A Stimulating Environment

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Doctoral studies have a long and rich tradition at the University of Bucharest. The first Ph.D. was awarded in 1905, and since that time the University of Bucharest has awarded more than 10,000 doctoral titles. Currently, the University of Bucharest awards doctorates in 19 fields of study – biology, chemistry, communication sciences, cultural studies, education sciences, environmental sciences, geography, geology, history, informatics (computer science), law, mathematics, philology, philosophy, physics, political sciences, psychology, sociology, and theology. The scope of the doctoral studies is in progress, so the University of Bucharest was the first university in Romania which started in 2016 a doctoral program in cultural studies.

There are many reasons why doctoral students choose the University of Bucharest. This institution stands at the center of the academic life in Romania and is also part of many first-rate international research and innovation networks. It provides a stimulating environment for exploring students’ passion in various fields of scientific study. Our university has a supportive community, offers numerous research facilities and values critical thinking, transforming graduate studies into a genuinely personal and professional adventure. At the University of Bucharest, doctoral students have the opportunity to experience the vibes of the dynamic cultural life of Romania’s capital city; they are encouraged to take part in intellectual debates, to further scientific knowledge and social progress, and to be active in shaping the society of the 21st century. Currently, the University of Bucharest has about 2,100 doctoral students.

The doctoral programs include a program of training based on advanced courses and a research program. They are normally scheduled for 3 years, but the existing national and institutional regulations allow for extensions in well motivated situations, so that no doctoral student is rushed into finishing his doctoral thesis before it is ripe for public defense. Each doctoral student is advised by a steering committee which includes at least scientific coordinators from at least two different disciplines.

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