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PhDDoctoral School of Business Administration

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Program description:

The Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Pécs established its International PhD Program in Business Administration for professionals in the world of business or in public administration and with several years of experience in their field.
The program combines the advantages of contact-based and distance education drawing on the contribution of nationally and internationally recognized experts. The program’s design favourably combines the traditions of American education (where several years of formal education is needed to obtain the doctoral degree) and the European (with limited number of classes and a strong emphasis on independent dissertation research).
The Program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge necessary for writing a successful dissertation and to support independent research by providing professional feedback from experienced faculty supervisors at dissertation seminars.
The direct educational period consists of four semesters during which students are required to be on campus. Students each semester attend classes and consult their supervisor on their research topic and do further research in the Library.

Entry requirements:

The Program is highly selective. It requires a Master’s degree (MSc or MBA) in a relevant field, excellent academic performance and an outstanding research proposal. Applicants who are still conducting their studies at the time of application must submit an official letter from their institution indicating the date of graduation. Students cannot enrol on the Program until they have successfully completed their studies at Master level.

-Minimally CEFR B2 level language exam certificate (TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge/ECL ) less than 2 years old Official
-MSc degree and
-Transcript of studies (and their superlegalized English translation)
-Europass curriculum vitae in English
-Research Proposal in English (2-3 page long)
-List of publications (if any)
-supporting statement from supervisor

Additional documents to be submitted in English/officially attested English translation:
- medical certificate
- chest X-ray (doctor’s note, not the image, and not older than 1 year)
- vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B and C) OR serology results for Hep B and C
- HIV test result (not older than 3 months)

Entrance exam:

Type of entrance exam:

Entrance exam location:

Entrance exam description:
The process of application and selection is document based. Following the formal check up of the application documents, the Board of Application reviews the applicant’s research proposal and their achievements in the field of economics, such as publications, conference participation. This process is followed by an online interview.

Ms. Mária LAJOS
international coordinator

Programme structure

In order to receive the PhD degree, students must accomplish the following:
-pass all modules (achieve the Absolutorium)
-successfully submit a Research Proposal
-pass the Doctoral Examination (Complex Exam)
-have at least four publications in English related to the area of dissertation research, and
-with one of them appearing in a peer-reviewed international journal
-prepare the PhD Dissertation
-defend the PhD Dissertation

The doctoral training program consists of two stages and a complex comprehensive
examination in between of the two stages. All of them are required for a qualification. The
first stage is the Training Phase, and the second stage is the Dissertation Phase. The student can enter into the 2nd stage only if the complex exam was fulfilled with success after the 1st stage.

For a detailed description of the doctoral programmes structure, please visit the following

Assessment is an integral part of learning, and you may hear it referred to as formative or
Formative assessment is designed to give feedback to students on their
performance and how it can be improved therefore you will not receive a grade for
formative assessment.
Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the
intended learning outcomes of a module and therefore the appropriate grade to be awarded.

Feedback can take many forms and may be informal, it may be offered and discussed in
classroom sessions either collectively or individually. It may also be formal and delivered
in written or oral form by academic staff. Understanding your feedback is very important
and you are encouraged to discuss feedback with your peers and academic staff.

Your grades
Assignments will be marked using the UP five-point marking scale shown below – 5 being
the best and 1 being the worst.

5 Excellent 85,1-100
4 Good 75,1-85,0
3 Fair 65,1-75,0
2 Pass 50,1-65,0
1 Fail 0-50

The minimum pass mark for all assignments is grade 2 (pass). A passing grade can be
achieved if a student achieves 51% from the 100% of the marks obtainable in all courses. If
a module has more assessment components or consists of two parts, the student has to pass all those components or parts which have a higher weight than 20% out of the 100% to pass the whole module.

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States