The study programme at the Doctoral School of University of the National Education Commission of Krakow takes 8 semesters. The training process consists of two elements: the training programme and the individual research plan. The education at the Doctoral School serves the primary purpose of writing a doctoral dissertation. The individual research plan must be submitted within 12 months of commencing education. The IRP sets the deadline for the submission of the dissertation and is subject to a midterm evaluation.