Polish Qualifications Framework Level 8

The Integrated Qualifications System implemented in Poland is intended to make it possible to compare qualifications awarded in Poland and in other European Union countries by relating them to the levels of the Polish Qualifications Framework (PQF) and through it to the levels of the European Qualifications Framework.

During education in doctoral school, students acquire learning outcomes corresponding to level 8 of the Polish Qualifications Framework.

The learning outcomes are defined in terms of:

  • knowledge
  • skills
  • social competences

PQF Level 8 Descriptors

– based on The Polish Qualifications Framework — User’s Guide (2017), published by the Educational Research Institute and Order of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 14th November 2018.

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First stage generic descriptors (universal) First stage generic descriptors (universal) First stage generic descriptors (universal)
the world’s achievements in science and the arts and the resulting implications of this for practice
analyse and creatively synthesise scientific and creative achievements to identify and solve research problems as well as those related to innovative and creative activities;
contribute new elements to these achievements;
independently plan one’s own development as well as inspire the development of others;
participate in the exchange of experiences and ideas, also in the international community
conduct independent research which contributes to existing scientific and creative achievements;
assume professional and public challenges taking into consideration:
their ethical dimension,responsibility for their resultsand develop models of good practice in such situations
Second stage generic descriptors typical for higher education Second stage generic descriptors typical for higher education Second stage generic descriptors typical for higher education

the world’s achievements relating to:
theoretical foundationsgeneral and selected specific issues of the academic or artistic disciplineat a level enabling the revision of existing paradigms;

the main scientific developments in the academic or artistic disciplines essential to the study programme;

the methodology of scientific research

rules for dissemination of scientific results, including through open access

take advantage of knowledge from different academic or artistic fields to creatively identify, formulate and innovatively solve complex problems or perform research activities, especially:
to define the aim and subject of the research, formulate a research hypothesis develop research methods, techniques and tools and use them creatively draw conclusions on the basis of research results
perform critical analysis and evaluation of the results of scientific research, expert activities and other works of a creative nature and their contribution to knowledge;

transfer the results of research studies to the economic and social spheres

critically evaluate the achievements of one’s academic discipline;

critically evaluate one’s contributions to the development of that field;

recognize the value of knowledge in solving cognitive and practical problems
the fundamental dilemmas of modern civilization;

the economic, legal, ethical and other essential conditions of conducting scientific research;

basic principles of knowledge transfer to the economic and social sphere and commercialization of scientific results and know-how related to these results
communicate on specialized topics to a degree that enables active participation in an international scientific environment;

disseminate research results, also to the general public;

initiate debates;

participate in academic discourse;

use a foreign language at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to the extent that enables participation in international academic and professional communities
fulfill the social obligations of researchers and artists;

initiate activities on behalf of the public interest;

think and act in an enterprising manner
plan and implement one’s own and a team’s research or creative work, also in the international community
uphold and develop the ethos of the research and artistic communities, including:
conducting research in an independent mannerrespecting the principle of the public ownership of academic research results, taking into account intellectual property rights
autonomously plan and act on behalf of personal development and inspire and organise the development of others;

plan and implement classes or groups of classes using modern methods and tools