Paleobiology/Paleontology, biomineralization, and evolution of invertebrates (mainly insects) and vertebrates (mainly reptiles, birds, and mammals), and in other topics concerning Geology, Biology, and Environmental Sciences. Ph.D. applicants may also suggest the topics for dissertations in consultation with prospective advisors.

The program takes four years to complete and should result in submitting doctoral dissertation.


Applicants should have general knowledge of the broadly understood field of Natural or Earth Sciences (when the selected topic concerns Paleontology/Geology), and a good command of English, on a level sufficient for a Ph.D. dissertation preparation (upon submitting the dissertation we require language competency certificate at least on B2 level). Detailed requirements are to be found in the notice of recruitment.