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The Faculty of Health Sciences is authorized to grant doctoral degrees in the domain of Public Health

Regulations of proceedings for obtaining doctor’s degree:

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the Kochanowski University in Kielce obtained the authorization to grant the scientific degree of Doctor of Health Sciences based on the decision by the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of  26 October 2009.   

GENERAL PROVISIONS

§ 1.

  1. The scientific degree of Doctor of Health Sciences will be granted as a result of performing proceedings for obtaining a doctor’s degree, initiated at the request of a person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree. For the preliminary evaluation of doctoral dissertations, before starting the proceedings, a Scientific Committee will be appointed by the Dean. The task of the Committee will be evaluation of the standard of the doctoral dissertation, its methodological correctness, scientific and clinical usefulness, and the scientific achievements of the candidate.  The precondition for the initiation the proceeding for a doctor’s degree is the possession of a scientific publication which has been published or accepted for publication in book form, or at least one scientific publication included in the peer-reviewed journals of at least an all-Polish scope, specified by the Minister for the Matters of Science, based on the regulations concerning the financing of science, or in a peer-reviewed report  from an international scientific conference, providing in the evaluation of scientific units at least 8 scores by the Minister of Science and Higher Education.
  1. Actions within the proceedings for obtaining a doctor’s degree cover the following: the creation of a Doctoral Commission, initiation of the proceedings for obtaining a doctor’s degree, appointing a doctoral supervisor, appointing Examination Commissions for performing examinations in the main scientific domain, and an additional domain, a choice of the options being: philosophy or history of medicine, and a foreign modern language, preceding the public defence of a doctoral dissertation, appointment of reviewers, carrying out the public hearing, granting the scientific degree of a Doctor of Science, and optionally, distinction of a doctoral dissertation. The above-mentioned actions are completed with resolutions by the Faculty Council, except for those mentioned in § 1 Clause 3 of the Regulations.
  2. The authorizations for making the resolutions in the matter of acceptance of a doctoral dissertation, allowing for public defence, and acceptance of the public defence of proceedings for a doctor’s  degree,  is passed  by the Faculty Council to an appropriate Doctoral Commission appointed according to § 1 Clause 4, 5, 6 of the Regulations.
  3. For giving an opinion concerning the candidate’s application for the opening of proceedings for granting a doctor’s degree, and giving an opinion concerning the submitted documentation as its justification and preparation of the project of the Resolution by the Faculty Council in the matter of initiation of proceedings for granting a doctor’s degree, as well as the acceptance and performance of defence of doctoral dissertations, the Faculty Council appoints an appropriate Doctoral Commission. The Dean, in the form of a project of the Resolution, presents to the Faculty Council a proposal for the composition of the Commission, including at least 7 members of the Faculty Council representing the given or allied scientific discipline, indicating the candidate as a President.
  4. The Doctoral Commission includes at least 7 persons chosen by secret vote from among members of the Faculty Council, possessing the title of Professor or the degree of habilitated doctor in the given or allied scientific discipline. In addition, the Doctoral Commission includes the Dean and the Vice-Dean, and reviewers of the doctoral dissertation, also the doctoral supervisor or co-doctoral supervisor.
  5. The Faculty Council, by secret vote, selects a President, who prepares and supervises the course of formal actions related with the proceedings for obtaining a doctor’s degree.
  6. All resolutions and decisions by the Doctoral Commission are adopted by secret vote, by an absolute and overwhelming majority, in the presence of at least a half of the total number of Commission members.
  7. According to Clause 3, the members of the Faculty Council who possess the title of Professor or the degree of habilitated doctor are authorized to participate in voting. In addition, the persons authorized to vote are reviewers and the doctoral supervisor or co-doctoral supervisor.
  8. The doctoral supervisor may be the person who possesses the title of Professor or the degree of habilitated doctor within the given or allied scientific discipline.

 

INITITATION OF PROCEEDINGS FOR GRANTING A DOCTOR’S DEGREE

§ 2.

  1. The person applying for the granting of the scientific degree of a Doctor of Health Sciences submits to the Dean a written application for the initiation of proceedings for obtaining a doctor’s degree. A complete set of all the required documents is enclosed with the application (Annex 1).
  2. Based on the documentation submitted, the Dean passes the application to the Scientific Committee for preliminary evaluation of the dissertation. After obtaining a positive opinion by the Committee, the Dean applies to the Faculty Council for the appointment of an appropriate Doctoral Commission and its President.
  3. The President of the Doctoral Commission prepares and supervises the course of formal actions associated with carrying out the proceedings.
  4. The Doctoral Commission becomes familiar with the submitted documentation by the person applying for granting of a doctor’s degree, and in the case of a positive opinion, submits to the Faculty Council the project of a resolution in the matter of initiation of proceedings for granting a doctor’s degree.
  5. The President of the appropriate Doctoral Commission submits at the meeting of the Faculty Council the project of the resolution. The candidate(s) for the doctoral supervisor participate in the meeting of the Faculty Council.
  6. The Faculty Council, by secret vote, by overwhelming majority, in the presence of at least a half of the persons authorized for voting, makes resolutions concerning the following:
  1. initiation of proceedings for obtaining a doctor’s degree;
  2. appointment of a doctoral supervisor(s);
  3. acceptance of the subject of the doctoral dissertation;
  4. acceptance of the proposal of a candidate, concerning an additional scientific discipline and modern language, for which the candidate will be examined.
  1. In justified cases, with a positive opinion by the Doctoral Commission, the person applying for granting a doctor’s degree may apply for changing the doctoral supervisor or change of title of the doctoral dissertation. The changes are introduced by resolution of the Faculty Council.

 

DOCTORAL EXAMINATIONS

§ 3.

  1. The Faculty Council, at the request of the Doctoral Commission, appoints appropriate Examination Commissions for performing doctoral examinations with the following scope:
  1. basic discipline equivalent to the subject of the dissertation;
  2. additional discipline (philosophy or history of medicine),
  3. modern language (English, German, French or Russian), in the case when the person applying for granting a doctor’s degree does not possess a certificate confirming knowledge of a foreign language, as specified in the Regulation by the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 22 September 2011 (Clause 1200).

§ 4.

  1. The Faculty Council may appoint an auxiliary doctoral supervisor without the right of vote into the Commissions performing doctoral examinations and the Doctoral  Commission.
  2. The Commission performing the examination in the basic discipline equivalent to the subject of doctoral dissertation includes at least two persons who possess the title of a Professor, or the degree of habilitated doctor in the scientific discipline equivalent to the subject of the doctoral dissertation, including the doctoral supervisor or the doctoral supervisor and co-supervisor.
  3. The commission conducting the examination in tan additional discipline consists of at least 3 persons, including at least one person who possess the title of a Professor or the degree of habilitated doctor in a scientific discipline equivalent to the subject of the doctoral dissertation.
  4. The commission conducting the examination in a foreign modern language consists of at least 3 persons, including at least one person who teaches this language at a UniversitySchool.
  5. The examination dates are established by the Dean in agreement with the Doctoral Commission and Examination Commissions.
  6. The candidate passes the doctoral examinations in each subject separately.
  7. A Protocol is prepared for each examination, in which the questions posed are registered, the mark obtained for answers, and the final result, which is specified as unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, or very good. The Protocol is signed by all members of the Examination Commission.
  8. In the case of an unsatisfactory result of Doctoral Examination, the Faculty Council, at the request of the candidate for a doctor’s degree, may express its consent to repeat  the examination at another date; however, not earlier than after 3 months, and taken not more than once.

§ 5.

If the person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree does not undertake the doctoral examinations in due time, or does not submit the doctoral dissertation, the Faculty Council, at the justified request by the Doctoral Commission, may make a resolution concerning the closing of the proceedings for granting a doctor’s degree.

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

§ 6.

  1. The doctoral dissertation, prepared under the supervision of the doctoral supervisor, should be an original solution to a scientific problem, and confirm the general scientific knowledge of the candidate in a given scientific discipline, as well as the skills of independently carrying out research work.
  2. With the consent of the Faculty Council performing the proceedings, the doctoral dissertation may be submitted in a language other than Polish.
  3. The doctoral dissertation may also constitute an independent and selected part of a collective work, if it proves to be an individual contribution by the candidate, in accordance with the conditions specified in Clause 1.
  4. In the case when the doctoral dissertation constitutes a part of collective research, certificates should be submitted by all its co-authors, specifying their individual contribution to this work.
  5. The doctoral dissertation should be submitted to the President of the Doctoral Commission, together with an opinion by the doctoral supervisor, in 5 copies (including one printed on both sides) signed by the doctoral supervisor(s). The doctoral dissertation should contain an abstract in English, and a dissertation in a foreign language, as well as an abstract in Polish. The doctoral dissertation should also be submitted in an electronic form.
  6. The Doctoral Commission submits to the Dean an application in the matter of appointing reviewers.
  7. The Faculty Council, by secret vote, by an overwhelming majority, appoints at least 2 reviewers from among the staff employed at the University, or an organizational unit which does not employ the person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree, and not a member of the Faculty Council performing the proceedings.
  8. Each reviewer obtains a copy of the dissertation submitted by the candidate for a doctor’s degree, which constitutes a basis for preparing a review, together with an application to make the review.
  9. The review of a doctoral dissertation contains an evaluation justified in details, whether the dissertation fulfils the formal conditions specified in § 6 Clause 1. The review may also contain conclusions concerning the potential supplementation or correction of the dissertation. The supplemented and corrected dissertation requires additional reviews by the same reviewers within one month of receiving the application.
  10. In the case of a dissertation being a part of collective research, the review should contain an evaluation of the individual contribution of the candidate in this work.
  11. The review should be submitted to the Doctoral Commission, in a paper or electronic form, not later than two months from the day of receiving an application to make such a review. In justified cases, the Faculty Council may prolong the period by one month for submitting the review.
  12. The abstract of the doctoral dissertation, together with reviews, are included on the Faculty website. The abstract of the doctoral dissertation is included on the day of making a resolution by the Faculty Council or the appointed Doctoral Commission in the matter of acceptance of the doctoral dissertation, while the reviews are provided by the reviewers on the day they issue them.
  13. Directly after obtaining the last review, the Faculty Council passes all the reviews to the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles in an electronic form.
  14. In the case of one negative review, the Doctoral Commission applies to the Faculty Council for the appointment of an additional reviewer. If the additional review is also negative, the Doctoral Commission applies to the Faculty Council for disallowing the public defence and closing the proceedings for granting a doctor’s degree. The Faculty Council makes the resolution in this matter by secret vote.
  15. The resolution by the Faculty Council in the matter of appointing an additional reviewer is made by secret vote, by an overwhelming majority, and is final.

ACCEPTANCE OF DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

§ 7.

  1. The Doctoral Commission, after becoming familiar with the doctoral dissertation and opinions by the doctoral supervisor and reviewers, makes a decision in the matter of acceptance of the doctoral dissertation and allowing it for public defence.
  2. The Doctoral Commission makes a resolution by secret vote, by an overwhelming majority. The resolution should include the following:
  3. a statement concerning the passing of the required doctoral examinations by the applicant for granting a doctor’s degree with a satisfactory result;
  4. a statement that in the light of the reviews obtained and the opinion by the doctoral supervisor, the dissertation satisfied the formal requirement;
  5. a statement concerning acceptance of the doctoral dissertation and allowing it for public defence;
  6. After the acceptance by the Commission of the doctoral dissertation and allowing it for public defence, one copy of the dissertation is placed in the reading room of the Faculty for all those interested to become familiar with it.
  7. In the case of not accepting the doctoral dissertation and not allowing it for public defence, the Doctoral Commission submits a proposal to the Faculty Council.
  8. The Faculty Council makes a resolution by secret vote in the matter of not accepting the doctoral dissertation, and not allowing it for public defence.

DEFENCE OF DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

§ 8.

  1. The defence of a doctoral dissertation takes place during an open meeting of the Doctoral Commission with the participation of reviewers, doctoral supervisor, auxiliary supervisor, or doctoral supervisor and co-supervisor.
  2. At least 10 days before the date of defence, the Dean informs the members of the Faculty Council who possess the title of Professor or the scientific degree of habilitated doctor, or other equivalent qualifications, as well as organizational units authorized to grant the scientific degree of a doctor in a specified scientific discipline (with consideration of an electronic notification). The notifications also include  information concerning the place of submission of the doctoral dissertation, and placing the doctoral dissertation together with reviews on the Faculty website.
  3. An advertisement about the date and place of defence should also be placed on a specified board at the Faculty seat.

§ 9.

During public defence of a doctoral dissertation:

  1. the doctoral supervisor presents the person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree and his/her scientific achievements;
  2. the person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree presents the main assumptions of the doctoral dissertation;
  3. the reviewers present their opinions;
  4. in the case of the absence of any of the reviewers, the President of the Doctoral Commission asks for the reading of the review by another member of the Commission;
  5. the person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree addresses the review;
  6. the President opens a discussion in which all those present have the right to question to the person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree and express their opinions;
  7. the discussion ends with a statement by the person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree.

§ 10.

  1. After completing the defence of the dissertation, the Doctoral Commission holds a secret meeting, during which a resolution is made in the matter of acceptance of  a public defence of the doctoral dissertation, and announces it immediately to the interested person.  The Protocol from the meeting is submitted to the Dean by the Doctoral Commission.
  2. The Doctoral Commission prepares a project of resolution in the matter of the granting of a doctor’s degree and submits it to the Faculty Council.
  3. The Faculty Council makes a decision concerning the granting of the scientific degree of a Doctor of Health Sciences by resolution by secret vote, by an overwhelming majority, with the presence of at least a half of the total number of those authorized to vote. (Act, Article 20, Clause 2).
  4. The resolution by the Faculty Council in the matter of granting the degree of a Doctor of Science becomes valid at the moment of its passing.

FINAL PROVISIONS

§ 11.

  1. In the case of formulation of an application for distinguishing the doctoral dissertation by a reviewer or reviewers, the Doctoral Commission, after the acceptance of public defence of the doctoral dissertation, examines the application, and in the case of a positive opinion, applies to the Faculty Council for distinguishing the doctoral dissertation.
  2. The resolution in the matter of distinguishing the doctoral dissertation is made by the Faculty Council, by secret vote, on application by the Doctoral Commission.  The resolution is valid from the time of its passing.
  3. Fees for the proceedings for the granting of a doctor’s degree are regulated by separate provisions.

§ 12.

 The Faculty Council by resolution, may consider the proceedings for the granting of a doctor’s degree as invalid if, in the dissertation, which is a basis for granting the degree, the person applying for the degree has falsely ascribed to himself/herself the authorship of an important fragment or other elements of someone else’s work or research statement.

§ 13.

The person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree may bring the following against the resolutions passed:

  • initiation of proceedings for granting doctor’s degree and appointment of doctoral supervisor, in the case of his/her participation in the proceedings;
  • appointment of reviewers;
  • acceptance of doctoral dissertation and allowing it for public defence;
  • acceptance of public defence of doctoral dissertation;
  • granting a doctor’s degree.

If any of the resolutions are negative, an appeal is justified against the decision to the Central Committee through the Faculty Council, within a month from the delivery of the resolution.   The Council passes the appeal to the Central Committee, together with its opinion and case files, within 3 months from the day of submitting the appeal.

§ 14

The person who is granted the scientific degree of a doctor receives a diploma according to the pattern specified by the regulation by the relevant minister.

§ 15.

The documentation of proceedings for granting a doctor’s degree is kept by the Office of the  Dean of the Faculty.

§ 16

Proceedings for the granting of a doctor’s degree which have not been completed by the date of entry into force of these Regulations are carried out based on the Regulations in effect to-date in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Jan Kochanowski University of Humanistic and Natural Sciences in Kielce.

Kielce, 21 November 2014

  The Regulations in the matter of procedures for the granting of a doctor’s degree in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Jan Kochanowki University in Kielce were approved at a meeting of the Faculty Council on 21 November 2014. Annex 1.  List of documents to be submitted by a person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree, together with an application for the initiation of procedures for the granting of a doctor’s degree:

  1. personal data form with a permanent photograph;
  2. curriculum vitae;
  3. authenticated photocopy of the first and the second page of personal identity card;
  4. authenticated copies of the diploma on completing university studies;
  5. proposed subject and concept of the doctoral dissertation, indicating the area of knowledge, scientific domain and discipline, within the proceedings for the granting of a doctor’s degree are to be opened, and a proposal concerning the doctoral supervisor and additional discipline.
  6. consent from the Ethical Committee to conduct studies;
  7. list of scientific publications with a description of scientific achievements;
  8. statement concerning the lack of initiation by the interested person of proceedings for the granting of a doctor’s degree in other scientific centres, or information about the course of such proceedings if the candidate has previously applied for a doctor’s degree;
  9. opinion about achievements of the person possessing the degree of Professor or habilitated doctor;
  10. declaration from the University, an institution employing the person applying for the granting of a doctor’s degree, or this person, about covering the costs of proceedings (if the candidate is not employed at JanKochanowskiUniversity in Kielce).
  11. The candidate may submit the following, together with an application for initiating proceedings for doctor’s degree:
  • a certificate confirming knowledge of a modern foreign language;
  • application for expressing consent for submission of the doctoral dissertation in a language other than Polish.