DOCTORATE STUDIES IN HUNGARY

PhD programmes are most often delivered within doctoral schools which provide subject-specific and generic training for PhD students. You will be expected to attend compulsory and optional courses, and gain credits, in research methods and statistics, depending on your subject area.

Essentially, PhD students are involved in their own research but also in ongoing research projects, improving the research performance of their institution and being part of the research community. PhD students may also participate in teaching, which helps to develop their personal and professional experience. Often, and based on your research project, an individual schedule will be set up under the guidance of your supervisor. PhD students begin their studies and research activities with a personalised work plan which allows their progress to be monitored.

In order to complete a PhD successfully, you may have to submit a number of documents in addition to your doctoral dissertation and its electronic version:

Documents used for the preparation of the thesis (lab books, transcripts of interviews etc.)

  • A statement by the candidate that he/she has not had an unsuccessful degree procedure (in the same discipline) within the previous two years.
  • A detailed professional CV.
  • Minutes of any supervisory discussion of the dissertation.
  • Statements by co-authors, if any.
  • A written statement by the academic adviser on the candidateĺs publication activity. Entry requirements and admission
  • The academic year in Hungary begins in September/October. Deadlines for applying can vary considerably so be sure to check with your institution.

Entry requirements and application process

For entry onto PhD, a Masters degree is expected, although you may also be required to have a distinction. Decisions on applications are made on the basis of:

  • Your academic performance (including your grade point average, if relevant).
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, for courses delivered in English or a Hungarian language certificate if you are opting for a subject area likely to be in Hungarian.
  • A recent literature review of your subject area.
  • A research outline of your project.
  • Evidence of professional or academic experience in your subject area (such as technical skills or publications).
  • Your CV.
  • Recommendation letters which may be stipulated to be from an expert in your field of research.
  • Other faculty-specific requirements, if applicable.

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